Keeping in theme with use-able art, I sourced a great looking suitcase from Civvies on Broughton Street in Savannah.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this new & recycled clothing shop

I’m still leaning heavily on the red head I did for the “Poet’s & Goddess” class I took from Suzi Blu… 1st) This piece was created so that my friend RyLee could have first dibs on it and she would want a red head and 2nd) I’m really into the purple, orange, fuschia and red color scheme I’m using and the red hair can stand up to the intensity of that color mix.

I’m using a lot of drippy inks these days.  I love Adirondack sprays and drippers.  These are permanent colors, so gloves and floor coverings are a must.  I tend to water mine down from the get go by mixing a drop of ink with 3 drops of water… give or take.  That gives me a little more time to work with the color drips and I can always increase the color tensity as each layer dries.  Another ink I like is Dr. Ph. Martin’s.  They come with an eye dropper and I like using the eye dropper to apply the ink and then using a paint brush with water to encourage multiple drips.

Another medium I used on this piece was wool roving.  Wool roving is what all those little pompoms are made from.  I using a bright red bundle on this piece.  Pulling it apart I used matte medium to glue it into the hair and create an almost rice paper like texture.  Over the wool roving layer I added red sparkles, again gluing them down with matte medium.

The whole thing is now coated with a polymer medium.  If I knew the suitcase wasn’t going to be used for anything more than display, I would probably wax it because I really like the look of a finished waxed piece, but the polymer will protect it enough without coating on a heavy varnish.


Peace In!

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2 Responses to Love Conquers All – Mixed Media on Vintage Suitcase

  1. june says:

    This is fantastic, Tami. I love the mixture of colors and all the textures you have in this piece.

  2. Monica says:

    Tami! This is gorgeous! You are SO awesome!!!!!

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