Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring ATC~"Thoughtful"~March Challenge Inspiration

Happy Wednesday!

So delighted you stopped by! Today it is kim here with a small piece of inspiration and a step by step. You still have a few days to play along. One of the most fun things about ATCs is they are small and once you have time, they can be made quickly.

Please click each photo to see a larger version.

I started with an ATC background that I cut from a piece of manila folder. I coated it with gesso and drew some lines in it while wet. Once dry, I pressed it into puddles of acrylic paint. Then misted with water to make it blend and run. This step took the longest, just in drying time. You can coax it along with a heat gun, just be careful you do not overheat and bubble the surface...unless that is the look you want(it is awesome btw)

I saved some teabags I used to make sun tea. Once dry I opened them up and brushed off the loose tea leaves.

I used Distress Embossing Ink and a clear bird stamp by Inkadinkado. I am so inspired by Barb and her lovely birds!

I stamped the image and sprinkled with Ranger White Embossing Powder. Then I used my heat gun to melt the powder on the used tea bag.

Next I tore away the edges to leave it rough, you can fussy cut if you prefer.

I  inked the edges of the ATC with Vintage Photo to tie the two parts together.

It still needed I used a white Gelly Roll pen to "draw" lines. These were the lines I had scored in the wet gesso. Even with out them, it is easy to draw on top of the gesso and acrylics.

Taaa-daaaa! Here is "Thoughtful". What do you think?

Thanks so much for following along! All of us here at Mixed Media Mojo cannot wait to see your art! Each month the winner is named out Mojo Diva and asked to be a Guest Designer.

See ya soon!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet our March Guest Designer

HI there Maria here today to share a little something about our March Guest Designer Kathy!

Meet Kathy:

Here is a little something about Kathy:

"Hi! I'm Kathy, a Southern Californian native who now lives in upstate New York. I'm a RN who loves creating. I currently belong to the design teams of Open-Minded Crafting Challenges, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Sketch Saturday, Cards in Envy, Try Stampin' on Tuesday, and Repeat Impressions. I was thrilled to be asked to design for March's Mixed Media Mojo challenge and I hope you enjoy my ATC's.  Please stop by and see me at"

Kathy shared a great project this month for our current challenge with is: Theme: ATC Cards and the Twist: create a pair.  You may have seen this earlier this month but they rock so let's share them again!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bird ATC - How To

ATC’s (artist trading cards) little pieces of artwork that measure 2.5  x  3.5 inches.  Here is a picture of the first steps for creating this bird ATC.  A playing card, a dictionary page that is adhered to the card; gesso is applied and then a layer of acrylic paint to start the base of the ATC. 

I have a thing for the alphabet so I used my Tim Holtz stencil and some spray to add color and design.

I then added more layers of coloring using gelatos and acrylic paint. 

I stamped the Scribbly Bird from Dina Wakely on some tissue paper and colored it on the backside.  This was adhered to the ATC base with gel medium.

I then added the B rub ons to each corner.  They are very old so they did not go on too well but with a black pen I was able to fix some of them and then you just start adding paint over them and all the problems somewhat disappear or add to the “creative movement” in the ATC.  I brightened up the paint.  Rubbed some more paint along the edges and on top of the bird.  Added some stitch rub ons and a few doodles with a pen.  The ATC is finished.  An ATC is a fun piece of art work – very small and manageable – it does not overwhelm you.  Come play along with us in our monthly challenge.  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fabric ATC

Our monthly challenge is ATC's in two's.  The two can be two ATC's, two elements, or I chose to do two different ways of using black on my fabric ATC.

I started with two layers of fabric and then I stitched them together by hand.  (next time I will do this by machine - my hands are not as young as they use to be).  I decided to leave it messy and let the strings hang off the edge.

In a prior life I sewed and I sewed very well but I have purged many of my supplies so dug through my supplies and found some things that coordinated.  After quilting the fabric together, I added several different layers of lace and trim.  The B is from my card making supplies.  This little piece of art will be on my B wall in my living room.

You can see that the trim and the B have the "2 element" of each having the color black in them.  This was fun to play with and I do hope to make a bigger fabric "B" piece of art.

Thanks for stopping by the Mixed Media Mojo blog and I hope you join us in our challenge in this month.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Art Journal Fun

As promised it's Maria back with another Art journaling layout for you!  But first off let me tell you that our March challenge is now live and ready for you to link up to!  This month the challenge is to make ATC Cards and the twist is to make a pair! Check it out HERE.  We are also in the midst of a Design Team Call we would love for you to apply check that out HERE.

So onto my journal page.  Once again I'm working in my small Dylusions book.  I have to say I love this book and am glad I got one!

Here is a layout I did this week using Dylusions Stamps:

I started with various Dylusions Sprays of different colors and just randomly sprayed over the pages.  Her dress was paper pieced and I added a little color with sharpie markers.

Stamps shown here:

Dylusions Clear Sets: "Clearly Borders" & "Clearly the Right Words"
Dylusions Red Rubber: " Curious Corrin"
Tim Holtz Red Rubber: Mixed Media CMS125
Unity Stamp Co: Marah Freedom

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Challenge

I can't believe it's March already!  How does that happen?? My twins turn 9 this month, what the what?  Well it's time for another Mixed Media Mojo challenge!  But first let's announce our winner and Guest Designer for April!

Our Mojo Diva for February is LULA!! Congrats Lula!  Please contact me at riaann at optonline dot net to claim your badge and receive information for your guest spot in April.

Our March challenge is to make ATC cards.  If you are not familiar these a small cards 2.5 x 3.5 in size.  And the twist is to make a set of 2!

Check out what our fabulous Design Team did:

Kathy - March Guest Designer

Barb created these 2 cards:

Niki created a pair of this card:

Have you heard?  In our last post we announced we are having a Design Team Call!  Do you love mixed media, art journalling than we want you to apply!  Details below:


Would you like to join our Design Team?  We are looking to add a few new members!  Do you love mixed media, art journaling?  Then we would love for you to apply.  This DT call is very simple just link below your blog and a specific piece for us to take a look at. 


  • A project for the 1st of every month for our new challenge.
  • One or two additional blog posts during the month, which may be a shared technique, idea another project. We work together to create a schedule that fits everyone's schedule. We do not want any pressure on our members just fun!  
  • Term begins in April
How to apply:
  • Link your blog featuring your favorite mixed media, art journal piece in this POST HERE.
Link up by March 15. 

Thanks for stopping by!