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Mixed Media Technique Tags ” Let’s Get Started”

 

I am so very excited to be launching my new series “Mixed Media Technique Tags 2017” . I’ve had this idea for over a year but the timing just never seemed right. With 2017 just around the corner I’ve decided that the time is NOW.  I believe I have enough figured out, but as usual I feel like I’ve jumped from the plane and am sewing the parachute on the way down. Please be patient as some things may not go exactly as I planned and things may be tweaked as we progress. As always I am open to suggestions and ideas from you , my subscribers.

In this series I plan to demonstrate mixed media/art journaling techniques, tips, or tidbits.  Not only will I provide YouTube tutorial showing you the technique and some variations, but also,     ( time and energy permitting)  post a summary of the techniques on my blog as well. Any printables that I create for this series will be in the blog posts so be sure that you have selected the option to be notified of new blog posts.

Why tags? I have found in the past that doing something new on smaller pages, be it a tag, ATC (Artist Trading Card) or ICAD ( Index Card a Day) is very freeing. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to be so overwhelming. It’s not expensive, it’s not big and it doesn’t take long, so the “risk”  and commitment is less.

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The goal of the tags is NOT to end up with a finished page. The goal is to  set up a  mixed media/art journal reference tool  that contains samples as well as  a written summary of each technique .  With each technique I plan to make at least one tag. Depending on variations there may be more than one tag. For instance, the salt technique is one technique, but I will make multiple tags using many of my color mediums. After all, we don’t all have the same mediums…nor should we feel pressured to get them all. Maximizing the use of what we have is key. The technique will look slightly different for each medium and I think it would be beneficial to have a snapshot of what each would look like. Plus, on the back of the card ( or on a summary card) we will be able to add comments that will lead to success when we try technique again.

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I have selected six categories to organize all the techniques into. Please go to this link to get more information about this series and get instructions on how to “get ready” for series ( making tags and category tags).

I also want to develop a community of artists that discuss and share. I am hoping people post their technique tags and come to enjoy the “creationships” on my facebook group Allthingsmixedmedia:CreativeKady. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021241874586337/

Also, please use #mixedmediatechniquetags2017 or #creativekady when posting or sharing on social media. Once we get going I plan on having challenges where we create pages using MMTT # ___( Mixed Media Technique Tag).

Printables can be found by clicking on these links:  ( if you do not have the font I used on your computer it may look different than mine or the formatting may be off) If this is the case, use the information of the printables to create your own)

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6YPc2mKhAe0ZEtwN2psQUxIUjQ

One part summary

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6YPc2mKhAe0c1RWRkJWWDBrZzA

Two part summary

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6YPc2mKhAe0TjBLc0tqOG5Hc1E

I look forward to taking this journey with you.  Be sure to select to be notified of upcoming videos/blogs so you will know when they are out. Look for the first technique video early in January.

CreativeKady/Karen Burchill

 

 

Motivation Monday IQ+ Card # 8

 

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Use this IQ+ Card  (Inspirational Quote Plus) to get inspiration for your next gelli printing session, art journal page or mixed media project. It is triangular in shape and that means it has at least 3 ways to inspire you.

