“Share the Moments of Joy” through Mixed Media Painting

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This article is written by Marilyn Harris Mills

Creating mixed media feeds my soul. When I need to immerse myself into creativity and inspiration, I reach out to my supplies that are beckoning me to discover fresh ideas of using them.

I’m a Golden lover!  I use the Golden line of products exclusively, whether it be their fluid, open or heavy bodied acrylics or their abundant choice of mediums.  There is nothing better than to leave my studio gummed up with molding paste and dried paint!

See Marilyn’s video on her mixed media painting process

This project I’ve created for you is about using various supplies to create a small work of art.  As artists, we tend to overload on our addiction for art supplies.  Consequently we don’t always take the time to co-mingle the supplies working them in tandem with each other to create something that they lead us to discover.  In this project I’ve reached for and used fluid acrylics, molding paste, a rubber stamp, twinkling H2O’s, washi tape, dye ink sprays and pads, and embellishments such as  flowers, buttons & wooden butterflies.  What didn’t I use?!!  These products are my favourites…ones I reach for time and again.  Using embellishments I’ve collected over the years, it is fun to combine them into an art piece.

 

 

I create based on my intuition….my inner voice tells me the journey to take while I reach for my supplies during the process. I have no pre-conceived notions of where I will end up.  I choose the colours of my paints & the mediums first….then the supplies that will add the meaning to the project; in this project I chose a rubber stamp ….next I simply reach for “do-dads” as I call them (embellishments)  to enhance the project. The final step is to bring harmony to the project.  In this particular piece, I used an old toothbrush to splatter white paint over everything….creating harmony and cohesiveness in the project is an important step I believe and one that is often overlooked.

Each project is as they say “a labour of love”…..but it’s not labour, it’s simply my inner muse, my soul coming out to play….the process is the love part.  An opportunity to express with art what I cannot say with words. With this project, I’m sharing with you the moments of joy this creation offered to me.

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A bit about Marilyn Harris Mills:

I’m passionate, creative and eccentric, at least that’s what my girlfriends tell me! I’m a professional published artist, designer and teacher living in Ottawa Canada.  I journey through life with my dogs Lucy and Mozart. Practicing yoga, journaling, meditating and walks in the forest nourish and excite me. I did try knitting once but gave that up…couldn’t remember to count the stitches. In my free time, I practice Zentangles and Mandalas. I also love creating mixed media art – it feeds my soul.  I volunteer, teaching art to teenage girls at a treatment centre.  It is the most rewarding endeavour of my life. One of my favourite quotes is “I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment!” (Marc Chagall)

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Creating Mixed Media Hair Tutorial

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This article is written by Kate Palmer

Today I’m going to show you how to create interesting Mixed Media hair with depth and texture.  You can use this technique on canvas or paper and it results in a project that you want to reach out and touch – to run your fingers over the pattern and surface (well I do any how!)

Mixed Media Hair

What I used:

  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Products:
  • Magicals mixed with Gesso for pastel background – Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple
  • Magicals mixed with Gel Medium for hair base - Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple
  • Magicals mixed with water as ink - Cheshire Cat Cherry, Tweedle Dee Denim and Tea Pot Purple
  • Starburst sprayed over background for subtle shimmer - Cheshire Cat Cherry and Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Magicals mixed with acrylic paint for face - Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple

Other Products:

  • Martha Stewart Gesso – white
  • Golden Mediums – Glass Bead Gel and Fiber Paste
  • Stencil Magic Stencil – Floral Accent
  • White pre-gessoed canvas

To Create the Mixed Media Hair:
Sketch image onto your canvas
Mixed Media Hair

Colour the hair using Magicals (Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tweedle Dee Denim) mixed with Gel Medium to create a base layer.

Mixed Media Hair

I applied the cherry all over the hair and then added the denim to darken.

Mixed Media Hair

Once the base layer is dry, cover hair with texture paste, making sure to create loads of peaks and valleys as these will catch the colour and shimmer of subsequent layers.

Mixed Media Hair

Once the texture paste is dry, mix Magicals (Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple) with water to create a sparkly ink and apply over the hair, make sure to be heavy handed and allow the mica to settle into the valleys in the texture paste and allow to dry thoroughly.

Mixed Media Hair

Using your finger apply a light layer of Inka Gold to the high points created by the texture paste, this picks up the texture and breaks up the colours underneath a little.

Mixed Media Hair

For the final step, you will need some Glass Bead Gel and a bold stencil.  Protect the face and apply the bead gel through the stencil onto the hair.

Mixed Media Hair

You will need to allow each section of bead gel to dry before applying the next.

Mixed Media Hair

Once dry, the bead gel takes on a wonderful glossy appearance and the clear beads pick up the colours from underneath and enhance the sparkle.

Mixed Media Hair

I really adore how this turned out, the hair in real life is truly a show stopper!
Kate

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Kate Palmer though perhaps better known as Sparkle Tart loved playing with mixed media and techniques.  Most of her work incorporates sparkly media of some sort, which is used on journal pages, canvases, scrapbooks or hand made cards.

You can see more of Kate’s work at Sparkle Tart or via Facebook – Keep It Simply Sparkly

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Mixed Media Canvas With Copics

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This article is written by Kim Kelley

Today I am going to show you a canvas I made using a digital image and Copic markers. I love to create a canvas that has not only texture but depth to it as well. Adding a digital image or a stamped image that has been “stamped” several times and layered allows me to do this.

Using Copic Markers with a mixed media canvas

I started with 3 3” x 12” canvas’ and applied some matte gel medium all over, including the sides.

Copic Markers add cold to a mixed media art canvas

Canvas with medium

I chose “Beloved” from Aurora Wings.  I chose a digital image that I could blow up enough and would not become pixelated. And one that was large enough to expand across the 3 pieces of canvas. I printed it 4 times so that I could have my layers. I colored the images with Copic markers trying to make sure each section was similar in coloring so that it would flow after I added it to the canvas.

Copic Markers add cold to a mixed media art canvas

Printed digital image

After figuring out I wanted the canvas pieces to be offset I laid my image across the canvas’ to get the right measurements and cut it. I adhered it to the canvas with more matte gel medium and let it dry for a few hours.

Copic Markers add cold to a mixed media art canvas

Image on canvas

After the drying process I started adding my extra layers. I chose to pop up some of the flowers and butterflies. And had some of the pieces even extend over the edge. I glued them on with Tombow glue.

Copic Markers add cold to a mixed media art canvas

I decided I wanted to have a big contrast between the background and the image, so I mixed some black acrylic paint, iridescent acrylic paint and matte gel medium together for my background. Using a sponge I added the mixture, even going over the edges of the image a bit, leaving some of it in peaks. After that dried I added some stars using Stickles and added a jewelled flower that I cut in half.  I felt that is needed a few more flowers so I cut a few more out and added them. Then using some Mod Podge I sealed the entire project, adding some glitter sprinkled around.

Using Copic Markers with a mixed media canvas

Finished project

Couple of tips:

  1. When doing layers, color the back of each layer as well.
  2. When adding an image you color the edges.
  3. With flowers, you can use a pen or stick to curl the petals.

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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Mixed Media Canvas: Creating with Feeling

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This article is written by Kim Kelley 

Have you ever thought about how you are feeling when you create your art? Are you happy? Sad? Grieving? Excited? Some people will tell you they find themselves in the creative mood when they are happy, some say that their best piece of art came out of their lowest time.

For me, the more “personal art” I have created over the years, came out of me being at my saddest. And this, my latest canvas, came from this.

To give you a little insight into the canvas I have to tell you a story:

10 and half years ago a little 3 week old Akita puppy chose us for his parents. Koda was the most adorable little guy and we fell head over heels in love with him. He was a perfect addition to our family. We also rescued a 4 year old female Akita, named Zilla about 8 months after bringing Koda home.

 Koda playing

Koda playing

Koda

Koda got sick in 2007 with an auto immune disease. He would have a few bad months, and then would slip back into remission. Doctors informed us he was in no pain…just itchy…needed medication and to stay out of the sun. That was the hardest part; I mean we live in Arizona!

May 29th we had to take him to the animal emergency room, his white blood cells had dropped from medication and were not improving. So we made the decision to let him go. Even as I am writing this the tears are starting to fall.

OK Back to the task at hand…

I  started with a 9 X 12 canvas, cutting a square in the center for my picture to show through. I have never done this before and after completing the project I thought I might change it a bit and add a pocket under the canvas so that I can change the picture out if I want.

mixed media scrapbooking collage with photos

mixed media scrapbooking collage with photos

I added texture with some Golden’s Gel in Semi-Gloss and the Burlap stencil from Tim Holtz. After letting that dry I used some copper, orange and gold sprays from Lindy’s trying to mimic the colors from the photo I was going to use. I added some brick chipboard pieces, filling them with stucco, painting the inside with brass and black paints and outside white paint mixed with a little bit of stucco for texture.

mixed media scrapbooking collage with photos

mixed media scrapbooking collage with photos

I added a few metal pieces; a heart (because he will always be in mine), angel wings, a key, a lock and a dog tag that has “KODA IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER”.  Then attached chipboard gates that I heat embossed and have bumped up a bit to look like they are open.

This is the canvas I created celebrating Sunrock Kelley’s Kajita Tama:

mixed media scrapbooking collage with photos

We lost Miss Zilla to bone cancer in May of 2013; needless to say May has been a bad month for us!

I created this canvas for my husband of Zilla…

mixed media scrapbooking collage with photos

Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of my life. Happy creating.

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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!

You can see more of Kim’s work at her blog itsallaboutcrafting.blogspot.com and via Facebook

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