August 25, 2014

Welcome To My Laboratory

Hi everyone, it's Messy Monday and for quite some time I have been wanting to put together a journal for just my mixed media. I have several journals sitting around for technique, writing, tags, etc... but none for my mixed media experiments or such.
 I had this canvas album from Prima and thought this would be the perfect place for my mixed media projects, ideas, experiments etc.  It allows me to add pages, it's bulky so will allow those more 3D pages, it comes with canvas pages as well as cute plastic insert pages so I can keep notes, swatches or a completed project.... kind of like my own little mixed media laboratory.
I wanted to decorate the cover and believe me there are layers upon layers on this is why I didn't do a tutorial. What I can say is I used modeling paste, Gesso, Gellatos, Lindys Sprays, Dyllusions, charcoals for the background and colors. Then I added chipboard, metal embellies, letters, buttons, Prima Junkyard Findings, tissue paper, fiberglass mesh tape, stamps and archival ink and topped many of them with Gold Rub N Buff.
Mixed media is so liberating because, yes there are do and don'ts when using different products together for certain results, but if you don't like it, you just gesso it or paint over it and start again. If you don't like the restriction of using just one type of medium, than mixed media is right up your alley. Many popular ways to use mixed media are altered objects and books, collages, 2D & 3D assemblage, scrapbooking, ATC's, greeting cards, book making & journaling.
It also allows you to start seeing objects around your house in a whole different light. You can recycle in your mixed media such as old book pages, tins, paper bags etc. So this will be my little laboratory for my mixed media creations. So go ahead, get messy and "Don't Be Afraid to Experiment"
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August 9, 2014

A Work In Progress

Well it's been a couple weeks since my last post and I haven't fallen off the face of the earth... yet.

I've been working on several projects and trying to come up with new Christmas inspiration. Yes, Christmas is just right around the corner.  Here is one that is still a work in progress. A paper mache gingerbread house. It will eventually hold a mini album for all my Christmas baking pictures. I will also have a step by step tutorial on SNAPGUIDE for you. Come back and visit when this project is complete.. there are so many fun details on this house.
Happy Crafting ... xoxo Toni
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.