  1. Use the inspirational quote:  “You don’t need to have it all figured out to move forward.” Wow do I ever need this calming quote right now.   As I turned the page on my agenda to May. The quote I had written in the corner was. ” All great changes are preceded by chaos.”  Who knew that the quote I randomly wrote each page would hit the mark so precisely. About 10 days ago, my husband finally got word on the job he’s been wanting. We hoped, knew and prayed that this would happen, yet now that the reality of it is staring us in the face suddenly the enormity of the change we are embarking on has weighed us down.                                                                                                                                                                     There’s the concern about when my husband will be gone. We need to find him a place for a couple months. Then we need to find a summer rental for us for July and August.  Spring has sprung so there’s all the yard work.  Over 15 bags of leaves later, there’s still edging of the perennial beds and dealing with the weeds. Then  there is getting the house prepared to put on the market.  Worry that we won’t get what we want for it, as there are so many houses for sale right now. Deciding what we will take with us to BC and what we will sell. Taking pictures, posting to garage sale sites and taking some stuff to the Good Neighbor Store.  On top of it all , I am also retiring which means I need to pack up at the school and sell /get rid of/recycle .  Multi-tasking doesn’t quite describe what went on this weekend. We were doing it all- yard work, sorting and selling school stuff, massive cleaning , and prepping of home as well as trying to keep calm about those things that aren’t in my control.      IMG_3281That’s when I came across this IQ+ card.  ” You don’t need to have it all figured out to move forward.” I took a deep breath and just started. I did what I could and let go of those things that I don’t have control of. I remind myself that I don’t have to have every detail figured out ( can you say Type A) . Things will evolve as they should . My husband and I will figure it out as we go.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           It occurs to me that this quote has extra meaning for those of us who create. I read lots of posts on Facebook from those new or not so new  to mixed media  saying they are intimidated by the blank page, that they don’t know how to start or where to start. Then there are those posts from people  who create backgrounds, but don’t know what to do next.  To all of you ( and I am at times in each group) I say just move forward. Do something, anything. You don’t need to know exactly where you will end up. Start . Enjoy the process. Start with one color, one word, anything. Just start.
  2. Use the  color combination or color scheme .   The colors of this IQ+ card are full of energy. They are pink, orange, yellow, red-all warm colors. At first look you would describe the color as pink. But when you look closer, you see the different colors peeking through.The black through my segmented swirl stencil both makes the colors pop and subdues them at the same time. IMG_3282IMG_3284

3.   Use the patterns/designs and get  some great ideas on how to use patterns to create.Notice the  segmented swirl pattern. If you look long enough it creates movement and comes to life. This is exactly how I felt this weekend; spinning around. Going in circles. IMG_3282So take in this IQ+ card ‘s inspiration. Allow things to evolve. Let go and “Trust” ( my word for the year)  that things will work out. Trust that you will be able to cope with whatever comes. Trust that it will all fall in place. And until it’s done trust that the steps you take, big or small will move you forward, towards your dream.  You don’t need to have it all figured out to move forward.                                                                                                                                                                      Use  any or all of the three  inspirational prompts to  create you own wonderful page.   Please be sure to post your creations that were inspired by this deck on the Facebook Group in the Motivation Monday album.    allthingsmixedmedia:CreativeKady  . I would love you to join the “creationships” that are being developed there.

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Motivation Monday IQ+ Card # 7

 

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Use this IQ+ Card  (Inspirational Quote Plus) to get inspiration for your next gelli printing session, art journal page or mixed media project. It is triangular in shape and that means it has at least 3 ways to inspire you.

  1. Use the inspirational quote:  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I love this quote for so many reasons. Often we complain about things in our life and in things around us forgetting we have the power to change things . Sometimes we can change things just with an attitude change. Other times we can work to make the world a better place. Doing simple things like smiling at people, complimenting a clerk for their good service or help or just taking the time to just ask someone else how their day is going.  There is another quote saying ” what you look for is what you get” Attitude is everything.    IMG_1754 [436646]         IMG_1751 [436647]                                                In the page I created I did a two page spread. On the first page the girl is standing in the rain, possibly bemoaning the fact that it’s raining. If you look at the umbrella it makes a frown.  On the second page the girl puts down the – umbrella- see how it now makes a smile and the sun comes out. Some days we just have to make our own sunshine and when we do others benefit as well.
  2. Use the  color combination or color scheme .  We are definitely in the warm colors on this page with red, yellow and orange. I also used a burgundy color. IMG_4747 [2370510]  If you look at the color wheel you can see the 5 colors on the bottom. These five colors are analogous. If you use 3-5 of these on a page they can be blended without fear of making mud and they will look good.   I used my Dylusions paints to create the background on this page, but don’t worry the same effect can be done with acrylics or even sprays. You just have to adjust to the medium you have. 941361_10153692772278124_6195128522781198190_n I applied the paint with the Ranger blending pads that I attached with velcro to my repurposed old teacher stamps. You can attach them to wooden thread spools or wooden handles bought at lumber store. You don’t have to buy the blending tool.  I applied the 4 colors to the page without gesso. I would use gesso if I used other acrylic paints. I dried the page and added more color, blending until I liked the page. Then I got out my  stamps and stencils which brings us to the next step.IMG_1753 [436648]

