Little Details

Last week I shared an art journaling style layout, and today I’ll be continuing my “series” of mixed-media scrapbook pages.

For a long time I was wary of anything to do with mixed media. Generally, traditional mixed media has a very different style than mine. Personally, I prefer light, bright colours over dark ones…florals over metal…simple over grunge in my projects, so most mixed media scares me. I think it’s totally gorgeous , of course…but not a style that suits me. I’ve developed my own style of “mixed-media” and I’ve really been enjoying experimenting & learning.

I guess that’s what scrapbooking’s all about, eh?

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For my background I used gesso, watercolours, modeling paste, acrylic paint, distress paint, and Nuvo crystal drops. It sounds like a lot ,but it really didn’t take very long.

Prepped with gesso, modeling paste applied through a Tim Holtz floral stencil, a few layers of different shades of turquoise watercolour, watered down white acrylic paint splatters, and green distress paint applied directly from the dauber to make polka-dots. I usually create my background and then do my layering on top which is the process I followed for this page.

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The photos are all little detail shots from our wedding ceremony. I know there’s LOTS going on on this page, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

The wedding word is stamped with acrylic alphabet stamps & black dye ink. I didn’t mean to end up with 2 titles…but I kinda like it.

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The “love” title is a wood veneer piece from the Jen Hadfield Simple Life pack. I was going to leave the wood raw but decided to incorporate some black to make it pop. I painted it with black Dylusions paint. Seriously, that paint is UNREAL. It’s so smooth and thick…I only needed one coat. On wood. A porous surface.

I need every colour of this paint.

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Don’t you love the way the watercolour adds definition over the gesso and modeling paste? Serendipity.

I freehand cut the leaves from watercolour paper, painted them in different shades of green watercolour, then outlined them with a black felt-tip pen. Sometimes hand cut embellishments are great, but I feel like die-cut leaves would look awesome like this as well. Especially if you put them through the Sizzix so they had texture.

When I use wet media on paper, I usually trim a 1/4 inch off each side of my layout and then mount it on a 12×12 piece of patterned paper to flatten it out and make it sturdier. Using wet stuff on paper makes it bend and bump so mounting it onto another paper with BeCreative tape helps.

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Once everything is done & dry I add my stitching and black pen outlines. Simple.

There’s a ton of texture on this layout from the mixed media supplies/techniques, and I added some paper and diecuts from the Crate Paper Oasis collection. All of the textures and layers make this one of my favourite layouts ever.

I’m thinking of filming a process video (no audio, increased speed) of me making a page like this from beginning to end so you can see the steps & techniques. Thoughts?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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DIY Abstract Watercolour Art

Morning!

Large, textured art pieces can make a huge statement as part of your home decor, but not everyone is able to collect original art. For those of you who don’t have the resources or inclination to become ¬†art collectors, I have something a bit artsy to share with you today. Yes, artsy. Don’t run away screaming.

I know some people are a little bit intimidated as soon as they hear the words: “artsy”, “mixed media”, or “abstract”.

Chill out.

I’ve felt a little bit intimidated by mixed media before as well…but you learn by doing, right? I know it can be hard to know which product is used for what and how to use it, but that’s why we have classes/teaching sessions/knowledgeable staff to help you.

For my first project I used this palette as my inspiration:

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I love the bright Spring colours with the addition of the gold. I love these colours and they coordinate with my home decor so I just went with ‘em.

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I used an 8×10 Prima watercolor canvas as my base. Using texture paste, a stencil. my palette knife, and gesso I was able to create texture with varying depths. Once it all dried I applied Prima Watercolor Confections paints in large, free brushstrokes.

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I loved that pop of gold in the colour palette so decided to use my neglected gold alcohol ink to get a vibrant, shiny metallic.

I’ve been learning lately that sometimes you just have to let go and CREATE. Get messy and try new stuff. Think outside of your box.

Once I made this one I knew I had to do it again. The only differences between the canvas above and the canvas below are the addition of modeling paste & this colour palette:

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I love that this project uses a textured, simple base and then you can choose whatever colours match your style.

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This canvas is 11×14…perfect size to hang on the wall or prop on a shelf.

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A close-up of the different textures. I tried to keep it organic…trying not to worry about visible brushstrokes or mistakes. The layering process is very forgiving.

I used watercolours to build up the colour depth before adding the gold alcohol ink.

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It looks complicated but in reality it was easy to do. You just have to let loose and get creative.

One little addition I snuck in is a few Prima paper flowers (can you see one in the bottom right??). I stuck them into the modeling paste before coating the whole thing in gesso as preparation for watercolour painting.

mixed media prima watercolor canvas brooke gorrell for love is in the details

I know a project like this can seem daunting but it is completely doable. A few basic products and a little bit of creativity are all you need. You can add a little bit or a whole lot of texture and use any colours you like. Totally up to you.

Interested in taking a mixed media class? Let us know!

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