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Ideas when Making Tag Books


Tag BooksAnything made from tags present good beauty. Melanie Statnick who uses scrapbook paper and Kraft paper with collaged images knows this too well.  You can either gather pre-made tags or cut them into shapes that you so prefer. For the pages, any type of paper would serve.

  • Fold the tag into half, then cut and fold blank pages to size and staple to the inside
  • Cut assorted images and words and glue them onto your pages to create a story or note book.It does not matter much whether you use the front or back side or both; either option will post good results.
  • You can choose to decorate the covers. It’s an easy and quick task from which you can make dozens of them.

As Melanie who is a published artist would put it, artwork is all about creativity. It is from this mentality that she is able to create art daily from her private studio.

Besides, as an artist you ought to know how to go out of your way with experimentation. The end result should not be such a bother at first because it is through experiments that you get to learn. Get up and become creative!


Put your self – doubt and Anxiety aside and Start Creating


The Courage to StartThe crippling plague of self-doubt and anxiety is something we all experience. While it’s so easy to run away from what threatens us at times we must push ourselves forward and beyond this low-level of self-criticism of “What if I mess up” or “How can I do that when I can’t even do this?!”

Low-level of self-criticism does not serve our higher purpose of becoming the artist we envision ourselves to be. Martice Smith II an established freelance Illustrator and graphic designer has the following tips that can help you in times where that nasty inner critic pops up and tries to flip every positive thing upside down:

Allow for positive thinking and effective affirmations

Elevate your thinking by saying, “I can do anything I put my mind to…watch me!” instead of “I’ll never be that good”.

Give yourself time to develop

Every time you draw something, know that you will get better. It takes time to learn and experiment with new techniques. Look out for creative exploration at least for 15minutes every day. Show your enthusiasm and others will catch on and celebrate with you.

Ask for help

Be brave and write down a list of people you admire and reach out to, at least, one of them. You are not on this great art journey all by yourself. Participate in online art groups and connect with many individuals who are more than happy to give advice and share resources with you.

Set your intention, empower your thinking and express your thoughts into SPOKEN words. Yes, go ahead and say them out loud, so that you can hear them yourself. Listen to the way you speak to YOU.

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.

Taking your Artistic work to another Level


Mixed Media Artist Janelle NicholJanelle Nichol the passionate mixed media artist has this understanding that many of us have an inner need to create.  With her passion to create, her focal point is around women and children and her style which includes collage and paints has been described as abstract folk art.

Janelle’s go-to materials include the full range of mixed media materials, with gesso, paints, tissue paper, gelato’s, intense blocks, sprays, Distressed inks and stains all being part of her collection. Anything that adds texture also features; moulding paste, sequins, glass beads and all sorts of unexpected ephemera can be seen when looking closely at her pieces.

Basically she will start with a sketch and a vision that includes the images and the mood, feelings and colours of the piece. She will then create the background, which can take on a life of its own but will stick to the colours and feel in her vision.

Janelle regularly exhibits which gives her a chance to engage with the public, as well as meet other artists and customers love seeing her work in “real life” as all of the depth and texture always looks better to see a piece of art in person. Janelle’s head is full of ideas for new mixed media paintings and calendars and so many projects and opportunities are in the process but not ready to reveal them to the world yet.

You will love her pieces of work because they have distinctive look that combines mixed media with fine art painting.

Creating Mixed Media Collages


Meaningful Mixed Media CollagesAnjuli Johnson is constantly trying to push through her fears to discover and develop her talents, meet new people, and learn from those around her. It’s been an evolutionary process ever since she began her career as a scrapbooker.  She is fascinated by collage; the fact that it can be found everywhere- in elementary classrooms, photo albums, crafting and fine art.  It is used for many reasons- practicing motor skills, preserving memories, home décor, etc.

The term collage comes from the French word “college”, meaning “to glue”.  Though it had been a technique for many years, the first mention of the term was around 1913 when Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque drew serious attention to collage as an art form. Collage is such a versatile medium with infinite possibilities. In fine art, collage can be used to express different ideas through the different materials used- newspaper and magazine clippings to make political statements, blocks of color to suggest violence or the randomness of life, or even sections of old paintings and drawings cut up and reformed into something new.

We all have things that we try to hide from other people- weaknesses and vices that are embarrassing or compromising, or even accomplishments that we are anxious or unsure of for some reason- talents we hold back because of fear.  The idea of hidden things has lately fascinated Anjuli especially those lurking just below the surface and whatever the nature of our hidden parts, they affect our outward natures, as well.

Collage and Creativity


Encaustic Basics Part III – Adding Collage and Imbedding ObjectsThe key ingredients in the work of Elaine Brady Smith who loves creating encaustic and mixed media art include vintage papers and hand printed collage papers made with repetitive marks, simplistic shapes, and transparent layers.She attempts to give you a tutorial on adding Collage and imbedding objects.

Handmade papers such as Japanese mulberry, lace papers, your own handmade pulp papers, and other natural fiber handmade papers are perfect for encaustic collage.Tissue paper is a good and inexpensive alternative, whether it is white, coloured, or printed. You can build up many transparent layers with tissue paper and incorporate your own marks by drawing or writing on it.

  • To pre-wax a piece of collage paper for the Tacking Iron Method, place the paper on your palette or griddle.
  • Pick the paper up with a pair of tweezers, and allow excess wax to drip off.
  • When the pre-waxed collage paper is cool, place it on the surface of your art. With a preheated tacking iron, gently iron the piece into place.he process of using the tacking iron automatically fuses the wax layers
  • Once the wax cools, you can add more collage layers to your piece, overlapping them as you go.

On imbedding objects some objects to add might be buttons, game pieces, jewelry pieces, and natural plant materials.To add objects,

  • Brush a small puddle of encaustic medium to the area on your art where you’d like to place the object.
  • Dip your object into the encaustic medium and lay it on your hot palette to allow some of the excess wax to drip off.
  • With a pair of tweezers, pick up the object and place it on the wax puddle on your surface.

There you have it!

Substrate Preparation


Encaustic Basics Part II- Preparing Substrates, Fusing, Adding ColorElaine Brady Smith loves creating encaustic and mixed media art. Key ingredients in her work are vintage papers and hand printed collage papers made with repetitive marks, simplistic shapes, and transparent layers. Encaustic wax adheres to a variety of surfaces.It is important that the surface is absorbent and porous or it will eventually crack and flake off hence glass, plastic, smooth metals, and any surfaces painted with acrylic paint are not suitable for encaustic.

Good choices for substrates are: Birch Plywood, Regular Plywood, and Unfinished Pine and only if you are doing 2 dimensional works. The substrate should not have been previously treated with any oils or chemicals and as such it is good that you spend some time researching what substrate will best suit your needs and once you decide what type of work you want.

To prepare your substrate, encaustic medium or plain beeswax can be applied directly to most unfinished wood. If you are doing a painting, preparing the surface with a ground of encaustic gesso will enhance and give brighter colour results. Regardless of what type of ground you chose, begin your painting with a primer layer of wax on your substrate because the layers of wax cool very quickly as you add them and will remain individual layers. Through fusing process, the wax melts enough to bond with the layer beneath.There are many more techniques to discuss, but you can see that getting started is very simple. It is not beyond your reach to learn encaustic painting.