Mixed Media Layouts

My kids have been busy with summer activities so I haven’t had much time to do anything really.  Both the girls have left the world of dance.  One moved on to Poms and the other to swim – although swim is only for the summer.  I haven’t decided if I’ll be putting her in anything in the fall and winter.  She isn’t too enthusiastic about physical activities, except for maybe running, but even that I don’t think she takes very seriously.  I’m still looking for a voice coach for her because she’s very passionate about singing but I just can’t seem to find anyone in the area.

With the “no time” I have, I’ve somehow managed to finish four layouts I’ve tried to finish since March.  These layouts are from a year-long course I’ve been taking online by Wilna Furstenberg who is an amazing artist.  I’m actually taking two of her online classes: Art to Heart and Artventure.  Art to Heart focuses on the self following scriptures from the bible and Artventure focuses on family.  I’ve learned so much from these courses.  I’ve learned not to be afraid to mix different types of media and it’s been very fun and stress relieving, except for the journaling part.  I always have a hard time journaling.  I find that strange because I love to write.  The mind is so mysterious.

Here are the latest layouts. As mentioned, they were started in March and I completed them earlier this week.

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Here are close ups.

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On a side note, I purchased a couple of different coloring media: Derwent Watersoluble Pencils and Caran D’ache Neocolor II Watersoluble Pastels.  I’ve been watching YouTube videos on these two products and comparing them to Prima Marketing and a few other brands with similar items.  I chose to go with these two because they’ve been in the market longer and  I wanted to get a feel for them before trying the newer brands.

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Rainbow Colors

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For the flowers, since I don’t have a variety of ephemera colors I decided to cut some digital flowers out with the Silhouette Portrait, then color them/color over them.  I also don’t have a lot of stencils since I’m new to stenciling I had the Silhouette also cut the words and the triangle shapes on regular paper to use at stencils.

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The triangle shapes stencil by Wilna Furstenberg, flowers by Sweet Caroline Studio, Mommyish, and Sugarplum Paperie, die cut tree branch was cut out from a digital element by Sarahh Graphics, wood veneer by Heidi Swapp, paper by Amy Tangerine, and paint is Reeves.

Color Harmony and Acrylic on Canvas

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Really enjoyed this lesson on color harmony and on canvas.  I had some canvas boards on hand.  Had them for maybe 2 or 3 years for a rainy day when my daughters might want to paint.  Took one apart to paint in smaller blocks (see previous post for example).  Ephemera by Pink Paislee.  Stencils by Tim Holtz and Momenta.  Acrylic paint by Reeves.

Tints and Shades

Sorry for the bad quality of photo.  There wasn’t enough light and I upped the ISO pretty high thus the graininess.

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This assignment asked for stamped butterflies or similar but I don’t have a lot of stamps so I decided to create the butterflies in Photoshop and overlay with digital scrapbooking papers (which I have a ton of), then I sent it to the Silhouette to trace and cut.  I used 3-D foam squares to stick the butterflies onto the paper.  The project asked for Glazing Fluid Medium but I don’t have that so I used Clear Gesso which turned out very similar.  My Reeves Acrylic paints are on the darker side so I had to mix in white to create the pastels.  I had to let this paint dry for at least a full day before I could add the embellishments.

Stencils and Achromatic Colors

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Die cuts from Wilna Furstenberg.  Cut them out with the Silhouette Portrait then stenciled them using gel matte medium with some white acrylic paint.  For the grayish colors behind the other cut outs, I used calligraphy ink by Parker, and added a little bit of water to lighten up the ink.  Patterned paper by Amy Tangerine patterned paper, ephemera by Pink Paislee, doily for date from a FB swap., and bade by Studio Calico.

Writing with Acrylic

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Writing with paint was a challenge.  I used Wilna Furstenberg’s premade script and painted over it as she did but it’s not as easy as she made it seem.  I enjoyed it though and hope to continue working on my text painting.  Used Amy Tangerine patterned paper and ephemera pieces by Teresa Collins.  Love badge by Studio Calico.  Acrylic paint by Reeves.

Brushstrokes with Acrylic Paint

I’m enjoying the Color Theory class by Wilna Furstenberg.  I’m learning so much about painting and colors and how they work together.  I knew how to match up colors and such before but I didn’t know how to really work with the colors to achieve a certain look which I think I have a better understanding of now.

This layout called for warm colors and brush strokes.

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I finally was able to put my Tim Holtz paper distresser to good use as you can see in the last photo where I took a close-up.  I also learned how to create a sticker look with the Silhouette Portrait using the Offset.  Wilna provides a very good tutorial in her class but she also has the tutorial on her blog.  It took a few tries and frustrations to finally get it to work correctly.  The whimsical leaves die cuts were from Wilna, the dots were from a FB swap, the acrylic paints are Reeves, and the paper with the white cameras and the paper I’ve distressed are by American Crafts.