have fun with your art.

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.

Mixed Media: techniques to try

Camp Scrap is coming to an end soon – but don’t despair!! For a few reasons.

  1. This is my blog and lovely readers, I have HUGE plans for its future and the continued sharing of tutorials and inspiration!!
  2. 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. 
  3. 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! Continue reading “Mixed Media: techniques to try”

Mixed Media: mixing colors with Prima Marketing

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!

“strong ones” mixed media canvas

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.

Charity Bloghop & a Narwhal canvas

If you’re visiting from Libby Hickson’s blog – welcome! If this is your first stop on the hop or you’re one of my regular readers I of course welcome you as well. Let me explain a bit about what today’s special hop is about.

Have you ever thought of giving a donation to a charity in someone else’s name, and gifting that person with the knowledge (and perhaps a physical gift) that you did good in their name? Sandy Allnock approached me with this idea, and with tying it into crafting a card or other project to go along with it, and as it is a fantastic idea – not only to give and share but also share creative ideas – I jumped right in. Visit her blog (link) for the start of the hop and more info, and at the end of my post I will share the next blogger’s addy for you to continue on this journey of inspiration.

The idea immediately got my attention because I’d never given someone else a gift in this way, but I remember as a kid getting some stationary or some such as a part of such a gift so I decided to focus on a magical girl, and a special gift. After pursuing several websites I decided on the World Wildlife Fund, and that I would do a virtual adoption. That means all the donation money would go toward the animals, though I did get a printable certificate via email to include. I like this as a personal challenge because now I would need to craft up a gift for my recipient myself.

I decided to go with a magical creature via WWF (Narwhal – here’s a link), and to create a 4×4 canvas piece that she can hang in her room to remember this gift and special occasion. As this is one of the most magical girls I know, I figured (correctly) she’d love every aspect of this from knowing she’s helping animals to having her own custom artwork.

To create a canvas piece like mine it really is quite simple! Mine is 4″ square and you’ll want to use a canvas, wood block, or other similar piece.

  1. Coat the front in gesso and let it fully dry. This will give you a great base to work on.
  2. Stamp (archival ink) your image(s). I used the Lawn Fawn Narwhal stamp.
  3. Color with ink, watercolor, sprays, or whatever you like! I used clean color pens and a water brush and then flicked with Heidi Swapp gold mist.
  4. Add any embellishments desired. I went with some sticker word strips and sequins. It didn’t need much!

Scared of messing it up? Don’t be!! If you’re working with any kind of watercolor or water reactive medium you can spritz heavily with water and wash it away to begin again. If you truly mess it up rinse with water as best as you can to remove any color that will come off, then follow up with a fresh coat of gesso or two.

This is a project any of us can do, in any format or theme. If you want you could stamp in layers (on paper) and build a more dimensional project. I love the metallic sparkle and dreaminess of this peaceful narwhal stamped just so to be the center of attention. Once done I added a note about how magical she is, and what had been done in her name along with the certificate.

Let’s just say, it’s already on the wall and a big hit. Thank you so much Sandy, for reminding us this is a wonderful option to gift + do good, as well as bringing the crafty element into this. She’s also arranged for some fantastic prizes (see below), so check her original blog post for even more info as well. The next stop on the blog hop is: Cindy Lawrence 

PRIZES: Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs – Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving…and leave comments by Wednesday March 22. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23, along with a total amount we’ve raised together!