Ranger Art Gallery at CHA 2014

This article is written by Michelle G. Brown of Mixed Media Art  

One of the (many) amazing things about the Craft and Hobby Industry show is the artwork that is on display, whichever way you turn! Every booth is covered with fantastic artwork, showing off both the manufacturers wonderful products and the designers amazing flair, creativity and individual style.

Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

The Ranger booth had the most wonderful gallery on display, showcasing 22 different designers and artists who all answered the question “How do you Distress?” in their own creations. There were canvases, altered boxes and other substrates, using many different Ranger products.

Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Here are a few of the ones that caught my eye.

Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

These gorgeous 3D butterflies by the Vintaj Design Team were such a delight with their colours and 3D design. The tree branch, using a real twig, and leaves help to frame the artwork.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Debi Adams combined the vintage creams with light blue. I love her use of texture paste for the leaves on the left, as well as the burlap tag and vintage music.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Donna Downey showcased her wonderful 3D poppies with lots of texture and depth – I just wanted to touch this one!

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Ink washes creates these lovely layers of green and blue, by Wendy Vecchi. She the added some stamping and cut outs to add a focal point.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer presented this fun, metallic rectangle stack up, that is just full of colour and texture. Julie runs us through the steps for this embossed foam and distress paint process in this  tutorial on her blog.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Shelly Hickox created this piece with a subtle background and stunning 3D flowers. I love all of the soft colours on the flower petals and leaves.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Combining her gorgeous face sketch with 3D elements, Dina Wakely has put these elements over a soft bluey, green background, created with stencils and a paint wash.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Richele Christensen has created this lovely piece using a range of inks and stamps to frame the central focal point, adding a variety of garden elements to compete the work. I love the bright yellow that draws the eye into the artwork.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

This vintage piece was created by Tammy Tutterow - just look at the edges of the ephemera; lovely and curled and edges with brown, giving it the prefect aged look.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Shari Carroll has used texture paste to create a great background, then adding a simple, yet effective heart and flowers as the focal point.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

Tim Holtz has used layers of inks and tissue to create this background, adding a selection of Ranger and Idea-ology ephemera to complete the piece.

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Ranger Gallery provides a wide range of mixed media pieces to inspire the creative in all of us

And finally, Paula Cheney has created a lovely frame, using the same elements throughout the piece but adding stamping and highlights in charcoal to set the frame apart from the central focal point.

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Each and every one of these pieces will provide inspiration and with such a variety of colours and mixed media techniques used, I’m sure you will find at least one or two that appeals to your colour palette and style.

Happy creating!

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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!

You can see more of Michelle’s work at Mixed Media Art or via Facebook – Creating Mixed Media Art

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Online Art Classes for 2014

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As we launch into 2014, a huge range of online art classes have been opened up! At Mixed Media Art, we are often asked about finding local mixed media classes. With access to the internet, ALL of these classes are localright in your own home!  I love looking through all of these classes, watching their inspiring videos and reading through the activities. To help you choose one, or two, here are the Top 3 Mixed Media Art Classes that have caught our eye!

Hello Soul, Hello Mixed-Media Mantras

Hello Soul Hello Mantras Online mixed media art class courseKelly Rae Roberts has launched her Mixed Media Mantras course that will take you through creating your own mantra and then painting it into life! The course is split into three sections ~ Silencing the Noise * Unleashing your Joy * Trusting your Voice ~ and each one includes videos and access to the amazing community who are taking the class with you.

Kelly Rae tells us that you don’t need ANY painting experience but I’m sure your current mixed media skills will be enhances throughout the course. If you love Kelly Rae’s painting style and heart-felt words of encouragement, then the class will suit you.

Registration is now open, with the class starting late February 2014. It will be open for 6 months.

See all of the details at Mixed Media Mantras.

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48 Weeks

48 weeks online art classDonna Downey, with her whimsical painting and art journaling style, is bring us year long inspiration with her 48 Weeks online course. Donna tells us:

48 weeks is a work at your own pace online course that includes 48 weeks of creative and expressive art that will inspire you to dig deeper into your creative soul, develop your personal style and leave it on the page. Every 3 months you will receive another 12 weeks of course lessons. these lessons are fully downloadable, which means they are yours forever to save, re-watch, rewind and to reference for a lifetime.

The first “term” is released 1 January 2014 and you can see all of the details, along with the inspiring introduction video at 48 Week Online Course

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Mixed Media Vacation

The Land of Lost Luggage online art classesJulie Prichard has had a hectic year and has decided to take all of us on a vacation – a Mixed Media Painting Vacation, that is!!

Pulling out all of the stops and adding in all of the fun, this course includes amazing video and access to Julie and  sharing your artwork through the Google+ community. All of the samples shown are made during the class as you explore these fun mixed media techniques.

The Mixed Media Vacation class is open right now, so go and watch Julie’s introduction video to give you a hint of what’s to come at Mixed Media Vacation – Bon Voyage!

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Disclaimer: All courses are the creations of the artists noted and Mixed Media Art has no creative or intellectual claim over any of the images or content. For more details on any of the courses, please contact the individual artists.

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If you can recommend any other online art classes, whether online or near you, you are welcome to leave a note in the comments.

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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My Top 3 Art Journaling Videos

Whenever I need some inspiration or just general arty cheering up – I head over to my reliable favorite videos. It’s not just the art journaling of these three mixed media artists that cheers me up; I love their openness and honesty of their creative process.

Pam Carriker in art journalling mode

There is also something about actually watching the process of the art journalling unfold! Seeing how the paint moves around the page – watching as the layers are built up. It really does bring art journalling to life and makes my fingers itch to get messy and get creating!

Pam Carriker and her “Hear” page

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In the bluey-green art journal layout, Pam uses Gelli plate printed deli paper to build up the collage layers and her hand carved prints. Pam then adds detail  with water resistance Faber-Castell artist crayons. The colours are then added with the Derwent Inktense blocks - this video was the inspiration for me buying my own set of Intense blocks!

You can see more of Pam’s work per at her blog – Living Art at the Speed of Life

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Traci Bautista

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I love Traci’s use of bright colors and stencils to create the base of this vibrant art journal page. This background is then collaged over to create the foundation for quick sketching with a charcoal pencil and then highlighted with acrylic paints and various markers – all of the ingredient for a fabulous mixed media art journal page!

You can see more of Traci’s work per at her blog – Kollaj

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Donna Downey with “Imperfection is a Form of Freedom”

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Donna never shows fear in the face of colour – here she uses orange and turquoise to create this fun art journal layout. Again, it’s great to see the layers being built up with all of the different coloured paints, as there are spots of colors that aren’t as noticeable when looking at the finished picture, but once I’ve seen them added during the process, I notice them. donna finished this layout off with charcoal pencil lines and some stencilling.

You can see Donna’s weekly videos over here at Inspirational Wednesday

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