Garden Inspired Mixed Media Art – Pepper
I’ve spent so much time in the garden the past four or five years that I’ve often thought of creating some art that has to do with the vegetables that I grow. There is so much inspiration in the garden with the different shades of color and textures and patterns.
Last week when I created GARDEN INSPIRED MIXED MEDIA ART – TOMATO I knew I was going to have to go on to create more. This is my version of mixed media peppers.
This is one of those projects where I had a basic idea of what I wanted to create but not an exact process. So, I started pulling supplies off of shelves and out of drawers and here is what I ended up using. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. If you purchase an item after clicking a link I may make a teeny tiny commission at no extra cost to you. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
- Mod Podge – Matte Finish
- FolkArt Ultra Dye in Venom Green
- Art Alternatives Wood Panel Super Value Gallery 12×12 Pack of 3
- Bernz-O-Matic Micro Flame Butane Torch Kit
- Scribbles Alphabet by Rhonna Farrer – old stock
- Faber Castell Gelatos Mix and Match Crayon Pack of 12
- Pitt Big Brush Pen – White
- Paint brushes – wide, stencil, fine line
- Tsukineko Inkpad, Tuxedo Black
- Scrapbook Paper – K&Company Que Sera Sera Designer 12-by-12-Inch Paper Pad plus more
- FolkArt Handmade Charlotte Laser Stencils
- EK Success Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors
- Uchida of America Bundle, Two Sets of Le Plume II Bright Pen Set and Le Plume II Garden Pen Set
- Lightly sand the wood canvas and then brush Plaid Ultra Dye on. Let dry.
- Coat the board with Mod Podge and smooth the base layer of paper over top. I use my fingers to smooth it down. Coat the paper with a coating of Mod Podge and let dry.
- CAREFULLY use the torch to scorch the board and burn the edges of the paper. Be sure to ventilate the area where you are working.
- Set aside to cool and completely dry.
- Pull out scrabook papers that have the colors of the vegetables that you want to create – in this case peppers and vines
- Once the background is cool and completely dry use the stencil to paint a few areas with polka dots.
- Add random designs such as lines and hashtags with the Pitt Artist Pen. Let dry.
- Smudge a little blue Gelato onto a few areas and blend it in with your finger.
- Cut out vines, leaves, stems and tomatoes from paper. I just eyeballed it and made it up as I went along.
- Arrange the pieces the way you like and then adhere them with Mod Podge. After all of the pieces are in place seal with a coat of Mod Podge. Let dry.
- Outline the vines, leaves and tomatoes with markers to add dimension and cover the raw edges of the paper.
- Add highlights with the PITT Artist Pen.
- Stamp the word “TOMATO” across the top with stamps and ink. TIP: You may want to go back over the inked work with a black Sharpie to fill in any areas where the ink might be lighter.
- Add low lights with green and red Gelatos and smudge the color with your finger.