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Playing with Mixed Media

Hi Magpies, Julie back again sharing with you my love of mixed media. When I first started scrapbooking, around 9 years ago, mixed media was more for art journaling & seemed very dark with dull colours of brown, black etc but it’s really come into it’s own in the last few years & a trend I’m fully on board with & one that I seem to add to every page I now do. So when the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media collection came into the shop it was definitely one I could see myself loving & I was not disappointed. There’s something for everyone in the collection, paper, stickers, paint, art crayons, glaze & so much more, in fact you’re spoilt for choice. I was very lucky to have some of it brought for me for my birthday so I just added a few more bits to it for my blogpost.

My first page ‘seriously, do your own thing, Hustle’ is using the Reactive tissue paper. Now to begin with I ordered the tissue not having a clue as to what I was going to do with it!!!! So onto good old youtube I went to get a few ideas & found a few things to do with it & let me tell you it was SOOOO much fun, just like being a child again & really easy to do. I punched various sizes of circles out of the pink, yellow & orange tissue & sprayed a piece of watercolour paper with water & scattered the tissue circles around the top & right hand side, over lapping some of them. I then sprayed again with water & the magic just happens, the colours from the tissue bleed into the cardstock leaving a lovely water colour effect, I speeded mine up with a air dryer but think you’d get more intense colours if you left it to dry naturally. I then added some stamped circles, in the same colours, & some ink splatters. I sewed this sheet of paper, at an angle, onto fine apple paper from Amy Tan on a whim collection. I made a photo mat using a cardstock tag, stickers from the Vicki Boutin watercolour sticker book & embellishments out of the Amy Tan cardstock die cuts & accents & phrases stickers. I finished the page with some sequins & a touch of hand sewing.

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For my second page I went all out on a sheet of black cardstock. Using the acrylic paints I first dry brushed some pink, blue & yellow paint onto the cardstock just in stripes. I then diluted blue, pink, yellow, white & black paint & splattered this all over the page, drying between each colour so as not to mix them. I hasten to add I did this in the garden, on the grass, as it’s VERY messy & yes the grass now has a fab multi coloured patch J When coming to make up my layout I decided the paper was just too bold to use the whole sheet so I tore a strip to go down the middle & punched out some circles. The background paper is one from my stash & I added some inking through a stencil & some stamping & a touch of texture paste. I printed out the photos adding a different filter to each one & backed them with some black cardstock & distressed the edges. I added them down my page & sewed in yellow around each one. I added the circles to the edges & sewed through each one of those & added a few embellishments around my page again from the Amy Tan ‘on a whim’ collection as the colours went so well.

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For my final layout ‘Dream’ I’ve tried to show the softer option of mixed media, that it doesn’t have to be too messy with loud colours. I first inked & stamped the feathers. I scribbled some of the art crayons onto a messy mat, sprayed with water & laid my watercolour paper on top mopping up the colours. I then stamped when dry & die cut them out, the stamps & dies come together in one pack, perfect for this. For some of the other feathers I drew directly onto the stamp with the crayons then sprayed with water & stamped giving a soft watercolour look. I added some inked splotches to my white cardstock background using the art crayons & the packaging technique & added a few splatters of ink also. On the top rectangle of watercolour paper, I also added some silver texture glaze. I sewed a messy circle on this piece of paper & distressed on 3 edges. I added that to the white cardstock tucking a doily & some inked gauze underneath to add some texture. I made a photo mat, out of papers in my scraps box & wrapped some embroidery silk around the one side & attached these to the feathers & added a couple of small tags to add the date. I finished the layout with some fab enamel hearts from Illustrated Faith.

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I really hope you have enjoyed my introduction into mixed media as much as I have had making these layouts & I’ll be back next month with 3 more layouts using the same products in various ways.

Until next time XOXO

JULIE

 

 

 

 

Products used;

Vicki Boutin Mixed Media

Amy Tangerine On a Whim

Illustrated Faith Enamel Hearts

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