Tag Archives: Mixed Media Art

Making Recycled ATC Card Holder


ATC HolderAnjuli Johnson is so passionate about working with cards. In an effort to explore her passion, she decides to make for her younger sister an ATC card holder, with 25 separate slots for 25 scripture cards.

It has to be well-made and easy to work with. The cards should be held in place so that nothing falls out or gets lost. This is how she went about it:

  • Use of thick paper would do from which she would cut strips of 9” by 4 ½”and scored them at 3” and 6”. Folded and glued each envelope was 3” by 4 ½”

A cereal box cardboard would be ideal for a cover which doesn’t have to be thick for easy use and which would be painted black with additions of paper and tissue tape for a cool but clean and simple look.

  • The modified cover measurements ended up being 14” long and 3 ¼” wide, with scored lines at 2”, 4” 8 ¾”, 10 ¾”.
  • Envelopes were then glued one at a time starting at the back of the cover and then one on top of the other.
  • The latch for the cover was made using metal findings to create a knob for a loop of elastic. A bit of metal glue would give a great closure which would ensure that the cards are all intact.

Anjuli is always raring to go,to discover and also develop her talents while meeting new people from whom she strives to learn.


Is Scrapbooking Dead?


Ann Strecko Koeman believes in making things work with whatever comes her way hence she is always collecting things. Being a Mixed Media Artist, she finds use for every of her collections.

15Mar30_ASK_Scrapbookpic1While a majority of people seem to be in total agreement with the selling of scrapbooking supplies having reached its peak and probably declining, she feels otherwise.

According to her, there is still some hope. After all the concept of collecting and cataloguing memories in paper form has been around since the invention of paper.

“The tools we have invested in, in our line of duty and creation should not go to waste,” Ann said. “Keep them and use them whenever necessary since it could be the wave to future creativity”. She continued.

Over the years Ann has collected a variety of skills and thus a vast collection of tools including an overpriced collection of intended for scrapbooking tools.

As a Mixed Media Artist, any tool to her is useful at some time in her artistic career. Just because a tool or supply is marketed to be sold in one market does not mean it cannot be used in another.

She has a lot to look up to including old trimmers, punches, plastic page layout guides, stickers and embellishments

Her parting shot is Scrapbooking may be a dying fad but Mixed media art making is very much alive.

Acrylic Backgrounds with Water


Creating Acrylic Backgrounds with WaterAnjuli Johnson is a self-taught artist who has done a lot of experimentation with paint and having begun her career as a scrapbooker, she is now Mixed Media Artist.  She has been undergoing an evolutionary process all along.

With watercolor, oil and gouache Anjuli will always prefer acrylic because of the different reactions of their brands. For one it dries very fast and reacts really well in water. She uses water and paint to create acrylic backgrounds for her mixed media paintings.

She has three paintings to show and as follows:

Magnetism – You will use dry canvas and the colors you chose. For her it was red and orange paint. Ensure you get rid of any brushstrokes on your canvas.

True North – In this case, she misted the canvas before working on it. There were certain areas where she concentrated the paint.  The brushstrokes all disappeared.

Pacific Reef – Here, a brush was not used. Instead, in the dry canvas, thick spots of paint were added in random places. Fingers are used to flatten and spread the paint as one sprays along. The entire canvas should be all wet.

According to Anjuli and with her imagination and creativity, there are so many ways one can use water with acrylic paint and get very exciting backgrounds.  She loves Mixed Media art and it is she constantly tries to push her fears away so as to build on her creativity and discover her talents.

Incorporating Symbols in your Art Work


The Importance of Using SymbolsSymbols are all around us. You will find so many of them on our cars, on our language, on banners etc. They are tangible things that represent abstract ideas. They are indispensable because they are teaching tools especially in artistic expressions. They are best for sharing ideas when they are easily recognizable.

There are so many ways to incorporate a symbolic meaning into your piece of art. For example you can use texture, visual signs, and text or even color all which can share important themes. The same way a word reveals some truth and knowledge to its readers a symbol will also have some truth.

