Happy Day Everyone! Today is my Mixed Media Tutorial day over at the STAMPlorations Blog and I am going to share with you one of my favorite mixed media techniques using stencils and masks. I will walk you through the steps to achieve a wonderful mixed media background rich with textures and patterns and colors in this simple four-step process that delivers amazing results. Here is my completed Art Journal page:
And here is a close up to show you some of those yummy details:
Now before I get started I would like to share this personal observation with you: "This simple, four-step method requires that you trust in the process, because this project will change drastically from what it looks like at the start to what it looks like at the finish. I encourage you to not quit before you get to the end of the process. I have discovered there is at least one point in every mixed media project where you won't like what is in front of you, but that only means you are Not Finished Yet, so just keep going (Smile)." These are the products I will be using for this tutorial:
|Step 1: Apply random paper scraps in a neutral color using a fluid medium.|
|Step 2: Apply paint through a stencil using a sponge applicator|
For this project I chose the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil, which I taped down so it wouldn't move (painter's masking tape is great for this because it comes off the page so easily.) Designer Tip #1: Using only one stencil but lots of different colors will give your piece great energy without being too busy.
I chose to use Tim Holtz Distress Paints because they are sheer enough that my words still show through the paint and I like how quick they dry. Design Tip #2: Choose either a warm or a cool color pallet so that all the colors will blend beautifully when they overlap.
Next, using the same stencil, I added some white chalk paint to break up the colors a bit...
At this point I am totally trusting in the process because this is not the page I had envisioned when I started... Gulp!
|STEP 3: Using a Mask and paint or gesso cover it all up|
for this next bit. This is a Mask rather than a Stencil the difference being with a mask I will see my background whereas with a stencil I cover it up. Black gesso is my prefered medium for this step because it covers everything in one coat and it is so beautifully matte that it accepts any other medium overtop.
First I applied the black gesso, moving my mask around, turning it over and using its edges and corners until I had my general layout...
Then I cleaned the black gesso off my mask and repeated the process using my Maya Gold paint by Viva - this paint covers beautifully and has a wonderful shimmer.
So I just covered up all that extra gold with more black gesso until it looked like THIS... LOVE IT!
I did pull out my black waterproof ink pen and re-outline my butterflies to make them really pop... Design Tip #3 Using Waterproof Ink is important in mixed media because you don't want your marks to run all over your page if you add more layers.
I chose the ARTplorations Fearless Large Stencil and I used painter's masking tape to mask off the areas of the stencil I wasn't using. I decided to use my Ferro Gold paste by Viva; it contains a very fine sand and works especially well on stencils with words.
And that's it - a wonderful spread, rich with color and patterns that looks NOTHING like the steps along the way! This Shower of Flutters mask worked so beautifully for this technique that my art brain is already full of ideas for a canvas... Happy Sigh.
For the ARTplorations Mixed Media Design Team
STAMPlorations products used on this project:
|ARTplorations RETRO CIRCLES Stencil|
|ARTplorations SHOWER OF FLUTTERS Stencil|
|ARTplorations FEARLESS-LARGE Stencil|