Prima Relic #1: on a mixed media canvas!


Coming *SO SOON* to the Simon Says Stamp? The precious! Let me be more specific: the Relics line from Prima that I am so very in love with! Since it is an “anything goes” week on the challenge blog I’m sharing my first piece. All I did was to adhere it to the canvas. Then coat everything in gesso. Then just layer colors. Loads of colors. That really is it!


Supplies Used:

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This was SO fun to make – can’t wait to create even more with these beautiful embellishments!


Simon is offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

Gesso: what is it and what are my favorites?

I get a lot of questions about pastes and paints and things – today I want to take a moment to chat about gesso. Think of it as primer or thin white paint. You’d put it down before you got working, or use it when you want a very smooth blendable white paint someplace. Generally speaking, I don’t like it for anything that has me wanting significant texture or full thick coverage. Generally speaking, white paint will work just as well.

I use gesso for:

  • primer/base layer on art journaling pages
  • primer/base layer on canvas projects
  • base for watercolor projects where I want to be able to blend a ton
  • cover metal and plastic embellishments I want to re-color
  • in small amount for a streak/bit of white paint effect without a lot of wet medium
  • to mix with mist/color medium for a loose color wash paint

When doing side-by-side tests I could really see a difference in quality and effect for what I do with different brands. There are two stand-out favorites that are my recommended choices:

Art Basics Heavy Gesso (Prima Marketing)


This product is heavy, meaning it is quite thick and works great with stencils – the only gesso that I like with stencils. It is great mixed with color mediums, but because it is thick it is not a great choice for a thin primer layer in my art journal.

Dina Wakley Media Gesso (Ranger Ink)


This is my go-to for my art journal, and of the thin/traditional gessos it was by far and away the best. Love that it is small, and in a little tube for easy use.

Here are links to videos of my two favorite gessos:

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Got questions? Ask away! I’m happy to chat with you about this or any other medium. I will continue my mixed media explorations on YouTube as well.

Hazel & Ruby Washi Tape project and give-away

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For the right project, this home décor tape by Hazel & Ruby will absolutely be a game changer. Whether you want to decorate a wall temporarily, can’t use paint or wallpaper (but want to add some color), or want to work on smaller scale projects there is a lot of fun to be had. Hazel & Ruby sent me a few rolls to try out and test- and I have been. I’ve been really impressed with how it holds up on walls and now I want to try it out on a home décor project.

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Hazel & Ruby Home Décor Washi tapes are in stores now! has a good selection available, and I hear that JoAnn fabric stores, as well as many local craft stores have it too.

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For the change to win some of your own (I will send a few rolls of various sizes/patterns out to one lucky reader – compliments of my friends at Hazel & Ruby) leave a comment here before March 15th, 2015. One winner will be drawn and contacted via email (and winner announced here as well).

Mixed Media scrapbook layout background

Hey guys! So my blog got a makeover (yay!)- hope you like it.

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Today I’ve got a peek at one of the layouts already featured in my vacation scrapbooking class – you can still sign up at early bird price – and a look at the process of making a mixed media background.

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This was a lot of fun, and I love the process of making something cool without putting the photos at risk of being splattered and messed up.


Have a very happy + crafty weekend!