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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.


Have you Tried Using Handmade Foam stamps and Printing Plates?


Handmade Foam Stamps & Printing PlatesMartice Smith II has established a niche for herself as a freelance Illustrator and graphic designer. Besides, she loves fashion, typography and wildlife while specializing in mixed media illustrations all which can be seen on the traditional and digital art techniques.

From the passion of her creativity she sets out to create handmade from stamps and printing plates. Here are the supplies she gathered:

  • heavy-bodied acrylics
  • craft foam (with adhesive backing)
  • cardstock or cardboard
  • foam brush
  • dried baby wipes or paper towel
  • scissors
  • glazing medium (DecoArt)

And here are the steps:

  • Start by cutting shapes out of the foam then peel off the paper backing and adhere them to a piece of cardboard. This will help you make a printing plate.
  • Using a form brush, add paint to the printing plate then stamp onto dry baby wipe. Rotate the printing plate so as to repeat the design and using a bayer to create a crisp impression onto the surface and allow it to dry for one minute.
  • Apply glaze over the paint by mixing one part glazing medium to one part of the heavy-bodied acrylic color of your choice. Glazing medium allows you to work with the acrylic paint longer and creates layers that are slightly translucent.
  • Using a foam brush, apply a mixture of one part glazing medium and another color of paint.
  • Mix up a new color with more glaze, apply the mixture with a foam brush

Finally, continue layering the background with over stamping to get a look you like.

Using Neon Pico Embellisher for your Projects


Neon Pico EmbellisherBesides being a published Artist and Writer, Melanie Statnick is also a host of her own program through a video known as The Brush & Pen. More often, she is writing and creating from her private studio.

She likes painting on different types of surfaces. And as a result of her exploration, she has discovered the irresistible Neon Pico Embellisher from Imagine Craft. She has tried her hand on some wood feather which she has painted with black gesso with her intent being to use acrylic painting.

She has this believe that Pico embellisher gives great textures hence it would be amazing to use the 3D and the neon on black. Clear Pico embellisher would be great to use for the boarders on your feather but you may have to use water colors. Either way you can make use of thicker and thinner lines. To outline and add dots, the Pico tip would give you excellent results. This is what Melanie does on her canvas project from which she can confirm to have had excellent results.

Exploring to create can be all fun. Hence you can follow Melanie’s work on Meaniestatnickart.com. There is a lot to learn and discover. After all who would not want to try something new?

Creating a Good Design in Mixed Media Art


Good Design and Composition for Mixed Media ArtMixed Media Art is exciting and everyone wants good painting that will result to good design. However, whether we design from using our imagination or design from a photograph of our own, some key factors should be considered and applied. The elements of design are the visual elements or tools you use to compose and design and the elements of good design include:

  • Colour

Acquire basic understanding by possibly attending colour theory courses. Colour speaks first in a painting and if you have just begun designing, it’s better to use a colour wheel. Learn about what colours go with each other since using colour can make or break a design.

  • Shape

Shapes are organic or geometric and same sized shapes would be boring.Organic shapes are curved, irregular and have a natural feel to them. Geometric shapes are triangles, squares, rectangles and circles.

  • Texture

Texture refers to the surface appearance of the objects in the painting. It can actual or perceived.Texture is fun because it creates excitement and interest in your painting.

  • Line

Lines will set the tone of your painting. You can use either Horizontal, vertical and diagonal, straight, curved, thick or thin line.

Fill this space with shapes to create your painting.Using shape creates depth in a painting by overlapping them or weaving them together, or laying them side by side.

  • Form

You must give the objects in your painting, form to achieve dimension.

It’s of importance that you teach yourself the basic rules, apply them and then once you’re very knowledgeable then you may go ahead and become creative developing your own style.

Water Colour Painting with Simple Materials


Watercolor Painting on Old Paper EphemeraYou will find a lot of Melanie Statnick style artwork in many art galleries and shops in NY as well as within international collections. Being a published artist, she creates art daily from her private studio and you could also get to learn more from her website http://www.melaniestatnickart.com.

One or the activities she loves most is watercolour painting on Old Paper Ephemera and this is how she does it:

Materials Required:

  • Old papers from textbook and Paint Brush
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Clear Gesso and Gel Medium
  • Water Colors
  • White uniball
  • Micron
  • Form Board

Step to follow include:

  1. Cut foam board to 8×10 and while using gel medium, cover one side of old paper taking care to get each corner and the sides.
  2. Flip glued side down to foam board and use brayer to roll flat and to get out any bubbles or folds in the paper.
  3. After drying use the clear gesso to prep you surface to accept the watercolour. This will dry clear and leave a “tooth” texture to the paper that will feel somewhat like sand paper.
  4. When the gesso is dry you can draw a boarder around your paper and begin to draw your pictures where and what you like.Go over your drawings with a micron pen and white gel pen before you add your watercolours.
  5. Your drawings are ready for the watercolour. You can paint just your designs and leave the background plain or paint and splatter it all.

It’s all about creativity at its best.

Have you tried the Irresistible Pico Embellisher?


Playing with the Irresistible Pico EmbellisherMelanie Statnick published artist/writer enjoys working with new products. However, even with her happy and whimsy style at some point she did not know what to do with an Imagine Craft irresistible Pico embellisher even with its precise tip applicator and the needle that inserts into it. But never the less as foreign as it was she still wanted to try it out.

She is a visual artist and has numerous ways of adding texture into art pieces. With her love of being detailed in her artwork, Pico embellisher tip will just be perfect. With the tip the embellisher has, there is an allowance for control and as one draws up a doodle on a piece of Bristol paper, you can easily make lines and dots thick or thin depending on the pressure of how you squeeze.

According to Melanie, Pico embellisher is irresistible and such an excellent tool for texture and more. With the verity of colours who know what your imagination will create. From her website, http://www.melaniestatnickart.com you can learn a lot and you can also find a lot of her artwork in art galleries and shops. From her private studio, she creates art daily. Creativity is within her blood and it is something she enjoys on a daily basis.

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.