Thursday, 23 January 2014

Mixed Media Tag - 'Frozen'

Last year I joined a tag swap with Art Queens of Australia. The brief was to decorate it any way I liked, just include texture. Considering that's my favourite thing, I was in my element!
'Frozen' - Mixed media tag - Art Queens Swap -
I used a mix of products including watercolours, gesso, dylusions ink,
serviette, gouache paints, washi tape and machine stitching.
'Frozen' - Mixed media tag - Art Queens Swap -
'Frozen' - Mixed media tag - Art Queens Swap -

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Art Journal - 'One Step'

This is my second hybrid layout that I've attempted and I'm still feeling my way, but I love being able to combine digital images with traditional hands-on, get messy gluing and spritzing.
There are so many beautiful digital kits on the market that had me drooling when finally the light bulb went on and I realised I can use these images in my art.
I purchased a kit called 'Acid Wash' from Sissy Sparrows, and by digitally altering and then printing them, some on paper and some on Grafix Rub-ons, I had these gorgeous elements ready to use.
Art Journal - 'One Step'  Mixed media by
  • Glue down a page from an old encyclopedia onto a base card.
  • Gesso randomly over the top.
  • Spritz with 'Patina' and 'Tarnished Silver' Glimmer Mists by Tattered Angels. 
  • I used a stencil I had hand cut out of acetate (a large 'X').
  • Use an ink blender and 'Faded Jeans' distress ink pad, ink over the stencil.
  • Run a line of 'Vibrant Turquoise' by Dylusions down the left hand side of the page, spritz with water and move the card so the ink runs in dribbles from left to right.
  • Prick a pattern in the card and embroider, leaving some empty.
  • Add images, words, rub-ons and crown.
  • Flick black india ink over card.
  • Ink blend over the embroidery thread and along the edges with 'Squeezed Lemonade' and 'Ripe Persimmon' distress ink pads to finish.
Art Journal - 'One Step' (close up)  Mixed media by
Art Journal - 'One Step' (close up)  Mixed media by
There are a lot of free images out there for personal use, so if you see a digital image or kit you like, don't be afraid to download and use it. The possibilities are endless!!!

Friday, 17 January 2014

Organisation Tip #1

An easy way to brighten up and personalise your storage boxes -
break out your modge podge and dig into your stash of scrapbooking papers!


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Art Journal Page - "Watching"

I started working on this page at a friends house - well, my anxiety levels shot through the roof!  Who woulda thunk? I didn't cope well without all my favourite inks, tools and stamps on hand. When I returned home this page came together smooth as silk! I didn't realise I'd become so dependent on my old faves. Learn something new every day!
Art Journal Page - 'Watching' Mixed media.
I had a ball using inks, dimension paint, stencils, punchinella, doodling, stamps, rub-ons and scraps from my desk. Amazing what you can find just laying around. The head I cut from an old book as well as the word strips and the #10 tag is from an article of clothing. I even got out my Grafix Rub-onz and printed a page of images to use in this and upcoming projects!
and yes, it got messy!!!