When I started doing art journaling and mixed media I had a few bottles of craft paint left over from my folkart painting days, a few brushes , 3-6 stencils . I also had a love of playing with colors, textures and pattern.
Jump forward 3 + years and my art supplies have grown considerably. I have a multitude of color mediums, a couple scrapbook binders full of stencils and about 25 stamps. But I have also accumulated what I refer to as my ” stash” .
By “stash” I don’t mean the purchased supplies- the stencils, stamps, color mediums; but rather the supplies we can create by ourselves so we can use them when we are doing an art journal page, ICAD, ATC or mixed media canvas.
In the recent Index Card a Day challenge I found myself reaching for these “stash” materials time and time again. If you watched my videos creating these ICADs you will have definitely heard me referring to my ” stash”. Having them ready and handy made it easy to create the ICADs quickly and easily.
That is when the thought occurred to me that a video series showcasing ways beginners and those of us who have been creating for awhile can build up their “stash”.
These “stash” builders are generally inexpensive ( win $$$$) but they also will be unique to your art ( win -win) . They also make more use of the stamps, stencils and paints you already own. Many of them use items that you already may have from other craft projects or from items that have been earmarked for the recycling bin.
The idea of the “stash” builder series is to encourage us to get some of the ground work done “outside” the creative process. When we do a ” stash” builder we get some of the time consuming or messy parts done ahead of time. Then we don’t have to stop in the middle of a page or canvas to do it. This allows us to stay in the creative flow. It allows us to be able to complete a page or canvas when time is limited due to life , be it work ,children or housework.
I often do “stash” builders when I want to do some thing in the studio, but don’t have an idea or I’m experiencing a creative slump.
The first “stash” builder video showed how to create wonderful collage sheets/colored papers using coffee filters. I love love love how these colored papers collage to create a quick easy yet wonderfully colored and patterned background, collage element or to be used to create a focal point. Click this link to view this video.
The second ” stash” builder video showed how to prepare burlap so you can easily use it to create a background, focal point, texture element, sentiment border etc. Click below to view this video.
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