Mixed Media Art Tags from Scrap Papers


Using Scrap Papers to make Mixed Media Art TagsTamara Dinius who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and chocolate lab believes that mixed media allows for a broad range of styles and anyone can find success in this form of artistic expression. While to her Mixed Media is all about creativity, she know too well that Mixed Media Art Tags are created using scraps of papers, old art work, music sheets, and other items that add texture and depth to the tags.  And how does she achieve all achieve all this?

  • Add the assorted scraps to an old manila folder. Besides, any type of adhesive medium will work.
  • Add the scraps to your manila folder in a haphazard manner and once dry, layer a glaze of paint over the top to tone down the first layer.
  • Use a stencil and acrylic paint to create additional depth and interest to your tags. On this, use a paint color that is dominant in your scraps of paper.
  • Using your favorite stamp and ink pad add additional interest by stamping your project. You can also add acrylic paint using stencils or other items.
  • To finish, use additional fabric and papers to back the tags. Using a zigzag stitch, sew around the perimeter of the tag. Punch a hole and add your ribbon. Your tags are now ready to use as luggage tags, gift tags, decorative tags, or other item.

That’s it!

Making Card Pockets


Altered Library Card PocketMelanie Statnick the published artist/writer has a lot of her artwork in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. She is one person who misses to have library cards in the back of books with memories of having to look up books in the card cataloguing boxes being so clear in her mind.

She altered paper library pockets with Silk Acrylic paints. She then painted the first colour coat onto the pocket first, then used a paint brush to apply the second colour to the applicator and rubbed it over the stencil onto the pockets in a circular motion.  Drying the paints is the next step while adding some stamps and paper collage sheets and embellishments using a gel medium or mod podge. To outline the images you will use black Pitt pen, white get pen and then add some Stickles.  Valentine theme will come in handy to stuff the pockets with. They are best for sticking a magnet strip on the back or onto your refrigerator to leave notes for your sweetheart.With her happy and whimsy style, Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. From her website of http://www.melaniestatnickart.com you can get and learn more about Melanie.

Making a Customized Grunge Mat


A Custom Grunge Mat for Framing Mixed Media ArtAnjuli Johnson began her art career as a scrapbooker, and it’s been an evolutionary process ever since. Since she loves all things mixed media- paper, paint, pens, wire, gears, and clay she is constantly trying to push through her fears to discover and develop her talents, meet new people, and learn from those around her.  Being a new home owner her head is full of plans for how she can update and improve certain things… new tile in the bathrooms, different coloured accent walls, perhaps some new kitchen cabinets at some point and of course, a brand new art studio.

While looking for décor ideas before deciding what she likes and want to incorporate in her home, she has been spending months scouring Pinterest and internet images and many of the gallery walls caught her attention.  She knew she wanted to frame some small art pieces rather than photos and the position was to be on the outside of the mat, rather than having it framed underneath. She also wanted to do a whitewash grunge type of effect rather than having a plain white or black mat.

So what did she do?She used the cardboard insert from the frames she bought as mats and used gel medium on book pages to transfer text onto the surface.  Once the medium dried, she dipped her fingers in water and rubbed off the excess paper to show the bottom text transferred to the cardboard.  She used watered down acrylic paint as a wash and applied several coats until it was the colourshe wanted. She did let the cardboard dry in between before adding watermark stamped images in a few places to complete her mixed media mat.

Making an Autumn Layout?


Autumn LayoutIt is on Sandra Pares’ site where you will find a lot of art and craft products. The colours and textures on many mixed media art amaze her and she confesses to be enjoying creating and getting her hands dirty with paint and gesso. With autumn having refused to come to her land, she also loves the forest on this season and the trees are wonderful with intense colours and a lot of contrast, ideal for shaping it with mixed media. This is how she does it…

Supplies used:

  • Dylusions inks spray: ground coffee, melted chocolate, lemon zest and pure sunshine
  • Autumn Leaves drawn in a cardstock
  • 12″x12″ watercolour paper
  • Gesso and 1 photo
  • Primary Elements and Silks Acrylic Glaze
  • A brush and sponge
  • 12″x12″ Cosmic Swirl Template and scrap paper
  • Some stencils to make texture like punchinella
  • Gel medium

What to do:

  • Paste some scrap paper with gel medium over watercolour paper to add some texture. Then, put a thin layer of gesso, without covering the scrap paper.
  • Add a little colour in the background with Lemon zest and Pure sunshine
  • Put the template in a part of the paper and with the brown ink spray the template.
  • Add more texture in the background. With a sponge and Silks Acrylic Glaze stencil different templates with punchinella.
  • Stick with gel medium all missing elements: doily shape, photography and leaves. The result will be an Autumn Layout with a lot of texture and contrast.

