Queen of Flowers – A mixed media collage

Hi all! How have you been? I’ve kinda gone off the radar this past week because I have been desperately trying to fit in some creative time to paint, draw and just play with my plethora of art supplies. I have been taking Jeanne Oliver’s latest art course and I can’t get enough of watching her videos and learning new techniques. There is something about watching her paint that makes my hands itch for my own paint brushes. Often, I find myself day dreaming about my next piece so it gives me great pleasure to finally spend some time creating in the tangible world!

Mother’s Day weekend was the catalyst to actually getting my hands dirty and creating. I found myself alone in a hotel room with nothing to do. So I made a cup of tea, flipped on the fireplace and got out my collage box. (I assembled a small box of collage materials so I can easily pick up the box and go anywhere with it. Highly recommend doing this!) And so the her majesty was born…

I began the process by layering vintage paper elements into a patchwork onto the back of a vintage book cover with Liquitex Matte Medium.

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Then I glazed the background with sepia and cream acrylic washes to unify the papers.

queen of flowers

Using a model from an Anthropologie catalog, I found my muse and glued her down. Then using various pieces of scrapbook paper I created her gown and painted over the model to create my own girl. A die-cut crown was added to confirm her royal status and I inked over her to add definition to her form. More strips of scrapbook paper in deep pink balanced the piece. The sweet bird was printed onto tracing paper and then added. A few pieces of washi tape completed my composition.

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Lastly, I stamped a tree image on the back of the book cover. It kinda smudged but I rather like that it is imperfect. :)

queen of flowers back

I had so much fun creating this that I started a second one. I will share that one with you soon. Who knew the back of an old book could provide such a great canvas for some art – plus the size is manageable and approachable.

Thanks for letting me share this process with you. Please let me know about any creative projects you are working on. I would love to hear about them!

Have a fabulous day!




Filed under Art, Crafting, mixed media, vintage

17 responses to “Queen of Flowers – A mixed media collage

  1. This is beautiful! It’s a great idea (:

  2. That is so beautiful! I love your beautiful art!

  3. so beautiful! Id love to do one of Jeanne’s art courses…

  4. This is so beautiful and thank you for sharing x

  5. Cathy Garrett

    Ivy your work is beautiful. I love all the colors and how you put it all together! Please keep sharing!

  6. I love her! What kind of acrylics are you using?

  7. Gorgeous work Ivy! I just found your blog through pinterest and I love it. You have a beautiful blog and lots of arts and things that I love.. Hugs and happy day, Wendy

    • Hi Wendy! Thank you so much for visiting me here and leaving such a sweet comment. I’m glad you enjoyed some of my posts. Hope you are having a beautiful weekend. xo.

  8. nothatsstupid

    Wow, this is really beautiful. You have such an unique style, I must say it’s really inspiring!

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  10. Really really beautiful, what an inspiration! Love the book cover idea, will have to try. Thanks for sharing!

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