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Mixed Media Monday: Girl Adrift

Girl Adrift Mixed Media Page

I went off journal this week and worked on a piece of watercolor paper. I actually started and stopped 2 other pages when a few minutes in I hated the direction I had gone in. I used scraps of dictionary pages, matte decoupage medium, gesso, Inktense blocks, watercolors, scrap cardboard and oil based paint markers to create this page. The video is below, have a great Monday!

Girl Adrift Mixed Media Page 1

Mixed Media Monday: Pretty Poppy Page

Pretty Poppy Page

After a long week and even longer weekend I didn’t feel up to doing a particularly intricate entry for my mixed media journal. I started with collage-ing together strips of vintage dictionary paper, and moved to painting a simple poppy scene with whimsical swirls. I used matte decoupage medium, gouache, and a black oil based paint marker. I love how it turned out and it was very calming to create. Watch the video below and have a great Monday!

Pretty Poppy Page 1

Mixed Media Monday: We Live Now

Mixed Media We Live Now 1

It’s once again Monday, which means it’s time for a mixed media video. Last night I created this set of pages with Inktense Blocks, oil pastels, paint markers and pens.

Mixed Media We Live Now

I didn’t know what I was going to make when I started and just doodled until I was happy with it. Enjoy the video below, and have a great Monday!

Mixed Media Monday: Shaving Cream Paper Marbling

Shaving Cream Marbling

I created this week’s page and video some time ago, but it need quite a bit of editing and it fell to the bottom of the to-do pile. Shaving cream marbling is an incredibly easy technique. All you need is the cheapest shaving cream (not gel!), acrylic paint, and tools to spread and manipulate the paint. You can watch the technique in the video below, really it boils down to spread your shaving cream, pour paint on top, use some type of tool to pull the paint/cream into an interesting pattern and press paper down on top to pull the paint up.

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Mixed Media Monday: Rorschach Inkblot Mini Art Journal Part 2

Does it still count as Monday if Monday was a holiday? I know it has been awhile since I updated, I haven’t had the ability to create new content. I plan on covering why in a later post… when I know what to say about it. For now however, I do have a few videos and projects I never got the chance to post.

My second part (if you haven’t checked out part 1 view it here) of the Rorschach Inkblot art journal entry was a simple page:

Rorschach Inkblot Art Journal

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Mixed Media Monday: Rorschach Inkblot Mini Art Journal Part 1

Rorschach Inkblot Mini Art Journal

Between social and family obligations this weekend I only remembered I needed a video for today when I woke up this morning. I wanted to do something a little different with this weeks pages, so I made a mini journal. I’m sure you’ve seen the Rorschach inkblot tests and possibly made your own at some point in middle school art class. I created 6 inkblot pages on old dictionary paper, then doodled around them with different pens, glued each page to another and cut them into half sheets. Lastly I sewed all the half sheets together to make a mini art book with 12 double sided pages.

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Mixed Media Monday: Birthday Butterflies

Birthday Butterflies Art Journal Page

Since my 25th birthday was last Wednesday my pages this week include a variety of things I got. The paper thin wood veneer I bought with a gift card has been really fun to experiment on. In the video I use a mixture I made a loooong time ago for darkening wood. It’s just a can of steel wool and vinegar, the rusty liquid can make a cool effect on most woods. It’s also good for taking the shine down on metal hardware like I did in this project. I want to try so many more techniques on sheets of veneer, I just love wood grain!

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Mixed Media Monday: Mermaid Illustration

Mermaid Art Journal Illustration

If you watched the video last week, you saw that I tore out the right hand page after repeatedly disliking how it was turning out. So this week I show what did end up on that page. It’s pretty simple, not like the endless layering of some pages. Here is the finished illustration:

Mermaid Art Journal Illustration

If you didn’t catch last weeks video watch me create the sun illustration and sewn half page here. For my mermaid I used gesso, watercolors, Inktense blocks, my fine tipped Ultimate Craft Pen, a metallic gold paint pen, and a mermaid outline I made for another project. If you enjoy the video like it, and have a great Monday!

