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I started a new mixed media painting recently, here is how it looks so far.

Mixed media painting

Mixed media painting

Not sure what to do next, I’m thinking more texture and some darker tones in there, but I’m liking the tranquil colours that are already there. I want to add some thing to the left, perhaps a longer written quote. I’ve set it aside for now to see if a quote comes to me that I want to add.

Any advice for where to go next with this, play nice, don’t want to hear bin it thank you ;)

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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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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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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Do you ever start a creative experiment, just trowing things on the page to see what happens? Then find a result you like so much you just have to stop as you like it too much to add more? Here is the piece where that happened to me. This piece reminds me of a documentary I saw where they showed a diver swimming though kelp, lots of long strands of kelp with the sunlight twinkling though the half-light beneath the water.

Mixed Media art: 'Under the sea'

Mixed Media art: ‘Under the sea’

I had applied gesso to  the base board, then applied heavy body acrylic thickly with a sponge, then I heated it. (Best done in a well ventilated room as O. M days did it whiff!) The result looked a bit like crackled wood. Loving it too much to continue I left it aside for a few weeks. I do this as I frequently seem to make things I love too much to cover. I do this too with stuff I think doesn’t work as with a few weeks wait, you come back to a project with new eyes.

So I came back to the crackly paint, and applied a layer of green paint with the brayer (my new but now covered with acrylic paint so it gives good textures brayer).  This gave an even better look, once dry I have added more layers of washes and sponged on more texture.

This piece is likely to evolve further in the future so it will get perhaps text or imagery, but for right now, I love it just as it is.

How about you, what do you do if you get a piece you don’t like? Do you hide it in a box for a while and come back to it later? Maybe you gesso over it and hide all the evidence it ever existed? Do you feel the need to add lettering, images to every piece or are you happy to have a beautiful piece that you may once have thought of as a background, a place to start but now love just for its own right? Would love to hear your thoughts?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Toady’s art journal page features peace cranes from a Dream weaver stencil.

Art journal page; Peace cranes

Art journal page; Peace cranes

The background was created using Derwent Inktense Art blocks, I’m still getting used to these. The concept is that once the pigment has been wet through it dries permanent, to create this background I flaked different colours onto the page, then sprayed the page with water. This only partialy activated the pigment, so I went back and smooshed the colour around using a trusty piece of sponge, my art tool of choice ;) like the finished effect.

The birds look different as I painted over those with gloss medium to give them some shine. I’ll do more to this page before its finished but I’m working on the principle of creating backgrounds that I can add too as inspiration strikes.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today’s art journal page, features stamps by Ana Griffin and the lettering I added using Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink and a dip pen.

Mixed media Art Journal page; To Thine Own Self be True

Mixed media Art Journal page; To Thine Own Self be True

I used watercolour paint in the background and liked the effect it gave but as ever being water based, this isn’t the easiest to re work without moving earlier layers so I kept this one simple. I’ve left the area on the left clear as I’ll be punching though here to bind the book at a later date.

Really enjoying the W&N Drawing inks, have been experimenting with what they will write over and what you can see them through and will share the results with you very soon.

Hope you like this page, it is a bit of a moto of mine. I don’t want to be a clone of anyone else, I like to learn from others of course but hope to adapt things to my own style.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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