Posts Tagged ‘mixed media backgrounds’

GPP No. 55 ~ Disappearing Act

Yet again, another interesting journey through this month’s GPP’s Street Team Crusade. Michelle has challenged us to take our previous paintings and use the same colours to create a Disappearing Act.


I started with my previous backgrounds made for the Mind Games Crusade. And even though I had lots of lovely backgrounds and the colours noted on cards, I hadn’t written down what colours I’d used and how I had mixed them. So I tried to replicate them¬† but wasn’t happy with the results.

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*Note for young players* Write down colour combinations and how you got them!! DO NOT rely on memory!


Realising I was trying to do this “arse-about”,¬† I mixed up another batch of colours and noted which paints I used and the mixing ratios.

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Then I re-made the backgrounds. As this method doesn’t take long to dry, it was easy to create a few backgrounds.

Then I was ready to get stamping!

And here are the results…

I also used a hand-made flower stencil. [Editors note: Just realised that I made this flower stencil for GPP No 19, way back in April 2008!]

The first few pages, I had a neat pattern, then I had a few more random stamping pages, and they looked much better, so I want back to the first ones and stamped randomly over the top of the neat patterns.

In my quest of using up ALL of my paint, I also dug out the tissue paper created in the last Crusade and added more random stamping. I was pleased with myself that I know when to stop! (A somewhat rare occurrence for me)

So there is another very fun Crusade complete!

Happy Crusading!

Julie Prichard and Colour – Beyond the Basics

The most talented Julie at Land of the Lost Luggage is now offering the most amazing online class, along with Chris Cozen, one of the working artists with Golden.

Project DeConstruction: Colour – Beyond the Basics. It includes choosing color for your art, mixing color, lightening up your art, creating beautiful aged papers, building your color library and they will even show you painting techniques to help you pull everything together. But don’t just take my word for it! Head over here and check out the video.

This is an amazing way to take a class while practicing right in your own home. And there is no rush – you can “pause” and “rewind” the video, making sure you catch every detail. The class also includes a beautiful PDF document to accompany the video.

Mixed Media Monday – What was she thinking?

What was she thinking? That’s what we had to determine this week over at Mixed Media Monday.

I had a great time creating this art journal page. I created the background using my favourite mixed media art technique; I painted the background with gesso and acrylics, and added Collections stamps in Staz-On. The girl was attached with craft glue and I gesso’d over her dress to provide a definite outline. I made a paper template for her dress, then transferred it onto the map paper. This was cut out, gesso’d and details added with Collection stamp, pink pencil and Twinkling H2Os.

Animal stamps by Fern Gully Stamps. Bird stamp by Rhonna Farrer, Autumn Leaves. These were stamped onto dictionary paper and coloured in with pencils.Heading written by hand with silver pen and pink Sharpie pen.

Thanks must go to Diane, who does such a great job conducting and co-ordinating our Mixed Media Monday challenges each week. And thank you to all of you – each of you, with your viewing and leaving lovely comments, really have make the MMM community a fantastic one and one of my favourite challenge groups.

Until next week, keep creating!