Category Archives: Techniques

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)

Categories

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

 

 

Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: Wings

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I created a Facebook Group so there is a place to share what you create and can develop “creationships” with others on this creative journey. The group is called – All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady. Hope to see you there. 

Techniques Used :

  • working with  analogous colors
  • drippage
  • collage to give texture
  • collage to create focal point
  • using free clipart

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • assorted colored paper towel/coffee filters ( that you’ve put unused paint or spray on), OR scrapbook paper OR gelli prints- alternatively you can use colored magazine pages
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint-assorted colors, silver, black , white
  • makeup sponges
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.

Process

  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer . Even though you will be covering this all with step 3. The gesso helps the paper handle the “wet” mediums that will be added.
  2. Select colors for background collage. I try to select colors ( 3-5) that are next to each other on the color wheel .  These are analogous colors. They naturally work well together.

3. Rip the paper towel etc that you chose to use into interesting shapes. I try to get rid of any straight edges.

4. Apply Mod Podge Matte to page, then put piece of paper towel down and cover with more Mod Podge. Continue until entire page is covered. Check edges and corners to ensure they are glued down.  Dry with heat tool.  This will take a long time so you may want to let it dry overnight. Cut off overlapping parts.

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5.  From magazine select a picture of a person, animal etc. I picked a female from an ad with a dress that went with my background ( she’s very neutral) . I also picked out a magazine picture of a butterfly and cut it in half to tuck behind the girl so it looks like she has wings.  If you don’t have a butterfly magazine picture, you can print a black and white butterfly by downloading a black and white free clip art. You will have to color it with permanent marker or paint it. Either create your own colors or google pics of butterflies and use same colors.

6.  Adhere girl and wings to page using Mod Podge.

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7. Mix up some paint with water and rub it across the top of the page. You may have to “help” the paint flow down by painting a line down to tell it where to go. Tap the book to the table gently. This will help the paint flow down. Add more paint at top to get it to flow as far as you want. I used gold as it would go with the colors of both the girl’s dress and background. Look at your focal point and pick a complementary color or similar color.  The You Tube Video shows this way better than I can describe.

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8.   Put a small amount of black acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

9.   Select quote . Lots of quotes can be found by doing a search on PInterst. Arrange the words and then use Mod Podge matte to glue it down. Put Mod Podge on back of what you want to glue down and then the top.

10.  Outline the words and picture with your charcoal pencil. This may be difficult if you use paper towel due to the texture.  You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water. You can outline near the edge of the page as well and smudge. This frames your page.

11. Join the Facebook Group   All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady and post your picture and start making some “creationships”.

Click this link to see this page come together from start to finish  

CreativeKady/Karen

Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: “Be One In A Minion”

minionI just created a Facebook Group so there is a place to share what you create and can develop “creationships” with others on this creative journey. The group is called CreativeKady: All Things Mixed Media. Hope to see you there. 

Techniques Used :

  • working with  triad colors
  • stenciling
  • using bubble wrap to add texture
  • selecting colors to go with focal point
  • edging the page
  • adding shadow with charcoal pencil
  • adding detail to letters
  • using free clipart

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint –  3 colors that come from focal point or picture,  plus gold, black, white
  • makeup sponges
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • stencil- any size, but small works
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • wall compound/ modelling paste/texture paste
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.

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Process

  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer .
  2. Spread gesso on palette and dip bubble wrap in it and stamp onto page in various places.  You want this to add texture so apply thickly. Dry
  3. Use thinned acrylic paint to paint the clip art you selected. Keep color selection down to three. I chose the primary colors: red, blue and yellow as blue and yellow were in the minion.
  4. Look at the color wheel. Colors that are placed equa-distantly apart are called triad colors. They  will go together nicely.

Triad Colors are equa-distant apart and go well together. Primary colors are an example of this: red, yellow, blue

5. Paint background one color and dry.  I chose red to complete the triad colors. Your selection might be analogous or complementary. See last two Back to Basics articles for explanation of those color schemes.

