Sunday, November 3, 2013

MIXED MEDIA - Mini Art Journal #1

6.5" x 5.25"

Hello crafters.  I have a step by step mixed media tutorial for you today.  I have had this little book I created in a book binding class years ago.  1 page in this book measures 3.25" x 5.25".  So I decided to prep all the pages with gesso and use some of my favorite stamp images to create some mixed media pages.


I wanted to create a page using this gorgeous peony  from Red Rubber Designs "Lovely Peony" stamp set.  So I decided I wanted to work with yellow and purple.


1. Stamp image over gesso'd background.
If I had waited and stamped the Peony over the background then it would have shown through.  After stamping the peony over the gesso, I stamped it again on "Masking Tape" and trimmed it out.  I covered the image with the trimmed mask.

2.  Cover with a stencil and spray with ink.  Heat set.
The stencil I used reminds me of a lattice fence.   I picked this one up a few years back at a local craft store.  It's made by Plaid.  I didn't have a purple spray ink that I liked, mine were really dark.  So I decided to mix my own.  I used Tattered Angels and mixed "Tattered Rose" and "Fully Purple".  My stencil had some brown on it from the last time I used it so it smeared when I sprayed it.   

3. Use a sponge to pounce on some Gesso randomly.
When you do this it gives some of the area's a dreamy look.  It also allows the next layer of images to stand out more in some area's.   I ended up trying to cover the brown and used a little too much.  I wish the purple spray showed up more in the finished project.

  4.  Stamp more images in green. 
 I used the music score and hand writing in the upper right corner of the set "Vintage Background" by Red Rubber Designs. I used "Pear Pizzazz" ink from Stampin' Up.  Pounce on more gesso.


5. Remove mask.


6. Spray with yellow ink.
I wanted a bright yellow spray so I used "Yellow" by Dr. Martin's Bombay - Hobby Lobby.  I squirted some full strength from the Bombay jar in to a Stampin' Up mini sprayer.  I knew I was coloring the peony yellow so I wanted to balance that color our by spraying more on the left page.

7.  Spray both pages with a light coat of Krylon "Workable Fixative" if you are concerned with the inks on your background "running" when you apply water color over the.  That's what I did.  You can pick up Workable Fixative at local craft stores.


7. Color peony image.
I used water color crayons.  I LOVE mLYRA water color crayons and if I had known they were creamier ... I would have purchased more of them instead of trying the Caran D'Ache Neo-Color Crayons.  The Neo-Color crayons were attractive because they had so many different shades.  Now you can get the Lyra water color crayons in 12, 24, or 48 sets.  So if you are just getting started .... I would consider the Lyra crayons first.  You can actually purchase individual Neo-Color crayons to fill in what you are lacking in the Lyra set.  If you are not sure ... You can pick up a 12 count set of the Lyra crayons at a local craft store for 40% off and try them first.

I used Lyra yellow and light green from my 12 count set.  I used a couple of Neo-Color crayons to add depth - I used #59 brown to add dimension to the petals and #249 olive green to add dimension to my leaves.  I know a lot of people love the "Niji Waterbrush's", and they are really cool, I have them myself.  But I have a hard time controlling the amount of water with these.  So especially with a small image, I use regular brushes / water.  

8. Journal.
I hate my hand writing so I had this idea that I would print my journaling using a cool font, lightly transfer the journaling to the page using transfer paper (sorta like carbon paper), and then use those guidelines to write my journaling with a black pen.  In theory is was a fabulous idea.  But my journaling was way to small, and it was hard to transfer the journaling as well.  I'm wondering if carbon paper would be easier?

The next problem was finding a pen that would write on the pages.  The surface is irregular because of all the coats of gesso / inks.  So it was hard to write smoothly.  The best pen I found to write with on this type surface was the Prismacolor Premier pen.  I used an 01.  

Hope you are encouraged to give this technique a try!!
hugs, Melisa

You can check out more of my Mixed Media Background Tutorials HERE.
You can check out all my Red Rubber Designs Projects HERE.



9 comments:

suzyb said...

This is amazing, the end picture of just the single page is worthy of framing somehow. Looks really good. I am just getting started in this mixed media stuff and it is just too much fun!!! Thanks for sharing that one!!!

Mickie said...

WONDERFUL, love it!

Maxine D said...

Wonderful pages Melisa, and thanks for the tutorial.
Blessings
Maxine

Red Rubber Designs said...

This is beautiful! I love how you incorporated stamping into your journal! I've blogged about it here: http://blog.red-rubber-designs.com/2013/11/do-you-mix-media.html

Seleise said...

You go girl! Beautiful work!! You're so creative and this is just lovely! Thanks for the tutorial!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Beautiful journal pages and such gorgeous use of the stamps.
Wishes
Lynne

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

beautiful journaling pages! Love the backgrounds and how you colored the flowers!

Val Starr said...

The handwritten portion makes it more personal and pretty! I also like your carbon paper idea, or if you wanted a different look you could print on tissue paper or vellum by tracing or using carbon. Tissue paper would adhere more transparently than vellum though. Thank you for sharing!

Val Starr said...

The handwritten portion makes it more personal and pretty! I also like your carbon paper idea, or if you wanted a different look you could print on tissue paper or vellum by tracing or using carbon. Tissue paper would adhere more transparently than vellum though. Thank you for sharing!

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