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!