Category Archives: Mixed Media Technique Tags

Get Ready for More Mixed Media Technique Tags


In December of 2016 I launched the “Mixed Media Technique Tag” series on YouTube. In June I posted the 16th video in the series before taking a “break” to participate in the Index Card a Day Challenge 2017 that is created by Daisy Yellow. ( Yes, there are videos to accompany that journey)

In the MMTT  series I  demonstrate mixed media/art journaling techniques, tips, or tidbits.   I provide YouTube tutorial showing you the technique with several variations.  Not only will you learn mixed media techniques, but you will get inspired to try new things and to do your own experimentation. If you choose to make the tags, you will also have a complete Mixed Media Technique reference tool.

As I prepare to start up the Mixed Media Technique Tag series again I will link up the past Mixed Media Technique Tag videos so you can start , catch up or just refresh. Enjoy

Mixed Media Technique Tags ” Let’s Get Started” 

I organized the tags into 6 categories- Pattern, Texture, Color, Collage, Finishing and Other. Please go to this link to get more information about this series and get instructions on how to “get ready” for series.

MMTT#1 Designer Tissue Paper

Use your homemade or purchased stamps to create your own one of a kind tissue paper that you can use to add to any of your mixed media projects.

MMTT#2  Tags for Texture

Tags, tags, and more tags….clothing tags, shipping tags, punched tags, business cards. These little gems can be used to create amazing texture on your mixed media projects.

MMTT # 3  Paper Towel to Create Texture
Many of us use paper towel to mop up left over paint, but did you know it can be used to add amazing texture to your mixed media projects?


Come share your mixed media journey and join the “creationships”

Facebook Group: “All Things Mixed Media:CreativeKady…



CreativeKady/Karen Burchill




10 Reasons to Create Your Own Designer Tissue Papers- Mixed Media Technique Tag #1

10 Reasons to Create Your Own Designer Tissue Papers

  1.  Save money.  Who doesn’t want to do that. I’ve always loved the brand name tissue paper, but would not allow myself to spend my art dollars on it. To do this technique you can buy dollar store tissue paper or coffee filters , use backing of napkins , and  pattern paper  from your stash or found at thrift store .
  2. Maximize use of your stamps or all sizes. Many of our stamps are under utilized. This gives us an opportunity to get bang for our art buck. I don’t know about you, but there’s always one or two stamps in a set that doesn’t get much play.  Also, there are stamps that are too small to use on art journal pages but within this technique can shine.  Once you start to play with your stamps you will be surprised with the wonderful results.
  3. Uniqueness. Create something completely unique that can reflect your style or coordinate with  the theme of your page. The possibilities are endless. And unlike purchased ones every tissue page will be different. There will be no repeat pattern.
  4. Portability. Easy to take to “create dates” or when traveling – you can simply take the lightweight tissue paper and not the inks, acrylic blocks, stamps etc.
  5. Saves time. Once you have it in your stash, it cuts the time needed to complete a page. Simply adhere to your page and you’ve got several steps done.
  6. It’s a two-for.  When you apply the tissue paper , you can also add in physical texture by allowing it to wrinkle.
  7. Easy and quick. Once set up to stamp the tissue paper, you can get a lot done in one sitting.
  8. A fun project to do on a create date. Get together with your friends and their stamps and share.
  9. You can stamp with different colors ink; black, brown, blue etc.
  10.  Your designer papers can be used during any stage of creating a page, ICAD, ATC or canvas.

Bonus reason…it truly is fail safe.

Video showing the steps to this technique and some variations can be found at this link.

Here are pictures of my tags using this technique with the summary beside it. You can write your own summary being explicit as you want or copy what I did. Whichever works better for you. The printable for this can be found in a previous blog post.

This one was done on pattern paper. No paint under or on top. Loving the vintage look.

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This tag was done on tissue paper with acrylic paint washed over it.

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This last tag was stamped on napkin liner or backing. Dylusions paints were put on before adhering the paper. The napkin liner gives a “frosted” look that I love.

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I hope you give this technique a try. When you do, please come join the “creationships” in my facebook group allthingsmixedmedia:creativekady and share.

On social media

#creativekady or #mixedmediatechniquetags2017

Next Mixed Media Technique Tag will be in the Texture category and is scheduled to go public on Sunday January 22nd.

Yours Creatively    CreativeKady




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.


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.

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)


One part summary

Two part summary

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