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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

Links

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 personalize your Filofax? Here is a great way make your own diary pages and add your own style without the need for loads of coloured tapes ;) that curl and stick your pages together where you didn’t want them too ;)

Filofax Personal diary page, made with Serif Craft Artist software

Filofax Personal diary page, made with Serif Craft Artist software

I used Serif Craft Artist to design the page layouts and add their pretty background papers. I’ve made the page un-dated so it can be used at any time. Being one to get a bit board of too much of the same design, it also means each month could have its own colour way or you could use the same background paper to create dashboards for other sections of your Filofax. This design turned out MUCH paler than I had expected once printed, so I’m going to go with different colour scheme for next month.

Great tip from the wonderful people on Philofaxy was NOT to use ‘Print on both sides’ options on your printer but to go with printing just one side, turning paper and feeding it back in manually.

Just love Craft Artist, I’ve now got to the stage where I can have an idea in my head and us the software to make it happen. It took a while but not as long as it did with Photoshop. Since I now won’t be printing back to back it leaves the options open for going in and adding text for the month and day numbers for each page as I go.

Links

  • Daisy Trail. Where you can buy Craft Artist software and lots of Digikits to design with
  • Philofaxy Brilliant site for Filofax layout pages

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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This week, try using Interference colours to make your basic pallet go even further. I’ll show you what they look like and what they can do for you.

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Links

To find out more about interference colours, check out the link below.

Lesson 4. Introducing Interference colours

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here’s what happens if you scan it your favourite acrylic backgrounds into a computer and merge them. Its so ethereal, I love it. This will have more done to it as I add some text or images to it. It looks almost pearlescent.

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

Have I show you these two backgrounds yet? This might turn into a massive tease if not but I promise to share my original art this came from. As ever Winsor & Newton Galeria paint was used for the original art.

Do tell me if you like it in your comments.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you see beautiful art created by a Gelli plate but still wonder if its for you? I love mine but it took a while before I bought one, so I’m sharing the things that I thought might be issues, that turned out not to be. If you have questions about the Gelli, leave me a comment and I’ll try and help answer them.

6x6" Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts

6×6″ Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts

  1. Does it smell? No. This was a big one for me as I am very sensitive to scented things and I was worried that this would smell of chemicals or have some other kind of smell. The Gelli plate has virtually no smell, if you really get your nose down to it and really sniff hard, you can just and I mean barely detect a slight sweet smell, a little like caramel sugar, but its not strong. You have to almost have your nose in contact with the plate to get it.
  2. Is it greasy/slimey? No. I was expecting a silicone coating or a greasy film that would leave residue on my hands and brayer, but it does neither. It feels a bit like a well polished table, slick but no residue that makes your hands or tools feel strange.
  3. Is it easy to clean? SO easy! Spray water on any paint on the surface and use a damp cloth or rag to wipe it away. If you find stubborn dried paint, apply wet paint over it and you will find it will peel off with your next print.
  4. Is it hard to store? Nope, just make sure you put the plastic film back on both sides of the plate and it stores in the packaging it came in.
  5. What do you put it on? It says to be careful what surface you use it on, so what do you put it on? 1-4 were answered by Gelli themselves on their various videos but this was a killer for me for ages. Then I saw a You Tube video (soz don’t know who) and she put hers on a glass cutting mat (UNUSED please) I had a Slice cutting mat that had never been used and it worked a treat! I could move the plate as needed but the grippy feet on the mat kept it in place. Perfect. The reason for the concern is that the surface of the plate is very sensitive, if you leave it in contact with print or texture it will take on that texture so spoiling the plate. Because of the natural oils in the plate, if you leave the plate on an absorbent surface it could leave a stain on that surface (I’m guessing, kind of like Blue tac did on your posters left up for years ;) )
  6. How long will it last? I contacted the company and at the time of writing they have been making these plates for two years, so its still a young product but they have had no reports of plate failures yet. Follow the care information on the packaging to ensure you don’t use anything on the plate that is known to damage it and you should be fine.

Well those were the deal breaker questions I wanted answered before I took the plunge, how about you? Have I answered your concerns or do you still have questions? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of Gelli plates, do you love the, or are you still on the fence?

Links

If you missed it last week, here is my Product Review for the Gelli Plate.

Bear in mind I’m just a user of the product and not sponsored by the company. If you want to see what the makers are saying about this product, check out their websites below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In lesson three of our mixed media workshop, I’ll show you how to paint pieces like these?

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Links

Lesson 3: How to create a dark wood paint effect.

Dark Wood paint effect for Adventures in Acrylics

Dark Wood paint effect for Adventures in Acrylics

 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will join me next Wednesday for Lesson 4. Tweet if you like this and do tell others where to find this series.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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