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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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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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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“I Let Music Take Me Where My Heart Wants To Go” Altered Envelope

Hello crafty friends!! This week I am back to share with you this project using the June Mixed Media Kit from Tres Jolie!

I have created a photo process video to share how I went about creating this beautiful envelope!

This kit comes with a beautiful copper envelope that you can either leave as is or alter it like I did. It makes a stunning home decor piece for your home or as a gift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was my 1st time using the Cosmic Shimmer products which were wonderful and easy to create with! Plus I still have a lot of left over product to create more mixed media projects or however else I choose to use them as well as having the Darice white flowers, a chalk board piece and Lindy’s Stamp Gang magicals, left from the kit that I didn’t use to create another fun project!

Here is my process video:

I hope that you like what I created using this month’s mixed media kit! I will be back next week with another project using the Cards, Tags, & more kit!! Until then you can visit the Tres Jolie Blog to check out the rest of the Tres Jolie Designers and their wonderful projects!!

Don’t forget that Kim is having a contest for the 2 year anniversary going on this month! Details here

 

 

 

 

See ya next week!!

Hugs,

Jeanne

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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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Altered Cutting Board Project

Hey guys!!!  Happy Tuesday!!  Today I’m sharing my fun altered cutting board projects from the March Mixed Media kit.

I started out with the natural cutting board Darice and gave it a thin coat of the olive green paint from 13 Arts.

I allowed the olive green acrylic paint to dry well

Next I sanded the entire board down well, paying close attention to the edges.  I really wanted the grain of the wood to show through.   You could use an electric sander for this part.

I used some letter stickers to apply the word “Family”.  If you have a vinyl cutter, that would work well for this.

Next I applied a good coat of the 13 Arts “Cafe Au Lait” acrylic paint and allowed it to dry well.  I then rubbed it with the gold Prima wax from last month’s kit.

I assembled the entire thing on the board with hot glue, layering on the scrapaholics brick chipboard that I painted with acrylic paints, coated with some modeling paste and then gave it a good rub with some gold metallic wax.

 

Mixed Media Kit Contents:

  1. Darice – Wood – Cutting board
  2. 49 & Market – Flower Series Mini – Ginger
  3. Prima Marketing- Memory Hardware – Frames
  4. Prima Marketing- Mechanicals – Butterflies
  5. 13 Arts – Gel Medium
  6. 13 Arts – Acrylic Paint – Cafe Au Lait
  7. 13 Arts – Acrylic Paint – Olive Green
  8. 13 Arts – Transparency Sheet – Rhapsody
  9. Scrapaholics – Chipboard Saying – Brick Pieces

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Earring Holder Shadow Box

As some of you all know, in addition to paper crafts and mixed media arts, I am a jewelry designer with a small business.  I am always looking for fun ways to display and showcase jewelry pieces.  And with Valentine’s Day tomorrow, how cute would something like this be to present a pair of earrings to a friend, mother or sister?

This month in the mixed media kit we go that wonderful wooden shutter from Prima Marketing.  I thought and thought on a cool way to use it and I kept coming back to this jewelry display idea.

I love how it’s a great home decor piece that fits in well with the style of my home but it’s functional too…this girl loves a good functional piece!

So I started with a shadow box frame with wings in it that was given to me by a neighbor that was about to throw it out.  I knew it would make a great project so I’ve been hanging on to it for just the right decor piece.

Using the gold prima wax I rubbed the wings to highlight them and give them some great metallic shine.

I also rubbed the edges of the shutters with the gold wax

I painted the heart chipboard with white gesso then a coat of the prima acrylic paint before adding a layer of white crackle paint to tone it down a bit.  Next I finished off the look with a rub of the gold wax.

The Darice flower & mini grapevine heart made the perfect embelishement to put on top.

Inside I wrapped a piece of chickenwire ribbon around the inside and bent around the back before gluing and securing down to the shadow box.

You can see it here being used to display my Valentine earrings.

