Creating Mixed Media Bookmarks

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This article was written by Tamara Dinius

Mixed Media Bookmarks

In this video, you can complete several bookmarks using mixed media techniques on watercolor paper. By using one large sheet, you can have fun decorating one sheet and then cutting in up into many pieces. You will be ready for summer reading and have a few extras for gift giving.

Follow along and complete a layout in less than 10 minutes (plus drying time)

 

The layout was completed using a range of moulding pastes and other similar products, Derwent Inktense blocks Dylusion Sprays, Liquitex Acrylic Inks, stamps, stencils and papers, as well as other items.

Mixed Media Bookmarks

Mixed Media Bookmarks

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Tamara Dinius lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and chocolate lab. She has two grown daughters who make her life meaningful. They support her, ground her, embrace her, and are amazing people in their own right.

Her love for mixed media has taken over most aspects of her creative journey. She believes mixed media allows for a broad range of styles and anyone can find success in this form of artistic expression.

You can find more of Tamara’s work, and on her website countrycraftersusa.com, Etsy shop,  or via her Facebook

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Ideas on How to Make Personalized Gift Tags

This article was written by Martice Smith II

Creating Personalized Gift Tags

Who says small details don’t matter?! Not us mixed-media artists! As a mixed-media collage artist, I love building upon several layers of paint, doodles and various mark-making techniques to set my work apart from the rest.

If you’re looking to develop your own approach, try these ideas to create your own, personalized gift tags. There’s no need to spend a fortune on commercially made products when you can add a unique touch of your own- using what you already have. Just the extra spark needed for a one-of-a-kind gift!

Here are a few supplies to help get you started:

  • Gelli plate
  • acrylic paints
  • paintbrush
  • brayer
  • white ink pen (for doodling)
  • cardstock / kraft paper
  • stencils (I used Tags & Labels stencil from DecoArt)
  • metal eyelets
  • embroidery floss / twine

Personalized Gift Tags – on the Gelli Plate

1. Create the gelli prints, use prints from your stash, or paint directly onto paper.

Using acrylic paints, use a brayer and roll an even, smooth layer to the Gelli plate. You can also use a round tip paintbrush and paint directly on top of the Gelli plate. Make sure to paint loose brushstrokes, going in various directions. This will give you visual interest.

2. Next, lay down a sheet of cardstock (or your choice of paper) and pull a print.

Creating Personalized Gift Tags

3. Use stencils.

Create a large tag template to use or trace through and cut out the Tags & Labels stencil from DecoArt.

Creating Personalized Gift Tags

Creating Personalized Gift Tags

4. Preserve your work!

It’s important to seal the paintings on your tags, especially if there’s any water soluble media. I like to use a spray varnish first. (Remember to do this in a well-ventilated area, to avoid any irritation.)

For one of my tags, I’ve brushed on a thin layer of Crackle Glaze to give a cracked, eggshell appearance.

After drying for several minutes, I brushed on a layer of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze to keep my colors intensely vibrant and shiny. (Both products are from DecoArt.) 

5. Add the finishing touches. 

Eyelets, embroidery floss and twine makes these tags look more polished and really sets the tone for the special gift inside. I love things that twinkle, so I used Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle (from Imagine Crafts) for some drama.

Add other embellishments to underscore the theme of your tags and you’re done!

Check out these one-of-a-kind gift tags!

Creating Personalized Gift Tags

Creating Personalized Gift Tags

I’ve used a combination of different elements and techniques, such as:

Acrylic paints and rub-on stickers on Kraft paper, DecoArt’s chalky finish paint (Remembrance), gelli paper scraps on foam dots, threading glass beads, faux stitching, and a cute snowman stamp from RubberMoon

Other ideas to try:

▪   Think about how the tag ‘feels’ in your hands. You may want your tags to have a smooth, velvety feel to them. If so, try Dura Clear – Soft Touch Varnish (from DecoArt). This stuff is really impressive!

▪   Incorporate symbols and doodles.

There’s nothing like the repetition of shapes to add dimension and rhythm to your tags. I’ll be sharing more doodling and intuitive painting techniques in my online, art course ‘Cultivate Your Symbology.

Check out sneak peeks of the lesson I’ll be teaching in the ‘My Color is Beautiful Art’ workshop HERE and HERE

Do you include gift tags on your presents? If so, do you prefer making them yourself or spending a little extra money for the pre-made ones? 

