Thursday, 26 September 2013

Mixed Media Creations by Mistra Hoolahan

Hi everyone!  Today I have some mixed media pieces to share with you... I created these while in Mackay with my friend Michelle, it was such fun to draw on each others creativity again.

Art Washes from the Soul...

I haven't used masses of Green Tara flowers on this one, I preferred the lovely simplicity of just using a few... and allowing the wonderfully earthy Natural Jute Ribbon to feature.  This ribbon is one of my faces, it's versatile and holds it shape well.  

This time I experimented with it, to see what else it could handle.  One bow was added before I sprayed all the colour and it held the colour well.  Then I hit it with the heat gun.  The fibres are held together with the finest synthetic threads, which melted, creating a fabulous effect - lots of fun.

I have used white Cherry Blossoms and Roses for this one, tucking a few on small clusters here and there.

Some of the flowers were added before the final colour spray, which has given them a slightly antiqued look.  A few others were added once the canvas was finished to give a pop of fresh white.


Here's the other one, I was challenged to create something on a wood base, which was fun!

Doesn't Have to be Perfect
The background was created with many layers of corrugated board, patterned papers, tissue paper, doilies and whatever other bits and pieces that were handy.  This was covered with a thin layer of texture paste to help smooth all the layers.  The chipboard {aside from the dress forme} was added raw, along with some muslin and then sprayed with layers of colour sprays.  Once dried it was accented with inka-gold rub, the title added and then more colour added.

The dress forme was painted white and then 'dressed' with one of my ruffles. Then if was time for the the really fun part... adding a spray of flowers to accent the dress forme.  Adding flowers is always the fun part!!

I have used mostly white flowers, withe one peach one to tie it in with the background.

The flat white petals made a beautiful backdrop for the dress form, helping it not blend in too much with the complex background.  Using clusters of Primulas, Cherry Blossoms and Roses helps continue the flow, embracing the Camellia nestled among them.


And before I leave you today, I have a sweet layout of my neice to share with you.  I created this a little while ago for a challenge blog, and couldn't resist adding a whole pile of Green Tara deliciousness!

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you again next month...

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Green Tara Products used:

Art Washes From the Soul...

15mm Natural Jute Ribbon - RB17Nat15
9mm Natural Jute Ribbon - RB17Nat9

Cherry Blossoms, White - FLC22WH
3cm Roses, White - FDR024WH
2cm Roses, White - FDR006Wh
1cm Roses, White - FDR001Iv

Doesn't Have to be Perfect...

Primulas, White - XF9325Wh
Cherry Blossoms, White - FLC22Wh
Camellia, Peach
3cm Roses, White - FDR024Wh
7cm Petals, White - FDS021Wh


  1. such beautiful creations definitely rock the canvas!

  2. You are definitely the "QUEEN" of the canvas Mistra. Beautiful creations as always Mistra. Cheers Di xo

  3. They are gorgeous!!! Your canvas is so pretty.... love the flowers!

  4. Love your canvas's they are amazing

  5. Just stunning Mistra!!! Love your work :)