 

3.   Use the patterns/designs and get  some great ideas on how to use patterns to create effective layering.   The first thing I did was stamp all over with the darker color applied to my script stamp.  Since the IQ+ card was made with a Crafter’s Workshop stencil that has circles, lines and triangles  I used a variety of stencils to create my page. I applied the Dylusions paint with the blending tool through the stencil. I used the lightest color and stenciled over background colors that were darker, I used the darker colors and stenciled over lighter areas. At times I used the same stencil and two different colors- look above to see the yellow circles and red circles to see what I mean.  To add a little bling I used my homemade funky star stamp and gold acrylic paint. I then used silhouette stencils for the girls and the umbrellas. The sentiment stamps I had purchased for $ 1.50 from our dollar store. Can we all say “score”. There was white on the IQ+ card so I outlined the black stenciled in parts.IMG_1752 [436645]             IMG_1750

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                                                                                                                                                                      Use  any or all of the three  inspirational prompts to  create you own wonderful page.   Please be sure to post your creations that were inspired by this deck on the Facebook Group in the Motivation Monday album.    allthingsmixedmedia:CreativeKady  . I would love you to join the “creationships” that are being developed there.

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Motivation Monday IQ+ Card # 6

 

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Use this IQ+ Card  (Inspirational Quote Plus) to get inspiration for your next gelli printing session, art journal page or mixed media project. It is triangular in shape and that means it has at least 3 ways to inspire you.

  1. Use the inspirational quote: ” It’s not about the pieces, but how they work together”. It occurs to me that this quote summarizes “art Journaling” or ” mixed media”. Each component by itself is nice, but not ever amazing. But, put them together and something wornderful happens. The magic of mixed media. I’ve seen people ask in Facebook why people in videos don’t stop sooner. Or why they put down paper , stamps etc, when you can’t see it in the end. The answer is simply the quote ” It’s not about the pieces, but how they work together.” Sometimes the various layers do peak through and make the piece just by being there. They may be subtle, but without them, the pieces would not be the same. If you’ve ever done gelli printing you know how amazing the addition of the “crusty bits” make to the final gelli print.  Sometimes the pieces are necessary , because we as artists need to go through that process to get to the end. Not many of us still crawl, but learning to crawl was a necessary step to walking.  IMG_3005
  2. Use the  color combination or color scheme .  Dark blue, aqua, and white. This reminds me of the Caribbean Ocean. It’s cool , inviting and fresh. Maybe I will create a beach scene from this inspiration, or under the sea. What does it make you think of? 

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3.   Use the patterns/designs and get  some great ideas on how to use patterns to create effective layering.  Look at this texture/design above. The pattern comes from one of my favorite 6 inch stencil from Crafters Workshop. I started by applying the blue and aqua on the gelli plate. I wasn’t particular about where I placed it. When I brayered the paint it mixed.   I placed bubble wrap on top of the paint and lifted some paint. I took a print of it. This became my background . Then when the gelli plate was clean I put white on , then placed my Crafters’ Workshop stencil, I lifted the white paint with the stencil still on. Then lifted the stencil and took the print you see. This print would look totally different without the use of bubble wrap on the background layer.

                                                                                                                                                                      Use  any or all of the three  inspirations to  create something wonderful.   Please be sure to post your creations that were inspired by this deck on the Facebook Group in the Motivation Monday album.    allthingsmixedmedia:CreativeKady

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I would love you to join the “creationships” that are being developed there.

CreativeKady/Karen Burchill

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Motivation Monday IQ+ Card # 5

 

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Use this IQ+ Card  (Inspirational Quote Plus) to get inspiration for your next gelli printing session, art journal page or mixed media project. It is triangular in shape and that means it has at least 3 ways to inspire you.

