Mixed Media – Friend or Foe?

Does Mixed Media intimidate you? I know it did me. I thought that it was only for canvases and bigger projects. But it’s not!  If you are familiar with my work, you can see lots of mixed media product on many of my greeting cards. I have also published some you tube videos on this topic as well.

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So what is Mixed Media really? Mixed media” tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual artmedia—for example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a “mixed media” work, but not a work of “multimedia art.”
If you are still intimidated by this medium, Pinterest has lots of ideas to lead you down this new path. You can go as slow or as fast as your comfort level allows.

Maybe you are already a Lover of Mixed Media? Either way, if you need to stock up or have just been thinking about trying a new medium, this may just be the time! All Faber-Castell product is on sale!

Faber Castell’s lines are perfect for mixed media artists, papercrafters, and scrapbookers. This line includes pencils, pens, gelatos and markers. You can also pick up some stencils, paste and Gesso. You can easily transition some of your current work by adding some different mediums.

Tim Holtz is another brand that offers some different mediums. I use many of these products in my day to day art work. While many are intimidated by distress crayons, I find them to have multi uses. You can easily color up your texture paste or gesso by scribbling a distress crayon onto your craft mat and mixing in your medium.  This is an easy inexpensive way to get a variety of color in your art work.

Collage mediums are also great to adhere ephemera or help you create a collage. I use this product with my fingers, but there are also Collage brushes to help spread this medium. Select Tim Holtz mediums are also on sale!

Here are some of my favorite items:

So leave me a comment and let me know if Mixed Media is a friend or foe and why. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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There are no Rules in CRAFTING

It seems like all around us we have rules to follow. Growing up I am sure we all had rules we had to abide by and that didn’t change when we got into adulthood.  But the one place that I don’t have to follow rules is in the Craftroom!  Sure there are techniques that may require a process to follow, but I am talking more about your creativity and just being creative in general. When you don’t have constraints, you are free to think outside of the box, which makes everything possible. Sometimes that even means getting crafting advice from your husband!

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Recently I have been experimenting “outside of the box” and trying to find different and non traditional items to use in my projects.  In some of my mixed media projects I have used coffee grounds and even herbs to create color and texture. There are numerous videos on You Tube to show you how to make your own texture paste and gesso. You can even use an old hotel key card as your spreading tool, eliminating the need to go out and buy Palette knives. You can even discover products that can be substituted for the more expensive items that seem to be more mainstream.

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Many of us get caught up in the most recent products out in the market. We see a project that we want to CASE and immediately get deterred thinking we don’t have the supplies or products that were used.  But where is it written that we have to use exactly the same things that everyone else is using?  I haven’t read that anywhere and if it is, it is NOT a rule I am going to follow.

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Over the weekend I needed some texture paste. Typically I order mine on line because I am used to a particular brand. I went to my local Hobby Lobby and couldn’t find it. I think because I was looking for something I was used to. My husband volunteered to try and find it. I think new eyes made all the difference. He pulled this product off of the shelve and asked if this particular product would work. It was pretty inexpensive and I did have a 40% off coupon so I thought I would give it a try. I LOVE IT! I found it to be not as thick as the brand I typically use and I was able to stamp on it very easily once it was dry. It still had the look and feel of texture paste, so I didn’t feel as though I was sacrificing what I was trying to achieve. But there’s more…

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Often I like to color my texture paste, but when you add liquid, it tends to make the paste a little to runny. I also like to use Earth tones in my projects..uh I love vintage..did you forget and again my husband came to the rescue. He paints models and he had a product called Vallejo Pigments. It is a natural pigment that can be mixed with water, acrylics, mediums, varnishes and textures.  This is a product used for models and miniatures and probably would have never discovered it, but you bet I will be robbing…uh borrowing some of his supplies in the future. I wonder what else he has?

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Canvas Corp Brands – 10% off Code

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In celebration of National Crafting month, Canvas Corp Brands is offering 10% off your entire order. In addition to that, every order over $5 in the US is always free shipping. All you need to do is enter CRAFTMARCH10 when you check out and the discount will be applied.

Never heard of them? Well let me introduce you.

Canvas Corp Brands Shop is a one stop shop for all that is Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics), 7gyspies, Tattered Angels and Bag Works.

Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics) Products include a full collection of printed cardstock, scrapbooking, invitations, party decorations, seasonal decorations, DIY wedding, creative DIY projects and more. This line also carries clothespins, cords, ropes, cards, tags, along with sewn placemats, table runners, pillows, totes, aprons, flowers, books, kits, handmade paper, specialty papers and a full offering of fabric and canvas sewn products are just a few of the over 2,500 products under the Canvas Home Basics Brand.

7gypsies is all that is their vintage inspired line, which also includes their new line Architextures. In this line you will find wooden trays, shadowboxes, drawers, metals, charms, stamps, ephemera, printed vintage scrapbooking and crafting paper collections and book making supplies.

Tattered Angels is their paint line that is perfect for mixed media projects. Each bottle is created from a unique recipe right in the Springdale factory. They carry over 300 paint colors and come in a range of Mistable paints including Glimmer Mist, Simply Sheer, Chalkboard and Baseboard and Glimmer Glaze, Glimmer Glam is filled with chunky glitter, Stained Glass for painting crystals, glass, acrylic and plastic.

The BagWorks collection offers a collection of sewn with high quality canvas. Items including aprons, totes, paintbrush holders, bags, children’s art aprons and more that are perfect for screen printing, embroidery, schools, weddings, art classes and Etsy shops.