Crayon Backgrounds

This article is written by M. Carmen Sánchez – Cuchy from La almohada

When it comes to play in an artistic way, one of my favourite things is to create backgrounds, testing different products, materials, surfaces… and whatever I had within reach.

And if I play with my little kid while creating, much better.

This is a background technique perfect to do with kids (under adult supervision, due to the use of an iron)

Just grab your kids’ wax crayons in your favourite colours and sharpen them. We want the shavings for our project.

Take a glossy cardstock and lay the shavings in a colourful pattern.

Put a piece of parchment or wax paper over it and iron it without steam.

Wait a bit for drying or lift the paper right away. See the different outcomes and texture. I love it.

Now you can use it as it, cut into pieces and use it in other projects, embed collage paper in the wax, or apply the same technique in other surfaces.

I made a bright christmas card. Hope you like it.

using melted crayon background for gift handmade cards

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Carmen Sánchez, also know as Cuchy, is a mainly self-taught mixed media artist who loves to play with textures and layers.

Cuchy is a member of the Kuretake’s Design Team, manufacturer of writing supplies, Design Team Instructor of Stampers Best, american manufacturer of rubber stamps and cling cushion mounting foam, and contributor and guest designer in various Spanish and international blogs. She has taught several workshops in Madrid and Barcelona and loves to teach from her own experiences, and encourage the students to think outside the box and put their inner self in everything they create and to achieve a personal and unique result.

You can find more on her blog, her facebook page, or watch her broadcasting live on her Livestream channel.

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Mixed Media Christmas Tag

This article is written by M. Carmen Sánchez (aka Cuchy) of La Almohada

Christmas is approaching and with it, a huge list of expenses: the presents,
the big meals, the decorations…

If we add some expensive art supplies to that list…. our budget bursts

With a cost-cutting on mind, I want you to realize how many “art supplies”
we all have within reach and with no cost at all.

I bet you have all these everyday objects in your room. All of them can be used
as art supplies in our mixed media projects.

- Toilet / kitchen paper
- Toilet / kitchen paper tubes
- Any kind of lids
- Plastic wrap
- Paper wrapping from the presents
- Embellishments from the presents
- Bubble wrap
- Cardstock / cardboard
- Newspapers / magazines / old books
- Tissue paper
- Combs to give texture
- Sponges
- Buttons / ribbons / lace /
… and so on

Creativity has nothing to do with money. I would say… the less you have
the more creative you become :)

Let see how we can make a cool mixed media Christmas tag with
“almost nothing”

We will need a tag, coloured tissue paper, toilet paper, pva glue, a book page,
white and black markers, trim or ribbon and a bit of paint

Start painting the tag in a color that matches your tissue paper colour (you can
use white tissue and once dried, paint it with another colour if you want). Let it dry.

Tear the tissue paper in pieces and glue them to the tag in a random manner using
the pva glue, both underneath and over the paper pieces. Let it dry.

Now take a couple of sheets of toilet paper and -making a roll- soak it on a mixture
of water and pva glue at 50%. Make a heart shape over a piece of a book page.
Let it dry thoroughly.

Paint the heart and cut it out once dried. Glue it to the tag and punch or cut some stars
out of a book page. Finish the tag with some white/black dots and a ribbon.

That’s it! A cool tag to go with one of your presents this year. Easy and cheap.

I hope you like it and you give it a try. I would love to see what you come up with.

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M. Carmen Sánchez – Cuchy

A mainly self-taught mixed media artist who loves to play with textures and layers
Member of the Kuretake’s Design Team -manufacturer of writing supplies- Design
Team Instructor of Stampers Best -american manufacturer of rubber stamps and
cling cushion mounting foam- and contributor and guest designer in various
Spanish and international blogs, she taught several workshops in Madrid and
Barcelona and loves to teach from her own experiences, and encourage the students
to think outside the box and put their inner self in everything they create, to achieve
a personal and unique result.

You can find more on her blog , her facebook page, or watch her broadcasting live
on her Livestream channel

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Mixed Media Art is turning 2!

To celebrate we would like you to share a card with us. It can be one you have made using a technique you have learnt here, at Mixed Media Art, or your own favourite technique.

It can be ANY type of card; birthday card, Christmas card, Thank-you card or even a “You’re great!” card!

 greeting cards with credit-card technique backgrounds

Leave a comment with a link to your card on your blog. Alternatively, if you don’t have a blog, send a picture of your card to CreateMixedMediaArt@gmail.com and we’ll post your cards for you at Birthday Celebration Cards.

Those participating have a chance to win a set of three cards to boost your festive season card making. A total of three presents will be sent out. The Mixed Media Art team will choose their three favourite cards to receive a present and contact you by email after the deadline.

Deadline: 30 November 2012.

Happy creating!

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Birthday Celebration Cards

Here are some of the handmade greetings cards that are helping us to
celebrate Mixed Media Art’s second birthday.

 

Mixed Media Art second birthday card

Patricia Davis

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handmade greeting card

Debbie Davis
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mixed media greeting card

mixed media art and collage

mixed media collage

mixed media collage

 

Eileen Murray

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