  1. Use the inspirational quote: ” Inhale possibility. Exhale Creativity”. What does this quote mean to you? To me it means that sometimes in life we need to just be still, take a deep breath and calm our whole body. When I go to create, I can’t do it , if I’m stressed, worried, upset. In my profession as a learning resource teacher, I help students learn how to calm themselves down so they can focus  and be their best selves. The same goes for us adults. We need to calm ourselves before we can create. We need to breathe and let go, breathe and open yourself up to all the possibilities. Not overthink things. Not be hyper critical. We need to breathe and create.
  2. Use the  color combination or color scheme .  Aqua, purple, white with a bit of silver.

IMG_31023.   Use the patterns/designs and get  some great ideas on how to use patterns to create effective layering.  Look at this texture/design above. Hard to believe it was made by large scale bubble wrap. I made my own texture plates to use on my gelli plate. After applying the drywall compound to the backing I pressed in the large bubble wrap.  I simply push the texture plate into the painted gelli plate and when I place the paper on it and pull the print, this loveliness is what I got. To me it looks like tiny little cabbage roses.IMG_3100

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Here’s the link to my video where I show how I made this and other texture plates. I love using them and highly recommend you make your own if you gelli print.

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This week I was inspired by this IQ+ ( Inspiration Quote plus card) and created this art journal page using my new Dylusions Paints. I added white and silver to “push back” the vibrancy of the Dylusions paints. I also used the same large bubble wrap to stamp with . I even took inspiration from the quote and created one that means the same thing. “Just Breathe, Just Create”.

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I made a video of the entire process. If you wish to check it out click on this link.

                                                                                                                                                                        Use  any or all of the three  inspirations to  create something wonderful.   Please be sure to post your creations that were inspired by this deck on the Facebook Group in the Motivation Monday album.

allthingsmixedmedia:CreativeKady

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021241874586337/

I would love you to join the “creationships” that are being developed there.

CreativeKady/Karen Burchill

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Motivation Monday IQ+ Card # 4

 

IMG_3018Use this IQ+ Card  (Inspirational Quote Plus) to get inspiration for your next gelli printing session, art journal page or mixed media project. It is triangular in shape and that means it has at least 3 ways to inspire you.

  1. Use the inspirational quote: ” Focus on the journey, not on the destination.”                     So often I find we focus on where we want to be and don’t enjoy where we are in the journey. We fail to appreciate what is happening right now. We want to rush through this part to get to the destination.  We don’t stop and smell the flowers. This applies to our individual journeys into “art journaling/mixed media”                                                                       In the last few weeks, in a couple of the Facebook Groups I belong to, someone has posed the question ,  ” What do you do with the art journals?  What is the purpose of them beyond the creating.”                                                                                                                                             I   admit that I am hoping to turn my “art” and ” hobby” into something more once I retire. I am not sure if I will try to sell my art, teach art journaling classes, teach online classes or some combination of all the above.  But for the here and now, the purpose of my art journaling, and blogging and videoing is just to enjoy the process of creating and sharing. The purpose now is to learn and grow, to extend myself and open myself up to others. But, there is an even more basic purpose. I am happier when I am involved in a creative process. Playing with color, pattern, design simply makes me smile. My life is better when I engage in a “creative” pursuit. Sharing it with you is the cherry on top of the sundae.

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  1. Use the  color combination or color scheme .  This color scheme is fairly monochromatic with shades of blue and a mix of silver ( you know me, I have to have some shimmer) . There is also some purple in the mix.  The white appears as I lifted the paint from the “flowerbursts” prior to taking off the stencil and pulling the print.  In the background there are the remains of “grundgy bits” from the gelli plate that simply add interest in their unpredictability.

3.  Use the patterns/designs and get  some great ideas on how to use patterns to create effective layering.   IMG_3021This uses the Joggles stencil entitled ” Flowerburst” . After putting blue and silver paint on the “grundgy” gelli plate I place the stencil on the gelli plate. I placed a paper on the stencil and removed the paint from the “flowerbursts” , then I removed the stencil and lifted this gorgeous print. I chose the quote for this design as it seems to spin, and draw you in.

