Category Archives: mixed media

Art Journal Spread – Cats Are Connoisseurs

  • Stamp – Darkroom Door “Sitting Cat”
  • Alphabet stamps – Hero Arts “ALPHABET: Letters and Numbers” and “alphabet”
  • Acrylic paints – Dina Wakley Media: Magenta and Tangerine
  • Scribble Sticks – Dina Wakley Media: Lapis, Cheddar, Tangerine
  • Collage tissue colored with Aladine Izink Pigment: Cactus and Topaz
  • Washi tape – Tim Holtz Ideaology

I created this art journal spread in my small Dylusions journal recently, inspired by Rachel Greig on Creative Jumpstart 2020. This is the third year I’ve done Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jumpstart and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants exposure to many mixed media styles without a huge time or financial investment.

I started by applying some strokes of acrylic paint to the pages. I layered the tissue paper (that had been in a shoe box!) that I’d colored with the Aladine Izink metallic inks over the top and then added a couple of strips of washi tape to the background. Once it dried, I journaled over the entire two-page spread with a silver Signo pen and then added the cat stamp and quote, which I’d stamped onto white cardstock. I stamped the Herriot quote with Hero Arts alphabet set that I’ve had for years. (The copyright on them is 2002!) I added touches of Cheddar and Tangerine Scribble Sticks and water on both and outlined around the stamped pieces and the perimeter of the pages with a Lapis Scribble Stick and water. A very fun spread to make!

Thanks for visiting.

 


At Home In Nature

  • Stamps –
    • Art Foamies – Nathalie Kalbach design – Toledo
    • Impression Obsession – Dina Kowal design – Big Butterfly
  • Stencil – Stencil Girl S610 – Gwen LaFleur design – Boho Star Circle
  • Posca pen – White
  • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Crayon – Hickory Smoke
  • Paper Artsy Fresco paints – Bubble Gum, Chalk, Smurf, Zesty Zing, Pea Coat
  • Ranger Archival Ink / Dina Wakley Media – Night
  • White foam stickers – American Craft Thickers – Memento White

I created this art journal page as part of Creative Jumpstart 2019. This particular lesson was presented by Tania Ahmed, which I used as a jumping off point. I really enjoyed her approach and highly recommend that anyone interested in mixed media jump into Creative Jumpstart!

My main focal image was a gel print from my stash that I stamped over with the IO butterfly stamp. I so enjoyed Tania’s lesson and all of the layering involved. Thanks for visiting today!

 

 

 

 

 


Sending Smiles

  • Stamps –
    • PaperArtsy – JOFY 62
    • Hero Arts – CM335 – Hero Greetings Sending Smiles
  • Stencil – PaperArtsy PS130 (Design by JOFY)
  • Acrylic Paints – PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics: Sherbet, Bougainvillea, Vanilla, Antarctic, Glacier Ice
  • Watercolors – Prima Tropicals set
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous Detail White
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Brad – Lasting Impressions
  • Posca pens (black and white)

I created this mixed media card in phases. First I stamped out the flower stamps onto watercolor paper with Archival ink and added color with some watercolors. Once dry, I colored in areas with black and white Posca pens and added a few doodles of my own. After fussy-cutting the flowers out, I began working on the background. I made a number of gel plate prints using PaperArtsy Fresco paints and the JOFY stencil that matched the flower stamps. I selected one that I made with a small plate that framed the flowers nicely, then doodled around the perimeter and trimmed it out. I layered the flowers together and attached them in the center with a brad. I finished the card by adhering the flower to the background and adding a sentiment that I heat embossed. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: A Vintage Journey – Put Your Stamp On It Challenge


Mixed Media Tags 2018

  • Prima Marketing silicone mould: Vintage Art Decor “Trifles”
  • Prima Marketing Paper Clay
  • Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint: Mermaid Sparkle and Metallique Deep Waters
  • Stencils: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz – “String” and “Houndstooth”
  • Texture Paste – Finnabair Art Basics Light Paste Opaque Matte
  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Handmade (by me) collage tissue
  • Tissue wrap – Tim Holtz Ideaology “Postale”
  • Sequins

I created this pair of tags by layering papers, paint and ink and then topping them off with a painted piece that I molded from paper clay. I began by adhering some collage tissue and Tim Holtz patterned tissue wrap. I applied Distress Inks and then added some texture paste through a stencil. I painted the paper clay pieces with metallic paints and adhered them, along with the sequins. I inked the edges of the tags and tied some ribbon at the top of each.

For a closer look, here are some additional photos.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Challeges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

The Vintage Journey: Tag Friday Special


Butterfly Birthday 2018

  • Stamps:
    • Stampington & Co. Christine Adolph “Ledger Butterfly”
    • Spellbinders “Wishing Expressions” stamp and die set
  • Die – Spellbinders “Wishing Expressions” stamp and die set
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Collage Paper – Floral
  • My handmade collage paper
  • Perfect Pearls Mists “Bronze”
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist “Creme de Chocolat”
  • Cardstock

This is one of my favorite kinds of cards to make: mixed media. I layered my handmade collage tissue paper and some Tim Holtz collage paper onto cardstock with matte gel medium. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of tissue and adhered it with gel medium as well. After the piece dried, I sprayed it with the metallic inks and also inked the edges with black ink. I then added the die cut word and stamped sentiment and put the card together. Thanks for visiting.

