Mixed Media

Whimsical Wall Art: Always Be A Unicorn

Hey friends!  Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a piece of wall art that's great for young girls (or not-so-young girls)! Featuring the color of the week, Passion Fruit, this unicorn themed star adds an element of attitude to anyone's wall.

Unicorn Wall Art

I'm not going to lie - I made this for myself, and it's one of my favorite decor pieces to date.  I love adding colorful art to the walls of my studio, but this bright and bold design can be adapted to your art journal, or you can change up the colors to match your room.

Unicorn Wall Art 1

I created my own stencil using letter dies, because while the stencil collections have great inspirational messages, this one was quite specific!  (You can view the entire list of products used at the bottom of this post.)  In addition to using Gelatos® in a palette to complement the color of the week, Passion Fruit, I also used a black Essential Pitt®Artist Pen with a medium nib, a Stamper's Big Brush Pen to stamp my message, and Textural Accents to add depth to the piece.  

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Now I have to confess, I'm not the greatest sketch artist.  So I bought a digital stamp set from an Etsy seller to give me a great starting image.  I resized it to fit within the 11.5" MDF star base, and used Gelatos as watercolors and my Pitt Artist Pen to begin.  

While I let that dry, I used Glaze to decoupage a plain sheet of white paper and a scrap of an old map onto the front of the wood shape.  While you can use Gelatos and Textural accents directly on wood, I wanted to start off with a bright white background.  

Next, I cut my unicorn shape out, and decoupaged that image onto the star.  I mixed glaze with Passion Fruit Gelatos to create a striking pink background that would blend well with the unicorn's tail and mane.  

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Once the Glaze dried, I used the polka dot stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection, mixing Gel Medium with Metallic Mint Gelatos.  I added a few circles kind of randomly, mainly to the areas that would not be stamped or stenciled with words. 

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Finally, I added my message, using my homemade stencil to highlight some of the words in the phrase.  I mixed Iced Pear Gelatos with Glitter Glass Bead Gel for a thick, highly textured stencil, and spread it on using my palette knife.  

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Next, I stamped the rest of the message in around the stencils and images within the design.  Stampers Big Brush Pens work great for adding elements like letters.  (Note: Cold Grey is pictured here, but after seeing it, I decided that Black would look better and stamped over it with a darker color.)

Unicorn Wall Art

This project was a lot of fun, and I really enjoy the bright combination of pink and green.  Once the piece dried all the way, I flipped it over and screwed a hanger onto the backside for easy wall hanging.  Thanks for joining me today and I hope you're inspired to make something whimsical yourself!  

Adrianne Surian

Supplies Used:

Gelatos®: Passion FruitIced Pear, Metallic Mint

Glaze

Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Stamper's Big Brush Pen - Black #199

Journaling Pitt®Artist Pen, Essentials Set, Black with Medium Nib

Polka Dot Stencil from 101 Stencil Collection

White printer paper

Map Scrap(s)

Digital Stamp (or freehand draw!)

Sizzix Alphabet Dies and cardstock to create a custom stencil

Alphabet stamps

11.5" MDF Star Shape

Hanger


Passion Fruit Mosaic Page by Rachel

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I hope you are loving all the pink on the Design Memory Craft blog this month! This is Rachel Kleinman to continue with the happy color, specifically the Gelatos® Color of the Week: Passion Fruit.  Maybe you can tell I used quite a lot of pink Gelatos® on this journal page... couldn't help myself :)

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I started with a gesso'd page and drew in squares with Gelatos® Strawberry, Watermelon, Guava, Passion Fruit, and Blood Orange. I used a paintbrush with water to break down the pigments and paint in the squares. I love the smooth matte look of blended Gelatos®, it made for a gorgeous mosaic spread!

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Next, I added some small simple doodles throughout the page. I drew thin lines with a Black Paper Crafter Crayon™, thick lines with a Pink Madder Stamper's Big Brush Pen, circles with the Metallic Gold Pitt Pen and then just smeared some Pearl Texture Luxe™ with my finger.

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My favorite way to use the Glaze medium is to mix it with Gelatos® and apply it through a stencil. Here I mixed Glaze with chopped up Passion Fruit Gelatos® and the Mixed Media 102 Stencil. Now time to let everything dry completely!

