Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fruits Of Our Labours Mixed Media Canvas

Hello and welcome, Deb here today for Mixed Media Wednesday to share a project with you that was inspired by our August challenge, Harvest with the twist of adding Fruit.

I have a quick tutorial on how I made my 'Fruits Of Our Labours' mixed media canvas, hope you will enjoy it.

I started out with a 5" x 7" flat artists canvas and added die cut letters to spell out my words.  I have A LOT of die cut letters from previous projects that I hoard keep in my stash so I used them and didn't worry about what material or colour they'd been die cut from as I intended to cover everything with gesso.  I layered three of each letter together for some dimension and adhered them to the canvas.

The wide serif letters are from Tim Holtz's Boardwalk die and the narrow sans serif letters are from his Alphanumeric dies.  I gave the whole canvas a coat of gesso and let it dry.

Sprays and drips with Distress spray stain in shades of yellow and orange came next along with some spritzes of water to blend the colours.

After the stain had dried, I sealed the whole canvas with Distress Matte collage medium and then intensified the colours by scribbling with Distress crayons and blending with my fingers.  I added some shading to the lettering with shades of brown Distress crayons and then gave each letter a dusting of Perfect Pearls.  The edges of the canvas were also shaded with brown Distress crayons.

Stamping came next, I used a variety of script and mixed media stamps from my stash and stamped them onto the canvas with Black Soot Distress Archival ink.

I still felt I needed some interest on my background so spattered the canvas with white and then black thinned acrylic paint, masking off the lettering before doing so.  Here's a close up picture of the spattered and stamped background.

I then fussy cut some vintage peach and apple images from my stash (courtesy of Magic Moonlit Studio) and adhered some of them to the background.  I sealed the background images with Distress Matte collage medium and then used a Black Soot Distress marker to add some shading.

The two foreground images were mounted onto black fun foam and adhered over top to add a bit more dimension to my canvas.

I love the addition of the Perfect Pearls to the lettering, I must remember to use it more often!

Hope you have enjoyed my quick little tutorial, this is a great way to make use of those hoarded surplus die cut letters you have in your stash!

I also hope it has inspired you to join in our August challenge, I can't wait to see what you create.

Thanks again for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fruit Harvest

Hi there Mixed Media Mojo friends!
It's me  Lucyna here to show you a few steps of my take on the theme Harvest with the twist Fruit.

I altered a box, we usually buy strawberries in such kind of containers.

I started with adding some chipboard banners and giving them all a good wash of gesso. 

Then it was time for spritzing and misting. I used Dylusions ink spray and Perfect Pearls mists.

Next outlining with green ink was made.

I finished the piece with some drawings and some scraps of fruit.

I hope I could help your imagination bloom. Have a look, put your thinking cup on and join us in the fun at the challenge.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

An Apple Or Two A Day For Bernie


Do you have a folder of backgrounds which you have created but haven't used? I know I do so I pulled one of them out to use as my base for this picture.

I firmly taped my elephant stencil down with some masking tape. I swept some texture paste over the stencil with a palette knife, I wanted to give the elephant a cracked rough elephant type skin so I used a sponge (an inexpensive make up sponge) and pressed it into the paste and then quickly lifted it up. I have never used crackle paint, but you could probably create the same appearance with that.

When the paste was completely dry. I put the stencil back over the paste and carefully stuck it down. I used Rangers Cool Graphite dye ink to colour the elephant. I really should give him a name.... I think I will call him Bernie. I dabbed a sponge into the ink and dabbed it all over until Bernie was a glorious grey colour.

Now Bernie is often hungry so I quickly painted him a few apples, and coated them in glossy accents. When nice and dry I cut them all out.

I stamped a bird on a little piece of card and cut it out and sat him on Bernie's back. I added few green stamped branches and leaves, and glued the apples amongst them.Now Bernie is ready to have a feast!


Please join in the fun and add your project to this months Mixed Media Mojo

Challenge Harvest with a Twist of Fruit.







Monday, August 1, 2016

Mixed Media Mojo August

Welcome to August!  I hope everyone is having a super summer!  I want to thank all those who participated in our July challenge!  Our Mixed Media Mojo Diva is:

Ann with this great piece:

Congrats!! Please contact our Guest Designer Coordinator Jannet - (gillslap AT for your badge and information on being our next Guest Designer!

Now let's check out what our amazing DT created this month:

I hope you will play along with us this month! Please link up below a new project created for this challenge and do not combine with more than 6 other challenges. Limit to 3 entries per person. You can be the next Mixed Media Mojo Diva!

I hope you will come play along!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Altered Summertime Scrapbook Journal

Today I thought I would share how easy it is to alter a guest book, old diary, or any other type of book .

I decided to alter this guest book into a summer scrapbook journal.

