Saturday, September 14, 2019

Fall in Love ... Girl Mixed Media Collage

Step 1
Choose a black and white drawing and tear around image and adhere to A3 watercolour paper. 
Paint in flesh colours using watercolour felt pens and / or flesh colour Gelatos, using your aqua pen for blending. Add black and white pen highlights to hair.
Step 2
Adhere collage papers to background. I have used old dictionary papers and paper napkins. Apply a light coat of gesso over the papers to tone down the patterns and print.

Step 3 and 4
Add stencilled patterns into your background over the top of your papers. Choose the colours you like. Spritz the papers with a light spray of Brown or Sepia coloured Ink. ( I have used Walnut Ink Crystals added to distilled water to make my own  spray)
I had pre - printed some rose stamps in black archival ink onto Gelli Printed papers.
 Cut out around your rose stamp and position onto your collage. Glue with a matt medium.
 Using a filbert brush in Deco art Avocado Acrylic paint , paint in leaves around the roses.

Step 5
Finishing your collage by hot gluing an assemblage of embroidered flowers and leaves onto your work. Use a brown waterproof pen to outline the leaves. Add some pink acrylic paint to shadow areas in the background.
 Choose a stencil to add modelling paste texture to your background. Cut out your words from printed paper and glue into position, outline the paper in the brown pen

Your beautiful girl is now ready to be framed!

She is....... Dignity and Strength Mixed media Canvas

Mixed Media Tutorial

Step 1 and 2
Crumple white tissue paper in your hands, then spread out to size of your canvas and adhere. This will automatically give you texture, make sure there is matt medium (glue) on top of your tissue layer as well as underneath. Dry.
Choose your acrylic paint colours and use a sponge to blend over the textured canvas.

Step 3
Glue some transparent paper to background. Use a stencil for the vase and flowers. I have used a stencil by Donna Downey. Use white Gesso for flowers and modelling paste for vase. Using your palette knife or scraper, scrape a little modelling paste onto background here and there.

Step 4 
Using your scraper add a line to your background, scraping towards the bottom of canvas in a few places. Block in your flower shapes in desired colours. Fill in your vase with white gesso, adding green stems to flower bouquet.

Step 5
Add leaves using a filbert brush and add white acrylic paint to flowers using the edge of the filbert or angle brush for petals.
 Add a darker colour for flower centers. Use a liner brush to add white details to vase.

Step 6
Using a Tim Holtz floral stencil add Modelling paste through the stencil for added dimension. Stencil the word "she" using  Paynes Grey acrylic colour and adhering scrapbooking stickers to make up other wording. With a small makeup sponge add Burnt Umber to edges of canvas to give an antiqued effect, also paint the canvas edges in this colour. Add a coat of matt sealer to protect your work.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Better Things Ahead - Journal Page Tutorial

"Better Things Ahead"
Mixed Media Journal Tutorial

Step 1. Background. One side of the double page spread take  a piece of acrylic lace, then swipe through some texture paste with a palette knife for a great stenciled pattern!
 On the other page, use the white backing paper from a paper napkin, crumple it and then spread over the page, glue down with matte medium, creases and all! Allow to Dry.
Step 2. Add a vintage antiqued background colour. I have used #Decoartvintageeffectswash
I have used all of these 3 colours in different parts of my page.
 Paint on the colour, leave maybe 30 seconds, use a paper towel to remove excess paint, creating a vintage look, if you want to remove more colour , next use a baby wipe. I love this product!
Step 3. Stamp the images you want to use in your collage on lunch wrap paper using an Archival Ink Pad. I am sure most have a collection of stamps that will work fro this project.
 I have also used some images from Tim Holtz Botanicals Paper and some flowers from a  Stamperia
Collage your paper pieces and adhere them to your page with matte medium.
 You can fussy cut some images and tear around others, overlap and just be creative!
Step 4. I have now added a stencil detail to the background and in amongst the collage pieces, I chose a Decoart Gold Metallic  acrylic paint for this
. At this point I also went around my page edges with Tim Holts Distress Ink in "Vintage Photo", you can also smudge a little of this over your papers to take away the 'white' look, it helps fade the images into the background.
Step 5.Nearly Finished! I have stamped some leaf images straight onto the paper around my collage. Using a fan brush I have speckled lightly over the project with thinned white paint.
Now add a little Tim Holtz Distressed Crayon in Black around your girls hair, rub your finger over the crayon to smudge it out and create a little shadow around her.
 Next I have used a stencil rose of my own design to add white roses to my page. For this I have used
 # decoartcracklepaste
 Allow to dry naturally for best crackle effects.
Step 6. Okay final last details now. Stamp some more ink leaves around your white roses.
 I then chose to add some Decoart crackle paste leaves using a stencil to fill in my page a little more.
I think she is finished!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Vintage Cameo Clipboard - Mixed Media Tutorial

