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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Mixing it up with alcohol inks

Happy Hump Day Y’all!!

Michelle here, playing around with my alcohol inks from this month’s mixed media kit and I thought I would video it and take you guys along for the ride.

Since we get these awesome full size mediums in our kits we have plenty to play around with once the main component of the kit is gone.  Why not try something new, fresh and exciting?  So here we go!

I mixed these inks with crackle texture paste, gel medium, sprayed with alcohol, etc.  I applied it to water color paper tags, yupo art paper, even glassine sandwich bags!  The results were so fun!  Check out the video and see how it all came out!

This is the completed backgrounds from all our experimenting!!  I just love the effects!

Check out the video above and go make your own!

And here are a few completed projects I made using the backgrounds I created.  It was fun to just play!  I hope you will be inspired to do the same!

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Secret Garden Gate

Hey Y’all, Michelle here!!  Poppin’ in to show you guys a lil something that I made with the July mixed media kit this week!

Welcome to the Secret Garden!!  This little garden gate really doesn’t show it’s true beauty till you hold it up to the light.

See what I mean?!

But I’m getting ahead of myself, first let me get to how it was made…

First I started out with a piece of 12×12 transparent scrapbooking paper, I used a sheet of printed 13 Arts acetate from a previous kit but you could use whatever transparency/acetate paper you may have.  Next I gathered my ranger alcohol inks from the kit and began applying them.  *disclaimer* I’m not the best with these things so I’m a little all over the place with them…and that’s ok, they are very forgiving.

I went for a gradation and started with the darkest color first and went from there.  I also used an alcohol blending solution from my stash that ranger also makes.  This isn’t  really needed but it did help keep the inks moving a bit, you could also squirt a tiny bit of high content rubbing alcohol as well.  Lastly I added dots of the white.  I used my heat gun to move the inks around as well as continued to move the paper around a lot.

While that was drying I moved on to painting the chipboard piece by AB Studio.  Can I just say how fab this Art Deco beauty is?  Anyway, I used the 13 Arts gesso from a previous kit but you could also use regular old acrylic as well.

Next you will need to make your “doors”.   For some reason I immediately saw doors when I looked at this piece so I had to go with that.  I found what looked like a good cut off area to make cuts and snipped the chipboard, careful to leave the area attached on the sides that would form the hinges.

After the chipboard was complete and the inks were all dried I laid the chipboard on top the transparency, traced it and cut the transparency the same size and shape as the chipboard then adhered the two together.

Then I began to assemble my flowers for the center.  I cut out a small scrap of paper (I just used the packaging from the flowers) and began arranging my flowers to that and then transferred them to the center of the door opening.

Finally I punched two holes at the top and ran a scrap of silk cording from my stash to hang it from…and done!

I hope this has inspired you!

If you are more visual like me and need to SEE it done, take a peek at my video and see how I did it!

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She Believed She Could

Happy Hump Day Y’all!!  Michelle here and I’m brining you a little mixed media love today!

I used the Ranger alcohol inks to color the Acrylic Gear by AB Studios.

Once all the ink was dried and set I moved on to the flowers.  I cut out lots of the flowers from the “Beautiful Things” patterned paper by AB Studios and began to layer them with pop dots and tucked some of the 49 & Market flowers in for added dimension.

I rubbed all the edges & flowers with gold acrylic paint from my stash.

Lastly I added a fun title with a sticker from my stash using pop dots to give it dimension as well.

For more details and instructions I’ve included a little process video for ya!

Mixed Media Kit Contains:

  1. AB Studios – 12 x12 Chipboard – Gothic Circle
  2. AB Studios- Acrylic Gear – (2)
  3. Ranger – Alcohol Ink – Purple Twilight
  4. Ranger – Alcohol Ink – Sunset Orange
  5. Ranger – Alcohol Ink – Yellow
  6. Ranger – Mixative – Snow Cap
  7. Ab Studios – 12×12 Sheet – Beautiful Things
  8. 49 & Market  – Wildflowers – Tangerine

Additional supplies used:
Gold Acrylic Paint by Deco Art
“She Believed She Could” sticker by A Vintage Girl & Her Daughter

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Shabby Little Mini Book

Happy Wednesday y’all!!

Now y’all know I like to mix things up a bit!  LOL!  I normally get the mixed media kit but this month I got both the mixed media kit and the scrapbook kit, so this little mini is made with this month’s scrapbook kit.

When I opened up that scrapbook kit and saw those cute stitched frames by 49 & Market I knew I was going to be making this mini!  And the cardstock by AB Studio was just perfectly designed to make these little pages…these pages were all cut from one sheet of cardstock!

I knew they would be perfect to frame up those lovely designs on the AB Studio cardstock!  For this I just cut the cardstock to fit the frames and glued them to the back side of the frames.  I then cut a small strip of scrap card stock and taped it to the back left of each “page” to help form more of an area that could but used as a spine.  More on how I used that additional edge in a bit.

