Just tagging’ along

Michelle here with a midweek Boost!!  So you know it’s the end of the month and I’ve enjoyed my October mixed media kit but I’ve still got a ton of paints and mediums left to work with!  So how about I show y’all a couple quick tags to use some of the paints in the kit?

I love the deep rich colors of the Dina Wakley paints by Ranger but for these I wanted to use them like water colors.  I began by taking a super wet brush and brushing the entire tag with water.   I then put just a dab of the paints on my work surface and then took my super wet brush and watered them down before dragging each color individually across the tag, stacked like a rainbow so the colors slightly blend but you can still see the separations without them being totally muddy.

I love the blending effects that took place.

You can see it actually created some cool new colors like green when the colors blended.

I also used the “Diamond” Stickles by Ranger to highlight the A Vintage Girl & Her Daughter Stickers from my stash.

These are great to do when you have left over supplies and just have them on hand for when you need a last minute gift tag or little card to encourage a friend.

Well that’s all I got, thanks for stopping by!  I hope you were inspired to make something beautiful!

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Mixed Media Feather

Hey Y’all!!  Michelle here, sharing some boho vibes with ya today!  I saved one of those cute wooden feathers from the Lucky Dip Dream Catcher from the mixed media kit with the hopes of creating something fab with it and I’m pretty happy with what I came up with.

This little guy can be used as a fan pull or hung on a door knob or chest of drawer pull but I hang mine on my rear view mirror.  I love the funky boho vibe.

For this I painted the entire feather with white crackle paste first and allowed it to dry.

Next I lightly brushed on the Dina Wakley paints by Ranger in layers, starting with the “Peacock”, then the “Eggplant” and next the “Tangerine”.  I allowed them to blend a bit to lend to the feather effect. Once it was all dry I inked it all up with a black ink pad and gave it a gold metallic wax rub.

Next I strung some wooden beads on the elastic provided in the kit and tied it to the feather, making a loop to hang.  I finished it off with some scraps of silk ribbons.

Such a fun little thing to make and makes me happy when I see it hanging there!

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The Unconventional Dream Catcher

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  Michelle here and I hope you guys are enjoying some fall-ish weather where you are.   Today I’m sharing this somewhat unconventional dreamcatcher I made with the October mixed media kit.

I was brainstorming some unique ways I wanted to use these awesome kit and tried a few things that were more traditional before I realized that I just needed to stay true to my usual style and design ascetic.  You know I love to white wash, ink and rub with gold so that’s exactly what I did!  lol

I started out by giving the wooden cut out by Lucky Dip a light coat of white spray paint then I watered down the “Peacock” & “Eggplant” Dina Wakley paints from Ranger and applied them with sort of a splash and dab technique with a paint brush.

Once all that Had dried well I used a black stamp pad and inked up all the edges well.

Next I used the NUVO sparkle spray in “Coco Powder” to spray the wooden feather cut outs.  After it’s dry I applied some of the watered down “Peacock” Dina Wakley paint to highlight them.  I just applied it with my fingers.  Once again I inked the edges up with a black stamp pad.

I found some Prima flowers in my stash from a previous kit and applied more of the watered down Dina Wakley Ranger paints to them (some I watered down more than others to give various shades) and then rubbed them with some gold metallic wax.

Finally I added some bits and pieces of scrap papers, die cuts and stickers to finish the look.  I added Tim Holtz paper dolls and A Vintage Girl and Her Daughter Stickers from my stash.

Here she is all put together!  You would display it like this on an easel or hang it in a special place.

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Still Becoming – Mixed Media Journal Entry

Happy Wednesday!!  I’m breaking into my October mixed media kit and I’m so inspired!  I just loved those wooden feathers included with that Lucky Dip Dream Catcher so I had to use them to the fullest extent!

For this journal entry, I’m working in a journal I made during a class I took from the super talented Jeanie Oliver so everything looks fabulous on these plaster covered pages!  But I’ll share that little tid bit with you too.  The pages in this journal are created using canvas painters drop cloth and I smeared thick plaster of Paris and allowed to dry.  You can scratch into it while wet or press things into it to create unique textures but for this page it’s just plain plaster.

I dripped a drip of brown ink on it for some character.

Then I laid down one of those wooden feathers from the Lucky Dip Dream Catcher and used it like a mask.  I sprayed the “Coco” NUVO Sparkle Spray over it and removed it to leave the image of the feather behind.

Then I took and old gift card and squirted a bit of the “Peacock” paint along the edge of it and dabbed it on the page to create the lines across the bottom of the feather.

Finally I attached some A Vintage Girl & Her Daughter Stickers from my stash using some pop dots for added dimension.  I drew the strings for the lights to give them the appearance that they are actually hanging.

It’s a pretty simple page but very impactful.  This technique could be used in so many ways though, for cards, scrapbook pages, wrapping paper, you name it!  So much fun!

Well thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have been inspired to create something beautiful today!

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ATC Lovin’!

Michelle here, playing with ATCs today!

I was so excited to see the Prima ATCs in the September mixed media kit!  When I sat down to work on them my mind just went nuts and I had so much fun creating!

Since I love a vintage shabby look I started with my trusty ‘ol white crackle paste from one of my past mixed media kits and just applied it with a pallet knife.

Once that dried (I used a heat gun to speed that along) I laid out where I wanted my prima flowers to go.  Some were.  I knew some would be cut in half so I just overlapped them to the next card since some were quite large flowers.

