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Steampunk Tag with tutorial video

Perhaps it was the amazing steampunk Maleficent dragon I saw in Disney World last week, but my mind has been fulls of gears and rust recently.  This steampunk tag was such a quick and fun project to work on, and I found some fun new techniques to try, too!

steampunk tag

I think my favorite new technique was applying modeling paste to the surface through a chunk of tulle.  It added a perfect layer of texture, a look of aged leather that looks spectacular on this steampunk tag.  I love adding new techniques to my arsenal.  🙂

I used black crackle paste under the gears on the top and bottom, but the layer I used was too thin for the crackle to really show up.  I maybe should have put some clear crackle paste over the top in a thicker layer- then I’d have the crackle look without having to overload it with the black paste.  Of course, if it’s too thick, it would warp the paper…  so many things to consider!

And of course I have to mention the faux rust on my chipboard gears.  I love layering various brown colors to achieve that old, vintage look, and how the layers of chipboard really pop off the surface.

steampunk tag with embossed stamping

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I’d like to make more tags in the future.  I see a lot of artists creating collections of tags, and I love the idea of doing that- perhaps even putting each one into a mini book or using them for gifts and cards…  so many possibilities!  How do you use the tags you create?  And is anyone else as enamored of steampunk tags and art as I am?

A fun Disney layout with a little magic

I have a fun layout for you today!!  I’ve been organizing some of my old photos recently, and I found this gem from a trip my mom and sisters and I took a few years ago.  The Christmas lights on Cinderella’s castle are simply amazing; perfect for a fun Disney layout.

Disney layout with stamping, texture paste and india ink

Now, I do have a confession to make.  I was disappointed with how the colors turned out.  I used white texture paste through a stencil, and splashed colored inks onto those areas while the paste was still wet.  I did not take into account how the inks would absorb together as things dried, and what the splashes looked like at first was very different to what they looked like after everything had dried.

I needed to do 2 things differently- first, I needed to be a lot lighter with my ink splashes.  It doesn’t take a whole lot, but I have a hard time knowing when to stop.  Second, I needed to let the ink and paste dry between each color I added so they wouldn’t blend together like they did.  If too many colors blend together, they start to look brownish and dirty.

I am pleased with the white stamps and splashes, though, and the crystal gems add a nice sparkly touch.  🙂

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All in all, though, it’s not too bad for a Disney layout.  🙂  What do you guys think?  Do you have any more suggestions for how I could have done better with the colors and composition?  I would love to hear your ideas and know-how.

Thanks for visiting today!!

Supply list

Ranger white texture paste

liquitex white acrylic paint

Ph Martin’s Bombay India Inks

DCWV patterned paper

Tim Holtz tissue wrap

Umwow Studio Harlequin stencil and dream flair

Adhesive Crystal Gems and Pearls

 

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!!

messy mixed media canvas with quilling and texture paste

  • 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.

messy mixed media piece with quilling

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?

Christmas mixed media canvas

christmas mixed media paper art

It’s December!!  I’m so excited for Christmas, I’ve been decorating and diy-ing like crazy!  Not to mention, playing Christmas music 24-7.  🙂

Amidst all my decorating, I found this amazing set of tissue paper at Tuesday Morning- red and black and white with Christmas text.  It’s perfect for the decor that I have going in my basement, so I decided to create a christmas mixed media canvas as an artsy touch to match my theme.

I am in the midst of creating a video for this, but I’ve run into technical difficulties. Hopefully I’ll be able to restore some corrupted files.  But I wanted to share this with you anyway.  I was so worried in the early stages that it wasn’t going to turn out well, but it did and I’m so happy I have to share!

christmas mixed media artwork

  • I added several layers of tissue paper with gel medium
  • Tim Holtz has an amazing line of washi tape- using 3 0r 4 of his designs, I added them outward from the middle of the canvas.
  • Stencils and texture paste were next- adding some texture to the surface in the shape of clocks and calligraphy.
  • I added ink in several places- distress ink and india ink to dirty things up a bit and highlight some of the stenciled bits.
  • Several christmas papers, mixed with a bit more tissue paper, formed the layers of paper in the middle.  I used gel medium and foam tape to adhere them together.
  • Chipboard!!!  I painted the bigger pieces with white gesso and then highlighted them in red.  For the smaller stars, I adhered them to the canvas first and then painted them.
  • I used snow effects paste to add more texture the the chipboard and various places on the paper.
  • A few splatters of some fluid acrylic paint, and it’s finished!

christmas mixed media art

I have never done any christmas mixed media pieces, or any holiday themed art pieces for that matter, but I love it!  Have any of you created any pieces for Christmas?  I’d love to see them!

