Messy Outside Inside: Mixed Media
Today I had an absolute blast on this project!
I'd like to say that I spend hours thinking up what I'm going to do and planning every creative touch intensely but the truth is most times I just sit down, get out my products and just follow where the creative bit of my brain takes me, I cannot lie! I find very often when I'm teaching that many students struggle with the composition of what they're making or the colours and my only advice to them is always to just 'go with the flow' because anything else tends to restrict your mind and creativity. If you REALLY struggle with letting go I can highly recommend using sketches, and very often even a simple card sketch can be turned into a great journal page or a decor item, it's all down to interpretation. And you can't go wrong with great products of course, I honestly have yet to be disappointed with anything I've made using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products because the quality is supreme!
This week I've been using gesso a lot with other things and as I had pre-prepped some sheets I decided to use one of these. Simply take the gesso and apply it to a white piece of paper through a mask (dont fiddle about with little pieces, I make up lots of A4 sheets at the same time so I'm doing all the messy stuff together and then have lots for using later on and can cut them down in tags etc as I go).
Next, take an orange Gelato (during my time here on the Guest Design Team I have learned that I am unable to live without this product in my stash!) - and swipe it neat onto the design, allowing the texture in the Gesso to decide where the colour will be, don't be too precise.
Now repeat with the dark pink colour, just adding to the whiter areas and picking out the pattern on the sheet.
Now take a knife ( I used a plastic palette knife which works brilliantly) and slice off some slivers of Gelato onto an acetate sheet or acrylic block/palette.
Now add a little water and using the palette knife, mix into a paint consistency. You can do this and add to a spritz bottle to create a spray too but I'm just going to take it off the acrylic block.
Now pour the drips of paint onto your project sheet, distributing as you wish. If the mix is too thick just add a little more water on the block - I just took the knife and scraped every single scrap of paint off so I didn't waste a drop!
Now take a spritz of water and spray lightly to help spread the colour on the surface.
Repeat again with the dark pink, but this time adding less water so you end up with a thick paste when you mix.
Now pick up the paste and scrape it over the surface of the project, laying it on as you would oil paint or icing with the flat edge of the knife - you're trying to make big thick swatches of colour.
Now add some other colour if you wish, again applying as a thick paste - I used the teal blue colour to fill in areas I missed. Dry the sheet with a heat tool thoroughly. Once the sheet has dried all the metallic sheen of the Gelato will show through - so cool!
Now take a background stamp and use a clear Versamark inkpad and stamp onto the background.
Add a white puff embossing powder over the stamped image and then emboss with a heat tool.
Now take the yellow Big Stampers Brush Pen and add some colour into the circles over the Gesso'd, raised areas just to add some extra colour definition and also add around the edges of the page - if your pen tip becomes dirty just wipe it gently onto a baby wipe to remove the residue and clean the same way when you're done.
Stamp again in clear ink and heat emboss onto a piece of kraft cardstock, embossing with a clear powder this time. I used my own Studio 12 stamps on this project - you can checkout my blog for details of the stamps I used.
Again, colour over the whole image with Yellow Big Stampers Brush Pen and then use Red around the edge and use a baby wipe to blend together.
Now cut out into a rectangle and add to the project. Stamp some text and cut out the words, again gluing to the project as shown. Next, stamp a house onto the Kraft card and colour with neat Gelato's and glue into place.
This little heart and roof of the house is my favourite part of the whole project, I just LOOOVE how the white and pink Gelato's made this creamy little mix together, it's just adorable...I cut the door so it opens and again stamped inside with a blue Big Stampers Brush Pen (another must-have! ESPECIALLY for mixed media like this, it seems to almost stamp on top of anything because it's Indian ink)...
An easy peasy project which only took about 30 minutes and is good for the creative soul, I hope you give it a go! If you want to see any of the stamps I used please checkout my blog for further details...See you next time!
I'm Nikky Hall and I have been crafting all my life. I love using all kinds of different products in my crafting but my favourite is mixing different mediums and finding new techniques and effects - usually by accident! You will find me hanging around all the pens and pencils in any craft store!