Craft Art


Mixed Media Cavas #2

I decided to make some personal things, projects that I have made for the grandchildren this year for Christmas.  This is actually the second Mixed Media Canvas, I haven't uploaded the first one yet.

To start I took a canvas and coated it with white gesso using a credit card (you know one of those nice plastic ones they send you wanting you to actually use it and activate it), I used the credit card because it is easier to get smooth base coat using the credit card instead of a brush.  When I use a brush I get brush marks which them show up in the paint coat.  I would just as soon only get brush strokes from the paint coat and not both the paint coat and the gesso.

This canvas I used neocolor II on and lots of water.  This was of course once the gesso was dry.


You can tell by how shiny this picture turned out that I used quite a bit of water on a large soft brush to blend and move the neocolor II around. 



This is the dry canvas ready for decoration.  I knew the saying that was going on this canvas and I had found the picture I was going to use and printed it out on the laser printer and let it dry so the picture would not run.  For the saying I used Tim Holtz alterations alphabet die and cut and cut and cut to get all the letters in the saying.



I used mat gel medium to glue the letters down and tried to get them as even as I could.  I had to make two arrows and cut ends off and glue them together for the long arrow that holds the word people.  The saying just wouldn't fit without the arrow.  So I cut out a whole bunch more arrows and put those on too.



I wanted washers that had embossing powder on them so I heated up the melting pot, put a craft liner in, threw in some washers and some different color embossing powder just to see what I got.  As I was doing the washers some of the embossing powder went outside the washers so I peeled that up when it was dry and also put that on.  I glued the washers and dried embossing powder down with matt gel medium. 




And here is the final project.  Of course it looks much better in person than the pictures I take.  Someday my pictures will be better, promise!

White Glue And Acrylic Paint

Welcome to playing with White Glue and Acrylic Paint Fun!

Mixed Media is often described as using 2 or more mediums on a project. Those mediums can be anything, ink, paint, embossing (dry or heat), gels, gesso, modeling paste, metallic, papers, and different embellishments. Welcome to Mixed Media.

For this Mixed Media fun you will need some sort of white glue, at least 3 colors of acrylic paint and some chipboard (like the back of a tablet or a cereal box). We are going to make abstract tiles, circles, or anything else you want to attach to a project. I used Elmer’s white school glue but the YouTube video I watched showing how to do this used Aileen’s white tacky glue. So I am thinking any white runny type of glue would work. You will also need a nonstick craft mat or some wax paper to work on. Craft sticks that look like popsicles sticks work well for the base coat. You will also need toothpicks or a tweezers with a pointed end.

Cut the chipboard into squares or circles or whatever shape you want to work with in your final project. I used a 3 x 3 square for the first tile I made. The second group I cut circles and did a tag, a washer, and a couple of frames.


I used a white background (yes you need to add white paint for the white to actually be white when you are done) and two colors of pink. I used Liquitex Basics but I would imagine that any acrylic paint would work. You mix a larger amount for the background color and smaller amounts for the accent colors.



I used a stamp block the first time which was not a good idea since now my stamp block is discolored from the glue. The second time I used a paint pallet with a larger part for the background and smaller amounts for the accents. The second group I used white for the background and silver and blue for the swirls. You need to cut the chipboard to whatever final shape you want before applying the glue and paint because the chipboard with the glue and paint will not cut with a punch when it is dry.

You take the background color and slather it on your chipboard going out to the edges.




A craft mat or a piece of waxed paper will work well to lay it on. After you get a goodly amount of base on lay it down and take a toothpick or tweezers and drizzle the colors onto the background. After you have both colors drizzled onto the background take a clean toothpick or tweezers end and swirl through the colors making a pretty combined pattern. When it looks good to you put it aside to dry. It will take a good 24 hours to dry. I found that the chipboard dried much faster than the entire cardstock tag I used.



As the glue starts to dry the chipboard will curl up, I just moved it around with my tweezers until it stayed down.  I am not sure if you really need to move it around or not but I didn't want the edges to stick to the mat and look funny when it dried.



Starting all over with the blue and silver.  This is before I swirled the paint around.




Here is the blue and silver all swirled and ready to dry and become beautiful works of art.



Here is a close up of the blue and silver circle wet and curly.  It looks like globs of glue but it dries sort of flat.



I had enough glue mixed up that I decided to go ahead and use some things laying around on my work area.  So I coated a tag, washer, and 2 frames.



Here is a close up of the tag which is plain white cardstock.  This tag ended up taking the longest time to dry.  I am not sure why unless it was just a larger area to dry.


So there you have it, using regular household glue and any kind of acrylic paint to make mixed media objects.  I assume that if you use gloss paint your objects would be glossier and if you use matt paint you will end up with matt objects.  Mine turned out matt and I gave them a thin coat of floor wax (another household item) to shine them up a bit.  If you happen to have some gloss gel that would work for a shiny top coat too.  And here are the final projects from this little exercise in white glue and acrylic paint.





Inside, Outside, and a Surprise Challenge - Artsy Inkers

Another challenge on the Artsy Inkers Message Board offered by Far North is a small box with a drawer and a surprise in the drawer.  I went to Far North's blog for the instructions as per the challenge which is here.  I cut a piece of watercolor paper to the sizes listed here.  I cut the drawer, the box, and an ATC from the watercolor paper.  I scored the lines as listed in the directions.  Then I set about decorating the three pieces.  I used tumbled glass distress ink with peacock feathers distress ink on the top.  I used a Tim Holtz round blending tool.  I used some technique tuesday stamps, they are pretty old now; they are swirls and I have four different sets of these wonderful stamps.  I used some from each set.  I stamped them using true blue archival ink, a color they no longer sell.  Then I used a Basic grey stamp set and stamped the swirly flower in cobalt archival ink, I don't think this one is available anymore either.  I colored in some of the flowers using Sakura Koi water colors and a waterbrush.  I then put the box and drawer together.  I attached a silver bead with a brad to the outside of the drawer for a pull. 

Now it was time to embellish....first I took out some Tim Holtz rubons that I had bits and pieces of and used some of those.  The butterflies the birds, the bee, the music, the words, and the toadstools are all rubons.  I then used my hotfix tool and attached the black dots and jewels which are irock.

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For the ATC I added some Tim Holtz film strip ribbon along the right hand side.  I added a heart paper clip to hold the filmstrip.  I then decided that the filmstrip needed something so I added some rubons to the place where pictures should be.  I then made a charm using the same paper with the same colors and another rubon.  I added a glass front on the bezel with the paper with the rubon behind it and glued it on with Diamond Glaze.  I attached it to the ATC on the paper clip.

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The back sides, the undersides, and the insides are all also finished with the distress ink.  The entire outside of the box is inked and stamped as is the drawer.  The ATC is inked and stamped front and back but only embellished on the front.  The box is not embellished on the bottom and the drawer is not embellished on the bottom. 

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This is the finished project put together with the drawer in the box and the ATC in the drawer. 

Thank you for looking.





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