Monday, 1 August 2016

Mixed Media Monday: Look Up!

Welcome to Mixed Media Monday! Each week, I share a mixed media layout and include the instructions. The instructions contain the steps to make the project and contain any tips and tricks I have picked up along the way. If you ever have any questions about techniques or products that I used to make this layout, leave a note in the comments and I will get back to you. I know that mixed media can be intimidating but I think of it as a creative adventure. Yes, it requires practice and patience but the rewards are worth it - I promise

This week I was completely inspired by my recent trip to Fontainebleau Chateau when I was in France in June. The chateau is beautiful and even the ceilings are ornately decorated. I used lots of gold and royal blue to make this layout.

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Here are the supplies I used to make this layout.

Heavy Gesso - Art Basics (Prima)
Modeling Paste - Art Basics (Prima)
Mixed Media Silicon Brush - Art Basics (Prima)
Color Bloom Sprays (Prima)
Friend Definition (Hero Arts)
Background Stamp  - Book (Prima)
Delicata Golden Glitz  - Pigment Stamp Pad (Tsukineko)
Orange Blossom - Archival Ink (Ranger Industries)
Walnut Stain - Distress Ink (Ranger Industries)
Woodland Thickers - Dear Lizzy (American Crafts)
Canson Watercolor Paper
Chevron Stencil - Balzer Designs (The Crafter's Workshop)
Water Soluble Oil Pastels (Prima)
Gold Thread  (Guterman)
Heavy Body Paint - Dina Wakley Media (Ranger Industries)
Embossing Enamel  (Stampendous)
Paint Brush
Lace Trim


1. Apply Modeling Paste through stencil. I used the silicon brush to pull modeling paste through the Chevron stencil by Balzer Designs. I only put the modeling paste on the top and bottom of the page.

2. Apply gesso to the background. I applied a thin coat of gesso  to the entire background using a brush. I have an old paint brush that I use for jobs like this. It's perfect for working the gesso into the all the nooks and crannies created by the stenciled pattern.

3. Add color. I used the Prima Color Bloom spray inks to add color to the background. To create the blue sections, I started with Summer Sky and Soft Teal and added lots of Cobalt. I also added some Gold Foil and Empress Gold. For the orange sections, I started with Sunshine and then added Mustard, Sorbet and Gilded.

Here's an extreme close up so you can see the gold.
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4. Stamp randomly on background. I used the Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad and Orange Blossom Archival Ink to stamp all over the background. You can see a little of the Delicata Golden Glitz in the photo below. It's really lovely in real life.

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5. Embellish. Embellishing took more time than any other part of this layout so I thought I would share a bit of the process.

I started by layering the papers behind the photo and then deciding on composition. I could not decide where to put the photo. I kept moving it around the page - auditioning different positions.

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Finally, I settled on the top left corner and layered the paper behind it.

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Then I distressed the paper with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink and the Prima Oil Pastels. I added some gold thread because I just can't get enough of this new thread that I bought at a local fabric store.

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Finally, I added the lace trim that I also bought at my local fabric store.

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These pieces were white but I altered them using some Color Bloom spray inks, Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint (Night and Gilt) and some Stampendous Embossing Enamel.

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I really enjoyed the process of working through the challenges of this layout. When I get stuck, I often move onto the next layout but I learned a lot by sticking with this layout and trying different ways to fix it. I think this page would have landed on my pile of undone layouts if I hadn't taken the time to work through the problems I was having. It's definitely something I'm going to think about the next time I get stuck.

Thanks for stopping by today.


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