Saturday, August 11, 2018

Trials and Errors

This is an 8.5" x 11" chipboard that I covered with a variety of paints, waxes, and inks.  I am extremely new to Mixed Media art, this only being my fifth project or so.  I'm still not used to what paints react with what inks, etc.

I painted the chipboard with white gesso and then did some stenciling with texture paste and added the gears and pieces from a cut up Foundry embossing page.  Then I sprayed on a variety of ink sprays only to find some were very dark and would not lighten even when diluted with water.  The pink area came out a bit darker than I like.

This collage reminds me of unicorns and fairies --- the colors, anyways.  It's the first attempt at making a Mixed Media collage that was intended for a female.  All my past projects were ones that I made for my nephews.

Guess I'll try to punch some holes in it and add it to a journal I want to start working in.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mixed Media Book Box

My nephew, Nicholas, just graduated from high school.  I had made a scrapbook for him years ago with all his baby pictures and wanted to make something with his more recent photos in it and a place to hide things, thus the book box.

I started off by using one of my husband's old college textbooks (with his permission, of course).  I cut a template measuring 5x7 for the book box portion and began cutting a few pages out of the book at a time, but leaving some pages in front of this to attach photos.  I wish I could have made the box part deeper but my hands were wreaking havoc on me already, and I had broken my good knife.

When the box part was done, I began working on the cover.  I wanted to leave the binding as is so when he puts this book on a shelf with other books, it would blend in.  To make the cover, I glued on a piece of wrinkled tissue paper and let that dry.  Then I painted it with black gesso and did some stenciling with texture paste.  When that was dry, I dry brushed some red Finnabair Art Alchemy wax and then rubbed on some metallic colors with my fingers,highlighting the raised areas.  

I adhered some Tim Holtz Idea-ology findings and some similar things from Hobby Lobby's brand, Spare Parts.  For the inside pages, I tried to use mixed media on as many as I could and designer scrapbook paper on others.  

How many of us know what day of the week and what time we were born?  I thought this would be something sentimental for Nick so I made a few pages with this information on them, along with his birth weight and height.

The rest of the album is a compilation of more recent photos and events Nick participated in.

This was a fun learning experience for me.  If I ever make another book box, I won't put as many pages ahead of the box part as they bulked up the book and made it difficult to keep closed.

I hung a chain with some trinkets on it just for fun:  a graduation tassel and year charm, a red bottle I filled with red seed beads (his favorite color) and a key since Nick just bought his first car.

Now I get to begin working on a totally different project for my soon-to-be 17 year old niece.  

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mixed Media Father's Day Frame

This is my gift to my father for Father's Day.  I used his Navy graduation photo, printed it in Picasa by adding a warm 1950's glow with shaded rounded corners.  It originally was a black and white photo.  I'll explain further below how it all came together.

  I am new to mixed media and all the different mediums and their purposes.  On my first attempt (below), I used a paste to adhere the embellishments that didn't dry transparent, and I also used a clear gesso that is supposedly made to go over photos but apparently not photos that are printed on an inkjet printer.   I also cut my chipboard too small for the frame and had to add the pipes (painted straws) at the top.   This is the one I am keeping for myself; the one with the red heart on it will go to my Dad.

To make the background, I started off with a piece of chipboard the size of the inside of the frame.  The embellishments on the chipboard are so dimensional that the glass to the frame doesn't fit back on, but that's the intention.

I first painted the entire front of the chipboard with black gesso.  Then, I applied some texture paste over the stencils, dried it all with a heat gun, and repainted everything again with black gesso:

This was also my first attempt at using texture paste and stencils, thus the imperfections.

I dried the gesso with a heat gun then rubbed on some Finnabair Art Alchemy waxes with my finger:

I also painted on some blue acrylic paint but spritzed it right away with water to lighten and loosen it up.

For the frame around my father's photo, I cut two of the Sizzix Ornate Frame #2 with chipboard and glued them on top of each other for more dimension.  Then I painted on some Finnabair metallic rust copper paint, dried it with a heat gun, and applied some Crackle Glossy Accents.  I let that dry overnight.

I cut the Sizzix Thinlits Treeline and colored it with Peeled Paint distress ink.  The trees represent nature and how my Dad loved taking us all camping every summer when we were little.

All of the embellishments (gears, anchor, straws painted to look like pipes, measuring stick, and the #7) were adhered with transparent Finnabair Heavy Body  Gel which I purchased at  It was also used to adhere the designed panel to the frame.  I rubbed on some of the Vintage Gold Art Alchemy wax around the front of the frame itself.

I used the straws / copper pipes as my father was always upgrading plumbing in the house or adding to it.  My 4 sisters and I were the lucky assistants who got to help him solder the pipes.  I say "lucky" because on a few occasions we'd get hot solder dripped on our hands.  The lucky part is my brothers -- they were born 11 and 13 years after me when all the plumbing jobs were already done.