Altered Planner Cover- lots of texture!

altered planner

I have a confession to make- I hate planning.  HATE it.  I don’t really know why, but every time I try to get organized I lose interest, and just end up doing- I don’t know- not what I need to do.

Anyway, I recently found a new way of planning that uses bullets on graph paper. It actually seemed like it could work for me, and since I already had an empty graph journal I’d bought for like 2 dollars at Borders and never used, I’ve been working on my planning for the past week.

Of course, the journal I’m using needed a new cover.  Black is just too boring, am I right? Ok, it’s not always boring- I actually like black a lot, but this journal needed something else.

 

  • I began by sanding the faux leather surface.  I knew I was going to be adding a lot of layers, and I wanted as much for them to adhere to as possible.
  • Then came layers of gesso, cheesecloth, muslin, and texture paste.  I specifically formed the muslin to create a pocket for a pen, so wherever I may take my planner, I’ll have a pen with me as well.
  • I sealed them all with gel medium for extra strength before I added anything else.
  • I used several stamps to decorate my textured surface.
  • Then came lots of metal embellishments, along with a chipboard clock that I cut in two.
  • Once they dried in place, I painted them with gesso.
  • I added ink with a “controlled splatter” technique I learned from a recent video by Mireille Binet- she ink brushed on plastic wrapping to apply droplets of ink to the surface of her project, and I replicated that here.  Thanks Mireille!
  • Flowers and beads came next, with a few splashes of ink for the petals.
  • The last thing was to add the chipboard sentiment.

 

Hopefully I can become more organized and better able to plan my days with the help of this altered planner.   I think this yummy cover will help, don’t you?

altered planner close up

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altered planner back cover

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Mixed Media Canvas Collage with video- “Home”

mixed media canvas collage with um wow studio chipboard

Happy Friday everyone!  I wanted to share my latest mixed media canvas collage with you today.  I created it for UmWow Studios Creative Team call, and I’m using their chipboard confetti as the basis for the theme of the piece- Home.

I will confess, I love adding symbols to my artwork.  I do it on purpose a lot, but sometimes as I go back over a piece I’ve just finished, I’ll see some new ideas or elements that I didn’t mean to be symbolic, but somehow have taken on new meaning.  The clocks and gears I added with modeling paste and some stencils represent the time and work it takes to create a happy home and build lasting relationships.  The text symbolizes communication, and the blocks of cardstock are our priorities, lined up in a way that they all fit together and help balance and support us and our families.  One more thing to share- I love the microbeads in this piece- when I think of symbols of home and family in this artwork, they stand out above the others, as the many, many ways we can serve each other every day.  I believe it is so important for us to be serving our families, without keeping score or expecting anything in return.

Of course,  I know that many will look at this piece and see different things.  It will not have the same meaning for others that it does for me, and yet even that dynamic is fascinating.  What symbols do you see that I may have missed?  What do these elements represent for you, if anything at all?

Mixed Media Canvas Collage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpnUVHOFvFg

Thank you for letting me share these thoughts today.  I’ve included a supply list with some affiliate links so you will know what tools and supplies I used.  (Affiliate links mean that if you make a purchase through a link I’ve provided, I will be paid a commission.  Don’t worry, you won’t be charged more.)

Don’t forget to check out my video to see the whole process, and let me know what you think in the comments!

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mixed media canvas collage flower closeup

Supply list and links-

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Liquitex Modeling Paste

White Gesso

Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap “Terminology”- retired

Crafter’s Workshop Stencils

Prima’s Archivist paper line

India Ink

Cheesecloth

Elmer’s foam tape

Black twine

UmWow Studios chipboard confetti

PearlEx powders

glass microbeads

acrylic paint

Petaloo flowers