Next I turned my attention to the cover, I added a part of the chipboard chain and gears.  I just cut a portion of the design and I painted it with some of the white crackle paste I had sitting on my desk from the mixed media kit.  Although it didn’t really crackle since I wan’t using it in the way crackle paste should be used to crackle properly, I do like how it looks.  You could absolutely just use whatever white paint you have.  I also inked it with a brown ink pad along the edges before glueing it down.

Here you can see that additional scrap cardstock I used to create a bit of a spine.  I used my standard size hole punch to punch two holes in it (all the way through each sheet) and ran the lace through to form the binding of the book, tying it in the front of the book.

I used the same white crackle paste from the mixed media kit to paint the Darice flowers and sprinkled some gold glitter from one of my previous kits on them.  I also tucked on the the Tim Holtz Timepiece watch faces in there as well after giving it a quick wipe with some white paint.

As you can see the book is not filled just yet, I can’t decide how I want to use it but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to create it and now it’s made and ready to fill!  It will be a great gift or quick art journal when the mood strikes me!

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Kit Contents:

  1. Ab Studios – In the Past – Sheet #1
  2. Ab Studios – In the Past – Sheet #2
  3. Ab Studios – In the Past – Sheet #3
  4. Ab Studios – In the Past – Sheet #4
  5. Ab Studios – In the Past – Sheet #5
  6. Ab Studios – In the Past – Sheet #6
  7. Ab Studios – In the Past – Sheet #7
  8. Ab Studios – In the Past – Sheet #8
  9. Scrapaholics – Chipboard – Music Flourish
  10. Scrapaholics – Chipboard – Junkyard
  11. Darice – Flowers – Natural Mixed
  12. 49 & Market – Stitched Frames – Natural
  13. Tim Holtz – Ideology – Timepieces
  14. BCI – Typewriter Pieces
  15. Tres Jolie – Lace – Natural

 

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Mixed Media Mini Floral Canvas

Happy hump day y’all!!  Today I’m brining you a happy little mini canvas filled with vivid color and fun flowers.

This kit just made me happy!  I snuck in a couple of the big flowers from the scrapbook kit to add some variation but you could easily just use a combination of the flowers included in the mixed media kit.  I also added a pearl cross I had in my junk stash, you could use a recycled piece of jewelry for this, an old brooch, button or charm.

I started by rubbing the entire mini canvas (also from my art stash) with the Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish and then brushed it with the crackle paste and allowed it to dry.  You can speed this up with a heat tool.

Then I rubbed the larger flowers with the metallic gilding polish and then brushed the centers of the flowers with some of the Lindys magicals mixed with a bit of water.  I used the Lindy’s Magicals and water on the smaller flowers, this gave it bright, vivid color on the unprepared flower petals.

I then rubbed the entire canvas with some gold wax by Finnabar.  I also rubbed the flowers with a bit of it as well to give them a bit of extra shimmer.  Finally I glued it all together.

Take a peek at my process video to see how it all came together!

I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Mixed Media Mail Box

Hey y’all!  I hope this week is finding y’all well!  Today I’m diving head first into this beautiful mixed media kit Kim cooked up for us for June!

I’ll give you a quick overview but I also prepared a little process video to show you how it all came together.  I started out by rubbing the entire metal envelope with the Metallic Gilding Polish by Creative Expressions.  Once that dried I applied some white crackle paste by Phill Martin from a previous month’s kit and allowed it to crackle.  I then rubbed some gold wax  by Finnabar (from a previous month’s) kit along the edges and glued all my flowers on, rubbing more gold wax on them as well.  Finally I clipped one of the mini chalk board clips on and finished it off with some lace to hang it from.

Here is a link to the process video!  Enjoy!

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Mixed Media Gears Canvas

Happy Hump Day Y’all!!  I hope this post finds you well and y’all have been crafting and quarantining!  Today I’m sharing a mixed media canvas I made with my Mixed Media Kit this month

Can we take a moment to talk about these gears?  Whoa.  I mean, Amaz.  Yeah.  Anyway.

I started out by giving everything a good coat of black gesso.  Since I wanted this canvas to be full of texture and grit and a bit of glitz, I also added some texture yumminess from my art stash but you can absolutely pull this off with what you have in the kit.  You could possibly mix a bit of texture powder from last month’s kit in with the black gesso (or even a little sand) and get a similar grit.

I also sprinkled some of the glass glitter from last month’s kit as well.

I also used the metallic teal and gold to do some great aging effects on the gears.  It gave them the perfect patina.

I pressed the gears down into the wet texture paste and that is how I adhered them down to my canvas.

