Color Technique with Sharpie Markers on Tiles

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This article is written by Kim Kelley

I was looking around on Pinterest the other day and saw a tile that had some beautiful colors on it, that said they used Sharpie markers to achieve it! So I clicked on the Sharpie site and decided to try it.

Here is a list of what I used:

~ 4   2” x 2” tiles

~ Sharpie markers

~ Rubbing Alcohol

~ Stampin’ Up scripture stamp:  Romans 12:12 and Philippians 4:13

~ Versamark watermark ink

~ White embossing powder

~ Heat gun

~ Teal and Yellow paint

~ Finishing spray by Krylon

sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Products

I started out with 4 marble tiles that I had in a kit. They are meant to be used as magnets for the fridge and are only about 2” x 2”. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tiles and Sharpies

Then I chose a few Sharpie pens and started to color. Not knowing how the marker would react to the alcohol I just scribbled it on, over lapping some of the colors. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

My coloring 1

sharpie markers on decorative tiles

My coloring 2

Then comes the fun part, using an eye dropper I started to drop the alcohol in spots and then cringed! It left dots. So I quickly added more alcohol, but covering the whole tile in one layer. It seemed to smooth it out a bit. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tiles with the Alcohol 1

sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tiles with the Alcohol 2

I let it dry for a few days because to be perfectly honest I was scared to try the Versamark on them. After 3 days I inked up my stamp, added my powder and it smeared, just what I was afraid of. So I wiped off the ink and started over with the markers and alcohol.  After allowing that to dry I added a finishing spray by Krylon, let that dry a day and restamped them. This time after adding the powder and using my heat gun it worked. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Embossing Powder

Upon looking them over I decided I did not like the look of the edges, just too messy. So I choose a teal and a yellow orange color to paint the edges. sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tile edges 1

sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Tile edges 2

sharpie markers on decorative tiles

Painted edges

After painting the edges and letting them dry for a few days I noticed they had a dull finish. I know I should have left it, but any one who knows me, knows I can never leave well enough alone. So I added another layer of the finishing spray hoping it would make it shine…but if I am being totally honest here, I love the bold color this technique gives you but trying to add a stamp or ink to the top of it may be a bit much. Because after I added the finishing spray the stamp part, which was a white embossing powder ended up a bit yellow. Doesn’t look bad, but not exactly what I was going for. sharpie pens on decorative tiles

Final project 2

Life is short, do something creative every day!

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Kim Kelley is borderline obsessive about her crafting and her art. She loves mixed media art because you are free to go beyond your comfort zone, using your imagination and exploring an anything goes mind set. Kim loves to learn and explore new techniques and hopes that any art she creates leads someone to find their inner creative artist! Sites: itsallaboutcrafting.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/kimscraftyconcepts

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A Little Scrapbooking Inspiration

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This article is written by Kim Kelley

This last year has completely passed me by and given me whiplash as it did. Because of that and the holidays sneaking up I have not had the time to finish my latest project. So I decided to go a different route.

I am going to show you some the scrapbooking projects that I made but for whatever reason did not make it here or to my blog.

The first two are of canvases I made using my daughter’s prom picture. The first one is a 5×7 that I used texture medium, flowers, rhinestones, and brick chipboard pieces. The second is 10×8 and I used all the same stuff but also added netting and lace.

Kim’ s favorite scrapbooking projects

5 x 7 canvas

Kim’ s favorite scrapbooking projects

10 x 8 canvas

These next few are what I call fram-age pieces. I came up with the name by combining a framed piece of art and a scrapbook page to create a scrapbooking layout. All three are 12 x 12 and can be framed, hung on the wall or added to a scrapbook. The first one is pretty simple with just a minimal amount of stenciled on texture paste. Used red flowers for a pop of color rather than any spray or paint. The second I used a sheet of canvas resist paper, lots of spray mist and again stenciling with a heavy gel. The third is probably one of my favorites. I used a stencil and crackle gel to get the diamond pattern. Then I added just a touch of ink getting some of it in the cracks of the gel. I like the dimension that I got using this technique.

