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Want to add some dimension to your mixed media projects? Today I’ll share how to create a textured stone effect, perfect for book covers and all kinds of projects.

Mixed media Stone effect with lots of texture and dimension.

Mixed media Stone effect with lots of texture and dimension.

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Here we are for Lesson 7 in the Mixed Media workshop. This week Embossed Stone. I love this effect and it’s really easy to create with just a few simple steps and not many supplies.

Hope you have fun with this technique, do leave me a comment and show me any projects you create using it, I’d love to see what you are all making. How are you getting on with this series, are you learning lots of new techniques to take in your own directions?

If you are enjoying this series, do tell others about it, the more the merrier. See you next Wednesday for Lesson 8.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Another new colour for distressed art, yellow! Break outside your colour comfort Zone and see where it takes you. Grunge and distress doesn’t have to be brown ;)

Mixed media distressed background, yellow is new for me.

Mixed media distressed background, yellow is new for me.

I tend to stick to earth tones for distressed look but have decided to break out of that rut and experiment with new colours. This bright yellow was a Daler Rowney and scared me silly but a gentle wash of Paynes grey soon put it back in the aged and worn look I love so much for backgrounds.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Welcome Back In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Staedtler Triplus Pens

Staedtler Triplus Pens

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Staedtler/ Triplus
  • Item number: 323 SB20
  • RRP at time of writing: £24.50 but cheaper on Amazon ;)

Reason For Buying

I wanted some colours to use with Doodling and struggling with my dexterity I wondered if the triangle-shaped barrels of these pens would help.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Good selection of colours
  • Triangle shaped barrel comfortable in the hand
  • The caps fit very well but are easy to remove
  • The plastic case is robust and folds back on itself to act as a stand as you use the pens
  • Case stays closed for travelling with your pens
  • 1.0 mm fibre tip pens, work well on cartridge paper and cover well

Cons

  • The option of more colours would have been nice, but the range is still good for general doodle style of art

Build Quality

Excellent! The nibs are robust and seem to last well. The firm fitting caps mean if you travel with these pens there is much less risk of the caps dropping off. The case being able to be used as a stand is a nice feature and like the lids is a secure closure but still easy to open.

Value for Money

TBH I would be a bit tight and not want to pay £25 but these were a bargain at just over £11 on Amazon and at that price I am very happy. They are quality and are worth their higher price, I’m just on a tight budget at the moment.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, they have a finer nibbed version of these pens and I’m looking to get a set of those for working in smaller areas and for lettering.

Summing up

Superb pens, love them a lot. Great for bold lettering or doodling. Bear in mind they are water based so not ideal for mixed media if you plan to use wet media over the top but that a niggle. Great pens, try them see if you love them too.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon Billie :)

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As Part of Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure project, I’d like to share a tutorial from my mixed media workshop:

How to create this dimensional crackled effect.

Great for all kinds of mixed media projects.

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

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I hope you are enjoying this series and will join me next Wednesday for Lesson 7. I’d love to see your projects that you create using these techniques do share them and any questions you have in the comments below.

If you are enjoying this series do tell others on your favourite social media sites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Pastel meets grunge! Check out the grime and layers to this piece. Another one to scan in to the computer for lots of options.

Paints used Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic. This will get some stamping and lettering added but at the moment I’m enjoying it just as it is.

Mixed media Background: Pink grunge!

Mixed media Background: Pink grunge!

Keep an eye out for this piece again in a digital mixed media mash up. Hope you like this one too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In todays tutorial, I’d like to share how to create this metallic mixed media paint effect. It would look great on boxes books and all sorts of projects.

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

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Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 5 Purple Distress

I do hope you are enjoying this series and will let your friends know where to find this class on your favourite social media network. I’d love to see you work, do leave me a comment to let me know how you are getting on or with questions, I’ll try to help where I can.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Do you love to create backgrounds with mixed media then fall in love with them and just ‘save them’? Scan them into your computer and you can do so much more with them. This is a great way to be able to use them time and again. This was a really bright vivid photo layered over with one of my grungie acrylic backgrounds I showed you earlier in the week. Love the effect, what do you think?

Mixed media digi art. Floral photo meets acrylic painting

Mixed media digi art. Floral photo meets acrylic painting

Scan your favourite art projects into your computer

A while ago I was watching a tutorial on You Tube about someone making marbled paper, he said he scanned the results into his computer then could print them when ever he wanted too. Brilliant idea! I have played with acrylics and made some lovely backgrounds in the last few weeks and loved them so much they were going into the save box. Now I’ve scanned them into the computer at 1200 dpi, so I have the option of using them for digital art, or printed for papers for all kinds of things.

The images will be great for layering over other photos for grunging them up, perhaps making my own digikits to use with Serif software. Either way, its a great to design the backgrounds I love and be able to get more than one use from them. Its also great for card making/papercrafting or for using with all kinds of mixed media projects.

What if I paint something ugly?

We all do it, a background is going so well then you splosh on a new colour and hate what you get. You could try layering over it with papers or more paint OR just put the result in a box and ignore it for a bit. Your tastes change over time and if you come back to the piece another day, you often don’t remember the original plan and look at it with new eyes.

Take your favourite backgrounds and turn them into digital files for so much fun.

If you have a printer that has a scanner ontop, give this a go, you can bring your scans into Serif or Photoshop or similar and change the opacity of layers as well as adding all kinds of elements. Its a lot of fun and easy to do, I’m going to hunt through my box of favourite backgrounds and get scanning.

Hope you give it a try too, best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

 

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