There you go!

Using Dina Wakely Paints – Michelle Style


Dina Wakely Paints – Michelle Style!Michelle G. Brown understands that many of us have an inner need to create and by learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone. It is for this reason and the passion in her that she gives you this painting tutorial while using Dina Wakely Paints.

Materials and tools needed.

  • Dina Wakely Paints
  • 10” x 12” canvas
  • Scrap paper
  • Sequence Scrap
  • Masking Tape
  • Gesso
  • Archival Inks
  • Removable adhesive
  • Stencil Girl Stencils
  • Black markers
  • Impasto medium
  • Blending tool

Painting Process

  • Gather up your blank canvas or art journal
  • Prime with Gesso and leave to dry
  • Add texture with Impasto medium and Sequence Scrap
  • Leave overnight to dry
  • Add colour with the acrylic paints
  • Continue to build up colours and Leave to fully dry
  • Use the Masking tape to add masked lines to the painted canvas.
  • Add a layer of Gesso,applied with an old credit card
  • While gesso is still wet, carefully remove the masking tape. Take care with this step; it can get a bit messy.
  • Using your range of black markers, outline “roads” and add other features.
  • Gather your stencils and stencil with the Archival inks.
  • Put the stencil in place and add a little masking tape to hold it.
  • Add ink and remove the stencil as well as the masks.

You only need to add a few finishing touch ups to your work and you are good to admire your work.

Have you ever Tried Making Encaustic and Origami Collage?


Encaustic and Origami CollageVicki Ross has always been involved deeply in the creative arts, from professional soft crafts publications to French Hand-sewing, stencilling to macramé, oil painting to encaustics. She believes in the healing power of creating and she is focused on sharing her journey to art and how life events can shape us through creativity. She also loves the local thrift store since she is always wanting to learn and see how she can incorporate various types of treasures into my regular art. She tries out there craft on various materials and still gets it right all the way. Some of the materials she will use include 4″ square tumbled marble tiles, plain encaustic medium and pollen that you will get from flowers.

Each of them gets a pour because she wanted to keep the three dimensional look of the folded paper. After two pours, fusing, she takes a brush and make sure all crevices are filled. When cool, she scraps back as far as she can, again maintaining the 3-D looks. It is after this that she declares all victory to her work. However she admits that it is not an easy task. Here creativity takes toll of the whole project and the willingness to learn and create.

Making Halloween Decorations using Recycled Wood


Halloween Decorations From Recycled WoodShari Welch is a volunteer for SCRAP Denton where she is on the education committee, teaches workshops, art camp, and performs art demos. With her art passion and being a mixed media artist, she enjoys helping others discover their creativity. She is fortunate to have a creative reuse store in her town and SCRAP Denton is where 75% or more of her materials come from. What makes it even better is being able to recycle as well. For your local home improvement she advises that you visit habitat for humanity stores and scrap wood bins. This is because construction sites are begging to get rid of their small scraps of wood. This I show she does it:

Painting the pieces the colour she wants the cracks to be. This technique can be done the sides, top, and bottom so I taped the edges with painters tape. To achieve a smooth coverage use a finger to spread the glue. You want to let the glue sit for a minute. The glue should be tacky not dry.

Apply the top coat and in random directions making sure that the bristles are slightly breaking through the glue.

Leave it alone for a few hours or even better over night for best crackle results.

For the front and back apply printed tissue paper with PPA adhesive. This adhesive is perfect for thin papers.

Use Tim Holtz distress ink in black soot for the edges.

Finish this project by gluing all the pieces together; add some images, yarn and shiny embellishments.