Vintage Cameo Clipboard
Step 1.
 Basecoat clipboard and metal clip in desired colour. I have used an A5 board for this project. I have use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Print out a laser  image on paper. Apply #DecoArt Photo Transfer Medium over the paper image, and adhere onto board. Wait for the paper to dry.
Step 2
Apply water to the paper and gently rub of the backing with your fingers to reveal the transferred image. Choose a stencil to your liking. and stencil in the whole background using a foam wedge in grey acrylic paint.
Steps 3 and 4
Sand over the stenciling with fine sandpaper to give a distress look to your background. Use matte medium to adhere your vintage image in place ( This one is from the Pion range, Grandmas Attic)
Collage some script papers and washi tape into your background.
Step 5
Paint in your circles for flowers and leaves. You may also choose to stencil flowers if you prefer.
Step 6 & 7
Finish painting in your roses using an angle flat shader in White acrylic paint. Apply Texture to the background using Modelling/ Texture Paste with a palette knife. allow to dry. Apply wax paste to the metal clip and the clipboard edges. I have used # DecoArt Metallic Lustre  Iced Expresso. Use a hot glue gun to secure the cameo brooch onto the clip.
Step 8
Finishing : Add your own message to your clipboard. I have used some Tim Holtz adhesive words, stamps and handwriting combined. Stamp the butterfly stamp ( Kaisercraft) using Stazon Black Ink into the background.
A4 Size Clipboard
Try and stop at making one!
Great Gift Idea..........

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Vintage Romance Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Recently I taught this workshop in a beautiful store called Bella Paperie at Brendale, Queensland
I thought I would post the tutorial here for others to share!
May your creativity be inspired and blessed!
Step 1. Using stencils and modelling paste, add your texture to canvas. When dry paint over in a dark colour, I have used burnt Umber. Rub a little Vaseline over the edges and texture, basecoat over the entire canvas with your background colour. I have used #decoartAmericana D├ęcor Chalky Finish in the colour "Lace"
Step 2. Adhere your collage papers to the canvas, I used Decoart Decou-Paige matte sealer.Apply a little Gesso over canvas to tone down the colours of papers.
Step 3. Place your stencil into position. This stencil is my own design and can be purchased by contacting me directly.
Step 4. Add a little green paint in amongst you roses and leaves using a small sponge.
Step 5. Use some acrylic or ink spray into the background of canvas. Use a fan brush to add paint speckles in both White and burnt Umber. Using a liner brush add some tendrils coming out from your leaves. Add a darker center into each rose circle. Adhere some vintage lace to the top of canvas.
Step 6. Using an angle shader add Titanium White petals to the rose shapes.
Step 7. Finshing details! Add some top layer texture to edges of canvas with white modelling paste. Choose some words to express the "feeling" of the canvas. I have cut my words into strips and then glued, outlining with an Inktense pencil and smudging a shadow. I have made my own bird embellishments with a silicone matte, and used matte medium to attach. Using a needle tip bottle of white paint I have handwritten some key words around my roses for emphasis! Paint the canvas edge and rub a little of that colour into the corners for depth.
Enjoy creating, Bring a piece of beauty into your world!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Soar ------ Don't Forget to Fly!

Still Working on my Birdcage  Canvases.
Love the images of what freedom means to different people.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Birds Among Branches" Mixed Media Tutorial

"Birds Among Branches"
This project was created because one of my students wanted a Birdcage themed project to paint, this canvas is the result of that request! When I teach a workshop class I like to include as many different techniques as I can.........
Step 1. I know it is hard to see in the photo, BUT the first step is to use various stencils to create patterns around the outside of your canvas with Gesso, then brushing some through the middle of canvas. Allow to dry. Then add a few drops of acrylic ink.
 I have used brown, turquoise and pink ink.
Step 2. Use a baby wipe to spread the ink around, allow to dry, then wipe again to reveal the resist pattern. I have dropped some green Alcohol Ink through the middle.
Step 3. Using Texture Paste, apply your stenciled birdcage image using a pallet knife. Allow to dry. Draw in some loose branch placement using willow charcoal.
Step 4. Choose your napkin paper designs, tear out the flower images and adhere to canvas along your branch lines. I use Decopage Napkin Medium for this, but Modge Podge will work as well.
Step 5. Using a makeup sponge apply stenciled roses around your tissue images in various shades of pinks. Use as many different  rose shapes as you like.
Step 6. Using a round brush add branches in  brown , thin the paint a little before painting. Choose a leaf stencil and add leaves around design, choose a couple of different leaf colours for variation.
Step 7. Add stenciled detail of small swallows into the top of design around birdcage.
Step 8. To finish design, add a last layer of texture. I have used a small rose stencil and applied Irredescent Paste .
For added Scroll stencil and word stencils , I have used regular white Texture Paste.
 I have painted the edges of my canvas using Decoart Extreem Sheen Metallic Paint in Pink Tourmaline, this is also used as one of the rose colours.
Enjoy Creating your own version!