If I was to use this stencil on a journal page and ” stencil” with it. I would use the “bump” technique where you stencil then move stencil just a bit , and stencil again. It produces a wonderful effect.                                                                                                                                                                                    IMG_3018                                                                                                                                                                            Use  any or all of the three  inspirations to  create something wonderful.   Please be sure to post your creations that were inspired by this deck on the Facebook Group in the Motivation Monday album

allthingsmixedmedia:CreativeKady

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021241874586337/

I would love you to join the “creationships” that are being developed there.

CreativeKady/Karen Burchill

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Gelli Printed Inspiration Cards

 

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As some of you may remember, this year is a big transition year for me. After 30 years of teaching I will be retiring. I am spending some of my time looking over my “teacher tools” and either repurpose them or get them ready to give away or sell.

Many of my organizational systems for teaching have found their way into my art studio. Lot of bins, tubs and rolling carts.

As I went through them again I came upon a lot of flashcards. All of them made of heavy tagboard. Then I came upon these made of the same nice tagboard and this cool shape. They quickly went into the repurpose for art pile.

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I decided to make them into Inspirational Quote Cards. But how?

I tried gessoing them, but it would take at least 2 coats per side and they took a long time to dry. Then I decided to take them and cover each side with either gelli prints or colored papers from using left over paint. I have lots of gelli prints all stored in my Big Blue Box Storage system.

I got excited now as I realized I could choose those gelli prints that I really liked and this deck of cards would help me remember some combinations I used to get the prints . Now I could duplicate them another time ( as much as you can “duplicate” a mono-print).

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Since the paper towel and the delli paper prints were on the transparent side I applied a couple coats of white gesso just over the numbers and just when I needed to.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to do unnecessary work.

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I used Mod Podge Matt to glue the papers onto the triangular flash card. I glued on one side of all the cards , cut them out and then glued the gelli print onto the other side.

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The edges were white so I  used Dylusions Black Marble paint on a Tim Holtz blending tool. I made sure that the edges showed black on both sides. You could use regular black craft paint and apply it with a make up sponge.

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The next step was to select quotes. When I was making ATCs I had collected a  bunch of quotes I from Pinterest . I printed them out in a variety of fonts. I had these all in a binder so it was easy to just cut them to size and glue them onto the card with Gel Medium Matt. You could use Mod Podge here if you wish. I find Mod Podge Matt has a bit of shine and since I didn’t want to cover the whole card with it chose Gel Medium. You can see here that the card is 5 inches on each side  should you want to cut your own cards out of mixed media paper or tagboard.

I have lots of words and phrases from magazines. I may use some of them as well as the computer printed quotes. I may also so some quotes in my own handwriting to practice my lettering.

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I outlined the quotes with my extra fine posca pens. I used colors that matched the gelli print.

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Here are some of the cards. You can see the variety of color schemes and patterns. Looking at them just makes me happy. I punched a hole at the top of each triangle and put all the cards onto a large ring.

This triangular Inspirational Quote Deck stands on end with the quote of the day showing. I’m having trouble deciding if I will put this in the kitchen so I see it daily or in my art studio. More than likely I will divide it up so I will have it in both places. LOL

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I realized that while my intent was to only do an Inspirational Quote Deck, I had created a lot more. I have preserved gelli prints that I love. Prints that I thought blended colors in a wonderful way or where the texture tools or combinations of stencils and stamps gave a lovely print. I can flip through this deck to get ideas for doing more gelli prints or for doing an art journal page or other mixed media project. Each card has a several ways to inspire me:

  1. an inspirational quote
  2. a color combination or color scheme
  3. patterns that create design or texture
  4. great samples of effective layering

I know you may be looking for inspiration too. I will post a picture of one of these cards each Monday . I will title it Monday Motivation. My hope is that you will use any or all of the inspiration these cards hold and create something wonderful.

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Please be sure to post your creations that were inspired by this deck on the Facebook Group

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I would love you to join the “creationships” that are being developed.

CreativeKady   Karen