I wanted to share with you all that I will have an altered art piece published in the upcoming eBook: Around the World with 80 Artists! I will be joining 79 other artists from all over the globe, sharing a wide variety of art projects. For more information please check out our page. You can sign up for a FREE copy of this book at launch on Amazon on April 15th 2016 to celebrate World Creativity Week. Also, 20% of the proceeds from this project will go to The Malala Fund to help girls gain an education.
So make sure to visit the Creative Art Academy to sign up and get a preview of some amazing art!
Here is a sneak peek of my project:
I hope you all will check out my project, as well as the many others included. Full tutorials and color photos will be presented in eBook format, as well as printable format.
Thanks for stopping by!
Hello everyone! Welcome to our first “For the Love of Mixed Media” Blog Hop. I’m so glad you’re here 🙂
Our theme for this hop is hearts. I decided to alter a paper mache heart. I had some lovely “Downton Abbey” tissue paper that I’ve been hoarding, and I used it to cover the heart completely. I added some fabric trim from my stash, and a broken Charlotte doll that I molded with Amazing Mold Putty and casted with Amazing Casting Resin. I also had some doily pieces that I cut into little wings and added behind my molded piece.
And here is my ornament!
For more heart inspired projects, please visit my fellow artist’s blogs:
Christy Strickler: http://myscrapbookevolution.blogspot.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop.html
Robyn Crowningshield: http:///cozienookhomestead.wordpress.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop/
Hi everyone! Life’s been busy yet again (what’s new, right?!) but I wanted to quickly catch you up on some of my recent projects. Full tutorials can be found on the Amazing Casting Products blog.
These are some that I’ve done recently for Amazing Casting Products
Mixed Media Dream Catcher using vintage scarves, lace, dyes, and charms.
Mixed Media resin painting using Alumilite dyes and Alumidust on vintage book paper
And finally, I’ve been getting back into my photography. I’m currently taking Galia Alena’s Camera Craft Classes (Into the Light, and The Art of Seeing) which I highly recommend. Here are a few samples of some of my work:
Hi everyone!! I was so excited to participate in another fun collaboration with a bunch of my fellow Facebook mixed media artist friends. This time, we all altered paper mache animals!
My original intention was to create my animal from scratch; however, time got away from me (as it normally does this time of year) and I ended up ordering a pre-made animal instead. I opted for the always cool camel.
I love using bright and bold colors in my art, so I couldn’t wait to give my camel a glamorous makeover 🙂 I started out by covering the whole body with a few layers of paper napkins from World Market and Mod Podge.
Then, I glued on some colorful bling and put a layer of gold glitter paint all over. I also painted the saddle in bright colors. Finally, I added a nice thick layer of Amazing Clear Cast Resin over the entire body. I love how the resin turned the matte look of the paper into a glossy finish! It really made the colors pop and the glitter shine 🙂
I couldn’t stop with just my camel though…she needed a home! So I repurposed a box and turned it into a fun little desert getaway. Yes, my camel is glamping! You can find more details on this part of the project HERE.
Follow our hop to see more fun altered paper mache products!
Just a really quick share today of an art journal spread I created for Katie Smith’s Make Things 8 Week Challenge.
Last week’s challenge was to create something using a photograph. Several months ago I bought some of Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives photograph cards. I collect actual vintage photos also, but these are fun because I don’t feel bad about using up all of my real ones 🙂 I created this spread in my newest altered book, which will be featured this Thursday on the Amazing Casting Products blog:
Looking forward–have you been wondering what to do with all of the artwork your kids are bringing home from school? Next week on the blog I will be sharing some fun ideas on what to do with their little masterpieces!
Have a great day!
Good morning everyone! I recently participated in another fun art swap with some of my artsy Facebook friends. You may remember a few months ago our Pinewood Derby Car Makeover project, well our next collaboration was to makeover paint sticks. You know, the free paint sticks you can grab at the paint counter at Lowe’s or Home Depot? This was such a fun and easy project, and the possibilities are endless for what you can do with these.