Happy creating!
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Mixed Media Decor Pillow

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This article was written by Melanie Statnick

When I go to home décor and craft stores I see an abundance of items for the home that I can create myself with more flare and personal touch. Decor boxes, wall art, candle holders, garden and décor pillows. Sure not all of us can work a sewing machine, believe me it took me a few times to figure out what I learned in Home Studies from high school and that was many moons ago. Thank goodness for instruction books and DVD’s that come with most machines today. I still managed to pop off a needle, (don’t ask).

I bought a sheets of burlap and canvas squares. These can be found in the scrapbook paper aisle. To make a small pillow you’ll need one of each or 2 of each depending which fabric you’ll want to play with. I used one sheet of each to make one pillow. The art will be on the canvas side.

using canvas, burlap, ink and stencils to make a décor pillow for your home or gift

: using canvas, burlap, ink and stencils to make a décor pillow for your home or gift

I used a stencil on this pillow. Lay your stencil out in the section you want and I used ink spray for this in pink and blue which gave a purple affect. I thought the speckled boarder from the spray gave it a little character. I also used a light glitter mist over the stenciled design.

using canvas, burlap, ink and stencils to make a décor pillow for your home or gift

using canvas, burlap, ink and stencils to make a décor pillow for your home or gift

If you do not like the fine mist around the design because it looks messy then cover your edges with scrap paper, but what is Art if not messy?  I then used fabric glue then added a boarder of lace ribbon to fame the design and glued some buttons on the corners. Let dry for 24 hours before adding the stuffing to be sure it’s ready. I sprayed it with a fabric sealer after to avoid any running of ink, should I need to spot clean. Happy Creating!

using canvas, burlap, ink and stencils to make a décor pillow for your home or gift

using canvas, burlap, ink and stencils to make a décor pillow for your home or gift

using canvas, burlap, ink and stencils to make a décor pillow for your home or gift

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Artist Melanie Statnick is a Published Artist/Writer out of North Carolina who writes and creates art daily from her private studio. Melanie is also the host of her own video production The Brush & Pen visit her website at www.melaniestatnickart.com and sign up for a monthly Newsletter.

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Create a Little Luck of the Irish – Hand Painted Wine Glass and Charm

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This article is written by Shari Welch

Hand painting on glass is easier than you think, especially when using DecoArt Americana® multi-surface paints. They come in such a large range of colors it makes it so easy to bring your project to life.

One of my favorite things to do when invited over to a friends house is to bring a hand made hostess gift. I really enjoy making it and the recipient get to enjoy a gift made straight from my heart.

SUPPLIES
1. – Wine glass
2. – Rubbing alcohol
3. – Cotton makeup pad
4. – Paint brushes
5. – Americana® Multi-surface acrylic paints
6. – Beads
7. – 20 gauge wire
8. – Charm
9. – Wire bending and cutting tools

First I chose a large wine glass to paint my image on. I washed my glass in mild soap, rinsed it out really well, and dried it. I saturated a cotton make-up pad with rubbing alcohol and cleaned the areas I was going to paint.

I searched for a shamrock inspiration image online. I didn’t need it to be exactly like I wanted my shamrock to turn out like. I was just looking for the size and something similar to what I wanted to create on my glass. I cut out the image just enough to fit inside the glass. I taped it on the inside making sure the image was centered on the glass.

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Using the image as a template I painted the shape of the shamrock. When this layer was dry, I painted my version of the shamrock details.

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Instead of painting the top of the base of the glass I turned it upside down and painted the bottom. It is much easier to paint and it looks great when you turn the glass over.

bottom of wine glass

While the paint was drying I started on my charm for the neck of the glass.

charms, beads, wire

I measured out 5” of 20 gauge wire and cut. I made a small loop on one end. I added 4 beads, a charm and another 4 beads. I made a hook on the other end. I shaped the wire into a circle and it was ready to put on my glass.

charm

 

finished wine glass

Note: Let the paint air cure for 7 days.
If you would like a top rack dishwasher safe glass air cure for 4 days. Put in a non preheated oven and bake for 30 min at 325. Let cool in the oven with the door open.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy glass painting and wine charm tutorial.

Shari

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Shari Welch is a mixed media artist living in Denton Texas. She is known for using reuse and recycle materials in her artwork. She volunteers for SCRAP Denton where she is on the education committee, teaches workshops, art camps, and performs art demos. She is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys helping others discover their creativity.
Shari studied graphic design in Portland, Oregon before moving to Denton. Besides writing for mixed media art, she is currently a blogger for DecoArt, has been featured in Mixed Media May, and has been in a number of art shows in her hometown of Denton including GDAC “It’s in the bag”, Thirty for thirty art show, and 3arthwurks gallery show.

You can see more of Shari’s artwork at facebook.com/my.altered.life and on her blog shariwelch.blogspot.com

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