However according to Anjuli Johnson who began her career as a scrapbooker you have to plan things carefully. Take time to ensure that the vision matches what you have created. If you have to deliberately find ways of incorporating symbolic meaning into your art then you have to go out of your way. Anjuli believes that art is so important such that it can help an artist stretch to a greater level since they can use them to teach indirectly.

Look out to experiment as well as expanding your thinking. You will end up with a creation that feels more of yourself.

Understanding Intuitive Painting


Intuitive paintingMelanie Statnick is a Published Writer/Artist who’s with more success in written publication of articles in Interactive Artists Magazine. She loves Intuitive painting which besides being a free style that uses your creative instincts to guide you through your painting with minimal instructions it allows you to make happy mistakes. However there is always room for an error in every project.

With intuitive painting, it requires to:

  • Start with a light paint colors first and apply a generous amount of paint directly to your 11x 14 canvas.
  • Then using your flat brush create bottom to top motion to spread the paint to your vertical surface. Application of the other light colored paints should follow the same motion.
  • Rinse brush between colors and dry using your heat tool between layers then turn your canvas horizontal. Apply a pea size amount of Teal directly to your canvas.
  • Using your Brayer roller, roll over the paint in a side to side motion and the paint will spread in an uneven and grungy look.
  • While the canvas is at a horizontal position apply neon blue directly onto it.
  • Repeat this step with the dark color and don’t forget to dry in between layers.
  • Place canvas in vertical posing and using your flat brush and some of your lighter paint colors apply them to the spots on your canvas that are unpainted dry. Take your time here to relax and become familiar with your piece.

Once all is done, your canvas will look so pleasant and well created.

Mixed Media Artist


Evolution of a Mixed Media ArtistAnjuli Johnson is intimidated by the awesome art I sees around her. However, she has grown in courage and a comfort zone that is getting bigger and bigger and being a scrapbooker she is constantly trying to push through her fears to discover and develop her talents, meet new people, and learn from those around her.

Anjuli made her first scrapbook at 12years with her mother helping her around. She used plastic sleeves to hold all my paper treasures- school awards and church certificates, hand-outs with quotes, pictures of friends and all different kinds of ephemera. It is when she was in college that she developed a scrapbooking craze and as years passed and her talent improved.

She began to develop the strong desire to use her artistic talents in other ways. Creative thinking, care, and time seemed to be a huge part of the work that she was seeing all which intimidated her.  Having moved east and left all her supplies she missed her engagement in the creative process and it is until when the supplies were returned to her that a new dawn came her way and began to work every day only to realize that she was creating with a purpose. Her talents were developing and ideas were flowing more regularly.

According to her, it’s been amazing to realize how important and sacred the act of creation is.As we create, we become artists, but even more we can become better people, and we help others do the same.

Playing with Creative Techniques


14Mar_EBS_Transparent-Stamped-Layers-Pic1Elaine Brady Smith loves creating acrylic mixed media and encaustic collages. One of her favorite go-to methods is adding transparent collage layers to her work. It adds depth and history thus creating more interesting piece of art. And what does supplies does she need for her project?

  • Cardboard, Mat board, or Foam Core Board
  • Fun Foam
  • Pencil or Fine Point Marker
  • Scissors
  • Gel Medium
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Sponge Roller
  • Large Paper Plate
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Wax Paper
  • Large White Trash Bag
  • Masking Tape
  • 1” Flat Paint Brush
  • Plastic or Paper Cup

The following are the processes she uses to achieve her art:

  • Cutting both the board and the fun foam to the same size
  • Gluing the pieces to the board by brushing a layer of gel medium over the board surface with a paint brush, and then place the pieces where you want them.
  • Placing your stamp foam side up and roll the paint filled roller over it
  • Remove the wax paper and gently pull the tissue off the stamp to reveal your image
  • After your prints are dry, lay them on a white trash bag that has been taped flat to a hard surface
  • Put a small amount of Liquetex Gloss Medium and Varnish in a plastic or paper cup and when the medium is dry, carefully lift the printed tissue from the plastic bag.
  • You can now add the transparent collage pieces to your art and there the collage is complete.

Try it now!