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Gelatos® are so versatile... don't forget they work as a great water color, too! You can vary the strength of the color by adding more water to lighten it and less water to keep it more opaque. Here I scribbled some Black Licorice Gelatos® on my craft mat and mixed up the pigment with a wet paintbrush. Then I used the brush to flick splatters of black throughout my journal page.

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Finally, the last step! The White Stamper's Big Brush Pen was traced through this little flower stencil from the Scandinavian Stencil Collection. Lastly I added some writing with a Black Pitt Pen. I've been listening to The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, so of course I had to add some lyrics to this!

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Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the last couple days of your February and get creative!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Watermelon, Guava, Blood Orange, Black Licorice

Mixed Media 102 Stencil Collection

Mixed Media Scandinavian Stencil Collection

Pitt Pen: Black, Gold

Stamper's Big Brush Pen: White, Pink Madder

Paper Crafter Crayons™ Neutral Pack

Texture Luxe Paste Pearl

Gesso

Glaze

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

 

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Just to say, "Hello."

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I'm feeling like spreading a little happy these days and what a simple way to do so by sending a handmade card, just because!

Grab your Gelatos® Stardust and let's create.  Here's what I did. 

Hello Card 1

Spread Gesso on card base and an  extra piece of paper.   Color extra piece of paper with Gelatos® Stardust, allow to dry and punch or die- cut mini flowers. 

 

Hello Card 2

Next, use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Pink Madden # 129,Maganese Violet # 160 to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag the card base through the  color.  Do this one color at a time.

  

Hello Card 3

Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Black #199 to add color on a fun circle stamp.  Stamp image.  Big Brush Pens are perfect for stamping. 

 

Hello Card 4

Write sentiment on a small piece of paper using Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib Black #199.  Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Black #199 to ink the edge of the sentiment block.   Adhere with pop dots and add flowers around sentiments, pop up a few with pop dots as well. 

  

Hello Card Fin with Watermark

Finish card by scribbling around page using Texture Gems™ Silver  and use to make flower centers as well.  Lastly, add a small piece of twine tied in a bow. 

Tada!

  

Supplies Used:

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


Let Your Art Out

 

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Sometime you just gotta play.  There are days when I am short on time but just gotta do something creative.  My little art journal is the perfect place for this and the color of the week  Gelatos® Mars added the right amount of sparkle and energy.  

Grab your Gelatos® Mars, Black Hole, Satellite, Galaxy and let's play.  Let's get creative together. 

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Use  Gelatos® Mars, Black Hole, Satellite and Galaxy to color background.  Spritz with water,  color with Gelatos and  spread with a wet paint brush or finger. Let it dry.  Add a small drop of Gesso, spritz with water and spread with a  brayer. 

 

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Use Ice Layers - Arrows to add a fun dimensional pattern.  Spread Texture Luxe™ Silver

 with a palette knife.  Gently remove Ice Layer.  Notice how clean the pattern is.  Woohoo!

 

Let Your Art Out 2

Color a paper flower(die cut) or two with Gelatos® Mars.  Spritz paper with water, add Gelatos and spread with finger.  Crumble and ink edges with  Gelatos® Black Hole

Add a  decorative brad to the  center of the  flower and adhere to page. 

 

Let Your Art Out 3

Scribble around page using Texture Gems™ Silver . 

 

 Let Your Art Out Finish

Add splatters along the edges of the page by loading paintbrush with water, swipe across the  top of Gelatos® Mars and Black Hole and tap paintbrush to add splatters.  Lastly, apply  Gelatos® Black Hole around the edges of the page. 

Tada! 

Supplies Used:

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


 


Sparkly Iced Pear Frame

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Sparkle and shine just make me smile.  I hope it makes you smile too, because I've got some shimmer and shine for you today.  The color of the week is, Gelatos® Iced Pear and boy, does it shine!  

Grab your  Gelatos® and let's play.  Let's make this awesome frame together. 

Pear Frame 1

Cover frame with Gesso and use a bit of  Whipped Spackle too, to create texture.  Dry and color frame using the Gelatos® Iced Pear.  Spread with a wet paint brush. 

 

Pear Frame 2

Mix the Gelatos® Iced Pear with Glass Bead Glitter Gel to create this sparkly texture. 

 

Pear Frame 3

Spread around frame.  I sure wish you could see the sparkle better in the picture.  It's lovely!

