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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.


Kraft Paper and Journal Pages


For the Love of Kraft PaperYou must have either met or heard of this Artist Melanie Statnick who writes and creates from her private studio.  When she discovered kraft paper artwork on blogs and from other artists, she couldn’t wait any longer to start playing around with them.

There are 1000 of great projects that one can use Kraft paper for. From papers, banners, cards, table clothes to paper flowers, all these give such a crafty feeling.

She decided to create a mini project on canvas that seemed to take all her favorite stencils while outlining it using white gel pen. Though a bold move at first, it can be very nervous because of the permanence of the pen.

The stencil has two pieces outer edge and inner piece of the pod. Thus it is so versatile.  You are spoilt for choice of how you want to use it; either on one side or both. Using a Pitt Pen in bold black, Melanie layered her piece of art with the inner stencil while painting it with acrylic paint and adding words that came with the stencil.

This was a delightful yet easy project. According to her, it is important that we learn to go out of our full filled day’s families and unexpected issues and put our creativity to task.

Getting Creative with Mixed Media Art


Get Your Mixed Media Creative Mojo ON!Mixed Media Artists need not to spend hours creating unique components to use in their creative projects.This is because Mixed media is all about experimentation with combined materials, mediums and techniques.

Gail Green who is a crafty book author says that the use of colour, texture, images dimensions and our own interpretation will always give us unique results.

That said, she has discovered awesome products and product lines which make us feel mojo or do the tiring and time consuming parts. All this allows us to get creative.

Gail loves all projects that come her way. She will try anything and everything. She was fortunate enough to find a perfect line of canvas products at CHA show where she came across Linnie Blooms booth. She kept running into the Owner and Founder of Linnie Blooms, Linda Barutha.

Linnie Blooms products include canvas shapes and canvas items. In addition to this you will find other range of products, the likes of interesting stencils. Apparently, Linda includes “knock outs” in her stencils and artists can use both the negative space stencils.

Linda also has fun stamps and phrases that can be used on the canvas pieces as well as on traditional cardstock for card making.

According to Gail, Linnie Blooms Canvas Bracelet is a perfect show of how Mixed Media projects can be satisfying.

Making Art journal Jumps


Art Journal JumpsVicki Ross is focused on sharing her journey to art and how life events can shape us through creativity. With her creative arts, she decides to showcase artists who have a stash of untouched journals of all sizes how to make a journal jump commonly referred to as an altered composition book.  First gather your supplies as follows:

  • Stencils
  • Composition book
  • Gloss varnish
  • Gesso
  • Stamps and stamp pads
  • Glue stick
  • Acrylic paint for tinting the gesso
  • Washi tape
  • Modeling paste
  • Found objects

The process involves:

  • On you blank composition book, open it to the center and make sure it is stitched, not glued. Glued bindings will not hold up to the stress.
  • Tear with straight edge, and glue the facing pages.Group several together to hold up to embellishments, cardboard, collage, etc. Place something heavy on top of book and let dry overnight
  • Mix up gesso with an acrylic color that closely match the inside pages of the datebook, and with a 2″ sponge brush, paint every page. Let it dry overnight.
  • For the distressed pages, use a Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Walnut.
  • For the pages looking weak (in the binding area) after all the gesso and glue, use deli paper, wash tape, or print masking tape (Scotch brand) and glue in the crease.
  • Decorate using the found objects and Deli paper prints cut in strips does great for edge trim.Glue die-cut paper scraps to some edges. As long as you stay in the theme colors

Once you place all the materials in place, you will some very perfect art.  Happy creating!


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 ceciscrap.blogpost.com.es. 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.

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!

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.