Monday, August 7, 2017

Free Your Mind

Hello Makers!

Recently I was listening to my 90s rock, grunge and pop CDs. I still have them. Although, these days, all my music is on my iphone. Listening to my CD tantamount to listening to your vinyl records in 80s and reminiscing on the 70s, lol!

I was playing En Vogue's song 'Free You Mind'. It's  a positive song about not judging people, opening your mind to other possibilities. I was a young girl when litsening to this song and it was the first time I heard this phrase and it always stuck with me. In a way, it motivated me. A line from the song is "Free you mind and the rest will follow". I find harmony in the idea that possibilities beyond what we could fathom exist.

So this song inspired this project. I made this project using Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts Visage resin blanks, the back of a canvas, chipboard, gears and for the background I used Makin's Clay. I enjoyed making my winged girl, that I think I want to make more but in color next time. Below are some pictures, stepouts and challenge entry list.


I used the back of a 6x6 canvas, which I painted with black gesso.

Used one of the pieces from the RA resin blanks Visage pack, a chipboard butterfly from Creative Embellishments and metal filigree.

I first auditioned my pieces in the box. I like to stamp my words on tissue or tracing paper to determine size and position. I do this whether I add the words with a paper or clay.

I cut the butterfly in half and glued to the face. Added texture paste to help the wings stick to the face, since there is little surface area between them.

I bent the filigree to fit the shape of the nose and glued to nose bridge. Not shown in this picture, but in the end I decided to add a piece of copper mesh wire between the filigree and face.

For the background I used Makin's Clay, an air dry clay. Start by running the clay through the pasta machine to get approximately 1/8 inch. Place the clay on top texture sheet, or place the texture stamp over the clay.  Use the clay roller to roll the clay and transfer the design.  To get an even look, turn the texture stamp 90 degree and roll again.  

I decided to cut the clay, wanted these grooves. 

Stamped the words onto the clay

Before adding the clay to box, let the clay cure for 24 hours.

After the clay cured, I added a little bit of texture with Finnabair's graphite; has a sandy feel. I then painted with everything the box and background with black gesso, so that the metallic wax adheres better.  I also painted the gears, face, filigree with gesso. I then added Gilders Paste, used the following colors: Bronze, Patina, Foundry Bronze, Silver, Inca Gold, and German Silver. You can add the paste with your finger or cotton cloth. Then glued all the pieces. At the very end added Finnabair copper micro beads.

Challenge Entry

I am submitting to the following challenges

Explained the word inspiration and lyrics at the beginning of the is post.

I was inspired by the colors, wings and timeworn textures on this moodboard.


  1. Beautiful steampunk canvas for the song "Free Your Mind". And a good photo tutorial. Thank you for showing us on SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Hugs, Susan

  2. Hello Iris, thank you so much for joining us at More Than Words this month. I love your design !! the clay background and the way that you stamp on clay. Very cool idea !! Your coloring is stunning !! I like it very well !! Have a nice day. xoxo Heike

  3. I love Your backside canvas! Brilliant job. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Anita x

  4. Love your canvas and I loved en Vogue, That song was awesome.

  5. Love your project, and also a great tutorial.

    Thank you for joining the Mixed Media And Art Challenge!

  6. A fabulous project. Wonderful textures, details and composition.
    Thank you for joining in with our August challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

  7. un superbe projet ,merci de jouer pour Sandee & Amelie's , à bientôt NATE

  8. Awesome canvas! I love your choice of title! Thank you for sharing it with us at More Than Words! Remember though that we only allow combining with 2 other challenges in order to be eligible for a prize. :)

    1. Hi Nicole. I read the rules and forgot about this. I have corrected this now.

  9. I really love it! Great job! Thank you for joining us at MMA challenge this month

  10. Wow stunning work. Thank you so much for joining us at More than Words xxx

  11. Great creation thank you very much for your participation in the challenge MMA

  12. I love how you created from your feelings about listening to old songs. This quote is so true and your composition is a beautiful illustration. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge!

  13. Wow !! Such a stunning creation !! Loved it !! Thanks for playing MTW with us this month <3

  14. Love the way you have built up your creation! Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month, Jane (DT) :) x

  15. Great composition. Love this! Thank you for taking part in Retro Team challenge <3

  16. Great work!! I remember this song from the movie The Cowboy Way! Love it! All the best from MTW! )