What is mixed media?

Mixed media literally means a variety of products used in one artwork. There are many styles of mixed media art, some designers prefer to combine products to create visual textures like paints, chalks, pens, sprays etc. and others prefer the more layered and textured artwork put together with pastes, paints, sprays, fabrics, papers and various 3D embellishments. Assemblage is another wonderful way to create mixed media projects – there is no right or wrong way!

Stop pro-craftinating!

You know you want to try it, but don’t know where to start? It can be daunting for a beginner to break a blank page and it’s understandable. Think about what aesthetic of mixed media you like, do you prefer collages or textured and heavily layer and embellished mixed-media cards or perhaps you like more clean and simple, but would love to add some decorative elements? My advice would be to start slowly, experiment with different products without committing. Once you have taken the baby steps into the mixed media, there will be no stopping you and the rest will follow. There are many techniques to try out and you can find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest, YouTube, blogs and of course magazines like this one.

Why do I love mixed media so much?

It is not only the mixed-media look that attracts me so much, it’s is all about the creative process, the play and the creative freedom I feel during the creation of a mixed media projects. I dare to say it is very therapeutic and I would encourage everyone to give it a go. Mixed media enthusiasts love to share their work and you can find many like-minded friends through your local or online community of mixed media enthusiasts.

1

Dry emboss a piece of a white cardstock and cut to size. Paint clear gesso all over the embossed cardstock

2

Add colour with spray paints. Dilute with water for a better flow and dab as needed. Dry thoroughly using a heat tool

3

Add VersaMark to raised areas by rubbing it on top, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat it up to melt it. Ink the corners and here and there around the edges to create contrast

FAULTY (CF unable to find image) Happy birthday
1 min read12 Sep 2019

You will need

  • white cardstock
  • white 5½”-square card blank
  • Shabby Turbine Teal Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst spray
  • Cracked Pistachio Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spray
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings & Ledger Script stamp sets
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Cell Theory stencil
  • Liquitex Light Modelling Paste
  • White Opaque WOW! Super Fine embossing powder
  • white Prima Marketing, Art Basics, Heavy Gesso: White
  • Tuxedo Black StãzOn inkpad
  • Wycinanka chipboard embellishment
  • metal butterfly embellishment
  • gauze
  • hot-glue gun
  • palette knife
  • heat tool
FAULTY (CF unable to find image) Congratulations***square card
1 min read12 Sep 2019

You will need

  • vellum
  • white cardstock
  • white 5½”-square card blank
  • Shabby Turbine Teal Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst spray
  • Cracked Pistachio Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spray
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings & Ledger Script stamp sets
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Rosetta stencil
  • Liquitex Light Modelling Paste
  • Clear Crackle Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture Paste
  • white Prima Marketing, Art Basics, Heavy Gesso: White
  • Tuxedo Black StãzOn inkpad
  • metal embellishment
  • Penny Black Creative Dies Lively die
  • manual die-cutting machine
  • gauze
  • hot-glue gun
  • palette knife
  • heat tool
FAULTY (CF unable to find image) Let’s celebrate
1 min read12 Sep 2019

You will need

  • vellum
  • white cardstock
  • white 3½x7” card blank
  • Shabby Turbine Teal, Pretty in Pink & Raspberry Lemonade Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays
  • Cracked Pistachio Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spray
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Ledger Script & Simple Sayings stamp sets
  • manual die-cutting machine
  • Liquitex Light Modelling Paste
  • Penny Black Creative Dies Lively die
  • white Prima Marketing Art Basics Heavy Gesso
  • Prima Marketing Royal Menageries Mulberry paper leaves
  • Tuxedo Black StãzOn inkpad
  • pearl trim
  • fabric flowers
  • dove embellishment
  • Scrapiniec chipboard embellishment
  • Diamond Ranger Stickles glitter glue
  • palette knife
  • water spritzer
  • gauze
  • hot-glue gun
  • brad
FAULTY (CF unable to find image) From the heart
1 min read12 Sep 2019

You will need

  • white cardstock
  • white 4x6” card blank
  • Pretty in Pink & Raspberry Lemonade Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Ledger Script & Simple Sayings stamp sets
  • manual die-cutting machine
  • Liquitex Light Modelling Paste
  • Penny Black Creative Dies Lively die
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Byzantine stencil
  • white Prima Marketing Art Basics Heavy Gesso
  • white Prima Marketing paper flowers
  • Gold Pearl WOW! embossing powder
  • VersaMark inkpad
  • Tuxedo Black StãzOn inkpad
  • Diamond Ranger Stickles glitter glue
  • palette knife
  • paintbrush
  • water spritzer
  • gauze
  • hot-glue gun
  • heat tool
  • brad
FAULTY (CF unable to find image) From the heart
1 min read12 Sep 2019

You will need

  • white cardstock
  • white 4x6” card blank
  • Pretty in Pink & Raspberry Lemonade Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Ledger Script & Simple Sayings stamp sets
  • manual die-cutting machine
  • Liquitex Light Modelling Paste
  • Penny Black Creative Dies Lively die
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Byzantine stencil
  • white Prima Marketing Art Basics Heavy Gesso
  • white Prima Marketing paper flowers
  • Gold Pearl WOW! embossing powder
  • VersaMark inkpad
  • Tuxedo Black StãzOn inkpad
  • Diamond Ranger Stickles glitter glue
  • palette knife
  • paintbrush
  • water spritzer
  • gauze
  • hot-glue gun
  • heat tool
  • brad