Mixed Media Canvas – Have Faith

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This article is written by Kim Kelley

For this month’s project I decided to try something a bit different on this canvas, instead of using products that were all the same color and style; I chose anything I found in my drawers and jars. Found some metal pieces, flowers of different sizes and some charms to go with the faith theme.

Kim Kelly collects many elements to make a mixed media collage canvas

Finished Project 1

Here is a list of what I used:

~ 8 X 10 canvas

~ White gesso

~ Spray mist by Lindy’s Shabby Turbine Teal, Mad Hatter Mint, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Opal Sea Oats

~Spray mist by 13 arts Pearl Brown Light

~ Spray mist by Smooch Vanilla Shimmer

~ Chipboard from Dusty Attic

~ Miscellaneous charms and flowers from stash

~ Glue gun

~ Finishing spray by Krylon

I glued them all onto the canvas with my glue gun and used gesso to cover all the pieces. I did not completely cover the canvas, just out a bit from each embellishment.

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Gessoed Canvas

After a few hours of drying time I picked my mist colors, starting with a few shades of brown. At this point I realized I made a huge mistake, having not used the gesso over the entire canvas made the sprays puddle and not color the canvas.

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Bad Spray

I dried off the wettest part and added more gesso. I used some that I watered down a little and

covered all the areas I missed. And after that dried I started in with my sprays. I really wanted a color palette that could complement any home décor, so sticking with browns I added some teals.

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Chosen Sprays

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Good Sprays

At this point my OCD kicks in and I start to question if I have added enough of one color or the other, if I need to add more embellishments, second guessing the color choices and even adding more of all the colors! Crazy, I know. Finally deciding it’s all good and making myself stop and just let it be!

I printed a saying that I am hoping will offer some comfort to a friend of mine. She has been going through a lot the last 2 months and I thought creating this canvas as a little gift may give her a bit of a pick me up. I attached the saying to the canvas with foam dots and sprayed a little of the mists so the saying didn’t look so bright on it. I added the vanilla shimmer which helped mix some of the colors as well as adding the shimmer.

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas


Final step after all is dry is spraying a finishing spray over the canvas in its entirety. Using the spray not only protects the creation but gives it some shine. Here is the finished piece:

Kim Kelly steps through using many elements for her mixed media collage canvas

Finished Project 2

Life is short, do something creative every day!


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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“It Takes Courage” Art Journal Page

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This article is written by Tamara Dinius

The videos (Part 1 and Part 2) show the process of completing an art journal layout, start to finish.

Mixed media art journal layout with Dylusion sprays, stamping and collage

The layout was completed using Dylusion Sprays, Liquitex Acrylic Inks, stamps, stencils, papers, paper napkins, as well as other items.

Follow along and complete a layout in less than 30 minutes.

Part 1

Part 2

Here are a few close-ups of the layout elements:

Mixed media art journal layout

Angel in art journal by Tamara Dinius

mixed media ephemera hearts


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 www.countrycraftersusa.com or via her Facebook




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Mixed Media Artist Jennifer Schultz

Today we are SO pleased to be presenting Jennifer Schultz, from One Happy Little Mama, and her brightly colored acrylic paintings.

Take it away, Jennifer…

I am a self-taught artist, mommy and wife living in Georgia. I’ve always had a passion for art and drawing.  After I got married and had children, my art took a backseat and my focus turned to my family.  Now that our youngest is 5, I’ve been able to find more time to devote to my love of expressing myself through my art.

Jennifer Schultz Red Roses

Mostly, I work with acrylics although I occasionally incorporate oil paints and watercolors into my works.  My process is sort of a mixture of whatever I’m feeling at that time. I don’t do a lot of pre-planning, it’s more like letting my hands do what they want to do, at that particular time. I enjoy getting lost in my paintings! For me, it’s best not to over think but, instead, have fun and just be in that moment.

The Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival paintings

I’m drawn to birds, unusual objects in nature and I find beauty in interesting faces. Ever look really closely at a mushroom? Or, a Poppy flower pod? They’re beautiful little works of art that go unnoticed every day. I like to recreate these types of objects, on a larger scale. I found a quote by Georgia O’Keeffe once, it read: “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” That quote really resonated with me.

Since getting back to creating, over the last few years, I’ve realized how important it is for me to be able to express myself, through my art.  I missed having that outlet.  I think everyone needs some form of self-expression.  My hope is that my kids may also find a passion of their own. I think it’s something everyone needs in their lives. Self-expression is key and I try to encourage my children to find their own voice. Unfortunately, there are too many adults running around who’ve either lost their voice or were never given the encouragement to find it in the first place.

Solitude girl in acrylics


If you would like to view more of Jennifer’s art, you can visit her via:

One Happy Little Mama blog

One Happy Little Mama website

or Facebook ~ One happy little mama




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Layering Mediums for a Unique Art Journal Page


Kate Palmer, also known around at “Sparkle Tart” is based in Queensland Australia and she shares her multi layered art journaling process with us, with stunning results.