Next I dug through my ephemera box and got some great vintage looking images, these Tim Holtz paper doll and butterfly images worked great.

Finally I glued them all together and inked up the edges with a bit of the Lindy’s gang ink using the sponge applicator attachment.

To finish them off I added some sentiment stickers (these are some that I had in my stash by “A Vintage Girl & Her Daughter)

I really love how beautiful they all look laid out together but I know they will be a perfect addition to a gift or a sweet little pick-me-up for a friend.

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Altered Art Card Box

Happy Hump Day to ya!!  This is Michelle, and today I am sharing a happy little Altered Box for your ATCs!  The Prima ATCs that came in the September mixed media kit came in this great sturdy little box that was itching to be used in an awesome way.

I used the TCW Gloss Gel Medium and mixed in the glass beads to create a great texture gel.  Since I wanted it to be tinted I sprayed the gel mixture with a bit of the Lindy’s spray and mixed it all up before spreading it on the cover of the box as well as my Prima flowers.  I also brushed on some of the gloss gel to the spine and sprinkled some glitter for some extra shine.

You can see the entire process in the video below.

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Bird Cage Photo Frame

Happy Wednesday y’all!  I hope you are enjoying all these gorgeous products you are seeing from the September kits Kim has put together this month!  I got to play with the mixed media kit and I’m so over the moon happy with this little bird cage project!!

I didn’t get to video the process but I put together a slideshow of the step by step process as I photographed each step.  This can be done with all the supplies provided in the mixed media kit and just some basic acrylics you have on hand.  I used a crackle medium on the metal of the bird cage but you could easily just give it a white wash of acrylic or gesso for a similar effect just to lighten it up. The other thing I used acrylic for was the red on the bird.  Other than that it’s all supplies provided in this awesome kit!  So if you are on the fence on this one, GRAB IT!

So check out my slide show and see how it was made!

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Clay Stud & Mixed Media Gift Tag

Happy Wednesday y’all!  Michelle here with another fun mixed media project from August’s kit!!

Today I thought I would show you a unique gifty item that is in my wheelhouse!  Jewelry!

I used the ReDesign Modeling Material by Prima to make these fun little stud earrings and made a mixed media tag from a ATC card to give them as a unique and thoughtful gift.  All the supplies I used were from either this kit or past mixed media kits!

Here are a couple of close ups but check out the little video below (it’s more of a slide show) with more details on a step by step of how this project came together.

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Mixed Media “Trees by Streams of Water”

Happy Wednesday y’all!!  Michelle here, giving you a fun dose of mixed media today!!

Today I’m playing with the awesome Redesign Modeling Material by Redesign by Prima, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray by Ranger & Lindys Magical metallic powder that were in the August mixed media kit.  I also picked out a stamp I liked with a simple, deep cut design to use that would make a good impression.

I started out by taking a good portion of the modeling material and pressing it flat on to a nonstick surface that I knew it would release easily from.  Then  I firmly stamped the rubber stamp into the modeling material.

I allowed the modeling material to dry, you can speed this up a bit with a heat gun but you may need to allow it to dry a few hours to overnight.

Next I sprayed the piece well with the “bundled sage” Distress Oxide Spray and lightly blotted the excess to create a unique effect.

Finally I applied a bit of water to my work surface and then began to dip my wet paint brush in the Lindy’s Magicals gold metallic powder, and then brushing along the edges and high spots of my stamped modeling material …rewetting my brush as needed.

I applied my finished piece on to a prepared mixed media canvas board.

If you would like to recreate the look of this board, I simply applied some texture medium that had a lot of grit to it and added some extra texture pebbles to the edges then painted the entire board black.  After it was dry I brushed on some of the gold Lindy’s magicals kinda like a rich water color, leaving it almost powdery in some spots for extra grit.  I then applied some light sage green acrylic paint to the raised textured areas and tucked some natural moss under my adhered stamped modeling material piece.

I’m pretty smitten with it and I hope you are too!  Hopefully this helps you think a bit out the box on how you can use the mediums included in this month’s amazing mixed media kit!!

 

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Cosmic Gypsy Board

Hey y’all!  It’s Michelle here today and I have channeled my inner gypsy girl to give you a fun, easy, artsy and functional project that you can easily do with your Tres Jolie Mixed Media August kit right out of the box!

I call this my cosmic gypsy board and you can use it as a chalkboard, menu board, grocery list, agenda, quote board, etc!!

I started off by making the clay pieces first so they could air dry (you can speed it up a bit with a heat gun but overnight air dry is best).  To make these pieces use the Prima Modeling Material pressed into the Prima Mould and release it immediately to air dry before painting with a black gesso from a previous kit (you could also use black acrylic) and then spraying with the sage colored Distress Oxide Spray.  For the scrolls you make them the same way with the modeling material in the mould and after dried apply black gesso but for these I applied a gold wash made from the Lindys Magical powder and water to make a metallic watercolor.

Next paint the entire canvas with black gesso (or black acrylic) and allow to dry.  I then taped off the center of the canvas to form a frame around the outside.  Then spray the Distress Oxide Sprays by Ranger along the exposed border.  I also mixed in a bit of the alcohol inks from last month’s kit and allowed the inks and colors to mix as I tilted the canvas around.  You can aid the mixing process as well as the drying process by using a heat gun.  I also painted a gold border around the black chalkboard area with the gold metallic watercolor paint I created with the Lindy’s Magical gold powder.

Finally I glued the clay pieces down to the canvas.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little versatile project!  Check out my process video to see it all coming together!

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