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Design Team Projects for Scrapiniec

Hi!  I’ve missed you!  Now that our show is over, I have all this free time again and I thought I’d share some of my latest projects with you, these ones all done for Scrapiniec.  They are a Polish chipboard company, and they have some of the most unique designs I’ve seen in chipboard.  There are some amazing artists on our team, and I am so lucky to be able to count myself among them.  Are you on any design teams?  I would love to check out your projects!!  Drop a link below.

Design Team Projects

I have 3 design team projects to share with you.  The first is an altered box that I created as a thank you gift for a friend.  The chipboard and flowers really dress it up and make it look super classy.

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I created this layout with various types of chipboard from their collection.  My favorite part, though, are the frames over the photos.  The chipboard comes packaged securely, laser cut but still clinging to frames and sheets that allow them to travel without getting bent or ripped apart.  Once I had taken the chipboard out of its’ frame, I was left with quite a few extra pieces of square shaped frames.  So, I decided to use them!  And what a great effect it turned out to be.

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The last of my recent design team projects I’ll share with you is my scrapbook canvas from this week.  I made this, along with several others (stay tuned for those!) as thank you gifts for the directors of and producers of the show we just finished.  I love being able to give meaningful gifts that will last forever.  If they love them half as much as I had fun making them, then they will be cherished for years to come.  🙂

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Thanks for visiting!  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas- what inspires you the most?  What is your favorite type of mixed media art?  Let me know!

Square Quilling in Mixed Media Art- “Building Blocks”

Boy, it’s been a long time since I finished a project!  Two weeks… that’s an eternity. My husband and I are both in a local musical- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and it is taking up A LOT of time.  (I’ll be making some gifts and scrapbook pages related to the show, so stay tuned!!)  However, I’ve been wanting to try square quilling shapes, and so I decided to put them to use on a piece in my “Colored Splashes” line of artwork, this time using square cookie cutters instead of circles.  (For my first in the series, visit this post.)

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Square Quilling and Ink Splashes Video Tutorial

  • I used a set of square cookie cutters, brushed india ink onto the edge, “stamped” it onto the surface, and then spritzed the wet ink with a bit of water.
  • Don’t go too crazy with the water- you only want it to feather a little bit, and you should still be able to see the square shape.
  • I use multiple colors and stamp all the shapes I want while the ink is still wet.  You can let things dry in between applications if you wish, but this way the colors blend together a little and adds more interest to the piece.
  • After the ink dried, I used the same cookie cutters to cut out square holes in a scrap piece of paper.  These were my masks so that I could use stamps on the surface, but only in certain places- the paper caught the unwanted ink.
  • I had some leftover chipboard frames from some Scrapiniec chipboard pieces I had used in other projects (This chipboard is so awesome- the layered pieces especially!) I made sure all the edges were white by painting them with gesso, then adhered them to the surface.
  • Now, for my quilling pieces!!  I use Gel Medium matte to adhere them. I also stacked a few on top of others.  I’ve never done that before, but I love it!
  • The last step (which I should have done a few steps before… oops!) was to take my calligraphy pen and my ink, and sketch a few lines over the squares and around the piece.
  • Finished!!

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This piece is for sale here.

So, who else has fallen in love with square quilling shapes?  🙂  I thought so!  If you try any of these techniques, please leave a link for me.  I would love to see them!!

“Forces of Nature”- using a make-up dauber to create abstract pieces

I’ve been experimenting with different tools and mediums lately because I’m setting up some workshops and I want to find the best tools to create easily understood and mimicked techniques.  This is one of the best canvases from these experiments, using a make-up dauber with acrylic paint and india ink to create awesome layered, cloudy backgrounds.

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At first I didn’t like the using a make-up dauber.  It’s has a tapered end, but the bottom, where it’s the widest, is rectangular and when I would use it to add paint to the surface, I would get a rectangular, or corner imprint.  It wasn’t a huge deal because I would just spritz it with some water or smear it with my finger to blend it into the background.  Despite this, I’ve come to really like them and now I use them all the time.

They’re cheap, first of all- you can get a whole pack of them for just a dollar or two. The material is good for either daubing or brushing, they’re absorbent so they will hold a lot of water to help dilute the paint if you need it.  They’re still not perfect, but it’s fun to get messy!  I can spread the paint super fast with these babies, and then load them up with water and wring them out in certain spots that need it.

They are also great for layering- once your main background is dry, you add a small amount of paint to the end and daub straight up and down.  Especially if the paint your using is a bit lighter, but the same shade as the background, it will blend wonderfully and add more texture and depth to the colors.

Using a Make-up Dauber

One more thing about using a make-up dauber to paint – if you mess up and use too much ink or paint, the dauber is great at soaking it up (if you using a lot of water, like I do), and then you have it to use somewhere else.

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I hope this has been helpful!  I’d love to hear your feedback- what are your favorite painting tools?  I’ve always on the lookout for some awesome new techniques.  🙂

What I Learned from Teaching My First Mixed Media Workshop

So, I taught my first mixed media workshop last weekend!  I was pretty nervous, even though everyone that came was a friend of mine who I knew would be kind to me.  🙂  I had chosen an older canvas I created last year as the focus for the workshop, and I was a little worried that the class would last too long, because of drying time especially.  I use a lot of water when I’m creating my pieces, and I made sure to have my heat gun and hair dryer in easy reach to help the canvases dry so we wouldn’t be sitting there all night.

