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!

Art Journal and Mini Canvas tutorial + A Special Mixed Media Project

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I’m taking a quick moment to catch up on my blogging. Between today’s basketball tournament for one daughter and the other’s dance recital–it’s going to be a busy day!

I wanted to let you know that I have my How to Create a Mini Mixed Media Canvas tutorial posted up on the Frog Dog Studio Blog, as well as the tutorial on How to Create a Textured Art Journal Page. I hope you will stop by and take a look.

Don’t forget to sign up for the monthly mixed media kits offered by Frog Dog Studio. They have all kinds of great supplies and I can assure you there are some real goodies coming up for July 🙂

In other news, I was asked by my sister-in-law to create a fun and funky mixed media piece for their new home in Austin. Of course I was happy to do so 🙂 I bought a plain 16 x 20 art board and went to work. She liked the idea of a skyline, so I searched Google images and found a basic shaped skyline. From that I gathered assorted papers (scrapbook papers, book pages, and old sticker sheet of my daughter’s, etc.) and began cutting them into the general shapes of the buildings. I laid them down on the board to make sure everything would fit properly. Then I started on the background. The board was already gessoed, so I was able to get right to work. I mixed several different paints, stencils, spray inks, and modeling paste to create a background with lots of texture and color.

The next step was to use the Claudine Helmuth matte medium to glue down the buildings. Then I tore up bits of paper and washi tape to create the details. I outlined everything with a pen, then I went back to the background. Using heavy gel medium, I attached lots of different beads and sequins to really add some dimension to the piece. I also added some rubons and used a roller stamp randomly. Once everything was dry, I sprayed the entire thing with a fixative. I didn’t want everything all running together. After the fixative dried, I put a coat of Golden clear self leveling gel to finish it off. It adds a heavy gloss and seals and protects the entire piece. I am really happy with the end result, I hope that she likes it!

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Thanks for stopping by, I will be back in a few days with another fun project I plan to start this weekend for my daughter’s room…stay tuned!

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly—and Quirky Birds :)

This week I was able to play catch up with my LifeBook 2013 lessons. I can’t say enough about this experience, I have already learned so much!! The teachers are amazing and the work that everyone is putting up is truly inspiring. This week I was able to complete the lesson from Week 11-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Michelle Kral (also known as Misti B).This lesson was so liberating. The whole purpose is just to celebrate and embrace the good, bad, and ugly side of ourselves. We were encouraged to let our ugly out. Well, I feel like I certainly did. This piece is pretty hideous, but I finally felt something in myself just let go–I think for the first time ever. I usually worry over what people will think about my art and feel like it always has to be perfect, but not this time. Here it is, in all of it’s hideousness…
The Good, the Bad, The Ugly
Pretty ugly, eh? 🙂
Now this week’s lesson was a total blast. We made “quirky birds” and used song lyrics that help to ground us and help us celebrate the “now”. Everytime I hear the song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds I think of my husband. It’s a really beautiful song, if you’ve never heard it you should check it out. We made this as a really cool fold out accordion booklet. I may go back and do the back side with some more fun birds later on.
Quirky Birds
I hope you all enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Fall Mixed Media Projects

Hi Everyone! I feel like I’ve neglected this blog for a little bit and this will be pretty quick since I have a cold and am not feeling so great. I’ve been taking Christy Tomlinson’s Pumpkins and Cider workshop for the past few weeks. What a blast!! I adore Christy and her courses are always so much fun and inspiring. I created a few really cute Halloween character canvases, but am waiting to show those, as I’m using them as part of my DT reveal in a few weeks at Frosted Designs. I will feature them here as well right before Halloween. They are super cute! What I CAN share with you right now, however, is my fall pumpkin canvas. This canvas is full of texture! Check it out:



In addition to that cute canvas, I went to Goodwill last week and had myself a treasure hunt. I found this super heavy plaster plaque thingie that had all of this ugly fruit on it. When I saw it though, I could totally see it as a tombstone. So I covered it in gesso and went to work on creating a background for this haunted house. My daughter doesn’t like scary Halloween stuff (and to be honest neither do I) so we made it a little bit more of a fun and whimsical kind of project.



I should also add that I bought the stand that it’s sitting in at Goodwill also. It was a hideous brass thing that I just sprayed down with some glossy black spray paint. I love spray paint! I also picked up a ceramic bowl for a dollar, painted it hot pink, and threw all of my washi tapes in there. So cool!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to get some more journal pages cranked out since we are in the middle of the month now and that is my best opportunity for creating. Now I’m off to make some hot tea for this throat!!!

Trying a new technique

Over at Club CK, there was a great tutorial by Kim Watson on using modeling paste and stencils on a scrapbook layout. I thought this would be a great approach for na art journal page to add some nice texture. I used a grunge diamond pattern stencil from Crafters Workshop, as well as a sort of bubbly stencil along with Liquitex modeling paste. To add color I used a mixture of alcohol inks, spray mist, and Pan Pastels. I’m a huge fan of anything by Napoleon Hill–I find his words so inspiring and thought provoking, so I used one of his quotes on the page. I hand lettered the entire thing–a lot of work, but I like how it came out.

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