As I mentioned in my previous post, I had the opportunity to take a mixed media class over the weekend at my local stamp store. This was my first experience with mixed media, so I was really excited to learn more about it.
Before I proceed with today’s topic, I would just like to say one thing. In most of my posts, I provide links to various online stores for the products I used. I do this so people can see what the actual product looks like, not because I’m endorsing any particular shop, nor do I have affiliate links to any of these shops. I would actually encourage you to purchase as much as possible from your local stamp store, if there is one available in your area. With more and more shops closing their doors due to loss of sales to online stores, I consider myself very fortunate to have a wonderful local store. With that in mind, if you have access to a local store, please support them as much as you can for your stamping-related purchases. If you don’t, you may find that you won’t have a local store in the future. Ok, off my soapbox and back to the topic at hand.
For those who may not know, mixed media simply means using more than one medium in a single piece of artwork. In the world of papercrafting, there are a variety of traditional drawing media that can easily be incorporated into a mixed media piece:
- Acrylic paint (one we used)
- Colored pencil
- Marker (another we used)
- Pen and ink
Of course, there are also a variety of different bases that could also be used by papercrafters in a mixed media project. Again, here are just a few:
- Canvas (one we used)
- Card stock (another we used)
As part of the class, we had the choice between two different projects. Since this was my first time working in mixed media, I decided to go for the option of completing both projects. Given they were only $6 each, it seemed like a bargain for four hours of fun!
This was the first project I completed. It features the Masquerade Marci stamp and the Heart Fan die, all from La-La Land Crafts. I started by painting my canvas with some acrylic paint which I then set aside to dry. In the meantime, I used Copic markers to color everything but the dress on my Marci. The instructor provided all the markers, so I don’t remember exactly what colors I used on her and I didn’t think to jot them down. Sorry about that!
Next, I stamped her out again using Jet Black Staz-On ink on a piece of beautiful pale green heavily textured paper. I fussy cut out the dress which was then adhered to the Marci I had colored. Once I had the dress in place, I used a black Micron pen to color in the edges of her sleeves and neckline for a bit of added interest. Oh, and it may or may not have been to help hide a small boo-boo I made while fussy cutting, too. LOL
It was finally time to assemble everything on the canvas. Everything was adhered directly to the canvas with the exception of Marci which was adhered with 3M foam tape to pop her out a bit from everything else. In addition to the Marci and fan die cut, there were lots of embellishments from which to choose. I opted for a beautiful lavender leaf, green paper doily, purple butterfly pin, purple gemstones, and a variety of flowers. I also added one of the small black heart remnants from the heart fan die cut to decorate her dress a bit more. Lastly, I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to her mask, including the handle, to give it a bit of shimmer.
Next up was this adorable little canvas featuring the Spring Showers Paper Doll Marci stamp and the Stitched Sun and Clouds die set, all also from La-La Land Crafts. It also features the cute little Picket Fence Border die set from Lawn Fawn.
Once again, I started things off by painting my canvas and then setting it aside to dry. I colored everything but Marci’s little raincoat using Copic markers. I stamped out her coat on some cute yellow polka dot paper, again using Jet Black Staz-On ink. I believe the paper was from Doodlebug Design, but I can’t swear to it. Again, I just fussy cut out the little jacket which was then glued to my Marci and finished off with three little black buttons which were adhered with a tiny bit of liquid glue.
After I finished Marci, it was time to assemble everything onto the canvas. Most things were adhered directly to the canvas. The only exceptions were Marci and the sentiment words of “a rainbow” and “rain,” all of which were adhered with some foam tape.
One of the things I love most about this project was the incredible paper the instructor had for the clouds. I forgot to ask her who made it, but raved about it enough that she actually gave me a small sheet of it. Isn’t it absolutely stunning?! I really need to find out who makes it so I can get some more! Check out these close-ups of one of the clouds as well as one of them on my actual project.
Until next time …