It really is a fun piece to play with and experiment, you could also place a photo or even a small piece of cork board inside the shutters for a different approach.

If you haven’t gotten your Mixed Media kit, you really should!  Here is the break down of what is in it…

Mixed Media Kit:

  1. Darice – Burlap Heart
  2. Darice – Flowers – Tatiana
  3. Prima Marketing- Memory Hardware – Wood Shutters
  4. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy -Sparks Paint – Phoenix Feather
  5. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Sparks Paint – Enchanted
  6. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold
  7. Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Saying – Follow Your Heart

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all do something beautiful today!!

Unbound Heart

Hey y’all and happy Thursday!!  Today I’m working with the fun valentine themed Mixed Media kit and know you are going to love it!

I started with the burlap heart by Darice, spray painting it with a light coat of white paint.

Next I did some painting effects on the Darice Flower embellishments with the Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy -Sparks Acrylic Paint in both the shades provided in the kit.   I also added some texture paste and sprinkled some coarse glitter to add more texture and shine.

Next I painted more of the acrylic paint on to the Creative Embellishment chipboard piece (mine was a heart cluster but the actual kit will include a phrase sentiment as pictured in the kit photo below).  Finally I added a photo embellishment.

I also rubbed all of the grapevine twig portions of the heart with the Prima gold wax so it resembled metal or wire.  I finished it off with a ribbon to hang it.

I love how it looks hanging in my home!

Check out the process video below for a closer look and more details on how it all came together.

Mixed Media Kit:

  1. Darice – Burlap Heart
  2. Darice – Flowers – Tatiana
  3. Prima Marketing- Memory Hardware – Wood Shutters
  4. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy -Sparks Paint – Phoenix Feather
  5. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Sparks Paint – Enchanted
  6. Prima Marketing- Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold
  7. Creative Embellishments – Chipboard Saying – Follow Your Heart

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all do something beautiful today!!

Altered Wings

How dreamy are those big metal wings in the mixed media kit this month?!  I had so many ideas for them, do I go all steampunk on them or sweet and flowery?  Since we had those awesome Prima flowers to play with I went more fairy dreamland with my thought process!

I basically just slathered the entire set of wings with the crackle paint, more as a base coat than for a crackle medium because I didn’t prep the wings first so I didn’t expect much actual crackling to occur.   It ended up kinda looking plasterish which I loved.

I also applied the crackle paint to the flowers as well and sprinkled the fine glitter over the wet paint on both the wings and the flowers.

When the paint was dry on the wings I gave them a wash with some diluted brown acrylic paint and then rubbed them with the Turquoise InkaGold to highlight them.

The flowers also got a light rubbing of the Turquoise InkaGold as well.

You can see all the details in my process video below!  Check it out!

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Mixed Media Heart Ornament

Happy Tuesday y’all!  today I’m sharing a project I did with the little wooden heart that was in the November Mixed Media kits.  I have to admit, dispite it’s small size I was intemidated by it for some reason.  I really don’t know why!

The first thing I did was trace the heart onto some corrugated packing paper, cut it out and then apply it on to the heart.  Then I used some sandpaper to distress the edges.

Next I applied some of the Deco Art Crackle Medium to it and allowed it to crackle (you can use a heat or drying tool to help with this).  Once dried I applied some watered down acrylic paint to give it some pops of color.  Then I rubbed on some of the Turquoise Viva Ink Gold Rub.

Then I began to add my Prima Flowers.  I also added a bit of the Turquoise Viva Ink Gold rub to the flowers as well to add some color to them too.

Once I had the flowers all adhered on, I brushed on some matte gel medium to the flowers and sprinkled some of the fine glitter that was included in the kit for a little shine.

Finally I added some metal embellishments from my stash and tucked in some preserved reindeer moss.  I also rubbed that awesome Turquoise Ink Gold on one of the metal embellishments.  It adhered to the metal so well and dried super quick.

I hope you enjoyed!  Thanks for stopping by today!!