6.  Get three different sized bottle caps or lids. Choose the two main colors from your focal point. Dip one cap in the first color paint ( blue) and stamp on page. I like to stamp half or quarter circles so it looks like the circles are going off the page.

7.  Choose another size lid and stamp with second main color ( yellow) from focal point. Choose third size ( I did it in black) and stamp on page.

8.  Get a stencil and dip sponge in gesso and stamp through stencil. You can use white paint as well. I used the bottom of a plastic paper plate holder that was purchased at the dollar store, but any stencil will work. I chose white as I wanted to keep to the three primary colors. Sometimes less is more effective.

9.  I left a space without any stenciling to glue down the focal point. I wanted the background for it to be less busy. Glue down focal point with Mod Podge or gel medium.

10.  Dip make up sponge in a little bit of black acrylic paint. Dab off on palette. Rub around edge of page. Rub on edge of words to get rid of  the white. It’s okay if you get some on the front of the letters.

11.   Arrange the words and then use Mod Podge matte to glue it down. Put Mod Podge on back of what you want to glue down and then the top. Make sure the corners are adhered.

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12.  Outline the words and picture with your charcoal pencil. You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water. You can outline near the edge of the page as well and smudge. This frames your page.

13. To add a little more interest I took my dollar store gold gell pen and did a dash throughout all the letters.

12. I didn’t add splatters, but you might wish to.  Put a small amount of black acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

13.  Apply layer of mod podge over all the page to ensure that it all has same finish ( no shiny parts). WARNING- if your gell pen is NOT permanent it will smudge so you should ignore this step.

14. Join the Facebook Group   All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady and post your picture and start making some “creationships”.

Click this link to watch the accompanying video.

NOTE: If at any time you get paint where you don’t want it, because your bottom layer is acrylic you can use a baby wipe and clean it up if you do so before it’s dry. Acrylic paint is permanent when dry. Many of the sprays, watercolors, gelatos etc are not permanent and will re-activate if you wet them. Using acrylics makes things much easier.

CreativeKady/Karen

Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: “If Nothing Changed “

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Techniques Used :

  • using black as a background color
  • using DIY stamps made with fun foam- roller or regular
  • picking a focal point
  • altering magazine pictures to collage on your page
  • picking colors that work together-complementary colors
  • edging the page
  • adding shadow with charcoal pencil
  • splattering

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint – 3 bright colors , black and white (pick colors that go with your magazine picture chosen)
  • Magazine pictures of butterflies, flowers etc. ( coordinate with colors chosen)
  • makeup sponges
  • homemade stamps made from fun foam, cardboard /lint roller
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.

Click on this link if you want to make some stamps like those used on this page.

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Process

  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer .
  2. Paint entire background black with black acrylic paint. You may need to spray a bit of water to help spread paint, especially if you are using more expensive paint.
  3. Select 3 brighter colors that you feel will show up on the black background. If you have neon colors, they may work well. I chose lime green, red and teal. I used my lint roller that I had stuck torn pieces of fun foam onto. You can make one similar to this without a roller. Cut 2 pieces of cardboard and glue together. Make it the size of your sheet of fun foam. Glue a layer of fun foam on top of the cardboard. Now rip pieces of fun foam into random shapes and glue them onto the fun foam.
  4. I discovered that the easiest way to apply the paint onto the fun foam was by painting it on with a paint brush. I dried the paint after each color. Be prepared for the color to get a bit duller ( due to black background). I put lime green first, then red. When I went to choose the third color I noticed that the lime and red kind of made orange/red. When I looked at the color wheel I noticed that teal or blue-green was the complement of that shade , so I chose that color.                                                                                                        Color Wheel Complementary Colors lie opposite each other on the color wheel. These colors always go well with each other. Some of the most popular color schemes are based on color complements. If stuck on what color to make a background or focal point, check out the color wheel.
  5. I had planned on putting butterflies on this page. You could do the same or pick any magazine picture you have that will go with the page. I wanted to stay in the same complement color scheme, so I chose butterflies that were red-orange. If you started with a picture, pick colors that go with the picture.
  6. You do not have to use the magazine pictures as they are in the magazine. The partial flower on the right side was attached to the picture on the left. I cut it out and placed it on the other side in order to bring the color to both sides. Balance the whole page. The butterfly on the left was from a different page.                                                                                             Butterfly