 

Pear Frame Complete Watermarked

Scribble around frame using Texture Gems™ Pearl in white, to add a bit of dazzle.  Finish it off by embellishing with paper flowers, some bling and hang a dragonfly charm from a piece of twine.  

 Tada!

 

Supplies Used:

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


'This Life' with Peach Gelatos®

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Hi there, Mou here today wishing you a very happy new year! I have a tutorial for you using Gelatos® color Peach.

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The Peach Gelatos® is a really versatile color. It is great for creating skin tones and background washes. But pair it with other pastels and/or more intense colors and metallics and you can open up a whole new world of possibilities as I explored in the above piece.

To make a similar piece, you'll need the following:

Gelatos®colors: Peach, Aqua Dolce, Banana, Blood Orange, Passion Fruit, Lime, Metallic Mint

Textural Accents: Gesso, Chalkboard Paint, Stencils 10 ct 101 Collection

Others: Mixed Media paper, Paint brushes, Stamp

Let me walk you through my steps.

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Start by generously rubbing Peach Gelatos on the mixed media paper to create a base wash.

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Start adding layers of colors with other Gelatos colors. Blend them with water.

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Keep adding more Gelatos colors, blending some without water and some with water. Add more Peach to the mix.

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Tie the colors in with Chalkboard Paint and Gesso.

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Use  stencils to pencil in patterns. Color around the patterns.

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Free hand a butterfly or another motif with a paint brush and chalkboard paint to create a focal point for your piece. Make marks with Peach Gelatos.

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Stamp a few words.

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Here's a close up of my finished piece.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would try pairing your pastel Gelatos with other colors!

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Metallic Icing Floral Home Decor

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  Natural colors just rock my world.  You can find them throughout my home from the carpet to furniture to the walls.  They are very common in many households.  However, they are even better with a bit of sparkle.  Therefore, it was quite easy for me to decide what I wanted to create using the yummy color : Gelatos® Metallic Icing  Mmmmm.  

Grab your  Gelatos® and let's play.  Here's what I did. 

Metallic Icing 1

Use  Gelatos® Iced Chai, Iced Coffee, Gold Champagne to make a lovely background.  I colored it on and spread with water.  Use Gesso and spread with  brayer to add another layer.  Set aside to dry. 

 

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Cover both sides of a lunch bag with Gesso. Next color with your Gelatos® Metallic Icing,  rub in with your  finger or a damp paint brush. Tear out 3 sets of circles, 3 circles each, with the size increasing with each circle in each set. Since you colored on both sides you can tear out 2 circles at a time.  Allow to dry. 

 

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Use Mixed Media Stencil 101 to add a fun pattern to canvas. Just color over with  Gelatos® Iced Chai, Iced Coffee and Gold Champagne and spread with finger.  Rub Gelatos® Iced Coffee along all four edges, rub in with finger to frame canvas. 

 

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Crumple all circles in a tight ball and then unfold.  Color edges using  Gelatos® Iced Coffee then gently and quickly rub Gelatos® over top to hit the wrinkles. Layer crumpled circles from small to large to create flowers.  Secure with a large brad. 

 

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Attach flowers to canvas with Gel Medium or by using brads through the canvas. 

 

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Finish off by doodling on stems using Stamper's Big Brush Pen #177 Walnut Brown and scribbling around canvas with Texture Gems™ Gold to add sparkle. 

Tada!

 

Supplies Used:

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


Last Minute Christmas Cards

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Hello artists and fellow procrastinators! This is Rachel Kleinman joining you today, and I am a master procrastinator whether I like it or not (and I know I'm not alone!). I'm sharing two fast and last minute holiday cards using the Gelatos® of the Week, Iced Currant.

The stag head card focuses on stamping with Gelatos®, which was one of the first techniques I ever used with Gelatos® years ago. The background was created by coloring Lime Gelatos® on a stamp, misting it with water to activate the pigment, then pressing my watercolor paper directly on top of the stamp. Then I also added Texture Luxe™ Gold over the Mixed Media Stencil 101 diamond pattern. The Stag itself was stamped with Ice Currant Gelatos®, but then I added a lot of shading with my Stamper's Big Brush Pens (watch this part in the video!)