Take it away, Kate…


 Hi – I’m Kate Palmer better known as Sparkle Tart, I’m a mixed media artist, Sparkly Experimentalist and lover of all things colourful – you can find me online at www.sparkletart.com  I was a slow starter when it comes to art and sort of fell into creating, while self taught for much of my life, in the last few years I’ve been extremely fortunate to have taken classes online from some amazing women and just recently, my first in person class with Tracy Verdugo.  Tracy’s class opened my eyes to the depth that can achieved through layering, and while this page does not follow her process it was inspired by it.  I was determined after these amazing experiences, to find a way to make to large scale canvas ideas work on smaller scale art journal pages, cards and the much smaller projects I love to create.  So without further rambling from me, this is how I have created ‘Make a Wish’ double page journal spread.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils to create a brilliant layout

What I’ve used:

  • Stencils:  The Crafters’ Workshop – Mini Punchinella, Mini Flower Garden, Mini Flower Piecing.
  • Copic Markers – R27, R29, R39, Y32, Y35, Y38
  • Copic Multi Liners 0.3 & 0.5
  • Golden Fluid Acrylics: Iridescent Gold Deep Fine & Carbon Black
  • Jenni Bowlin Acrylic Paint: Malted Milk & Brown Sugar
  • Adirondack Acrylic Dabber: Watermelon
  • Molotow Signal White Paint Marker Fine tip
  • Jumbo Zinnia Set (flower stamp) from Stampendous
  • Create with Abandon stamp from Stampington and Co
  • Gold Foil
  • Stippling brush
  • Ranger’s Sticky Embossing Powder
  • Silks Acrylic Glaze in Vavoom Red
  • Liquitex Matt Medium

What I Did:

Draw and colour a simple page of doodles using Copic Multi Liners and Copic Markers – I used R27, R29, R39, Y32, Y35, Y38  and Multi Liners 0.5 & 0.3.  This shouldn’t be some amazing work of art – just background colour.  You can also use copies of previous pages, collage or even magazine photos for this step if you are not a ‘doodler’.
Make a colour copy (or scan and print) your art onto a piece of paper.  Complete all of the following steps directly onto your original doodle (after scanning or photographing) as well as the facing page – to complete a matching 2 page spread.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Cut the copy to size and glue onto facing journal page using Liquitex Matt Medium Gel and leave to dry – coat front and back of copy with Matt Medium for added strength.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Paint Vavoom Red Silks over the darkest Copic coloured areas and let dry, you will find this makes all the other colours appear more vibrant.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Time to get out those stencils!  Choose 3 patterned stencils and 3 colours of acrylic paint – use one stencil and 1 colour of paint at a time and dry between colours.
Apply paints through stencil onto page to break up the original pattern.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Add colour no 1 (Watermelon) & allow to dry, you can use a heat gun to speed this up.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Add colour no 2 (Malted Milk) & allow to dry.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Add colour no 3 (Brown Sugar) & allow to dry.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Ink text stamp with Golden Fluid Acrylic Iridescent Gold Deep Fine (I used a sponge to apply the paint) and randomly stamp text onto page.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

It should look a bit like this – it won’t be as crisp as it would be stamped in ink, but you will still get a lovely impression.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Ink flower stamp with Carbon Black Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint and use this to stamp flower onto page multiple times.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Using Carbon black paint, paint all of the page around flowers, until only the flowers are showing colour.  You may want to draw stems and leaves on before doing this and paint around those as well.
Leave paint until completely dry.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

I know I know – I’ve just painted over most of my background!  It’s really an important step though, as without these layers and elements, your flower would look pretty flat and boring.  Have a look at this close up image, you can see each layer that has been added, every colour each layer of paint and it all works together to create something with complexity and interest.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Ink the centre of flower stamp with Versamark ink, using a stamp positioner stamp over flowers and add sticky embossing powder – carefully brush off any excess powder.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Heat sticky embossing powder with a heat gun until clear, and while hot add gold foil.  If you don’t have these items (foil & sticky e.p.) you may choose to skip this step and embellish the centre of your flower some other way, glitter, paint, gel pen, micro beads etc.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

The gold foil is massively blingy – it may not be to your taste, it turns out looking like this.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

At this stage your page will look fairly unappealing, the colours don’t pop, the image is not very defined – this is UGLY stage.  Don’t give up, as the only difference between this and something stunning is a little white paint!

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

Use a white gel pen (my preference is the Molotow White extra fine nib) to edge the design in white,  colour the patterns in the centre of the flower, draw around each individual petal, the stems and leaves (if you drew any) and add doodling and text as desired – all in white so that it stands out.  You may need to go over the doodling more than once to make the white really pop.

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils

And when you look at the 2 pages together, the result is something like this…
doesn’t the white gel pen make a difference!

Art Journal layers with paints and stencils to create a brilliant layout

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tutorial and that it sparks some ideas for your own creations.

May your day sparkle,


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