Mixed Media Monday

Hey everyone Kim here. I’m back today to share my project from the July Mixed Media Kit. This kit is unlike other mixed media kits, where you just get the mediums. This kit gives you a project to complete, so you can use the mediums in the kit right away.

Let’s take a look at this month’s kit:

It’s got gesso (black, white and clear), mica powders, gum arabic, metals and a paintbrush to use all your mediums on. Paintbrushes are all the rage right now, so do miss out.

Here is what I created using my paintbrush:

Here are some close-ups:

I first adhered all my metals to the paint brush. Then I covered it all with a couple of coats of white gesso.

Once the gesso dried, I randomly added the mica powder 2 different ways. First I sprinkled some directly on the brush and misted with water. The second way was to make a mist using the gum arabic as a binding agent and the mica.

I found these amazing old spoons at a flea market and thought they would be the perfect embellishment for the paintbrush.

Here is a close up to see the texture:

I added micro beads to add texture and depth to the opening of the spoon and all around the handle. I also added some art stones from my stash. 

I have plenty of supplies left over to complete another paintbrush. I think I may go dark (black gesso) on my next one. Stay tuned…

Hope you liked my little explanation of my Mixed Media Monday project.

Here is my weekly tip: When covering items in gesso, especially items that have uneven surfaces use a dabber to get the gesso in all the little nooks and crannies. A large paint brush is good to cover flat surfaces.

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Altered Paint Brush with Rae

Happy Saturday!

Altering paintbrushes has been a real trend in the scrapbooking world for a while now, and Tres Jolie kits has an amazing mixed media kit this month that has a brush and A LOT of embellishments and mixed media to make your own! Check it out:

I just love how much mixed media you get- with white, black and clear gesso, the possibilities of different looks are abundant, combined with three different mica powders to boot!

Here’s the brush I made using the black gesso with all three colors of the mica powders.

I started my brush by gluing on a bunch of the embellishments. I did add a few items from my stash- the circles art Melange art pebbles from Prima Marketing.

For the next step I added two coats of black gesso, and letting it dry completely. Then I mixed up a batch of each color with water and gum arabic to create a permanent color on the black gesso.

On the bottom of the brush, I added the purple mica powder/water/gum arabic mixture. I could have let it air dry, but I wanted to give the bristles on the brush a worn texture, so I used a heat gun to melt the bristles.

On the side, I added the pink color. The colors mixed together nicely on the front of the brush, but I liked how this concentrated pink came out.

At the top of the brush, I added the blue mica mixture. I decided to not add as much mica on the circles because I wanted them to stand out. I added some pink wax paste to the circles after I finished applying all of the micas.

And, lastly here is a closeup to show how the mica colors blended together.

I’m anxious to get some more cheap brushes so I can try out the micas with the clear and white gessos.

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Shabby Chic Blank Layout By Heather Thompson

I was asked to make a gift for a mother and her new baby, I thought I would make a pretty layout and leave the photo blank, having kids of my own, I always tried to get the one special picture, just them and me. So this a shabby chic layout, only given the information of a little bit of pink white and silver. Hopefully this will work. Tres Jolie 12x12 page.jpg

Here is a short video for you all.

I hope you enjoy how elegant this all came together. Using very few supplies from my own stash, I created this beautiful page. Here are a few close-ups

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Mixed Media Kit Canvas by Ginny

Hello All,

I’m back with you today, this time with the Mixed Media kit from Tres Jolie Kits

These mixed media kits are fantastic, within the kit is a whole project to complete from start to finish, all the ‘mucky’ products (as I like to call all the paints and mediums lol) and the final embellishments to create your own masterpiece!

This months kit included a paint brush!
It has been great seeing what the other DT members came up with as you will find out!
And I’m looking forward to seeing photos of what you guys create too!

I used the paint brush and the embellishments to create a canvas.

Here it is…

The kit came with a boxed set of Mixed Media essentials from Finnabair Art Basics range.
These included clear gesso, black and white gesso in 2FL.OZ tubes, a good amount of each.
I have used the clear and the white on this project.

The canvas had a base coat of the clear gesso over it before anything else and then a coat of white gesso to create a good background.
Next I used a doily stencil from Prima with some Texture paste ( from last months mixed media kit)
and 4 doily patterns over the canvas overlapping it off the edges of the canvas.

Next came the fun part with the PearlEx colours. We had 3 gorgeous colours in the kit and the Gum Arabic. The Gum Arabic is a binder medium, mixed with the PearlEx and water it creates transparent water colours. It says on the pot to mix 1 part gum to 4 parts pigment (PearlEx) this creates a strong colour, I used a little less pigment to get a slightly softer colour.

Generally play around with amounts and strengths to get the colour and consistency that you want.
Over the spoon I used the gum and PearlEx but with not much water to get a thick consistency to sit in my spoon, the colour is stronger that way too.

