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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Thanks for stopping by. Our designers will be back this week with more of their amazing projects from all of our July kits.

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.

And, great news: we still have a few mixed media kits available, so if you haven’t subscribed, you still have a chance to get an altered brush mixed media kit HERE!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!