Using a pallet knife I applied more of the gold metallic paint across the canvas.  I just love the artsy effect it gave the piece.

Here is a short process video for you to see the piece in action!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at this process and found it inspiring it to go and make something beautiful today!

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Steampunk Pulley Gear Lamp

Ok, so you may or may not know that I love all things vintage and repurposing things is my fav.  So when I got these old VHS gears in the mixed media kit I was over the moon excited and my mind went wild!

I quickly began envisioning all sorts of things!  But this idea stuck!  So I had to do it justice!  I remembered a battery operated light bulb on a string that I had gotten from Dollar Tree and I got to work.

I began by picking out the gear that I felt best represented the pulley mechanism and I gave it a good thick coat of the black gesso by Little Birdie.

Once that dried I gave it a rub with the Caribbean Teal Little Birdie Tinted Metallic paint.

Next I did the same thing with the Gold Glaze Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paint, mainly just hitting the raised areas and edges.

I was pleased with the patina and aged look it gave the gear.

Next I turned my attention to a scrap piece of leather I had from an old upholstery sample (you can usually ask your local furniture stores to save these for you).  I cut a strip of it, using the existing eyelet as my guiding hole.

I rounded the bottom edge of the strip and glued it down to the front of the gear.  Next I glued one of the Mechanicals “Machine Parts” metal gears by Prima.

Finally I looped the string of the light around the VHS gear and tack glued the other side of the leather strip and glued the whole piece to a piece of scrap wood.

I really love how this turned out and I’m super excited to have it hanging in my house!

 

This is the whole mixed media contents:

Mixed Media Kit:

  1. Tres Jolie – Tape Reels
  2. R&L Essentials- Canvas – 4×12
  3. Little Birdie – Gesso – Black
  4. Little Birdie – Tinted Metallic Paint – Carribean Teal
  5. Little Birdie – Tinted Metallic Paint – Golden Glaze
  6. Little Birdie – Metallic Wax – Aqua Sheen
  7. Prima – Mechanicals – Machine Parts
  8. Prima – Vintage Trinkets

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On Lock Down – Mixed Media Journal Page

Happy Thursday y’all!  Hopefully y’all are enjoying your April kit and finding fun projects to do with all the products in your Tres Jolie kits!!  This month I’m designing with the Mixed Media Kit and it has a ton of wonderful art mediums to work with!  I had to take full advantage of all that art yumminess in my art journal!

Today I’m working in my little fun journal as I call it.  It’s just a little cheap journal I bought in the art section at Walmart but it gives me the freedom to just do whatever in it.  It’s small, has a ton of pages and I don’t have to worry about messing anything expensive up.  So grab you a cheap journal, or even an old book for that matter and get started as a fun journal.

For this page I just enjoyed the process so I didn’t really take any pics during the process but I’ll fill you in on what I did.

I started out by coating the entire page with gesso.  Once I did that I had a good prepped canvas.

Next I grabbed a large stencil and the Lindys Magical Shaker in “Glittering Gold”.  I used a wet paint brush and dabbed it on, applying it almost like a water color, allowing some thick spots because I liked the color variation.  In the end the color ran quite a bit under the stencil and there were a few color specs mixed in that changed to the pink color but I really loved the effect it made and I embraced it!

After that dried well I mixed the 13 Arts Gesso with a generous amount of the Lindys Magical Shaker in the “Alpine Ice Rose” shade and added a good amount of the Prima Texture Powder and mixed well.  I smeared that mixture along the bottom corner of the page then sprinkled with a few lines of the shaker powders as well as the Darice Glitter Glass.

The lock and the letters are both chipboard pieces from my stash made by A Vintage Girl.  For the lock I simply rubbed it well with my black chipboard then rubbed it with the Glimmering Gold shaker powder and a little of some Prima gold wax from a previous kit.  I then added some of the bling stones that I cut from the Darice Sticker Roll.  I also painted the stones with some turquoise paint from my stash and rubbed them with some gold wax to tone them down and antique them a bit.

The chipboard letters were treated similarly with a black stamp pad and then rubbed with some aqua paint then the gold glimmer powder and gold wax rub.

Complete Mixed Media Kit Supplies:

  1. Tres Jolie – Foam – Easter Eggs
  2. Prima Marketing- Art Ingredients – Texture Powder
  3. 13 Arts – Gesso
  4. Lindys – Magical Shaker – Glittering Gold
  5. Lindys – Magical Shaker – Alpine Ice Rose
  6. Darice – Glass Pearls – Vintage Rose
  7. Darice – Glass Pearls – White
  8. Darice – Glitter Glass – Vintage Gold
  9. Darice – Sticker Roll – Crystal Bling

**Other Items used:  A Vintage Girl Chipboard Pieces, Prima gold wax, Tim Holtz calendar die cut,   aqua acrylic paint


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