I used the mixed watercolours over my canvas with a paint brush, one at a time allowing for some drying and using the palest colour first, building up a blended multi tonal effect.

When dry I added another layer of white texture paste with a different stencil. This stood out nicely then against the coloured background.

Next step is to choose your main embellishments. Mine obviously is the paint brush but also I wanted to include the gorgeous little light bulbs and the spoon!
These I have all stuck on the canvas with a soft gel medium. I find this sticks anything to a canvas really well. Allow time for it stick completely but you can still work on it whilst it is drying.

Stick the brush to the canvas with the gel medium. Paint over the brush with the white gesso and allow to dry. I then used the watercolours again on the brush running them down from the top of the brush to get a dripped effect.
When dry stick the spoon to the brush.

I used some of the Finnabair Mechanicals on the background too. Again these are stuck on with gel medium and then painted over with white gesso and the watercolours. I layered one up using the middle cut section of a doily from the main kit underneath it.

On top of the water coloured mechanicals I stuck the pretty little light bulbs ( I love these!)
At this point I switched to my hot glue gun to stick these embellishments. I set the bulbs on top of the Finnabair Mechanicals Wings and then decorated with flowers.

To finish the embellishment clusters off I did add some very pretty glass beads from my stash and a chippie word title painted in gesso and some pearls.

I used a sponge applicator to dab the tops of my flowers with white gesso and flicked some of the watercolours over the canvas to get a nice splattered effect.

I added some small detail with the microspheres from last months MM kit.
That’s the nice thing about these kits, you end up with a great stash of products which can then be used on future projects too.

The PearlEx in the spoon has been added over some soft mat gel just to make sure the thicker PearlEx solution did stick and stay where I wanted it too.

Project like these are so easy because really anything goes. There is no right or wrong way and each piece created is unique and individual to the person and creation. Just have fun, be brave and go with the flow and experiment. You cant go wrong!

Here is what you get in the Mixed Media Kit for July.
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Hope you have enjoyed looking at my project today.

Any questions please get in touch with us either here in the comments feed or on the Tres Jolie Club Café page and we will all be pleased to help you!

Ginny 🙂

 

 

July ATC’s Violet Silence By Heather Thompson

Lots of prettiness in the July kit, So many gorgeous flowers and embellishments. So for my first project this month, I choose to make some ATC’s with the ATC set that came with the card kit.

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I am not a big fan of purple but the paper collection Violet Silence from Lemon Craft is so over the top gorgeous, who wouldn’t love it.

I have a little video for you all today of the creative process, some background work with some cracked and then just a quick layer of flowers and embellishments.

Here are a few close-ups for your enjoyment.

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Mixed Media Butterfly with Rae

Hello and Happy Saturday!

Today I’m sharing a project that I made using the June mixed media kit.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about how awesome this kit is! The Prima Marketing resin butterfly pack is BEAUTIFUL! And those alcohol ink colors are so pretty! Here’s what I came up with:

There are two large butterflies in the set, and for this project I used the one with indentations on the wings. I mixed the Ranger Texture Paste and the 13 Arts Magic Powder to create a light fluff. I filled each of the holes half way with the mixture, then added some loose pearls from my stash. Then I added some of the 13 Arts brown microbeads to fill in the visible spots of the mixture.

Once dried, I added the alcohol inks. First, I added the patina color to the entire butterfly, then I added the browns to the pearls.

The color was pretty bold, so I toned the blue down with some white gesso. Then I added some copper wax paste to highlight the texture and give it a distressed, aged look. You can see the details in this close up below:

I decided to add this butterfly to the stand that came in the resin butterfly set. I primed the metal part and the wood circle with gesso. I added a couple of metal flowers from my stash as well, then brushed the entire piece with some of the alcohol inks over the gesso. I added some more texture paste to the middle and poured more of the brown microbeads to it so it filled the metal. I used some of the green rhinestone strand from the kit to the wood circle. Lastly, I added some copper wax paste like I did to the butterfly.

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Mixed Media Canvas by Ginny

Hello All!

Here is my last project made with the June Kit from Tres Jolie Kits.

This is my second project made with the Mixed Media Kit….. a canvas.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing this project, it was so much fun!

So lets go through step by step and I can show you how the end result was achieved!

I started by painting the 5×7 inch canvas with clear gesso

I used the two brown Alcohol Inks from the Mixed Media Kit, Caramel and Latte.
I added a blue, Stonewashed and a mixative, Gold, from my stash as well.

I sprinkled droplets of the two inks, Caramel and Latte onto the canvas.

I then used some blending solution over the ink droplets to make them ‘run’ and blend together.

This solution was also from stash but is handy when working with alcohol inks.

This is what the canvas looked like after the blue and gold had been added with more blending solution.

I cut the leaves and flowers from 13 Arts paper……..

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and the flowers….

