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!

The Witching Hour-Mixed Media Art using the Limited Edition Frog Dog Studio Kit

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.

Welcome, friends!! Today I have another spooky project for you using the October Limited Edition Kit. For this project I used the 5 x 7 canvas board, ephemera, Lindy’s sprays and Magicals, and the Dylusions stamps. Let’s get started!

To begin, I laid down a background of the Lindy’s Magicals combined with the spray ink. I also worked in a bit of the Viva Decor Glitter paste because I just can’t get enough of that stuff!

I wanted to create a quirky, funky little Halloween house so I de-constructed the viewfinder and it’s envelope. I cut the envelope into a house shape, and the stamp sheet into a roof. I cut up the viewfinder and tried to use the little negatives as windows, but they wouldn’t stick so I ended up using the frames they were housed in instead. I also cut the club off of the playing card and stuck it on top like a weather vane. Then, I used one of the Dylusions border stamps to create a little eave to attach under the roof. I also attached one of the bingo pieces on the front door.

At this point I thought the bingo piece didn’t really fit in too much so I painted it with the Lindy’s. I also added some rub ons and stamping to the piece, as well as an older Tim Holtz sticker that I had in my stash.

This piece sat for a couple of weeks like it is. I wasn’t totally happy with it, but couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I just knew that it felt “off” somehow. So I gave it some thought. In the meantime I added some white Magicals because I thought I would be adding something else to it and wanted to lighten up the background a little bit.

In the end I ended up removing the Spooky sticker and the bingo piece. I then downloaded some free vintage clip art and added that instead. I found the cute sentiment and added that as well. While browsing around at Hobby Lobby I found the perfect frame (which happened to be 50% off!) and once I made those changes I was a lot happier with the piece overall. I think that this is why I struggle with making videos. I change so many things around and go back and forth and let things sit for so long while I mull them over!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do when you get stuck on a piece that doesn’t feel right. Any suggestions on how you push through a creative block? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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!

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.

© Melissa Johnson

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