Creating a Mini Mixed Media Canvas

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Kina, from The Stamp Room, has made this cute little mixed media collage on a 4″ x 4″ canvas. She shares her process with us.

This little 4×4 canvas was gessoed, I then took my new Hexagon 6×6 stencil from the Crafters Workshop and a little embossing paste.

While this was all drying, my Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp large Hibiscus die came out. I punched out 4 flowers in metal, used Copic RV93 and RV95 to color them, and made the large flower by cutting and gluing it.

Next I stamped with Archival ink, I used both of the PPRS Hibiscus Clear Stamp sets. I also used the smaller Hibiscus die and cut out 3 paper flowers using BoBunny’s “C’est La Vie” paper pad.

Time to paint!! I used my new Art Anthology Inc. Colorations Vineyard Spray as well as Distress Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage. Glued down paper, again from BoBunny’s  C’est La Vie paper collection, and a strip of folded washi tape from Prima’s Sunrise Sunset collection.

My big metal flower and one of the little ones got tiny orchid colored glassbeads glued to the edges and I added a white “pearl” to the middle of each flower, glued the big flower in place and stamped my Sentiment from the PPRS Hibiscus Set 2 in Archival ink.

Mini Mixed Media Canvas by Kina

I sure hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

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Kina can be found, hanging out in her Stamp Room in Florida, USA.

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Vintage Inspired Artist- Linda Hughes

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This article is written by Linda Hughes

Hi, My name is Linda Hughes and I am a mixed media artist from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Even as a small child I have always enjoyed creating things with my hands. My mother taught me how to sew by hand and machine when I was 9 which began a life long love of sewing and creating all kinds of hand made items.

Linda Hughes, mixed media artist

I did for a time have an online store called Monkey Bizness (from 2007-2011). I started losing my eye sight a month after I turned 47, due to a rare form of fast accelerating cataracts and within just a couple short months found myself beyond legally blind. Wearing glasses was not an option so I had to close my store and stop working.  I had corrective surgery in both eyes in 2013, I am so grateful to be given a second chance at sight and back to doing what I love by creating.

Linda Hughes, mixed media artist

Now days I use my imagination and enjoy the whole process of creating what I hope others will view as memorable works of art. I have always been drawn to and adore anything vintage or Asian and incorporate that in my items I make.  I combine royalty free vintage images and graphic design to create a picture, a story if you may in the form of collage art. Then the fun continues!

Linda Hughes, mixed media artist

I take my finished graphic designs and print them either directly onto fabric or paper which is then used to create my handmade purses and/or note cards.

Linda Hughes, mixed media artist

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Linda Hughes has created items & sold them in all kinds of mediums over the years but always get lead back to textile work. She has a background in sewing (took a year of sewing) and have done seamstress work off and on through the years and have worked at a costume shop for a time, creating costumes.

Linda Hughes, vintage inspired mixed media artist

Self taught herself graphic design when she got her sight back. Linda hopes that her story will inspire others to go for your dreams, don’t let anything stop you from what you want to do in life. We all have unique talents that we should share with the world to see!

To learn more about Linda Hughes, you can see her store here: hyenacart.com or find her on Facebook

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Linda Hughes, mixed media artist
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Interview with Mixed Media Artist, Seth Apter

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This article was written by Madeline Faiella

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist who seems to know what it’s all about.  I was able to tie down this busy man long enough for this interview.  I think you will find it interesting, inspiring and fun to read.

MF:  How did you become to like mixed media art?
SA:  There is both a freedom and a challenge in working in mixed media that have always been very compelling to me. The freedom lies in the fact that there is literally no limit to the materials and techniques that can be used. The challenge lies in the same place in that the endless choices need to somehow be self-limited, blended, and ultimately transformed into a cohesive piece of art. I find the creative possibilities in this process endlessly exhilarating.

MF:  What is your definition of a true mixed media piece?
SA:  The technical definition of mixed media art is simply a work that is created using more than one media. For me there is a deeper, more complex nature to mixed media that is quite challenging to put into words. I always have trouble adequately describing it to others. There is a story and a sense of history that can found in the layers of materials that make up a mixed media piece. There is a process of concealing and revealing that goes into the work that adds elements of mystery, energy, and excitement. Every layer, even ones that are not visible in the end, is equally important and integral to the final piece.

Interview with Mixed Media Artist, Seth Apter
MF:  What is your favorite part of working?
SA:  The process of making something from nothing is what it is all about for me. I absolutely love the hunt, whether for found objects, art materials or new techniques. I love the initial moments when an idea comes and a sense of excitement and possibility is sparked. Finding other elements to add to the work and dealing with the challenge of making all the layers and disparate components seamlessly blend is always an exciting challenge. And finally being able to step back and see the results of the entire process complete is thoroughly satisfying.

MF:  How do you set up your studio for working in a nurturing / empowering environment?
SA:  My studio is as much an art installation as it is a workspace. I surround myself with my many collections and finds, artwork of my own and other artists, creative objects that I have been gifted, and an expansive inspiration-wall filled with stuff that both has personal meaning and keeps me inspired.

MF:  How long have you been an artist?
SA:  I came to art relatively later in life, beginning in 2000. At some point since that time, I began to label myself an artist rather than somebody who is simply playing around and making things.

MF: What influences do you have?
SA: I have endless influences including the environment and energy of NYC where I live as well as a large group of artists whose work can be found anywhere from museums to blogs and from galleries to the walls of abandoned buildings.

