When I look at these circle faces I think of the moon, and today I let that inspire me as I created a pair of tags with these new Dina Wakley stamps. Supplies used/affiliate links are listed below. What was the inspiration? I wanted to play with some texture on my tag and adding stamping and color while the tag was still wet.
ThermOWeb sent me some new Rebekah Meier surfaces a while back, and as I continue to play and get to know them as well as how they work best I wanted to pause and share one specific product I think is cool, as well as talk a bit about creative play.
There is a reason art journaling is wildly popular, and why I can be found most days testing things out on scraps of paper is because it offers no pressure creative freedom. Trying to jump in with an unknown or untested medium or technique is brutal. It pushes us too hard too fast! Too much pressure! It also increases the chances of frustration, failure, and stress.
I don’t know about you – but I want none of that in my creating! My solution? I test things out. In a small batch or amount, in an art journal or on paper in some way that provides NO risk. Here is a quick YouTube video I created.
Affiliate links used. The Art Paper can be found in stores (here’s a link to Scrapbook.com) – as well as the rest of this line. If you’d like to see more here’s a link. I also used a stencil – here’s a link to that. In these photos I used white paste for my stencil then used oil pastels (just like in video).
In my video I focused on Art Paper – but truly any product or technique you may have will apply here. I am currently trying to figure out how to add a watercolor strip to a wall without drips. Easy? NO! So I’m testing ideas with paints of all sorts in my art journal where there is no stress, pressure, or fuss. Just experiments. I hope I’ve encouraged you to just play and test – and to let go of expectations even if just for a few minutes. To truly enjoy the process and find creative freedom I’ve found this to be a necessary weekly occurrence.
Have FUN with it. Are you working with anything new or want to know about something new in particular? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you.
Camp Scrap is coming to an end soon – but don’t despair!! For a few reasons.
- This is my blog and lovely readers, I have HUGE plans for its future and the continued sharing of tutorials and inspiration!!
- You can always take a class from me for more – including the FREE ones at scrapbook.com (affiliate links used in this post) like my new mixed media class.
- You can always access the archives! This blog has YEARS of projects, my YouTube has over 400 videos – I’ve got you covered!
All that said, I want to use today’s Mixed Media post to share some techniques you wanna use no matter what kind of paper crafting you’re into. So enjoy this round-up! [Read more…]
Fridays here at Camp Scrap will be freaky! Well, maybe not in a body swapping way but I will be playing with mixed media. What is mixed media? Quite simply, it is mixing & matching various mediums. There are NO rules as to what you can mix and match. NO rules about what you make. So this is definitely my kind of craft! If you’ve been following my blog or YouTube then you already know this is my kind of crafty jam!
Above you can see my starting point and inspiration – a new stamp and paints sent to me by my friends at Prima Marketing. What to do? Well let’s get out more Prima mediums and play! Here is a link to my YouTube video showing several mediums and a few ways I love to mix & match things too!
Looking for something I used? (affiliate) links to Scrapbook.com are here – they’ve got a huge selection of Prima products including Impasto paints (I used Jade, Cobalt, and Heather), metallic watercolors, watercolor palettes, oil pastels, water brushes, and of course ‘girl’ stamps like the one I used. I also mentioned manila tags, and I used archival ink (remember it’s good because it doesn’t react to water based mediums) for my stamp.
Are you wishing you could find out more ASAP about mixing & matching your color mediums? Playing with dimensional projects and more techniques? Well EVERYONE gets a prize today!! I partnered with scrapbook.com to film a mixed media basics class and it is now ready for you – free of charge. Click here to enroll in this new class now – for free! Our gift today to you.
No I’m not kidding, and yes it’s absolutely FREE! It’s packed with so many projects and ideas for all types of crafting. I worked so many hours, weeks, and days on it and the scrapbook.com team has worked hard taking all of that content and making it into a class! I really hope you enjoy it – and I hope you’ll let me know which lesson is your favorite!
Remember you can sign up today (free) right here. In the middle of Camp Scrap here, but hey we can all always use more (free!) inspiration, right? I hope you enjoy class, and that you’re enjoying the ideas right here on my blog. Have a great weekend!
Today season #3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt drops on Netflix – and while I don’t anticipate having the time to enjoy (binge) watching the whole season for a few weeks, I am excited some fresh summer “watch while crafting” fun shows are coming my way. The very first episode remains one of my favorite on this show, for a scene where Kimmy is deciding she won’t be giving up.
Life beats you up. You can either curl up in a ball and die… or you can stand up and say we’re different. We’re the strong ones and you can’t break us.
Life can be so full of hard things (and truly awful people)… but we always have choices! With loads of new positive habits and good stuff going on here (I’ll share more on that another time) I wanted to get this quote onto my wall ASAP, so I began a simple mixed media piece.
Now most of the time I like a lot of hoopla on my mixed media pieces. Today though, I really wanted simple texture + color + words. I did film the process – here is a link to my YouTube video.
This is 5×7 and sitting right at eye level on my desk. Reminding me that even when situations (or people) are pushing us to the breaking point… we can bend in a new direction, and work to be away from such nastiness. I am currently working on a number of positive & creative fun projects that I will share more about in the near future. The paint pen that worked (white) best here was the Jane Davenport for American Crafts (I know most Michael’s stores has them – not sure who else if anyone) vs the Dylusions paint pen. It’s not often I use one of those so that was a good test and lesson (can’t write over dry spray/mist color).
I hope you go into this weekend strong, and that you have a wonderful time with whatever you’re doing.