I’m not sure where I have been but apparently it’s under a rock. There is this great new app called 1 second everyday and I am very intrigued by this entire concept. My plan is to stick with from today till the end of the month and then I will report back to you. The concept is that you take a 1 second video everyday and at the end of the year you will have these little moments that document your life. If you are as intrigued as I am check out this video and it explains everything. Let me know in the comments if you are going to give this a try.
Valentines day is fast approaching but I like to think of the whole month of February as Love month and if you have been following me for a while you know that I fell in love with mixed media last year and that I have been learning mixed media techniques for about a year now. I was excited to be a part of this amazing group of ladies to bring you all mixed media techniques and this blog hop is going to bring you a ton of inspiration for love month!
The canvas size for these projects is 6×8 and I think that I am definitelly going to make another canvas soon but include one of my Julie Nutting stamps. I would love to create a beatuiful scene that I can then hang up on my wall!
I created the first one and took tons of picutres and I enjoyed making it so much that I made another one and recorded the process. What I love about completing mixed media projects like this is that I can use all the materials that make me really happy, like stencils and texture paste. My original plan was going to use some of the Dazzlerz texture paste from Shimmerz Paints but I knew that I wouldnt get the product in time so now I am just saving my money so that I can place one large order with them! (I have a wonderful little surprise for you, if you place an order for some of these beautiful Shimmerz products and you mention my name, Beth, in the Instructions to Merchant Section at checkout you will receive a free Inklingz or Creameez product)!
My first step was to cover my canvas with this gorgeous Tim Holtz tissue wrap, using multi medium matte. I brushed it on the canvas a little bit at a time so that I wouldn’t end up with any wrinkles as I was adhering it to the canvas. Then I added a layer of matte medium on the top as well, I used a foam brush to apply the matte medium.
I put a layer of white gesso over the top of the tisssue paper after I dried it with my heat gun. Next I painted the whole canvas with Magenta Acrylic paint and took a baby wipe to remove most of the paint and then added some back on the sides to give it a border.
After I dried the Magenta paint I added some Teal paint to the canvas and removed that with a baby wipe as well. I forgot to mention that I mixed the Magenta paint and the Teal paint with some Glazing fluid. I am not sure exactly what Glazing fluid does but I do know that my acrylic paint doesn’t dry as fast when I mix it together, this is why I am able to wipe away the paint with a baby wipe otherwise the paint would have been dry already.
This is what the final product looked like after all that paint, isn’t it lovely? Now you know I couldn’t just leave it like this so i grabbed a Heidi Swapp heart stencil that I have and my beautiful Shimmerz Paints and got to work. I painted the hearts the lighter pink that I have first and it was super late but the shimmer was stunning so I decided to paint over the hearts with the magenta Shimmerz paint that I have and all I can say is that the photos do not give it justice.
Then I grabbed another Heidi Swapp stencil and the gold texture paste that I have to add some more dimension and texture to the canvas.
After all that I called this canvas done and all I have to do is add my embellishments. I haven’t decided if I am going to add a sentiment to it or not but for now I am very happy with it. I found this awesome slate hearts at the Target dollar spot and I used the Tim Holtz Ideaology charms that I got from Michaels I am going to add one of these babies to my Midori notebook as well!
Here are some close up shots of the canvas.
Some products I just couldn’t find to list for you but that is the beauty of mixed media you can make whatever you want and use whatever products you want. Here is the video for the other canvas that I created.
Here is the list to all the other beautiful projects that were created by these wonderful ladies.
Beth Soler: You Are Here
Susan M. Brown
Alright I admit I’m a YouTube junkie but with that comes inspiration! I love Missy Whidden on YouTube and I have watched a ton of her videos. The reason why is because i live her mixed media style. I especially love how she adds her own color to patterned paper.
I have been so afraid to try this out but I finally did it, but only because I knew that I had another piece of paper if I didn’t like it. I am working on the baby’s album who is now 2 I had hopes of completing this last baby’s album during his actual first year but that obviously didn’t happen. I am ok with that though, because the other baby albums were done years later as well.
For this layout I started with a piece of Amy Tangerine’s Plus One paper. The first step was to prep the paper with some white gesso in order to prep the paper for the paint as well as to dull the background a bit. Next I added Texturez and Dazzlerz paint from Shimmerz Paints, which are absolutely amazing and I now feel that I must have all the colors that they offer! Here is the best part if you mention my name (Beth) when you checkout you will receive either a free Creameez or Inklingz of your choice all you have to do is write my name and the color that you want in the instructions to merchant section at checkout.
Honestly this paint is simply amazing with the shine that it has to it as well as the actual texture of the paint. I believe that Texturez and Dazzlerz are actually considered to be more of a texture paste which is even more exciting because who doesn’t love a beautifully colored texture paste. Texturez actually have a texture to them, like a little bit of grit where as Dazzlerz are just smooth, both have this gorgeous shine to them. I am going to stop for now though and move onto my next step.
I grabbed some Heidi Swapp Colorshine, also known as Heidi Shine and I splattered that all over my layout as well. My next step was to trim the paper down so that I could adhere it to another piece of the Amy Tangerine Plus One paper. I had run out of tape mid way through and tried a different brand of tape and lets just say I will never do that again because the tape didn’t really hold my paper down. I took all this to my sewing machine and I stitched a border around the paper twice in gold thread (I only used gold because I was too lazy to change the bobbin out or I would have used blue).
Next step for me was to outline the frame with my Pitt Marker because the frame color was not as prominent after I added all this gesso and paint. Then I popped my photo up onto some foam tape and searched around for a journal card.
I cut my title out using my Cricut and I used some thickers as well. After I did all that I could not figure out how to embellish the layout. Once again my Cricut came to the rescue and I cut some fabulous clouds using Glacier cardstock and vellum. I ended up stitching through the clouds as well. After all this was done I considered my layout done. Now that I have done the first layout inspired by Missy Whidden I am over my fear and I will continue to do layouts using my mixed media products! Do you like to use mixed media products on your layouts?