Thursday, 23 November 2017

Mixed Media Mirror with Samantha K Products

Debs is here today with a very cool mixed media mirror using fabulous products from our November Sponsor Samantha K.

Here's how she created her gorgeous project:

I took a black IKEA mirror and stuck the MDF elements from Samantha K into place - I used a mix of circles, cogs and a clock face. I played around for ages working out where I wanted each piece until I was happy. Then I added some different sized beads to give more interest. I then gave it a coat of white crackle paint. Once dry I used chalk spray paints in grey, pink and yellow. 

I wanted more texture than the paint alone gave me,  so I used a texture medium in (Prima Limestone). Once dry, I used a dry brush and chalk finish acrylic and gently tickled all the surfaces to give a highlight of white. I also wanted to knock back the colours a little as they were too bright for my liking.

Once satisfied I added a couple of Angels from Mixed up Merchandise Printables to a couple of the circles, to give some more interest. I then finished off with a metallic wax around the edges and on the raised areas.

Last look....

What I used:
Samantha K Gifts and Crafts - Cogs  Vintage Pendulums, Elegant Mixed Media Frames
Mixed Up Merchandise Printables Angels#1
Prima - Art Stones, Limestone Medium
13@rts - Chalk Spray
PaperArtsy -  Fresco Finish Acrylics, Treasure Gold - White Fire

Hope I have inspired you!
Take care

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Strange Little Girl

Hello everyone! My name is Jenn and I am excited to share my debut for the MixedUp Merchandise Design Team today. These amazing printables are such a great way to embellish your Art Journals and mixed media projects!  For My Strange Little Girl canvas, I chose this girl from the Little People #1 sheet. Click on the picture to purchase this and see all of the other amazing printables available!

Here is how this was created....

Begin by coating your canvas with heavy white gesso and allow this to dry or dry with a heat tool.

Next, add some lace, burlap scrap, and plastic beads or yarn. Wrap the beads as shown and fasten to the backside of the canvas either with hot glue or a stapler as I did here. Add texture paste through a scrollwork stencil and dry.

Add chippie gears, flowers, straws, and other embellishments and a chipboard frame by layering with bits of cardboard under pieces. Use a 3D matte gel for this step. Doing so gives you the freedom to move your pieces if needed. Use a metal butterfly embellishment for wings. Do not add printable yet. Allow this to dry once everything is in place as you like.

Next, add heavy white gesso and some mini art stones and larger art stones. Once gesso is dry begin spraying colors light to dark and move around the canvas. I chose a soft blue color palette using sprays and mediums from Art Anthology. Dry color with a heat tool before applying next.

Continue adding colors of blue and aqua until you are satisfied with the result. For my project, I used both sprays and paints (watered down). Allow to dry or dry with a heat tool carefully.

Once the color is dry, Use a brush or small sponge wedge and dab embossing ink in some random areas to highlight. Sprinkle the areas with clear or iridescent embossing powder and heat activate with a heat tool. As you can see in this picture this adds a bit more texture and interest.

Finally, add other contrasting elements such as white flowers, buttons, pearls, and glass stones here and there for more interest. Add your sentiment and the cut out printable!

I hope you have enjoyed my project! Be sure to check out all of the great printables available HERE.
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Thanks! Jenn

Little Person Layered Tag

Hannah here with some more grungey vibes. 

Layering techniques is what makes mixed media a really fun art form. Here I have a layered tag tutorial for you to enjoy.

Step One

When creating layered designs, work out a rough layout first to really cement your ideas. Playing with the design at this stage is far easier than when you begin gluing and painting!

Look to old books, ledgers, music sheets for great background elements.

For my central character I have used a printable from Mixed Up Magazine's Little People #1 - Emily and Friends collection. Mixed Up Magazine's Etsy store can be found here.

Step Two 

Begin your first layer, by painting the base of the tag in DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish - Relic, coat this in Crackle Mediumand once dry add a layer of Chalky Finish - Timeless.

When applying the layers be careful not to over work the products, paint the layers on with a soft brush and allow the crackling to happen.

Using a baby wipe, rub away patches across the tag, paying particular attention to the edges. This helps create a distressed effect, revealing the layer underneath.

Step Three

Apply a wash layer of DecoArt Media Fluid Acyrlics Quinacridone Gold, start with a really light wash and build the intensity until you are working with neat paint. 

Dry areas of the wash with a heat gun to create an interesting effects.

Step Four

Take the paper elements and arange them for your background. Fix them in place using Matte Medium, also coat the tag in a layer of Matte Medium to seal.

Once dry add layer of texture by drawing Modeling Paste through a stencil using a palette knife. For my design I have chosen a basket weave design.

When creating your layers give thought to where your focus is in your design, weight your layers to this area to give the tag balance.

Step Five

Once the Modeling Paste is dry; lay the stencil back over the same area, making sure to align the pattern, and paint using a stenciling brush and Paynes Grey.

Add futher stencil details in Paynes Grey to the tag.  

Step Six

To connect the layers, add another wash of Quinacridone Gold building up the wash as in Step Three.

Step Seven

Take a soft brush and dry brush the tag in Titan Buff to bring out the textures of the Modeling Paste, add a little Metallic Gold and dry brush futher to give the highlights a little sheen.

Edge the tag in Metallic Gold to give the piece a frame.

Step Eight

For the final layer, add more stencilled patterns in Paynes Grey. Placing these on top of the dry brushed layer really makes these elements pop.

Step Nine

Take your characeter and paste it to a thin greyboard backing using Matte Medium. Cut out the image with sharp scissors and set to one side.

Create the wing details using greyboard wings from Tando Creative Butterfly Grab Bag. Paint them in a base layer of Titan Buff before adding a wash of Metallic Silver to give the wings a sparkle. Make the wings even more fairy like by painting them in a layer of Interference Magenta and Turquoise and finish the wings in Crackle Glaze

Step Ten
To finish your tag, mount your character on foam pads to raise it from the background. Introduce a strip of washi tape so your character is grounded in the design. 

Add further embellishments to give you character an edge, I have used lace and pearls.

Finally string the tag using lace to draw the design elements together.