The Girls of Fall–Mini Mixed Media Canvases Using the Frog Dog Studio Paper Add On Kit

Good morning! Melissa here with a tutorial on how to create some simple little “girls of fall”. These could be grouped together as a display, attached to a larger canvas, turned into ornaments…lots of possibilities! I was inspired by Christy Tomlinson’s She Art girls (I took her first class years ago–so much fun!)

To create these gals, I used items from our November Paper Add On Kit. There are some beautiful fall themed items in this kit. I especially loved the BoBunny 6×6 paper pad! To begin, I gessoed four mini canvases then sprayed them with the Lindy’s spray inks. Then, I just freehand cut some dresses. These papers have a sort of vintage vibe to me that I like. I glued them down on the canvases with some matte medium.

When they dried, I loosely sketched out a head and some legs. Then I mixed up some flesh colored paint and painted their faces and hair. I also used the stamps to do some embossing on the background. I covered the stamp in Versamark Ink, then stamped it on the canvas. Then, I dusted some of the Lindy’s embossing powder on top and hit it with a heat gun.

Now for the finishing touches–I added some green Distress Paint to the background. I also rubbed the piece over with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to give it an aged feeling. Details were added to the girls using a black pen.

The last thing I wanted to add to these pieces were a few words that represent this time of year.

And close ups of each girl individually 🙂

Fall Beauty–A Mixed Media Layout Using the November Paper Add on Kit from Frog Dog Studio

Good morning! I have to confess it has been a while since I have created a scrapbook page. I’m not sure where my scrapping mojo has run off to, but I’m beginning to miss it. In the hopes of reviving Monsieur Mojo, I have created this layout of my daughter using the totally fabulous Frog Dog Studio November Paper Add On Kit. 🙂

As much as I love mixed media (and you may find this as odd as I do), I never incorporate it into my scrapbooking. It’s almost like the two must remain separated. I figured I’d give it a go since I always admire this type of scrapping (Tina is an absolute master at this type of thing!)

I started out by covering the page in matte medium and pushing and crumbling the brown tissue paper into it. Then I started spraying away with the Lindy’s sprays from the kit.

When that was dry, I just tore up some of the BoBunny papers that I liked from the kit to create a base for my photo. Then I attached the photo, and worked in some Tim Holtz Distress Paint to help blend it in.

I wanted to get some good texture on the background, so I used some Golden Modeling Paste and a few stencils. I just laid down the stencils in random spots and gently scraped on the modeling paste over the top using a catalyst wedge.

Using the stamps from the kit, I stamped around the page randomly, using brown Ranger Archival Ink. When I was satisfied with that, I added some of the BoBunny chipboard pieces. I also didn’t want the stark white of the modeling paste, so I went over the page with some more Distress Paint. I wanted everything to blend together. I added a few rubons also just for some extra interest.

And the final product!

How to Mask That Ugly Page in Your Art Journal–Using the November Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media Kit

This tutorial as well as materials used can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog

Good morning! Melissa here with a quick tutorial using some more of the fun Catherine Scanlon coloring pages in your art journal.

Now I don’t know about you, but I have a few pages in my art journal that are just plain old ugly. Every time I flip through the book and see them I feel like ripping them out. Sometimes I wonder “what the heck was I thinking??!” Art gone bad. REAL bad.

As I was working on coloring these pages I was trying to think of what to do with them afterwards. Then I thought about those disaster pages and thought “I will just crop the edges of the coloring pages, then glue them over the hideousness. Brilliant! 🙂

When I first got the pages I thought it would be fun to color them all with different mediums. In my first post, I used the watercolors from the kit. For the second page I did, I decided to use Silks acrylics. If you’ve never used them before, they are really a visual treat. The colors are so vibrant! Using a small stick tool, I colored the entire page with bright and fun colors.

Of course I mixed in a bit of the gel pen from the kit as well as the glitter.

For the third page, I used Prismacolor pencils. They are perfect for coloring, they go on very smooth and the color is beautiful.

When they were all done, I cropped all of the edges off and then used matte medium to glue them right into my art journal.

As a final touch, I stamped a sentiment onto one of the pages and did a little blending of the edges so it all looks cohesive on the page.

I vote these journal pages as “Most Improved!”

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Fall Stars–A Canvas Banner Tutorial

Good morning! I wanted to quickly share a tutorial for the canvas star banner that is in the November Frog Dog Studio Paper Add On Kit. Since Fall is officially here, I wanted to use this banner as part of my decor in the entry way.

To begin, I laid out all of the little stars and sprayed them with the Lindy’s spray inks in fall colors.

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Next, I used a Heidi Swapp letter stencil to stencil on the letters that spell FALL. I used brown craft paint and a paint dabber.

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To finish, I found some thin ribbon and threaded it through the eyelets at the top of each star. Then I found the perfect spot to display it!

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How’s that for quick and cute?! Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

Coloring is Not Just for Kids!! Featuring the November Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media Kit

(This tutorial can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog. All supplies used are from the Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media Kit, which can be purchased here.)

Good morning! Melissa here with this month’s texture tips. When I received this month’s kit and saw the coloring pages from Catherine Scanlon I was totally excited. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of me and my grandma coloring together. She always had a good stash of coloring books at her house, plus the 64 count box of crayons with the built in sharpener! (fist pump!!)

Also included in this kit are the watercolors. I was looking at everything together and I decided to do different pages in different mediums. So for the first coloring page I used the watercolors for my main source of color. I added in the embossing powder to the middle of the flowers and some of the glitter (attached using the Glossy Accents from the kit). The embossing powder adds a nice, shiny texture to the page. And of course so does the glitter (plus it’s just a really gorgeous color!)

Next I used the gel pens to add some accents. I used the green along the stems and the blue to fill in the dots. These pens also offer a smooth shiny texture.

As I was digging around in my stash I found a packet of words from Tim Holtz, so I used them to create a little phrase that I liked. I stuck them in the empty spot of the coloring sheet.

To finish, I cut around the edges of the page and found a background in my art journal that needed some help (ok, it was a really ugly epic fail page that I’ve always hated) and glued it down right over the top. Now it looks so much better 🙂

How do you cover up journal pages or mistakes that you make? I’d love to hear about it!