I then used the texture paste from the Mixed Media Kit with a stencil to add more detail across the layout.

To adhere the fussy cut leaves and flowers to the canvas I used a gel medium and used it underneath and over the top of the cut pieces to completely stick them and protect them on the canvas.

The butterflies from the Prima set I did slightly differently to each other. The big butterfly I painted the concave parts with the gold Mixative. the smaller one I gently rubbed the gold over the risen pattern only wit my finger.

Then using a piece of cloth I then gently rubbed in some of the blue alcohol ink around the risen borders of the butterflies in various depths of strength.

I glued these to the canas with my hot glue gun.

Next I used these Microspheres from the Mixed Media kit….

a poured/sprinkled them where I wanted them into already applied gel medium.
The medium will take a while to dry but will dry clear leaving just the microspheres.

Like this…

And I created a butterfly trail with them too!

Thus erse was cut from the paper I showed you earlier too and I inked round the edges with the gold mixative.

I popped it on a piece of cardboard to add height and glued onto the canvas.

And here is the finished canvas.

Products Used on this Project:

Mixed Media Kit:

Prima: Matte Resin Craft Blanks – Butterflies
Tim Holzt: Alcohol Inks: Caramel & Latte
13 Arts: Brown Microsperes
13 Arts: Until Dawn: All Good Things
Ranger: Texture paste: opaque white

Other products used:

5 x 7 canvas
Clear gesso
Tim Holzt: Alcohol Ink Stonewashed
Tim Holzt: Alcohol ink mixative gold
Tim Holzt Blending Solution
Stencil
Gel Medium

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I cant wait for next month!

Ginny 🙂

Butterfly “Canvas” by Rae

Happy Saturday!

Today I’m sharing a “canvas” I made using some products from both the June scrapbook and mixed media kits. It’s not actually a canvas- I upcycled the Prima Marketing resin feather packaging which is a 4 in. X 12 in. box.

 

I flipped the box over and used the flat part. I cut a piece of the Prima Marketing Vintage Floral paper and glued it to the wood. In the closeup below, you can see some of the details- I added some stenciling using the Ranger paste from the mixed media kit in random spots on the paper, and then I added some gold wax paste over the stenciling to give it a bit of definition, and I also added some around the edges of the project.

I added some embellishments- the Prima Marketing metal ladder, and some Little Birdie roses and leaves that I dry-brushed using some white gesso.

I added some Prima Marketing rhinestone chain pieces from the mixed media kit to the leaves for added interest. I also added some wax paste to the roses.

This is one of the large resin butterflies from the mixed media kit. I painted it with a mixture of the Ranger paste and patina alcohol ink which became very light. The butterfly body is made from a couple of things from my stash0 The long swirl is a resin piece I made using a mould. In the center is a metal piece. Once glued together. I added some wax paste to highlight the texture and to give the center some definition. I finished off the butterfly by adding more of the green rhinestone chain.

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June Kit Sketch Challenge By Heather Thompson

Happy Memories

Hello All, today I want to share another page I made with the Tres Jolie Main Kit. I also added a few extras that came in the card kit. This is a picture of Maksim and I.  We had a night on the town while visiting over in England. A proper pub, a posh restaurant and the English hospitality and warmth.

I based this page of the sketch that Kim made for the June Kit.

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I made a short video of the creative process, and the evolution of this page.

Here are a few close ups…..

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Textured background

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Using various die-cuts from my stash, I used the 13@rts paper to add layers to the photo composition, along with fussy cutting elements from the “All Good Things”

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We made so many happy memoires on our latest trip and the sketch gave me the inspiration to capture one of them. We hope to see you play along with the sketch this month with the fabulous June Kit.

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Mixed Media Monday

Hey everyone Kim here. I’m back today to share my project from the Mixed Media Kit. I love this kit because it’s unlike other mixed media kits, where you just get the mediums. This kit gives you a project to complete, so you can use the mediums in the kit right away.

Let’s take a look at this month’s kit:

It’s got alcohol inks (the colors make a nice rusted patina effect), texture paste, bling and a wonderful resin butterfly project to use all your mediums on.

Here is what I created using one of the big butterflies in the kit:

How about a look at the back of it:

I first mixed the texture paste with a fair amount of the 13@rts Magic powder. This will get very thick, and it won’t spread smoothly (that’s the whole purpose). It will give lots of texture.

Once the paste dried, I randomly added the alcohol ink. I started with the browns, then added the patina color.

 

Here is a close up to see the texture:

 

For the inside of the wings, I used some wax from my stash and just melted it on the inside.

I took the glass beads that were in the kit and used those to add texture and depth to the body of the butterfly:

I used the same techniques on the base, and then wrapped it with the bling from the kit:

 

Hope you liked my little explanation of my Mixed Media Monday project.

Here is my weekly tip: When layering your color mediums, always start with your lightest color and if possible, dry between layers.

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