7.  After using Mod Podge to adhere the butterfly and flowers. I searched PInterest for butterfly quotes. This is a great source of inspirational quotes. I have a board in Pinterest where I collect them.

8.  I printed out the quote and cut it into chunks. I have found that if you cut them into single words, the page gets too busy. I outlined each chunk with my Micron permanent black pen. I used sketchy lines. I did this, as I had noticed many purchased sentiment stamps have that and I liked the effect.

9.   I tried out several arrangements. I put the word butterflies on the second page to lead your eyes to the second page. I used Mod Podge to adhere the words down.

10.  Dip make up sponge in a little bit of teal acrylic paint. Dab off on palette. Rub around edge of page. I chose teal as with the pictures I felt I had enough red/orange.

11 .  Outline the words and pictures with my  charcoal pencil, and then smudging it with my finger.  You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water.                                                                                                                                      Butterfly

12.  Put a small amount of white acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

13.  Apply layer of mod podge over all the page to ensure that it all has same finish.

NOTE: If at any time you get paint where you don’t want it, because your bottom layer is acrylic you can use a baby wipe and clean it up if you do so before it’s dry. Acrylic paint is permanent when dry. Many of the sprays, watercolors, gelatos etc are not permanent and will re-activate if you wet them. Using acrylics makes things much easier.

I created a Facebook group so we can come together to share what we’ve all created and develop creationships that support our individual creative journeys. Come join the group and join the conversation. The group is called…

All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady

Click this link to watch the accompanying video.

This is the third article in a series. Missed the second article click here.

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CreativeKady/Karen

Art Journal Tutorial: Back to Basics Series: “What’s In a Name”

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I just created a Facebook Group so there is a place to share what you create and can develop “creationships” with others on this creative journey. The group is called CreativeKady: All Things Mixed Media. Hope to see you there. 

Techniques Used :

  • applying acrylics with fingers
  • blending wet paint on the page
  • using modeling paste/wall compound through stencil to create texture
  • picking 3-5 analogous colors for page ( analogous colors are those that are next to each other on the color wheel)
  • edging the page
  • adding shadow with charcoal pencil
  • splattering
  • adding highlights to textured parts

Materials Needed

I am making every effort to limit the materials needed to items you can buy at your local dollar store, thrift store, Walmart.  Supplies will stay mostly the same for each project. Use what you have. I am limiting myself to them as well.

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • gesso- Walmart brand- does not have to be expensive artist grade
  • assorted sizes paintbrushes
  • re-purposed children’s book- see first post for selection and preparation or purchased journal with heavier paper ( mixed media preferred)
  • dollar store or other brand craft acrylic paint – 3-5 analogous colors plus silver, black, white
  • makeup sponges
  • charcoal pencil
  • baby wipes
  • paper towel
  • meat tray or plastic lid for paint palette
  • stencil- any size, but small works
  • black permanent marker/liner pen/gel pens
  • old credit card/gift card/hotel key card
  • wall compound/ modelling paste/texture paste
  • heat tool or hair dryer

*if you have a higher quality item, you can definitely use them. For instance  Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint or Liquitex Modeling Paste, or watercolor pencils/crayons.  Often I will discuss options on the accompanying video.

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Process

  1. Gesso page using paintbrush or with credit card.  Dry with heat tool/hair dryer .
  2. Select a stencil. It doesn’t have to be as big as your page as you are going to apply modeling paste/wall compound through just parts of it on various parts of the page.
  3.  Apply modeling paste/wall compound with credit card or palette knife. Dry.
  4.  Look at color wheel and pick 3-5 colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

5.  Apply paint with your fingers, blending the wet acrylic paint to get other colors. On mine, where the teal and pink colors blended they made a violet purple color. Work the paint into the modeling paste texture. Dry. Add more layers of paint until you are happy with it.

