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Sunday, November 19, 2017

It's A New Day... Creating A Mixed Media Canvas Using Stencils

What a beautiful Sunday to be sharing this mixed media canvas I created using my stencils for today's Stencil Sunday over at STAMPlorations.  This is a piece I made for myself using modeling paste and paints through a few different stencils. 
I started by collaging some inky paper towels to my canvas (remembering to use a matte medium so the following layers will stick)  and then softening the background with a layer of white gesso.
I then created a focal point using the Happy Flowers stencil with some Liquitex light modeling paste, and once this had dried, added more paint layers in different colors through more stencils until I felt like I was done.
I used some wax paper as a mask over top of the flowers to protect them from the paint, and I redefined the main image again by using some fine-tipped markers to outline it.  And finally I added gold accents using both gold foil and gold paint.
One of the reasons I love mixed media so much are the rich textures and colors that are created on the finished piece as you go through the process, each step creating another layer, but still allowing all those previous layers to peek through.

So that's it for this month's Stencil Sunday inspiration, I do hope you enjoyed my sharing today.  And if you do feel inspired to create using your stencils consider linking up your project to this month's Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations where it is always Anything Goes except a card and you use a stencil, any stencil.  Go HERE for all the details...

AS always, thank you for popping in today to see what I am up to and please do leave  me a comment if you like what you are seeing!

Lynne Mizera
for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team

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STAMPlorations Products Used On This Project:

Happy Flowers Stencil
Dots All Over Stencil
Plaid Maker Stencil
New Beginnings Stamp

Monday, November 13, 2017

Creating An "Anything Goes" Art Journal From Scratch... A Tutorial By Lynne Mizera

Hello everyone and Happy November!  Today, for my monthly mixed media tutorial over at STAMPlorations I thought I would share with you a few photos of my very favorite Art journal which I created from an old, cloth-covered book I found at my local second-hand store.  And then show you a very simple technique to create your own striking page using only one stencil, one stamp and some ink, paints and pens.  Here is that page:
I was finding that I was not using the expensive mixed media art journals I had on hand because I didn't want to mess up those pretty and perfect pages.  It was really intimidating and creatively stifling so I decided to alter this book so that it was already messed up and freed me up to do anything I liked inside those pages.
When making this type of journal look for a cloth-covered book with signatures which are sewn in rather than glued in (signatures are the pages that are grouped together in a book).  These will hold up better when you get them wet with paint and product.  Then take out a few pages from the middle of each signature to make room for expansion when your pages get all lumpy and bumpy. 
Then, using an old gift card apply a thin coat of gesso or paint to every page. You do this not to cover up the writing, personally I like some of the writing and photos to peek through, but to seal the pages and to give them more body.
I like a matte finish because everything sticks to matte better, but it is personal choice if you want it smooth and glossy or matte and textured.  You can apply the base paint to all of your pages at once, or "paint-as-you-go", but sometimes, when I am having trouble getting inspired, just adding paint to my art journal pages is enough to get me going.

This is also the journal I use to clean up any left over paints or mediums when I am working.  These products are just too expensive to waste, so when I am making something mixed media style, I clean up my stencils and any extra  paint into this journal.  Now I have pages already started for my next project - as in this case, where I used the page below for today's Art journal spread...
 And here is the process:
1. Stamp an image or images onto your page
Look for contrast and places where colors meet when you are stamping those images to get the most effect.

2.  Use gesso and/or paint to cover up the background and make those images pop.
3. Outline the images in black pen to clean  up the edges and to intensify the lines.  No need to be perfect with this technique... messy and close enough is just fine.
4. Add texture to the background using a stencil with either paint or pastes and mediums.
5.  Add a Sentiment - using a stamp or your own writing.
6. (Optional) enhance the lines of your stamped images using Pebeo Cerne Relief.
 And now I will fill the other side of this spread with some personal journaling to myself...
So that's my tutorial for this month... I hope it inspires you to go play in your own art journal.  And, if you are finding that those pretty blank pages are stifling your creativity consider making a book like this that will allow you to do whatever you want...

Lynne Mizera,
for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
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STAMPlorations Products Used On The Journal Page:
Dots All Over
French Marigold-Large
It Takes Courage

ARTplorations Stencils Shown In the Art Journal:
Autumn Falling

Circular Two

Floral Flutes

Fearless - Large

Layered Petals


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Creating Pretty And Food-Safe Containers For Christmas Baking

Happy November everyone!  Today is the first Sunday in November which means it's the beginning of another "Anything Goes (except a card) Mixed Media Challenge" over at STAMPlorations.  Link up any project of yours that uses a stencil, any stencil, for a chance to win some pretty great stuff, Go HERE for all the details.  
This month I am showcasing these lovely containers I created from some empty hot chocolate and nut tins which I will fill with baking to give away at Christmas.
I believe that pretty packaging makes a gift even better and it's an added bonus if I can re-purpose something that can be used over and over again.

I like to use empty food containers that have paper sides and metal rims and bottoms for this project They are food-safe, sturdy and the paper sides accept paint and pastes a lot better than metal tins.
Using only a few products you probably have on hand and some bling from my local dollar store, it was a pretty simple process.  Sand and paint the outside of the tin in what ever color you like.  Using a stencil, add a pretty pattern in a contrasting color.
Stamp, heat emboss and cut out co-ordinating images and glue to the tin.

Add some pretty fabric to the inside of the container and embellish using as much glitter and shiny stuff as you like.

I used Fabri-tac glue for this and it worked  beautifully, and it just looks so much prettier than an empty tin.
For some added sparkle on the outside, I added Stickles and Glossy Accents.
I just love how amazing this empty mixed nut tin looks now.
And here is photograph of all the things I used to alter these tins...
Thanks for stopping by today to see what I created and please do leave me a comment if you like what  you are seeing!
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
STAMPlorations Products used on this Project:
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ARTplorations Stencil: Crisscrossed
STAMPlorations: Poinsettia Row
STAMPlorations: Christmas Flower-Large