Kim’ s favorite scrapbooking projects

Red Love Fram-age

Kim’ s favorite scrapbooking projects

Colors of Love Fram-age

Kim’ s favorite scrapbooking projects

Cherish Fram-age

This is one of the first and only trays I have made. I purchase them when they are on sale and then hadn’t gotten around to making anything with them. When my neighbors daughter graduated last year I thought it was the perfect time to try a small tray out. I used the colors of her high school, added the year and she can add 4 pictures.

Kim’ s favorite scrapbooking projects

6 Spot Tray

And last but not least I decorated a 12 x 12 mirror that I bought at ikea using mostly metal flowers and metal bits. Then using luminescent paints in purple and green I painted the heck out of it. Problem is with all of the shine of the paint I had a heck of a time getting a real good picture.

Kim’ s favorite scrapbooking projects

Dark Purple Mirror

I hope you can forgive me for not completing and showing my latest project and maybe, just maybe find a little bit of inspiration in these other things I have completed!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season, lots of love and happiness in the coming New Year.

Life is short, do something creative every day!

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Kim Kelley is borderline obsessive about her crafting and her art. She loves mixed media art because you are free to go beyond your comfort zone, using your imagination and exploring an anything goes mind set. Kim loves to learn and explore new techniques and hopes that any art she creates leads someone to find their inner creative artist!

Sites: itsallaboutcrafting.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/kimscraftyconcepts

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Turn your Gelli Prints into Inspiring Framed Gifts

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This article is written by Michelle G. Brown

Mono-printing with GelliArts Gelli Plates has become one of my favourite mixed media art techniques for creating backgrounds (you can see some of my first attempts and step-by-step guide here and once you get into the swing of things, the prints pile up quickly! So I decided to take a second-hand photo frame and up-cycle it into an inspiring piece of mixed media art.

Use background papers into a handmade gift

Materials

– Background papers or Gelli prints

– Photo frame; here I used a 5” x 7” frame

– piece of cardboard to fit frame

– glue; PVA or Gel Medium

– Washi tape

– Black Marker; here I’ve used my Golden Black pen Montana Marker with Golden Fluid Acrylic

Create your Framed Gift

1. Gather your materials and a few pieces of background paper in colors that work well together

Using Gelli prints to make handmade gifts

2. Take the back off your photo frame and use it to cut a piece of cardboard to size so it will fit into the frame. I used a piece of cereal box cardboard. Check that it does fit into the frame and trim if needed.

Gelli prints to create mixed media gifts

3. Use the cardboard to cut a piece of background paper to size.

Gelli prints to create mixed media gifts

4. Use a piece of scotch brite or sandpaper to rough up the cereal box cardboard. Then stick the background paper to the cardboard. Flatten out any wrinkles.

Gelli prints to create mixed media gifts

5. Cut two contrasting background papers into strips and thin triangles. Stick these to the background piece. Leave to dry and trim the ends to size.

Gelli prints to create mixed media gifts

6. Add a strip of Washi tape and write in your inspiring quote with the black marker. Seal with Gel medium or varnish. Leave to dry.

Gelli prints to create mixed media gifts

7. Place your mixed media art into the frame, replace the back and your gift is ready to give!

(I forgot to take a final photo of my piece in the frame but here it is finished!)

Gelli prints to create mixed media gifts

I hope this has inspired you to get out those Gelli prints or dive into your stash of background papers and put them to good use!

Happy creating,

Michelle

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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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Aged Background using Pan Pastels

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This article is written by Tamara Dinius

Here we’ve taken canvas panels or water-colour paper to create this cute wall hanging.

Aged Background using Pan Pastels

This video will demonstrate the use of Pan Pastels and rubber stamps to create an aged background for use in your mixed media artwork.

 

Here is a snap shot of the background with the first few layers

Using Texture Plates to add dimension

And here we’ve added the stamping:

Aged Background using Pan Pastels

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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.comEtsy shop,  or via her Facebook

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