6.  Print out your name after selecting a font you like. Put a space between letters so you can cut the letters apart easily. Select bold or pick a thicker letter font if you wish to cut the letter out.

7.  Dip make up sponge in a little bit of black acrylic paint. Dab off on palette. Rub around edge of page. Rub on edge of letters to get rid of white. It’s okay if you get some on the front of the letters.

8.   Arrange the letters and then use mod podge matte to glue it down. Put mod podge on back of what you want to glue down and then the top. Make sure the corners are adhered.

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9.  Outline the letters with your charcoal pencil. You can use watercolor /inktense pencil for this, but instead of rubbing it you will activate it with water. You can outline near the edge of the page as well and smudge. This frames your page.

10. With a small amount of silver or gold acrylic paint on make up sponge or on finger, very lightly rub over the textured parts. This will give it highlights and shimmer.

11.  Pick one of the colors from the background and put a small amount on the plastic palette. Dip stylus of thin end of paintbrush into paint and put dots on letters to add detail and interest. Be sure to dip item into paint each time to get even size dots.

12.  Put a small amount of black acrylic paint on palette. Spray a small amount of water and mix paint . Dip small paintbrush in paint and tap the handle of the brush with another paintbrush to cause spatters. You may want to try this out on blank paper before doing it on your page, just to get a feel for the technique.

13.  Apply layer of mod podge over all the page to ensure that it all has same finish ( no shiny parts)

NOTE: If at any time you get paint where you don’t want it, because your bottom layer is acrylic you can use a baby wipe and clean it up if you do so before it’s dry. Acrylic paint is permanent when dry. Many of the sprays, watercolors, gelatos etc are not permanent and will re-activate if you wet them. Using acrylics makes things much easier.

I would love to see your pages. Please come back and post them here for me and others to see.

Click this link to watch the accompanying video.

CreativeKady/Karen

Art Journal Tutorial: “I Say Yes”

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I decided the join the Journal52 Facebook Group, based on the recommendation from my creative friend, Yvonne. Each week they post a prompt that you can  use as the basis for an art journal page.  I’ve given myself permission to choose not to do any prompt that doesn’t speak to me, but so far the prompts have mirrored what I was thinking about.

This week the prompt was ” What are you saying yes to?” This was the week that I had committed myself to finalizing my decision to give my notice that I will be retiring at the end of September. As you can see above I am saying yes to the future, to my dreams and to adventure.

Here’s how this page developed.

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I chose my color scheme but picking out gelli prints that I had created using my DIY Texture Plates and my GelliArts Gelli Plate. I used StazOn black and stamped the jar image on the gelli prints. This stamps set is from Hot Off the Press. Then I stamped the cloth ruffle onto coffee filters that I had put unused paint or spray into  that would coordinate with the prints selected. I cut out all of these.

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I typed out the words using font Fishfingers and printed it off onto paper that was a bit thicker than regular copy paper. I find it stands up better than copy paper.

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After I gessoed the page and dried it. I started applying my acrylic paint when I realized that I wanted to add some texture. I used my Liquitex Light Modeling Paste and applied it through this Dylusions stencil. I then dried it with my heat tool.

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I applied Phthalocyanine Green/Phalo Green and Prussian blue paint with my fingers rubbing into the stenciled texture. I continued adding paint, blending the two colors with my fingers and with a baby wipe this I got the effect I liked. Then I dried it thoroughly.

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I applied gold acrylic paint onto my wooden script stamp and applied it all over the page. You can see what a lovely effect this is. In some places the script is clear while in others it’s not. This is fine with me. It adds lots of interest and dimension to the page.