I started by adding some texture paste to give the appearance of sand, and then I used watercolours over the top.

You may like to try a recipe by Tim Holtz to make your own sand. I don't have any of the products he used so I couldn't do it, but if you have those items you may like to give it a try as it looks interesting!

The girl is a Phyliss Harris stamp which I also coloured with water colours. I used some pink thread to create the flowing ribbons on her hat.

I glued some real shells onto the bottom of the cover, and finished by laying a ribbon down the side .

The inside pages all had printed titles on them, but these were easily covered with papers.

I hope I have inspired you to have some fun, and create something for this months challenge which is "Summertime" and the Twist is Shells which you can use if you wish.

If you try the Tim Holtz recipe, I would love to know how it turns out...

Join in the fun


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Guest Designer Autumn

Today we welcome our super talented guest designer Autumn Clark from
Summertime fun brings to mind thoughts of spontaneity and timelessness. I was thinking of late nights when the tide is high, walking the shore. To translate that into my project, I started with a painted canvas board painted in shades of midnight with acrylics. Next, I scraped texture paste across randomly. When this was dry, I used a stencil and more paste to create a scalloped pattern. Using Twinkling H2Os I layered shades of blue and green over the white paste. I splattered them along the edges as well. Next, I embossed a dotty pattern in "Psychedelic" clear embossing powder randomly over the entire canvas, for a glittery pattern. I stamped a tiny pattern in black for more contrast.
For my stamped focal images, I painted a sheet of manila with watercolor, then embossed in black. I tore the edges of the stamped images, then sprayed them and my canvas both with blue, green, and black Glimmer Mist sprays.
Using the scraps from my watercolor panel, I die cut some fauna for embellishment. Then I sprayed a piece of cheese cloth with green Glimmer Mist. I used cardboard to build dimension under my stamped images, then glued the greenery and embellishments in place around them.
I tucked in some metal embellishments between the layers. Next, I dropped a good bit of gel medium onto my palette and sprinkled in some Art Stones and chunky glitter and mixed it all up. I spread this mixture randomly around the canvas and sprayed it with more Glimmer Mist in areas.
I filled a tiny bottle with art stones and a strip of text and attached it with hot glue. I dripped a small amount of alcohol ink over the glass to give it an aged feel.
I tinted some purchased flower stems with Glimmer Mist and added them for more dimension.
Thank you so much Mixed Media Mojo for giving me the opportunity to create for the Summertime Fun theme. This was such a rewarding experience! I appreciate your continued inspiration and thought provoking challenges.

We are sure that you have been inspired by Autumn's fabulous canvas to create something for our Summertime Challenge with a Twist of Shells. The twist is optional, and everyone is very welcome to add their art to the challenge.
We look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sea and Sky Art Journal Page

Hello, Deb here today to share an art journal page I made with our July challenge theme of Summertime with the twist of adding shells in mind.

I started out with a double page spread from my art journal.  I stamped some random background images along the bottom with a light colour of acrylic paint and then coloured the whole page with multiple colours of Distress inks in shades of blue.  The acrylic paint resists the Distress inks so that the stamped images still show.  I also discovered that I had some splotches of glue or medium on the page after applying the Distress ink but decided to just go with it!

Next, I made a 'wave' stencil from some acrylic packaging and coloured some waves onto my page with more Distress inks.  I then did some spritz and flick with water and dried it all.

More stenciling came next with a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil and a Southern Ridge Trading Company Net stencil in shades of blue Distress ink again.  I then spattered the page with Mermaid Lagoon Distress paint, white acrylic paint, Salty Ocean Distress stain and Heidi Swap White Color Shine.

I wrote the lyrics to a Dusty Springfield song around the edges of the page with a black Pigma Micron pen (the song is called Sea and Sky).  I added some collaged images, a piece of cheesecloth stained with green Distress ink and then stamped and clear embossed Tim Holtz's Compass Blueprint stamp and a quote from his Life Quotes stamp set.

Here are some closer shots of the clear embossed stamps.

 I added a small Mirrored Star colored with alcohol ink to the center of the compass image.

The collaged images were cut from a book I had in my stash, I added a small star and a mermaid charm (both coloured with alcohol inks) to the tall ship tag.

I shaded around all of the collaged images with Vintage Photo and Mermaid Lagoon Distress crayon.

And to complete the page, I added some real shells to each bottom corner.  I added some twine under the shells on the left hand corner,

and added more mirrored stars coloured with alcohol inks to each shell cluster.  You can also just see some more stenciling that I added behind the shells, I used the negative from a Tim Holtz Wildflower die to add some 'seaweed'.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my art journal page and that you will feel inspired to join in our July challenge.

I can't wait to see what you make, happy creating!

Deb xo