6" x 9"
Hello Paper Crafters. I recently finished a mixed media class by Roben-Marie Smith called "Art Journal Conversion" and wanted to share my first two projects with you. This one just makes me smile. I still need to add the journaling, but couldn't wait to share it. I seriously can't believe I made this!! I LOVE Roben's style and I'm so excited that she has classes to teach the rest of us how to get that wonderful layered look. I really enjoyed the class. It used a lot of products I already owned and honestly, the techniques were not new to me (spray inks, stencils, modeling paste, doodling). What I gained from the class was the inspiration to add MANY layers of spray inks and gesso so that you create a depth. So much is going on in the background, but it is so subtle that it doesn't overwhelm. The medium I was introduced to was using oil pastels. LOVE them. It really allows you to add shading. Be prepared to use your fingers, A LOT, in this class. If you don't like a mess, then this is not the class for you.
The stencils I used were : Plaid (diamond pattern), Layers of Color (swirly), Crafter's Workshop (dots), and the daisy is from Hobby Lobby HERE, sorry I didn't save the package. The larger circles are from a Drafting Stencils that has a lot of circles with different sizes, but they are graduated. So it's a pain to use. HERE. I wish someone made one with lots of different circle, in differnet sizes, randomly.
Here are a list of sites that I found that have really cool stencils though :
Martha Stewart at Michaels - I LOVE this one, but haven't seen it at my local Micheals. Will have to see if I can order it.
Plaid check out the Folk art catagory. Their store is a little weird to navigate. Once you get to the Folk Art section, then you have to look to the right and you will see smaller photo's of options and can arrow over. Then click on the stencil you want to see. REALLY cool stencils.
Options for Spray Inks :
Ranger Perfect Pearls
And I'm liking the less expensive RIT liquid dye (liquid, already mixed). I purchased an .99 cent spray bottle from the artist section at Hobby Lobby and just poured the color in.
Let me know if you think of any others I can add to the list
I started shopping around looking for other options for spray inks. Glimmer Mist are so pretty, but mine often clog and for what I'm paying for them, I find that frustrating. Roben used some SEI Tumbler Tie-dye inks, so I decided to check out the tie-dye section of Jo-ann's where I noticed the RIT dyes. SOOOO much cheaper than Glimmer Mist ($7.50 for 2 oz). I bought them pre-mixed in a bottle (8oz). I think it was around $4. Then I picked up some inexpensive spray bottles at Hobby Lobby and poured the color in those. So I decided to give it a try. The orange you see in this project is the RIT. I will definitely try some of the other colors.
I didn't want to start out working in my art journal, because I figured my first project might not be so good. So I did this piece on 6" x 9" 140# watercolor paper and decided to hang it on my 7 Gypsies Photo Display Stand. I don't have any photo's on mine. It's dedicated to mixed media projects. Here is a picture I posted in the past :
I spray painted mine black. I use extra large eyelets in the top.
2.5" x 3" Artist Trading Card
This one is a mini. You can't really get the depth on such a small peice, but I like how it turned out.
If you are interested in taking mixed media classes, here's a list :
Donna Downey - tons of free video's on her blog HERE
and in her store HERE
Free video's at Cloth, Paper, Scissors HERE
If you know of any that aren't on my list, please share!
You can view my other :
Faith Art projects HERE.
Collage / Mixed Media projects HERE.
Artist Trading Cards HERE.
Cupcake Craft (mon) - texture (flowers and circles are modeling paste)
Ribbon Carousel (tues) - lots of color
For Fun (wed) - anything goes
Let's Ink it Up (monthly) - distressing
Crafts 4 Eternity (fri) - try something new (new mixed media class - style)
Corrosive (sun) - from a bottle (spray inks)
Word Art Wed (wed) - Habakkuk 3:18
Fairy Fun Friday's - flower
OOzak's (monthly) - anything goes