Interview with Mixed Media Artist, Seth Apter

MF:  How do you engage with your audience?
SA:   I feel strongly about connecting to and engaging with people in terms of my art. I have an online presence that allows me to do this daily via my website and blog, as well as through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Not only do I share finished artwork, but I share works in progress, behind the scenes glances, photos from my workshops, my experiences as an artist living in NYC and the artwork of the many other artists I admire. Those who follow me online know that I do my very best to respond to every comment and email I receive. I am also fortunate to be able to connect with many people in person through my frequent workshops. I fully believe that without the community that has resulted from these connections, I would not be a working artist today.

MF:  How do you keep your authenticity while working?
SA:  I do my best to remember that regardless of the nature and purpose of any particular project (be it a journal page, an artwork for exhibition or submission, or a blog post), ultimately I am creating both from and for myself. What I do has to be an expression of me or it is not worth doing.

Interview with Mixed Media Artist, Seth Apter

MF: How long did it take for you to develop your voice as a mixed media artist?
SA: I feel that while I have a strong point of view and have been told that I have a recognizable style, I am still and will forever be developing my voice as a mixed media artist.

Thank you Seth

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been shown in numerous exhibitions and published in multiple books and magazines. He has two books (The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist) and two DVDs (Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques and Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal) released by North Light. His workshops have been held throughout the United States, Mexico and Australia. He is a designer member of CHA, a blogger for Spellbinders Paper Arts, a stencil designer for StencilGirl Products, and has an ongoing column called The Creative Pulse in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. You can see more of his work on his blog at thealteredpage.blogspot.com and on his website www.sethapter.com.

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Madeline Faiella is the owner of Madeline Faiella Designs, LLC.    She works traditionally and digitally in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.  Her work is featured on home décor, electronic devices, stationary, fabric and more.   She is licensed, published, appeared on TV and radio and has written continuing columns for newsletters.  She also has a line of non-toxic acrylic paint “Art Jacket”   Her art education hails from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the many years she absorbed during her years of travel around the world.Her work is available for purchase and for licensing. See more her work at www.madelinefaiella.com

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The Story behind Linnie Blooms and Linda Barutha

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This article is written by Michelle G. Brown

It’s not very often that we see something new in crafting that leaves us completely impressed, mesmerised and totally wondering why we didn’t think of that! That was how I felt when I came across the Linnie Blooms booth at CHA Winter Show 2015. The booth was filled with lovely stitched canvas pieces. That was not remarkable in itself; what was remarkable was here was a range of alterable, mixed media items, made from canvas and recycled ephemera, with stitching and I didn’t have to do any of the sewing! The products were all made up – I only had to decorate them!

canvas products by Linnie Blooms

That was my first introduction to Lindy Barutha and her company Linnie Blooms ~ Mixed Stitched Media Products. Their range includes both substrate items – 12×12 panels, stitched journals and mini folios, as well as canvas embellishments, in the shapes of flowers, butterflies and many other designs. Included with the canvas stitched pages are recycled ephemera, like old encyclopaedia pages, sewn into the pages to give them their unique feel.

Linnie Blooms debuted at the CHA New Exhibitors section, although Linda has been building Linnie Blooms since mid 2013. Based in Wisconsin, Linda has always been a creative one and loves to create her own designs, which she is now sharing with the world. As the business has grown, Linda has had to move from sewing all of the pieces herself, to having a few sewing assistants. Now Linda works with a US based company, who employs people with disabilities, to make all of her elements and pieces. Linda feels very strongly about keeping her projects made in the United States.

Once the excitement of CHA had quietened down, I caught up with Linda, via Skype, to see how Linnie Blooms is going.  Linda excitedly informed me that her new Design Team had been selected for 2015, with artists and crafters from across the USA, as well as Canada and Spain. Linda is also working with two major online retailers to provide stitched kits; the details are still being finalised, so we need to stay tuned for updates. As well as all of this, Linda will also be releasing over 40 new products and kits by the end of April 2015. These include a stamp set, with a stitched sunflower and greetings, more new stencils and masks and canvas die cut words.

matching stamps to go with the canvas products by Linnie Blooms

matching masks to go with the canvas products by Linnie Blooms

matching canvas cutout words to go with the products by Linnie Blooms

When it comes to decorating our pieces from the Linnie Bloom range, we can use our current art supplies. We don’t need any special fabric supplies – “I just use acrylic paints to add color,” Linda tells me, “and thinned with a little water so that the canvas doesn’t go too stiff. You don’t need to use fabric mediums unless you plan on washing your creation”. And when it comes to joining pieces together, we don’t need to sew a stitch, unless we want to.

“If I’m in a hurry, and I usually am,” says Linda, “I just use a hot glue gun to stick the flowers or leaves down. If I have time to let the pieces sit, I’ll use Aleene’s Fabric Fusion, but Mod Podge or any glues will work”.

One of Linda’s favourite kits is the “Watch me grow” kit which uses a 12”x12” stitched canvas panel as the substrate. You add the scrapbooking papers and photos to capture the first 12 months of a baby’s life or any other event you would like to capture. This makes either a great gift or a lovely keepsake to put on display as your child grows through those first 12 months.

image of LinnieBloom-12x12 Watch Me Grow Kit

The next few months will continue to an exciting time for Linda and Linnie Blooms. In April, CHA will be featuring an online workshop, hosted by Linda, which features the Linnie Bloom kits. Linda is also heading to Chicago for the Society of Decorative Painters Conference in May 11 to 16, 2015 and the CHA Paper Arts Plus show in Illinois, July 21 to 23, 2015.

Keep an eye out for the Linnie Bloom range – you can browse through their online store or through your local retailer.

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Michelle G. Brown is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with you to allow you to express your own creativity. Michelle understands that many of us have an inner need to create. By learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone!

Michelle lives with her husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia. When she is not creating or on Facebook, she’s at karate training. Just to make sure she’s properly busy, she has also adopted the From Picture to Page Scrapbooking and Papercrafts Show.

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