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Using my Liquitex Gel Medium-Matte, I adhered the words onto the jars and then the jars and the ruffles onto the page. I put a coat underneath and then one on top. I then used my Stabilio All Pencil and traced around the words, jars and ruffles. I used a narrow brush and activated the Stabilio All Pencil and carried the black out a bit. I wanted to make the jars stand out from the background. I went around the edge of the page with the Stabilio All Pencil, but this time I activated it with wet fingers. I didn’t want such a precise shadow effect.

At this stage the page cried out for gold letters spelling out the word Yes at the top.

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I picked out some letters from alphabet stickers I had been gifted, but since they were silver and black I first applied a layer of gesso and then my gold acrylic paint. When I put them on the page I wasn’t happy so inspired by the video of my creative friend Yvonne Gebauer I got out my Lindy’s Starburst Sprays. I sprayed it with several sprays that had the colors purple, teal and gold in it. These were the colors of my jars plus the gold stamping. I sprayed several layers drying it between until I got what I liked.  I glued them on with my gel medium and made shadows around the letters with my Inktense Block.

Here is the final page and some close ups. I love the texture, the little bit of glimmer and the colors of this page. What are you going to say “Yes” to this year?   CreativeKady

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Technique With Stencils and Modeling Paste : Another Brick in the Wall

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Flaunt What You’ve Got is made on a playing card. I obviously didn’t apply a coat of gesso or paint prior to applying the bricks, as you can tell. The red of the diamonds can be seen in the gaps. It doesn’t take away from the finished product , but you could paint the card black or white prior to the brick.

I used Flexible Modeling Paste from Liquitex through a homemade brick stencil. You can buy a brick stencil from many of the brand name stencil makers. Be sure to wash the stencil after using it with modeling paste as it will dry hard and could ruin your stencil.

I clean up the edges with a palatte knife and then use my heat tool to dry the modeling paste. If you put the heat tool too close or hold it in one place too long the modeling paste will bubble up. To get the look I achieved I did just that. I wanted it to bubble , and crack to make the brick looked weathered.You will notice that some of the bricks puff up. I press down some of them with my finger after it has cooled a bit.

I then sprayed the card with Lindy’s Starbursts sprays called ” Steampunk Sepia” and a very little bit of Shabby Turbine Teal. I applied the sepia spray twice, drying between layers of spray. Yes, the paste will still bubble and puff up. The two toned sprays with their gorgeous shimmer get into all the nooks and crannies.

I stamped my peacock feather stamp and sentiment on deli paper and sprayed it with my homemade metallic acrylic sprays and adhered it to the card.

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This ATC was done in a very similar way as I described above. The difference is that I mod podged a colored paper towel onto the card prior to applying the modeling paste through the brick stencil. You can see the wonderful texture that adds to the card . On this ATC I used a couple of my homemade metallic sprays in blue and teal. I stamped the hummingbird, flower and sentiment on deli paper that had been sprayed with the same metallic sprays.

Make It Your Own

While my examples in this post are all done on Artist Trading Cards, you can use the same technique on a journal page or on a canvas.

I used a brick stencil for these cards, but putting modeling paste through stencils to add texture and pattern is one of my most favorite techniques. I have done it with most of my stencils. Just be sure to clean them right away.

I used Flexible Modeling Paste. I love the effects I’ve gotten , but it was just what I got my hands on.  You could use any modeling paste, light, heavy and any brand.  Play with them and see what they do. You could even use wall compound that is used to fill cracks in walls. This is much cheaper, which I love and can be found in many hardware or big box stores.

I used Lindy’s Starbursts sprays and my homemade metallic sprays. You can use whatever sprays you have. They do not have to be metallic or have shimmer. If you don’t have sprays you can thin out any acrylic paint  ( Liquitex or craft paint) with water and paint the brick. If you want shimmer you can add dollar store silver paint or iridescent medium ( I bought Artist Loft brand) rather than the more expensive Liquitex or Golden.

Flaunt What You’ve Got and make it your own.

Karen/Creative Kady

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