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Focal Points and Mixed Media Art


Focal Points in Mixed Media ArtDid you know you can tell a story with mixed media art? Yes you can but how you place your focal points is of importance. Madeline Faiella chose to explain this concept by using 3 feet tall and 2 feet widecourt room board but on a smaller surface and to which she added a base of white paint and gesso.

The feeling of being able to re-use something is awesome. She used paper, painted with acrylic to make a face and attached it the base of the board using gesso. Then using light, graduated layers, she applied molding paste across the base surface.

At this point ensure the edges are up to standard with the background and you can choose to use lighter layers.  In the event you chose to use many layers, give your work some good time to dry. You can only achieve proper drying if you leave your work overnight between each layering.

Careful planning and having enough spontaneity are of essence. Keep the colors in mind and have a thorough check of your work after each layer.

Madeline who has written continuing columns for the art and creative community says that you can achieve anything through trying new things and being creative. She has a tone of tools for her work which she uses for her varied work.


Having Fun with Mixed Media Canvas


15Mar25_KK_MMCanvas51Kim Kelley who is extremely obsessed with her crafting and art is constantly having projects to a point that sometimes she forgets what they were meant for. She has a thing with being imaginative and is always exploring anything that comes to her mind.

Her love of wanting to learn new techniques is evident. This month she decided to go for canvas project that is a little larger than what she does normally. So what did she require for this?

  • Chipboard from Dusty Attic
  • Spray mist by Lindy’s Shabby Tuxbine Teal
  • 8” x 24” canvas
  • Heavy Gel by Golden
  • White gesso
  • Glue gun
  • Miscellaneous charms, flowers, metal pieces, wooden pieces, and jewelry pieces

Kim doesn’t have a particular of doing this but she will explore on any idea she comes about using theme, colors and style.

She advises that it is best to use the already primed canvas although you can still add your own gesso. Once the gesso dries up, start laying out your pieces, turning them this way and that way until you can finally smile at what you are seeing.

You will use the hot glue gun to attach smaller pieces while the bigger ones you will use Heavy Gel.  Don’t be in a hurry to spray. Wait until all is dried up.

Creation is all about going beyond your comfort zone. Imagination comes in handy which lead to finding your own inner creative artist.

Using Recycled Materials in your Mixed Media Canvas


Mixed Media Canvas – Have FaithAccording to Kim Kelley, life is short and she advises that there is need to do something creative every day. With her obsession for crafting and art, it is certain that she loves mixed media something she explains that it gives her the free will to go beyond her comfort zone.

She is able to explore and use her imagination. While using this, she decides to try something different using canvas instead of using products that were all the same color and style. Here is the list of her products:

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

The following are the procedures Kim Kelley used:

  • Glue all onto the canvas with glue gun and use gesso to cover all the pieces. However don’t cover the canvas completely.
  • After drying, pick the mist colors starting with a few shades of brown. Dry off the wet parts while you add more gesso. Once all is dry, start using the sprays since you want to have a color palette that will complement any home décor.
  • You can add embellishments at this point and print out any kind if words you want to add.
  • Finally, spray a finishing spray over the canvas in its entirety to give it some shine.

That’s it. Happy creating!

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.

It’s really Fun to Create Mixed Media Projects!


12Melanie Statnick has an illustrative and whimsy style of her art and being a published artist/writer, she likes the mixed media art because of the numerous amounts of different surfaces you can use to paint or alter. As she does her creation from her private studio, she thinks embroidery hoop is a fantastic idea and it steps away from the average square shape of the canvas.  This is how she does it:

  • Using a loose sheet of canvas fabricTrace the inside hoop using a pencil. Gesso the inside of the circle and dry well.
  • Paint shapes with acrylic paint.
  • Pick your favorite stencil and stencil in images and/or write words.Because your surface is primed with gesso you can accomplish the same effects as you would on a regular square canvas.
  • Dry well and spray with a matt finish. Flip your artwork over to the back side match the gesso circle you made.
  • Push smaller hoop through the inside. Cut remaining fabric off.

From Melaniestatnickart.com you will get to learn more about Melanie and you will also find a lot of her artwork in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. Creating id fun and can only be achieved if you do it with passion and positive drive.

Happy creating!

How to Create Mixed Media Hair


Creating Mixed Media Hair TutorialOut of her love for playing with mixed media and techniques Kate Palmer better known as Sparkle Tart brings to you a tutorial on how to create interesting Mixed Media hair with depth and texture.  While most of her work incorporates sparkly media of some sort, which is used on journal pages, canvases, scrapbooks or handmade cards, read below to see how it happens:

Materials and products to use

  • Magicals mixed with Gesso for pastel background, Gel Medium for hair base, water as ink
  • Starburst sprayed over background
  • Magicals mixed with acrylic paint for face
  • Martha Stewart Gesso – white
  • Golden Mediums – Glass Bead Gel and Fiber Paste
  • Stencil Magic Stencil – Floral Accent
  • White pre-gessoed canvas


  • Sketch image onto your canvas
  • Colour the hair using Magicals mixed with Gel Medium to create a base layer. Add denim to darken.
  • Once the base layer is dry, cover hair with texture paste, making sure to create loads of peaks and valleys as these will catch the colour and shimmer of subsequent layers.
  • Once the texture paste is dry, mix Magicals with water to create a sparkly ink and apply over the hair, make sure to be heavy handed and allow the mica to settle into the valleys in the texture paste. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Apply a light layer of Inka Gold to the high points created by the texture paste,
  • Protect the face and apply the bead gel through the stencil onto the hair. Allow each section of bead gel to dry before applying the next.

You will finally get a wonderful glossy appearance with colours from underneath that enhance the sparkle.

Making an Altered Book


A Book with a Different LookWith mixed media art you are free to go beyond your comfort zone, using your imagination and exploring an anything goes mind set.  Kim Kelly made his very first altered book a year ago when he found out that his uncle Rocky was dying of cancer.  Having been given months to live, he wanted to make something that would give him and the family a little hope.  And after playing with a book he created a master book and an altered book.

There are a few ways you can alter a book…altering page by page, making a shadow box of sorts, fanning pages, and even cutting shapes out of the pages. However he chose to create a stand up, 2 opening frame display where he used Jacquard Lumiere paints, harlequin chipboard pieces, bead texture, flake texture and texture gel.  Here is how you do it:

  • Break the spine of the book by bending and wringing it back and forth
  • Glue the pages together.
  • Draw the lines where you want to cut and then cut down about halfway through the pages.
  • Put at least two coats of gesso on both the cover and the inside, making sure you get all the cracks and crevices.
  • Once you get the texture the way you want it, you can start to add your chip board pieces.
  • Add the decorations you want to use as the last step.

At the end of the it all you will have learnt and explored new techniques of being a creative artist.