Terra Sidus

"terra sidus" mixed media, 10x32" total, $275 (c) Lynne Medsker

Starting off the week with another new mixed media piece! I created this one after returning from Colorado, still full of inspiration from my travels and time spent out west. I had actually wanted to make a piece with copper running through it but hadn’t brought any copper with me so it didn’t take long for me to start on this when I returned home.

work in progress, image 1, terra sidus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I bent & cut the copper so that it had narrow, flat edges on the bottom that could be attached to the wood using some thick acrylic gel. After that was attached I used more gel to add a layer of texture to one side of the composition. That was followed by a layer of cement once the acrylic gel dried.

Work in progress, image 2, terra sidus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I really enjoy building up texture with different mediums! After the cement was set I began adding color to the piece using acrylic ink and pushing the color around with sprays of water and brushes.

work in progress, image 3, terra sidus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Following that layer there were several more, with drying time in between.

work in progress, image 4, terra sidus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

work in progress, image 5, terra sidus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After those layers dried I decided it need a little something else so I began to outline the textures on the surface with a thin line of black acrylic, letting it dry slightly, then spraying it with water to help the color bleed and blend into the background.

work in progress, image 6, terra sidus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I scraped some metallic copper paint across the surface to emphasis the copper in the piece and the final step was to add layers of glaze to the flat, wooden area and a layer of glossy acrylic gel to the textured side.

work in progress, image 7, terra sidus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

It was fun see this piece unfold after anticipating it’s creation for several weeks!  This piece is currently included in the show at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana through the end of December. Stop in and take a peek at it in person!


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  1. Vicki Wynberg

     /  December 6, 2010

    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh! Beautiful pieces Lynne!!! Love the colors and flow…very creative!

  2. Thanks Vicki! It was a lot of fun to create. 🙂


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