Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I continue to have fun creating these mixed media medallions.

Starting with a 4 x 4 inch cradled wooden panel, I painted the surface with layers of gesso, acrylic paint, and acrylic glaze.  

Heading to my stash of pendants and bezels from my collection of A Gilded Life items from Spellbinders, I chose one of my favorites: the large, bronze Iron Cross Bezel. My plan was to adhere a small metal brad to the ring at the top of the bezel.

As a way to make this artwork a one-of-a-kind, I hunted down the perfect addition from my collection of vintage objects: a watch face with the most beautiful patina.

Given my preference obsession for circular design, I selected dies from Spellbinders Standard Circles die sets, both Large and Small. Combining one circle die from the Large set with the next closest sized circle die from the Small set allows me to create a ⅛ inch wide loop. I did this twice to create two loops of differing diameters cut from Spellbinders Precious Metals Craft Foil. 

I then used individual dies from both the Large and Small Standard Circles die sets to cut out two circles from sheets of watercolor paper that I had already hand painted.

My last touch for this piece was created from a new Spellbinders favorite: the Shoot! die set of arrows. I die cut four arrows from hand painted paper and snipped off the feather ends of each one.

Mixing and matching and slicing and dicing, I layered all the elements on the wood panel. When I found the design I was looking for, I adhered the pieces using glue.

The gold foil was complimented by metallic gold acrylic paint spattered on the surface and streaked on the edges. 

I love how the natural patina on the watch face is echoed in the hand painted paper that I chose for this piece.

This vivid blue and metallic gold are one of my most favorite color combinations.


Sold. Thank you!

Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer
GLSB-005 Spellbinders® A Gilded Life Iron Cross Bezel
S4-114 Spellbinders® NestabilitiesTM Standard Circles Large
S4-116 Spellbinders® NestabilitiesTM Standard Circles Small
IN-015 Spellbinders® ShapeabilitiesTM Shoot! 
F-012 Spellbinders® Precious Metals Premium Craft Foils Assortment 

Other: cradled wood panel, gesso, paint brush, hand painted paper, vintage watch face, brad, adhesive, scissor


Maryanne said...

Another winner, Seth! I love this!

elle said...

I luv how you tied everything together. Great process!

Stephanie said...


andizee said...

awesome as usual!

PocketSize said...

So beautiful! The Iron Cross is my favorite piece from that collection. And I love the blue and gold color scheme here.

Win Dinn, Artist said...

Absolutely stunning - nothing I like better than this type of mandala...I join you in your obsession for them!

Karenliz Henderson said...


~*~Patty S said...

Fun to see the parts that you turned into such a fabulous piece Seth...
those blues are wonderful too!

Jackie PN said...

Love those colors and wow - what a,another cool piece! sorry, don't know how to do the strikethrough on the comment form! I laughed aloud when I saw that reference/obsession in your post! Not only does he create gorgeous art- but he's funny too!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The blue and gold combination is beautiful in this stunning piece!

Gaby Bee said...

Gorgeous Seth. The blue with gold background looks fantastic!

Darlene K Campbell said...

That was going to be my first question, "Is this for sale?" ha ha already gone. No one else has stash with natural patina like that! Also happy to see you have obsessions (circles) like the rest of us. I could've seen this piece anywhere and would've known it was your art. Love it!

Unknown said...

Very cool. Remember for next year ... July 19th. lol