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I was pleasantly surprised when the drying time ended up being negligible, especially since a couple of the women used quite a lot on their pieces.  I may need to get more heat guns if I’m going to teach more people at a time, but the whole night lasted about an hour and a half, which was a perfect amount of time!

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Surprise Lessons from Teaching a Mixed Media Workshop

I’ve been wanting to start teaching art classes and workshops for several months, but I’ve been putting it off and making excuses every time I got close to scheduling one.  I was scared I wouldn’t be prepared, that no one would come, that no one would really get anything out of the classes I would teach.  Now that I’ve finally started teaching, I can say that I have learned several things, some quite surprising.

  • People really do mean it when they tell you they aren’t creative and can’t do what you do.  I always thought people were just trying to be polite when they would say things like that to me, but I’ve finally realized that they really believe that they can’t create.
  • Everyone can create.  Some may need a bit more practice, but everyone can become an artist if they put in the time and the effort.  It really is true!
  • We all want to create- whether it’s a canvas, a career, a child, or all of the above- we all have something we want to build and establish, and a simple art class can help people on their creative journey, whatever it is they may be trying to build.
  • Be prepared.  I am glad that I had prepared myself to work more with the drying time during class, because that preparation is why the class didn’t go too long and no one was just sitting around waiting for things to dry.  It is important to be prepared, but if you forget something, or something doesn’t quite work the way you planned, things can still work out great!  So relax, have fun, and help your students build their creative confidence, and you’ll know how to make your class even better for the next time.
  • Don’t take steps for granted.  Just because something seems obvious to you, doesn’t mean it will be obvious to everyone.  So go into lots of detail!  Show them the best way to apply paint and glue, how to splatter ink, how much water to use, etc.
  • With that being said, you also need to stand back and allow them the freedom to express their own ideas.  Their work will not be a replica of yours, and that’s great because that’s how others are inspired in your class- by seeing how they can find their own style within a guided piece.
  • Ask people for feedback.  You will get some great tips!

If you’ve been thinking of taking, or teaching, a mixed media workshop, or any other kind of art class, I would encourage you to go for it!  I have never regretted putting myself out there and trying something new, even when I was completely terrified.  You will learn so much, and whether as a student or a teacher, you will be helping those around you, as well.

 

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I’m so excited to start teaching more mixed media workshops.  I know that there are so many people out there who have the same false beliefs about themselves and their talent, and to be able to help them find that creative side in their own nature would make any fear I needed to overcome worth it.

 

Small & Messy Mixed Media Quilling Art

I don’t usually have time to make 2 videos in one week, but I’ve been trying recently to come up with some quick, simple projects that can be completed in just a few hours (including drying time).  This one is super simple and small, but such a fun messy mixed media piece!!

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  • I started with a small 5*5 white canvas, and added Ranger brand texture paste to the surface, in a diagonal from one corner to the other.
  • Some splashes of black india ink doused with a bit of water added just the right amount of messiness to the surface.
  • While the paste was still wet, I embedded my quilled paper pieces into the surface.
  • A few more splashes were needed to mess up the paper pieces a bit.  Plus, a bit of red was needed, too.
  • After everything dried completely, I mixed a small amount of ice resin.  I poured it over the quilling pieces, and it adds such a fun watery look to the whole piece.

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So as you can see, this was a pretty simple, messy mixed media piece.  The part the takes the longest is rolling the paper pieces, but for a small canvas like this, you won’t need very many.

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I’m trying to decide what this piece reminds me of… stones in a brook?  A mountain range?  Growths in the skin?  Gross, but I could see that.  What do you see?

Mixed Media Snowflake Commission

I was approached by a friend of mine a couple weeks ago about doing a commission for her wedding anniversary.  She asked for two things- shades of blue in her wedding colors, and snowflakes.  I drew up a few sketches, and once we decided on a the basic idea, I got to work this mixed media snowflake piece.

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Boy, this piece is just bursting with texture!

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  • Creative Embellishments has snowflake chippy’s in various sizes.  I placed several of them on the surface of my blank canvas, then used watered down acrylics to spray some color all over.
  • Once the paint had dried nearly all the way, I removed the chipboard.  The paint had dried underneath with a super cool print of the snowflake, marking a pattern on the surface.
  • I added some variation by daubing some more paint onto the surface with a sponge.
  • The background still needed some sparkle mistiness, so I spread some silver metallic paint on some plastic wrap, and used that to apply the paint to the canvas.
  • The chipboard was splashed with color from the first steps, but I added some of the metallic paint to give them more shimmer, then splashed them with a bit more blue.
  • Now for some modeling paste!  I knew the basic look I wanted to achieve with the texture I would add, so I used a palette knife and my fingers to apply the paste.
  • I added my chipboard snowflakes to the wet paste, and made sure they were embedded solidly.
  • After the paste dried, I splashed it with some more fluid acrylic to blend it into the background.
  • Once everything was dry, I took some Snowflake Effects paste and added it in certain areas over the snowflakes and texture paste.
  • As the finishing touch, I added silver paint over the snow effect to give it a bit of shimmer, and a bit more to the surface of the canvas over the spots of texture I added.

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Finished!  I love that the piece looks like gusts of wind and snow.  There’s so much movement, it’s awesome.  I hope the new owner loves it as much as I do!!