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In this weeks class I’ll show a simple way to turn your favourite acrylic colours metallic with just a few new additions to your palette.

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Links

Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 9 Make your Palette Metallic.

Now you know how, what will you create with your new extended palette? Hope you are enjoying this series, do let me know in your comments.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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Todays mixed media background features earth tones, I intend to stamp over this background but want to scan it in to the computer first so I can use it for digital art too.

Earth tones & grunge, lots of layers for mixed media joy

Earth tones & grunge, lots of layers for mixed media joy

Paints used: Winsor & Newton Galeria

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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This week I’ll show you how to create a feathered texture for your mixed media projects.

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Links

Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 8 Feather Texture.

How are you getting on? Hope you are enjoying this series and have learnt some new techniques to add to your own skills. Do tell your friends about the series on your favourite social media sites. See you next Wednesday for Lesson 9.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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Here are some new designs I created for my pocket Filofax, mostly diary pages but also a notes page too.

Filofax Pocket Diary Page; Washi tape style

Pocket Filofax Diary pages, with wide 'washi tape' style edging.

Pocket Filofax Diary pages, with wide ‘washi tape’ style edging.

Pocket Filofax Diary with Narrow boarder

Pocket Filofax Diary Page design. Narrow frame design

Pocket Filofax Diary Page design. Narrow frame design

Filofax Pocket Notes Page

Pocket Filofax Notes Page. Narrow boarder

Pocket Filofax Notes Page. Narrow boarder

Serif Craft Artist

I created these using Serif Craft Artist software. Having designed the layout framework I saved it as a layout and it meant I could then make it in Pocket size with only a few tweaks. Future pages can have colours, fonts and background page edges changed easily. Its a great way to personalise your Filofax the way you like it.

Pocket Filofax Naked Diary page layout

Pocket Filofax Diary; Naked page design before decoration.

Pocket Filofax Diary; Naked page design before decoration.

Using the software I can also save my own layouts and elements as digikits which helps with future designs. Check out the links below for more information about this brilliant, versatile software. It makes great cards, scrapbook pages and gift bags but with imagination you can do so much more with it too.

Links

  • Daisy Trail This is where you can buy Craft Artist software and lots of digikits to help you find papers, colourways and embellishments to create your own stunning layouts.
  • Philofaxy this is a great site that has printable layouts if you aren’t yet ready to design from scratch.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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What happens when you take two acrylic paintings and merge them? Today I’m sharing a picture which is a digital blend of two of my recent mixed media backgrounds.

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

The first picture was

Mixed media background with stencilling.

Mixed media background with stencilling.

The second was

Mixed media distressed background Pinks & blues

Mixed media distressed background Pinks & blues

These were two of my favourite background paintings so I scanned them into the computer and then took them into Photoshop Elements and played with the opacity and this was the result. Play a bit more and you could add a photo in there somewhere too.

Hope you like it, think I’ll do more of these :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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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.

Links

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 :)

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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