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Of course I have a quick video to go with the quick card! Watch it here

 

 

My next card is very simple and really packs a punch! I covered the card panel with Iced Current Gelatos® mixed with Glaze medium, then used a 102 Collection stencil with Texture Luxe™ Pearl to create candy cane stripes.

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The letters to spell Joyeux Noel were made with the alphabet stencil from the Stencil 301 collection and Metallic Mint Gelatos®. I fussy cut the letters and adhered them over silver ribbon using Gel Medium. Easy easy!

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I also have a video for this card! Watch it here!

Thanks for joining me today. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

 

SUPPLIES:

Gelatos®: Iced Currant, Metallic Mint, Lime

Texture Luxe™ Paste: Gold, Pearl

Mixed Media Stencils: 101 Collection, 102 Collection, 301 Collection

Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Black, Scarlet Red, Green Olive

Design Memory Craft Glaze

Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

 

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So Cute, Clothespin, Angel Ornaments

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I've got a serious love thang for angels.  This quick, cute idea makes my heart pitter-patter and is a great, crafty project to do alone, with friends or with the kids.  

So grab this week's color Gelatos® Silver Ice and let's make some last minute, angel ornaments.   Here's how...

Angels Ornaments 1

String a large round bead onto twine and tie a knot at the top and bottom of the bead, to hold bead into place.  Be sure to leave a loop at the top and a little twine hanging at the bottom.   Add a drop of adhesive in the opening of the clothespin.  Place the bottom of twine inside, let clothespin close onto twine.  Set aside to dry. 

 

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Paint clothespins using Texture Luxe™ Gold.

 

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Once dried,  cut a few pieces of burlap for the wings. Tie at center to create the look of wings. Adhere to back of clothespin. Use Gelatos® Iced Chai to add interest to wings.  Add a bit of shine by scribbling on wings using Texture Gems™ Gold and add a bit of sparkle by adding some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to  bottom half of clothespin. 

 

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Finish it off by coloring on some Gelatos® Silver Ice onto a piece of paper, punch out star shapes and adhere to your angel. 

 

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Here's a little close up so you can see some of the sparkle!

Tada!

Supplies Used:

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com


Easy Holiday Card Ideas

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Hi Loves. Tiare here.  I love this time of year.  It gives me the opportunity to get creative and try fun and unique ideas.  One of my traditions, that I hold dear is to create non-traditional holiday cards.  I love to use unique colors and items.  I do not always keep it "Christmasy" but I keep it fun.  One thing is for sure, my cards get the attention of the recipient and often is a topic of conversation for us.  So much fun. 

Today, I share my cards using this week's color  Gelatos® Metallic Mint.  Perfect for making non-traditional holiday cards with a lot of shine!  Here's what I did...

 

Christmas Cards 1

For my first card, I grabbed this stencil from the Mixed Media Stencils 101 Set.  Be sure to cover card with Gesso first for even smoother blending and spreading.  Place over 1/2 of card.  Use Gelatos® Metallic Mint and Metallic Blueberry to add color by simply rubbing over stencil and spreading with finger.  Add one color first and then add a little of the second color on top and blend with finger.  They blend easily and beautifully. 

Add a ribbon, veneer Christmas Tree, a little gem and handwrite your sentiment using the Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib to finish. 

Christmas Cards 2

For the 2nd card,  cover card with Gesso.  Next, use Stamper’s Big Brush Pens:  Skyblue 146 and Cobalt Green 156 to create your background.  Draw color onto craft sheet, spritz with water and drag the  card through color.  Do this one color at a time.

Next, use this stencil from the Mixed Media Stencils 101 collection  to create cute, floral images.  I simply layered the circles one at a time on top of each other to create this look.  Use Gelatos® Metallic Mint and Metallic Blueberry to add color by simply rubbing over stencil and spreading with finger, one circle at a time. Next add a gem to the center of each flower.  Draw on a vase using Stamper’s Big Brush Pens Walnut  and doodle stems with  Journaling Pitt®Artist Pens Medium Nib

Finish it off by adding a bit more shimmer by scribbling all over the card with  Texture Gems™ Gold

So fun!

Supplies Used: 

 

Me in PinkTiare Smith is a mixed media/art journal artist and instructor. 

She hosts a variety of online, mixed media workshops, challenges and more. 

Join her for more creative fun at http://www.tiaresmith.com