I added the gears to represent everything my father has fixed over the years such as our bikes, toys, the car; pretty much anything that broke Dad was able to fix and still does.  I don't recall ever having a repairman coming to the house to fix anything, nor a plumber nor an electrician.  Dad did it all.

The black metal measuring tape (a Tim Holtz product) has two meanings to it:  it has the 35 on it which was the year my father was born, and when I was little I would play with his fanfolded measuring stick all the time until I broke it.  I've always felt terrible breaking his measuring stick but he still uses it today, even though some of the end numbers are gone.  This is what it used to look like:

Image result for fan fold measuring stick

So that's my story and how the design came about.  I am glad the first attempt didn't turn out perfectly so I am able to keep it for myself.  Now I just have to cross my fingers that the embellishments don't fall off during shipping in the mail.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Ann

Home Sweet Home

One of my nieces is moving into a new house so I thought a card would be appropriate to welcome her to her new home.

The background was made using the Taylored Expressions Brick embossing folder with white cardstock which I then painted over with white gesso.  I ran the piece of paper through some Frayed Burlap and Faded Jeans distress inks that were watered down on my craft mat.

The Stampin' Up thinlits Butterfly was cut out of glossy photo paper that I inked up with a variety of alcohol inks for a metallic look.  The key is from Michaels.  I cut a blue heart to fill in the top of the key then adhered a diamond gem.  The stamp "Home Sweet Home" is from the Marianne Designs Collection COL1333.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Vintage Cup of Roses

I'm trying my hand at making cards that have more stamping and fewer die cuts.  I really like how the two look together.

Today's card features the Sizzix Bigz Tea Time cups die which I cut on chipboard.  I painted on some white gesso then stamped the Anna Griffin rose with distress inks.  The background Abandoned Coral layer is embossed with the Kaisercraft Tiny Roses embossing folder then highlighted with Vintage Photo distress ink using a finger dauber.

The roses are by Recollections and the leaves are from a variety of the Tim Holtz Funky Florals thinlits.  The oval is also a Tim Holtz thinlit called Stitched Ovals which I stamped with the French Script stamp by Impression Obsession and added some stenciling with distress inks.  I added half a doily and some shading beneath the cup.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Vintage Collage

The current Wed. challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Use More Than One Stamp.  For my card, I used a hexagon stamp, word stamp and floral stamp.

Keeping the post short so I can enjoy the sun outdoors with our dogs.  We've had 8 days of no sun and all rain so any sun is appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

First Attempt at Mixed Media

Now that my nieces and nephews are older (except for Ronan who just turned 4) and most are in high school, I don't have a need to make cutsey cards.  I've wanted to get into mixed media art for a few years but wasn't ready to make the switch until now.  It's a pretty expensive hobby compared to card making, for me anyways, since I didn't have any of the materials needed.

I started off with some easy ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) since they are smaller and don't require quite as much on them.  I kept them simple since I didn't know how they would turn out.  I found something similar to these online and basically used on sale or clearance embellishments from Michaels.

To start off, I crumbled some white tissue paper and glued it to the chipboard ATCs then dried them with a heat gun.   Then I adhered the embellishments.  Next I brushed on some black gesso covering everything.  In hindsight, it would have been easier to paint the black gesso on the tissue covered chipboard before adhering the embellishments since it was hard getting the gesso down into all the tiny spaces.

I used plastic buttons and a heart that I've had for years but bought the lock, flower and keys for 57 cents at Michaels.  Those micro beads and buttons I couldn't sell at my garage sale came in very handy:

The next step was to rub on some Finnabair Art Alchemy waxes to highlight the raised areas.  I only bought a few of these waxes locally at Michaels.  Lucky for me the entire Finnabair line was 40% off.

This was a good way to learn how to apply the waxes as you can tell I was a little heavy handed in some areas.  

My dilemma with mixed media art is "what do I do with it after it's done"?  It's too heavy and bulky to mail to any of my family, not that any of my family would want this kind of thing anyways.

It is fun though and allows me to learn something new and be super creative.  It's also a huge stress reliever -- these thunder storms we're having are stressing my dogs out like crazy.  They never used to be bothered by noises but now that they are older (12 and 13 yrs old), one of them just shakes non-stop.  It's super stressful when there's not much I can do to help them.

(love my giant Hostas)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Who Remembers This Jingle?

I have been trying to remember all the words to this jingle........they keep going through my mind all night long.  Now that I looked them up, maybe I can get some sleep.

Do you remember this show?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ombre Alcohol Inks

I used a variety of alcohol inks to make the background:  Salmon, Shell Pink, Watermelon and Coral.  I dripped the colors randomly on my craft mat then swiped a piece of glossy photo paper through the drips.  The bees were stamped with the Stampers Anonymous Oddities Tim Holtz collection using Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink.

I'll enter this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann