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 🙂

On a Kindness Mission-Creating Inspirational ATC’s on Gelli Prints

THE MISSION

As I’m sure everyone in the world must know by now, I love Gelli printing. 🙂 Now that I have amassed so many prints, I’m trying to find creative ways to use them. Then I read a really inspirational blog post from Kelly Rae Roberts about her Kindness Mission. I was really moved by this mission to spread kindness in little ways to perfect strangers or those who may be in need of a kind word or uplifting thought. So with that in mind I pulled out my ever growing stack of Gelli prints and went to work.

THE PROCESS

First, I picked out several of my favorite prints. Then, I cut them down to ATC size. I had printed them all on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, which has a really nice weight to it. I discovered a whole unused box of SEI diecuts and found them to be perfect to use on the backgrounds. I attached them using matte medium.

I am a runner, and I find that when I run (about 3/4 of the way through the first mile) my mind becomes very clear. I was thinking about the Kindness Mission and what would be some good ideas to use to help bring a little comfort or joy into someone’s life. As I ran, I came up with a list in my head of several phrases. The next day I sat down with my favorite little letter stamp set and stamped all of the sentiments onto the cards. What was funny (as I look back), was that day was a particularly rough day for me. One of those days where absolutely nothing was going right. My daughter lost her cell phone that morning, another one got sick on her second day of kindergarten, my stamps were falling apart, movers that had been scheduled were 45 minutes late to a job, etc….So as I was working on these cards the messages became self directed. I really needed to hear a lot of what I was trying to say!

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THE RESULT

Today as I head out, these little lovelies will be shared with others. One was left on the treadmill at the club. Another at the gas pump, the bookstore, the grocery store…And hopefully they will be enjoyed and maybe even shared with others who may need a boost today! What kind thing will you do today? 🙂

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Art Journaling on my Gelli Prints

Good morning! I have managed to amass quite a collection of Gelli prints at this point and decided to start using some of them. The obvious place for me to start is in my art journal. I bought a Strathmore Mixed Media journal specifically for Gelli printing. This way I have a whole book of backgrounds ready to go whenever I am!

The first journal page is using a Gelli print background, to which I added a sketched face. Yes, I am still working on drawing faces. I think they are finally showing some improvement. I did this one fast and loose, just working loosely with a graphite pencil and a couple of Prismacolor pencils. I added some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape around the edges, just because there was a lot of white space that didn’t get printed on and I wanted this page full of color.

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On the next page, I drew this cute owl-inspired by a new book I just bought: Craft A Doodle by Jenny Doh. I colored him in using my Letraset Aqua Markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white. I also added a few rub ons and this cute new stamped sentiment that I picked up at Stamp Antonio Arts.

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The next page I actually worked on with my five year old daughter, Sophie. I started with the Gelli print, and looked for any shapes or patterns that stood out to me. I saw the body of a bird, so I started creating one out of the yellow spot. Sophie suggested that I create a little bird next to the big one, to represent her. So I did 🙂 I used the Aqua markers again for some extra color and shading, as well as a small Pitt pen.

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Thanks for stopping by, I will be back later this week with my second Frog Dog Studio project for August!

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!