Wall of Inspiration with Ann Butler inks

I’m a huge believer in the phrase: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” by Pablo Picasso. I feel it almost everyday. I get my best ideas when I’m working, because creating gets the process rolling and sets the mind to follow. So…I decided to create a wall of inspiration. It’ll be a collection of small canvases with phrases and words on different mixed media techniques that I will hang on the wall in front of me and every time I’ll look up I’ll see this burst of inspiration and creativity! The first canvas in the collection id DREAM. I created a very muted background with a bokeh effect. I started with converting Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink to water colors with a water pen and layering. I build a colorful background with purple and teal colors in a cloudy dreamy look. Then I punched a few circles and used the negative cardstock pieces as stencils and created different sizes …

Mixed Media Art Journal Page: Follow your Heart

Art journal pages are a form of personal expression and I think they have the power to encourage us, lift us up and inspire us when we need it. I always try to add positive messages or sentences to my pages. today I want you to follow your hearts! It can be in a little thing or a large thing, just listen to it… This page also fits Valentine’s Day although it’s primarily about you and not someone else, but I think loving yourself is just as important! I started the background for this double spread with a tissue paper. Then I added some heart cards from patterned paper that I had in my stash. I wanted the page to have vibrant colors especially red. So I added Inka Gold in esd color all around the page creating a frame. I used a homemade stencil I created from white cardstock to create the hearts pattern with color sprays. To sharpen …

HOW TO USE PASTELS IN MAKING MEANINGFUL ART JOURNAL PAGES

  Inside: how to use pastels in art journaling   I was never afraid to get my fingers dirty just the opposite I love it! It always seem like a medal of honor for my hard work making my art journal pages. One of my favorite tools in making art journal pages are pastels because I can get unique results and dirty fingers…     WHAT ARE PASTELS   Pastels come in the shape of sticks, similar to crayons, and comprised of pure powdered pigments blended with a type of thickening agent such as animal glue to bind them together. They are available in several types and are an exciting medium for beginners as they can be used with little preparation. They dry almost immediately, meaning there is a short wait for your final creation. Mostly, they are applied by hand – a functional and favored feature, allowing real control for creativity. A real bonus for those starting is that …

Mixed Media Art Journal Page: Caterpillar

Sometimes I have an idea in my head and I know exactly how I want my art journal page to look. But sometimes I come across a sentence I really like and my head starts to sound like Waze…reconfiguring…I suddenly find myself with a new idea that I like even better! This is what happened to this art journal page. I knew exactly what I wanted. A page with a winter feel, dark colors and rain, but then I came across this sentence: ” Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over she began to FLY” it’s a paraphrase of a quote by Barbara Haines Howett and it really spoke to me. Suddenly I saw vibrant colors and butterflies… This art journal page is a little different because there is only partial background and some of the page is blank. It enhances the flow of the page and the feeling that the butterflies are actually flying. I used a …

Mixed Media Art Journal: Four Pages Set

Sets are always fun. You have everything coordinated and matched, colors, patterns and theme are already “talking” to each other and you don’t need to figure out how to make everything look good together. This is exactly what I was aiming for in this art journal set. I created four pages that are color coordinated, have the same theme and go together beautifully. The first step was cover all pages with gesso and seal them. Then I added Gelatos to create the background. I used baby wipes to add the gelatos to the paper. Each page got the same colors but in a different order so they will not look the same but still create a matching set. To create the set I wanted all pages to be visible at the same time so I created a gradual effect by cutting each page slightly smaller than the one under it. Then I added a pattern by punching it with a …

How to create Peeled Paint effect?

If you’re like me you really like easy and fun techniques to create striking effects. Well, this peeled paint technique is not new but it’s always great to use oth on paper and on canvas. In this Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA video tutorial will be using this technique on a canvas. Start by covering the canvas with a paper to create your background base. If you’re using a double sided cardstock like me then check out the video to find out how to soften it with water and making it more flexible to work with so covering the canvas will be easy. Once the canvas is covered seal the paper with Gel Medium. Sealing the paper is very important for the next steps. If you’re doing this technique on paper the process will be exactly the same. In order to create the peeling effect, which is basically a resist technique, use Vaseline. Apply it to the areas where you want the paint …

HOW TO MAKE FAKE SNOW FOR CRAFTS

  Inside: how to make fake snow for crafts and how to add it to a winter card   I love winter! Unfortunately I live in a warm country so winter here amounts to a little rain and cool, but not cold tempratures. I wish we had some snow… But since we don’t, only on one mountain peak up in the north, I have to be satisfie with fake snow on my crafts and cards.     DIY FAKE SNOW   Apparently there is more than one way to make fake snow at home and you can usually need only two ingredients to make fake snow. Change the quantaties in accordance to what you need the fake snow for. Here are a few ways: Mix together equal quantities of cornflour and bicarbonate of soda. Once combined, gradually add a very small amount of water into the bowl and mix together until you reach a good consistency. Mix 2 1/2 cups …

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