Challenges:

Happy Little Stampers August Mixed Media Challenge – Words

Everybody-Art-Challenge #429 – Say it in words

 


Mixed media birthday gent

  • Stamps –
    • Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Little Things”
    • Hero Arts “Petite Birthday”
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny “Enchanted Garden Periodical”
  • Ranger Distress Collage Medium – Crazing
  • Washi tape – Little B and Tim Holtz Ideaology Tissue Tape – “Sketchbook”
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Houndstooth”
  • Ephemera – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Thrift Shop
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I created this card for my brother-in-law’s birthday. I started with the BoBunny paper, which I lightly gessoed and layered some ephemera and tape on top. I covered the entire surface with collage medium. I applied some Distress inks through a stencil and more inks with a sponge applicator to add some more color. Once everything was dry, I stamped the globe and postage stamp images, along with the birthday sentiment. Finally I adhered the whole panel onto a card base. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Crafting by Designs “For the Boys”


Authentique Bird Mixed Media Tag

  • Patterned papers – Authentique “Refreshed Collection: Refreshed Four” and “Refreshed Collection: Refreshed Six”
  • Die – My Favorite Things “Stitched Tags”
  • Tea Bag
  • Stencil – Dina Wakley Media “Plastic Canvas”
  • Acrylic paint – Dina Wakley Media “Blushing”
  • Scribble Stick – Dina Wakley Media “Ruby”
  • Washi tape – Dina Wakley Media
  • Twine

I created this mixed media tag for a class I taught. I really enjoyed putting it together with a variety of materials and knowing that combining these materials would be something new for some of the students. I began with a die-cut tag from raindrop patterned paper. Layers include some stenciled acrylic paint, washi tape, and tea bag paper beneath the fussy-cut bird from Autentique paper. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge – The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #194- All Creatures Great and Small


Gel Print Birthday Cards

  • Gel prints from my stash (using acrylic paint, stencils, found objects)
  • Stamp – Altenew “Fresh Freesia”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ink – VersaFine Clair “Medieval Blue”
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Gold – Imagine Crafts

I created these cards using scraps of gel prints that I printed long ago. I used stencils when I made the prints used in the first card, one is from The Crafter’s Workshop called “Aboriginal” (the smaller panel) and the other is a stencil I borrowed and I can’t determine the company who produced it. I also spritzed the final card with some sheer gold spray for a little shimmer. The second card featured green gold acrylic paint, so it already had a pretty gold metallic look. I have many, many prints in my stash because I’ve taught classes in printing and done it on my own so I have lots to play with as a result. Some I use in my art journals, but I have been enjoying using them in cards lately. For both cards, after I cut them into panels I edged them in a darker ink to “finish” them nicely. I also matted the pieces with cardstock and added the birthday sentiment. Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Hiding in my Craft Room – HIMCR #352 – Super Scraps Saturday


Goodbye, February! Be Mine.

  • Paper beverage napkin – Lady Jayne “Celebrate Floral Heart”
  • Stencils –
    • Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Collection “Flames”
    • Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media “Viney”
  • Prima-Finnabair Art Basics 3-D Gloss Gel
  • Stamps – Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media “Scribbly Flowers”
  • Deli paper
  • Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint – magenta, lemon, lime and white
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue tape – “Laboratorie”
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • OHTO Fude Ballpoint Pen – black
  • Krylon gold metallic pen
  • Black Cardstock – Bazzill

I created this mixed media card beginning with a beverage napkin that I adhered to a piece of Bristol paper with gel medium. I stamped and lightly painted some deli paper and added tissue tape to the piece. Then I applied the 3-D gloss gel through a couple of different stencils and allowed that to dry into a nice textured coating.

I have included a detailed photo so you can see the texture of the stenciled 3-D gel medium. It is pretty cool!

I loosely outlined the heart with the Fude Ball pen and then ran my metallic gold pen around the entire card, topping it off with a piece of ribbon and some sequins. I mounted the piece onto a black card base.  It is amazing what you can do with a paper napkin! Thanks for visiting.

 


Dark-eyed Junco mixed-media piece

Ingredients used from my Recipe for Play:

  • Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints – Lemon, Tangerine,
  • Golden Artist Colors – Titan Buff
  • Book papers
  • Washi tape – Little B. and Tim Holtz
  • Handmade collage papers
  • Black Stabilo pencil
  • Black Fude Ball 1,5 pen
  • Caran d’Ache Neocolor IIs – Bleu Turquoise and Olive Clair
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils – Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Peacock Blue, and Mauve

I created this piece while following along with a lesson in Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jumpstart 2018. The lesson from Day 1, led by Mystele, was to create a recipe for play and then to carry it out. She demonstrated from start to finish, her creating a mixed media piece that was a portrait of a girl. I was inspired by what she did, but my subject matter was very different as I decided to paint a junco, which we are currently seeing a lot around our house. This was a lot of fun. I think I’ll incorporate this into a journal page although it can stand on its own. In the above photo you can also see a portion of the “recipe card” I made. Thanks for visiting.