With Brave Wings–Mixed Media Drawing on a Gelli Print

This tutorial, as well as materials used in this project can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog and Frog Dog Studio Shop.

Hello everyone! Melissa here with a tutorial on a little project I made up using the rest of my September Frog Dog Studio kit.

This month I was introduced to Gelli printing for the first time and I just can’t express to you how much I LOVE making these prints!! There are just so many possibilities. For this little project, I wanted to do a simple drawing on top of the gelli print background that I had created using the canvas paper pad from the kit. I started out by lightly sketching the bird with a pencil, then outlining it with a black Pitt pen. I stuck a few leftover neon reinforcement circles onto the page, and also added some polka dots to the wing, using a Sharpie poster paint marker.

Next, I used my white gel pen to outline the bird and add a little character. Using the Faber Castel Big Brush marker (in pink), I outlined around the reinforcement circles and the bird and then blended it all in with my finger. This helps to incorporate the images and stickers into the background, rather than have them sticking out. I also used a purple Inktense pencil to shade under the wing.

At this point I noticed a few blank spots on the piece that were bugging me, so I added a few pieces of Tim Holtz tissue tape to fill in the gaps. I also smudged a little bit of pink with the big brush marker to help it blend in. Using the exclusive Frog Dog Studio stamp set and the Faber Castel Big Brush pen (in Pink Madder), some stamping was added into the background for texture. To finish, I stamped a quote onto a piece of scrap paper then cut it apart and glued it to the piece. Rub ons were also added.

I found this cute little frame when I was cleaning out my closet and thought it matched this project perfectly! So here it is, all complete and ready to gift 🙂

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LifeBook 2013…Here I Come!!

Hi all!

I am so excited about doing LifeBook 2013! Here is what LifeBook is all about (taken from Willowing Arts):

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. She is joined by 21 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating a minimum of 2 loose mixed media art journal pages per month (through a minimum of 2 lessons a month) which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)!”

One of my 2013 goals is to actively engage in mixed media art by taking online classes and continuing to learn new techniques. Our first assignment is to create our Fairy Art Mother. I’ll be the first to tell you that I am not very good at drawing. This is something I plan to work on this year. I tend to be a bit more abstract. This is also my first finished piece using nothing but watercolor crayons and a fine tip Pitt pen. Usually I create things with lots of layers and heavier colors. I tried to practice a light hand with this. I created my fairy art mother first as a sketch on my iPad, then freehand drawing her out on top of the watercolor background. I like the muted colors, but now finally realized that I am more about big, bold color. So I tried something new here as well as learned something about my art…definitely worthwhile!

Fairy Art Mother

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