Category Archives: Mixed Media

Underpaper Starring in My Journal

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Underpaper Starring in My Journal

Hi. Under what? Underpaper…paper you put under your journal page that you’re working on to protect your desk and the pages under the page you were working on. I am currently using 12×12 deli paper as it works as a nice size protector. Once it has been used a bunch it can be pretty interesting. Admittedly, sometimes it’s a muddy, crumpled mess, but sometimes, the ink sprays, acrylic paint, watercolor and modeling paste create some striking underpaper.  

All of the circles on the two page spread below are hand cut from underpaper. You may not be able to see the texture but all the white on the circles is modeling paste. There is also an awesome shimmer. I glued the colorful pink and orange circles down with a glue stick.  Then I proceeded to stamp, spray and flick black paint all over the pages. A true mixed media collage.    

 

Art Journal: Crisp, Clean Color

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Art Journal: Crisp, Clean Color

When I art journal, anything goes. Sometimes, I move quickly and sometimes I am methodical.  My art journal is heavily inspired by what I see around the time of creating. The page is rarely a long term planned project. 

This page was created in about 45 minutes–lickety split. I came home from a meeting than ran late into the night…I needed to unwind. 

I sprayed some Dylusions ink sprays and some acrylic paint onto my journal and blended a little. Then hit it with a heat gun.  Once dry I used a gate stencil upside down with watermark ink and gold embossing powder. 

Added my girl with Stabilo black “pencil.”  She is part traced, part sketched. Yes, I just admitted that. It works for me. I don’t create to be a great drawer. I create for joy. Then I added embellishments. She has lovely flowers in her hair and a piece of pretty paper on the left page to coordinate. Some more sprays including Dylusions White Liben spray. Stamped an adventurous quote.  

I tend to create with darker more grungy colors or by “tamping” down colors but I really enjoyed stepping out of my regular color treatment for a clean, crisp look. I also like the negative, white space. Intentionally trying to leave more white space in my journals these days. 

Enjoy! 

  

  

Water Color Bubble Fun in my Art Journal

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Water Color Bubble Fun in my Art Journal

Was totally inspired by Donna Downey’s Artist Gang Tuesday a while back. Love the stencil the artist was using. I used water colors to add color to the music page background. Added some Prima text stamps that were circular, some embossed butterflies and a fun Dylusions stamp. Then to add a little interest I added a coordinating tag and some 80’s style black paint splatters. 

    

  

In gratitude, Trish’s Tuesday Tag

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In gratitude, Trish’s Tuesday Tag

Still playing in my “unplanner” with the lovelies at documented life project/art to the fifth. This is my PAC, mine is a tag, for the third week in February. The theme was gratitude. I am so grateful for so many everything’s. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! And I love my tag!

Check out the lovely layers of mixed media: acrylic paint, ink, modeling paste, stickers, water colors, collage ephemera.

   

Trish’s Restrained Tuesday Tag 

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Trish’s Restrained Tuesday Tag 

Show a little restraint, will you? I did in February. It was my word for the month. It’s a good word to keep top of mind for someone like me…someone who needs to  keep her cards a little closer to her chest. 

I created the tag as part of the art to the 5th, Documented Life Unplanner 2016 project. Week 2 of February’s challenge was create with variations of one color.  What a perfect challenge for showing some restraint. 

I used a black tag. Sprayed Dylusions White Lined spray over a stencil at bottom right and top left of tag. Spray is awesome but provides very little control. Be prepared to surrender perfection. Loved the shades of white on the black tag. Splattered some ink randomly on the tag.  Printed “restraint” on white copy paper. Layered a titch of white polka dot paper and almost called it done. But it seemed a little too restrained. Added a silver flower from a bracelet and some sheer white ribbon.  The icing on the cake really turned out to be the large tag I adhered it to, another shade of white ribbon and some white uniball pen doodles; I was struggling with how to store the tag in my book without putting holes in the actual tag when I decided adhering it to another tag created the same way was the perfect layered piece. 

  

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Right Now

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Right Now

“Do what you can with what you have right where you are.” Don’t know who said this or why, but it is a great reminder to me right now…In my professional life I am part of a company turnaround, most days it feels pretty impossible but I do what I can. I need to feel good about that so I made a tag. Love the colors–fuchsia, teal, turquoise and dusty blue. Love the texture. A little acrylic paint added in layers with stamps and stencils. Then a dusty blue flower and a reminder quote. Perfection. Did what I could, with what I had…and the results were mahvelous daaaarling.

   

 

Tag it Tuesday: You Can’t Fix Crazy

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Tag it Tuesday: You Can’t Fix Crazy

It’s true…you can’t fix crazy. Sometimes, it’s your crazy that can’t be fixed…most of the time it’s someone else’s crazy that can’t be fixed. 

It’s a little manila tag layered with acrylic paint, ink, a stitched frame stamp. The butterfly is glittered with Tim Holts’ delicious picked raspberry and purple glitter. 

 

Lovely Layers: Front to Back

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As you know I have been participating in the 2016 Un-Planner fun! Check out the front and back of my tags.  More than the pages even, I love the lovely layers of color and media together. 

The front image shows 3 layers. A mixed media art envelope, a green travel tag using a clear embossing powder technique and a planner page…

The back image shows 4 layers of lovely juxtaposition. The back of the travel tag with a snowman element, the mixed media art envelope, the back of a list page, and a partial view of a family picture page (which is the back of a weekly planner page). 

   

…pictures just don’t do the layers justice…