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Mixed Media Monday: Chalkboard Look Poem Pages

I’ve been working on some chalkboard style canvases for my cousins wedding:Love is Patient Wedding Canvas

Which is what inspired me to do a chalkboard style entry in my art journal this week.

Mixed Media Chalkboard Poem Pages

The poem I used is called Harlem by Langston Hughes. For this page I used black acrylic paint, opaque white paint markers, and a little bit of watercolors. The fine point paint marker is a Pen-Touch which is very fickle and hard to get working consistently, although I love the quality when it’s working. The thicker paint pen is a Sharpie oil based paint pen I got at Home Depot.

If you enjoy the video be sure to like it, and have a good Monday!

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Mixed Media Mon…err Tuesday: Spring Pages

Mixed Media Journal Spring Pages

I did make these pages yesterday, but I wasn’t able to upload it to YouTube until this morning. I can’t wait for spring! I’m so tired of the snow and cold.

Colorado Snow 2015For this page I used old pattern paper, a few gelatin prints, flowers cut out from catalogs, a label, stencils, watercolor paint, and a tracing paper sketch I had made for another project.

Mixed Media Journal Spring Pages

Watch me make the pages below, and don’t forget to tell me if you enjoy the video!

Mixed Media Monday: Oil Pastel Scratch Art Background

Did you ever do scratch art in school with the black board, that once scratched revealed another brighter color? There are tons of ways to achieve the same effect without buying the boards. The basic procedure is to put down a layer of crayon and paint over it with a black opaque layer. Try one of these links for recipes along those lines: PBS Scratch Art Paper, Makezine DIY Scratch Art, or ArtRoom 104 Homemade Scratch Art.

For my version, I used oil pastels. The great thing about this technique is there is no dry time, and no need for heavy cardboard. Coat your paper in a layer of oil pastels, and then coat it again in a darker contrasting color. Use a tool to scratch away the top layer, I use an orange stick (the kind for pushing back cuticles). Here are a few examples I did a while back on watercolor paper:

Oil Pastel Scratch Art


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Mixed Media Monday: Pattern Page

Mixed Media Pattern Page

Today I’ve got another mixed media page for you. Check out the video below where I use old pattern paper, stickers, gesso, acrylic paint, stencils, and a couple packing tape transfers to create this layout.

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Mixed Media Monday: Bulldog Page

My Mom recently went to London and was sweet enough to bring me back some gifts, one of which was this awesome little journal. Between the cool clasp and blank pages, it clearly needed to become an art journal.

New Mixed Media Journal

The presents for Matt came in this awesome bag, and so I used it in the first layout in my new book.

New Mixed Media Journal

The supplies I used for this layout were: acrylic paint, fabric scraps from my Inktense pillow project, red embroidery floss, old dictionary pages, and of course the bulldog and letters from the plastic bag. Enjoy!

Mixed Media Journal: Rainbow Page

Today I have another short video of me creating a new art journal spread. The masking fluid really adhered to the old book pages and didn’t come off very clean, but I still liked the effect.

For this page I used: Masking fluid, Derwent’s inktense pencils, and a silver leafing pen. Let me know what you think!

Mixed Media Journal Series

Some of my earliest memories, are of drawing, cutting and gluing paper. Whenever I got out of sorts, a few hours of working on my “creations” always fixed my head. Lately, I’ve been looking for a similar outlet. When my large house projects need way more work (or way more money) I still want to get the creative juices flowing without the worry of mistakes.

Usually that means I doodle, or paint random things. For instance I did these silly cartoon animals on dictionary pages the other day:

Mixed Media Journal Supplies

Mix media journals have been all over the internet for years. The idea is to take a journal/notebook/old book/random pages and using anything from photos, glue, paint, tape, staples, thread, pens, to metal and leaves to create entries. I love to watch Jennibellie’s journal videos, and there are hundreds of others on Youtube doing similar stuff. You might have also heard of SMASH books, which is a brand that sells blank journals and tons of embellishments to add to the pages. Their packaging/marketing always looks so cool but as you might be able to guess I’m more of a make it yourself kinda girl. I bought this old book at a thrift store a few months back for the purpose of an art journal:

Mixed Media Journal Supplies

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