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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Art Journal Page-using September’s Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media kit

This tutorial, as well as materials used to make this project can be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog and Frog Dog Studio Shop.
Good morning all! Melissa here with an art journal page using materials from September’s Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media kit.

This month I received the neon themed kit to play with, and play I did! For my first project I did some work in my art journal using a little bit of everything in the kit.

I started by rubbing the neon green ink pad all over the journal page to create the background.

Next, I added some of the Dylusions white spray ink.

Then, I began adding little bits and pieces of the paint chips, the stickers, and the color fragments. I attached them all with matte medium.

The next step is where I brought in some texture. I laid down a flower stencil and then covered it with Golden Fiber Paste. This paste has a very fibrous feel to it, like a handmade paper. It has a very rustic look that I enjoy.

Using the Viva Liquid Pencil, I added in some doodles along the top and bottom areas. I also cut up the neon pink plastic roll and attached a few of them as circles on the page.

For the final step, I did an exercise that I learned from the book Unstuck. You take a random page in a book and just begin selecting words and phrases that jump out at you. Then I arranged them into a little poem–fun! I cut them out and attached them to the page, then went around them with the pink Faber Castel big brush pen to highlight each phrase and add a little depth.

Here is the finished product and a close up:

Thanks for stopping by!!