I loved these so much that I shared them as an inspiration post over at Amazing Casting Products! I used several of the Alumidust colors to paint in the stamping that I did on the sticks, and ended by coating them all in Amazing Clear Cast resin. They have a beautiful shine to them and the resin really makes the color pop.
Click on the links below to see some more amazingly creative paint sticks!
More collaborations are to come, so stay tuned! 🙂
I believe as artists we are constantly pressuring ourselves to “define our style”, or at least I feel like I do. 🙂 I’ve recently come the the realization that many mixed media artists are a mash up of many different styles, the sum of all of the artists that we’ve admired that came before us. We take what we learn from those whose work we admire and attempt to put our own spin on it. Or we create using various techniques from different teachers gleaned from all of those online and onsite classes we have taken. I am boldly claiming that I am such an artist.
Although I still don’t feel like someone could automatically pick out my work, I feel like I could be taking steps to get there. I had the thought a while back that it would be fun to embark on a serious “Study the Masters” type experiment. This morning I realized that I’ve actually been doing this for several years, through tons of time spent taking online classes, in-person classes, YouTube video tutorials, and one big retreat earlier this year. I have learned so much, from a variety of Masters–all of whom are so talented and willing to share their knowledge. So let’s take a little tour, shall we? 🙂
MY MIXED MEDIA JOURNEY–FROM SCRAPBOOKER TO MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
I was first introduced to mixed media with Christy Tomlinson’s She Art workshop. As primarily a scrapbooker, I never knew anything such as mixed media existed. What a revelation!! I quickly lost interest in memory keeping (and tried to lose the guilty feelings for not documenting every moment of my 5 kids’ lives!) and jumped right into mixed media. Just after I started to burn out on making She Art girls, Christy released the She Had Three Hearts Art Journal course and I was hooked on art journaling. This has actually been the longest lasting obsession because I can combine so many art forms in one place. Anyway, here is a prime example of what I was creating at that time in my life:
Since I was a She Art groupie, I learned about LifeBook, hosted by the groovy Tamara Laporte! This chapter in my life was so rewarding. With LifeBook you get a ton of lessons for an entire year from a wide variety of teachers. I can honestly say I learned a lot in this class. Some of my favorite “Masters” in this class were Tam herself, Dion Dior, Dina Wakely, Shiloh Sofia McCloud, Mindy Lacefield, and several others. Here is a sample of some of my efforts from their lessons:
I’ve taken an in-person class from Donna Downey, as well as a few of her online courses. Her Metamorphis class has hands down been one of my favorites. It goes well beyond just putting paint on a canvas. I got to explore an entirely different way to actually create a substrate using materials I never would have thought of myself.
In California I got to learn from Marah Johnson and Cheryl Mezetti, both are super fun and creative! I learned how to use plaster from Cheryl, as well as beginning encaustic. Something which I’ve always wanted to try out. She made it so easy! The result were two beautiful journals. Some of my favorite places to create art on a small scale.
Then I had an itch to learn how to alter my art digitally, which led me to Traci Bautista’s Digital Canvas eCourse. I learned a lot about how to use apps in conjunction with my handmade art. Blending the two has been very rewarding, and even led to a feature in Art Journaling magazine earlier this year.
As mentioned in my last post I once again got to learn from Christy Tomlinson, but as a big super special bonus I got to have two days with Jane Davenport, who is now officially my woman crush 🙂 She is the coolest, nicest, person and a fantastic teacher. I went to the retreat for two reasons: 1. To meet Christy 2. To learn how to draw a face. Both goals were accomplished and I came home way more confident and willing to try something new. Here is some of my work from that experience:
There have been more courses along the way of course, Andrea Gomoll’s FACEnating Girls course, Alisa Burke’s Watercolor Bliss, and more classes from some of the previously mentioned artists. I’ve learned a lot from Finnabair’s YouTube channel as well:
So just to sum things up, I think it’s important that we keep learning–keep trying new things. Eventually all that you learn will culminate in finding your own artistic voice. I always tell people I have art ADD. I bounce around between painting, sewing, assemblage, digital art, watercoloring, sketching…nothing is off limits. And you know, I’m okay with that 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend!