The “101 Mixed Media Techniques” Book Review


Book Review: 101 Mixed Media Techniques “There are no rules”. This is the most important thing that you need to remember when it comes to Mixed Media and according to Barbara Rankin who happens to be a fine tuned mixed media artist. “There are no mistakes in art”.  This has clearly been spelt out in the book 101 Mixed Media Techniques which is a compilation of a myriad of mixed media techniques by several artists.

It is well known that every artist has their own style and this book has helped many artists evolve around in their own creative manner. Each chapter in this book addresses various techniques besides giving a list of supplies.

Barbara says that you will not only seek inspiration from this book but you can also refer to it from time to time either for specific techniques or to refresh your memory. This is the book to use at that point when you realize you are stuck for ideas. You might just come up with one of the most amazing techniques.

Mixed media is more of experimenting while looking out for the right combination of products. This said, it doesn’t matter whether you are skilled mixed media artist or a novice artist but there will be no harm in adding this book to your artist’s library.

Do you have a passion for Bookmarks?


Love Bookmarks for Valentine’s DayCecilia Sanchez has always liked photography, drawing, collage and making photo Albums.  This is besides the love of learning and discovering new techniques and materials. For a very long time, she has been a contributor in various blogs and digital magazines.

It is in 2006 when she discovered both digital and traditional scrapbooking. She is so fascinated with the Art Journal and Mixed Media, and she cannot imagine scrapbooking without getting her hands dirty. She describes art journal as a real diary for her as she gets inspiration from everyday feelings and to express these feelings she uses colors and shapes. She loves more of the 30x30pages mini albums.

She generally loves art and more so with bookmarking. Here are some of the supplies she used to make her bookmarks for valentine’s day which she considered were full of love since valentine is the day that many people express love:

  1. Acrylic painting
  2. Gesso
  3. Watercolors
  4. Gel medium
  5. Acrylic
  6. Glitter
  7. Embossing Paint
  8. Inks and markers
  9. Cutters and brushes
  10. Cardboard and stencil
  11. Pastel

Cecilia is also involved in scrapbooking workshops in Malaga and you can get more of her information on Art can be fun just like Cecilia has discovered. It is flexible in a way that she is able to look after her twins and still enjoying her passion.

Hand Painted Bubbly Gift Bag


Making a Hand Painted Bubbly Gift BagShari Welch is a mixed media artist and one who is passionate about mixed media art. Her greatest motivation is while she is helping others discover their creativity. Besides her volunteer work for SCRAP where she teaches workshops, art camps, and performing art demos she is also a blogger for DecoArt. Her passion for creating drives her into making hand painted bubbly gift bags a project she describes to take a few hours so long as you have your supplies ready as follows:

  • Plain fabric
  • Assorted sizes of round sponge pouncers
  • DecoArt media fluid acrylics paint
  • Decorative beads and robin’s nest dew drops
  • DecoArt Glamour dust ultra-fine glitter paint
  • Aleenes tacky glue
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic paint
  • Detail brush
  • Decorative ribbon

This is the process you will follow:

  • Cut a piece of card stock or scrap paper the same size as your bag and insert this into the bag.
  • Put small amounts of your paint on a paper plate far enough apart to be able to blend together later on. Load paint sparingly on the largest pouncer. Dab off excess on a clean paper plate. Do this same process with the other colors and sizes of pouncers. Let dry several hours or use a hair dryer on low setting.
  • Fill the inside of a large bead with glue and stuff the end of each ribbon in the hole. Let dry
  • Add your favorite bubbly in the bag, wrap the ribbon around, tie a bow

Now you have finished your project…

Having Faith …


Mixed Media Canvas – Have FaithKim Kelley is a lover of learning and exploring new techniques. She believes that any art she creates leads someone into finding their inner creative artist. Instead of using products that were all the same color and style, she goes out to try on a new project using canvas. Anything she came across made her smile.  This is what she collected:

  • Chipboard from Dusty Attic
  • 8 X 10 canvas
  • Glue gun
  • White gesso
  • Spray mist by 13 arts Pearl Brown Light
  • Spray mist by Smooch Vanilla Shimmer
  • Miscellaneous charms and flowers from stash
  • Spray mist by Lindy’s Shabby Turbine Teal, Mad Hatter Mint, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Opal Sea Oats
  • Finishing spray by Krylon

Here are the steps

  • Glue all the collected compounds onto the canvas using the glue gun while using gesso to cover them over the entire canvas.
  • After drying, use the mist colors to make the spray puddles to what you want. Make sure you have added enough of color.
  • If you have to, you can add more embellishments.
  • Finally do the spraying on the entire canvas. This will give the canvas a shine and will also protect the creation.

According to Kim, life is too short and you cannot afford to waste it. This can be confirmed with her obsession for crafting and the fact that she loves mixed media which allows her go beyond her comfort zone.

Making Framed Gifts fromGelli prints


Turn your Gelli Prints into Inspiring Framed GiftsAccording to Michelle G. Brown, being able to learn a few basic techniques in the world of mixed media art should be accessible to everyone. Besides creating, Karate training and being on Facebook, Michelle is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with anyone to allow them express their own creativity. She understands too well that many of us have an inner need to create.

One of her favorite mixed media art techniques for creating backgrounds is Mono-printing with GelliArts Gelli Plates. The following are some of the materials she uses: –

  • glue; PVA or Gel Medium
  • Photo frame; here I used a 5” x 7” frame
  • Black Marker
  • Background papers or Gelli prints
  • Piece of cardboard to fit frame.
  • Washi tape

Steps to follow

  • First have your materials together with a few pieces of background paper in colors.
  • Take the back off your photo frame and use it to cut a piece of cardboard to size so it will fit into the frame.
  • Use the cardboard to cut a piece of background paper to size.
  • A piece of scotch brite or sandpaper should be able t to rough up the cereal box cardboard. Stick the background paper to the cardboard then flatten out any wrinkles.
  • Cut two contrasting background papers into strips and thin triangles. Stick these to the background piece and leave to dry then trim the ends to size.
  • Add a strip of Washi tape and write in your inspiring quote with the black marker. Seal with Gel medium or varnish. Leave to dry.

Creating gives a lot of satisfaction. Enjoy.

Are you a last minute gift giver person?


Last-minute Gift Card WrappersLet’s be honest that sometimes we rush to buy gifts the last moment however simple they could be including a gift card which is apparently the simplest. According to Katja Blum, a gift card is fun and says “I think you deserve a treat, please pick exactly what would make you smile right now”.

If you are looking out for presentation of ideas for holiday gift cards here are some ideas that you can borrow and achieve your goal:

  • In the event you only have a day to give the gift, how about making a collage or mixed media painting and using the envelope as part of the background?Alternatively, you can also make your own simple card pocket by gluing a piece of paper, card or fabric to the piece on three sides, leaving the top open.
  • If you only have hours, felt ornaments are easy to make and can be decorated with anything.
  • If you are really pressed for time with only an hour or less, a simple origami envelope can be folded in minutes. Almost any kind of rectangular paper works for the envelope.

Katja will create something from anything and from ugly or broken things around the house, she will find creative solutions. She advises that you need not to use chunks of money to buy gifts whereas you can make them from the comfort of your home.

Chipboard Confetti from UmWow


UmWow Studios and their Chipboard ConfettiAnjuli Johnson began her Mixed Media career as a scrapbooker and over time she has constantly pushed her fears through so as to discover and develop her talents. While different stores sell different art supplies, she has to keep browsing and searching for the same so as to be safe with her bank account.  However, sometimes it’s not just easy to resist new things that come along. This is with the discovery of the laser cut chipboard from umWow Studios which she says will work perfectly well with her multiple projects which include Christmas cards, alteration of small wooden boxes, and of course her mixed media canvases and scrapbook layouts. Besides, the UmWow’s chipboard embellishments are perfect for any and all of these projects.

She is excited that she stumbled on umWow Studios and the fact that she is able to get all shapes and sizes of their confetti which was her first order. In addition, they can cut so neatly and still have extremely tiny pieces.  All of the edges are finished and it’s rare to find any rough paper on the edge from an unfinished cut.

Art as a career for Anjuli has been an evolutionary process and she is already brainstorming more ways I can use all my new chipboard.She loves all things mixed media- paper, paint, pens, wire, gears, clay and anything else that she can lay her hands on.