Instagram Day!

Hello, Gauche partner Heather here today to share with you a new feature here at Gauche Alchemy! Each month, we are going to have an Instagram Day with a giveaway! Show off your work AND get a chance to win some Gauche goodies.



Today we are celebrating all things PUNCHINELLA (we’re a little obsessed)! Want to win an envelope stuffed with our awesome punchinella?? You will get one giveaway entry for each– 1. Posting a mixed media project and tagging ‪#‎gauchealchemy‬ 2. EXTRA entry if it includes punchinella. 3. Join our Facebook community, Gauche Alchemy Studios. 4. SHARE! Now, show us what you’ve got! ‪#‎mixedmedia‬ ‪#‎giveaway‬

 We hope that you play along!! We can’t wait to see what you share.

Creating a Mini Journal using Artist Trading Cards

Hello!  Official Alchemist Ashley Findlow here.  Today I want to show you how I made this quick and easy Mini Art Journal using simple ATCs.  I found myself using many of the items included in my Wandering Soul Kit I received from Gauche Alchemy.  A complete list of items used will follow the tutorial.



Begin by deciding how many pages you’d like your mini journal to have.  I chose 5.

I began with 5 basic playing cards.

I began with 5 basic playing cards.

I covered all the cards with a couple coats of gesso.  Some folks may choose to lightly sand the playing cards before applying the gesso- I find that it isn’t necessary.  But, by all means, do it if it makes you happy!  :)

I added a very quick and inconsistent swipe of Opal Magic paint to one side of a couple of my cards.

I put two very thin coats of gesso on all the cards. Some with white and some with black. I used Art Alchemy (Finnabair) Opal Magic paint on one card of each color.

I put two very thin coats of gesso on both sides of all the cards. Some with white and some with black.
I used Art Alchemy (Finnabair) Opal Magic paint on one card of each color.   The color of paint I chose to use is Pink-Blue.  It appears to be Pink when put on a black surface, yet it appears Blue when applied to white surfaces.  How fun!

I always find things more interesting when they have texture.  It doesn’t have to be a lot.

I slapped on some pink paint with my finger, and topped them off by running some colored modeling paste over a stencil.

I slapped on some pink paint with my finger, and topped them off by running some colored modeling paste over a stencil.  I love adding texture to my simple Artist Trading Cards.

I dug through my piles and piles and piles and piles of fun and interesting papers and ephemera to find the items I thought were just perfect for this project! Featured here: UNDRESSED Mixed Media kit  and SEE-THRU Patterned Vellum pack. Once satisfied, I glued them on with my favorite product ever: Glue and Seal. (Matte, of course.)

I decided how to decorate the other cards, as well as the other sides of the cards.

I decided how to decorate the other cards, as well as the other sides of the cards.  I used plenty of items I received in the Gauche Alchemy kit “Wandering Soul”.  From patterned vellum to foil tissue paper, to punchinella and book pages, and more!

A quick and easy way to add color and texture is by using these hole reinforcements.  They are very cheap, and there are many ways you can personalize them.  I chose to spray with ink and them to stamp them with archival ink.  Be sure to use permanent ink when spraying these guys, or you’ll have a mess later on!

After the cards were completely decorated, I punch one hole near the center of the left side of each of the 5 cards. Then I reinforced the holes with these inked and stamped reinforcements.

After the cards were completely decorated, I punch one hole near the center of the left side of each of the 5 cards. Then I reinforced the holes with these inked and stamped reinforcements.

Some of the ATC details:

One of the "pages" in the mini ATC journal.

One of the “pages” in the mini ATC journal.  I added texture here by using joint tape.   I used some heavy matte medium to adhere the bigger items, and a thinner matte medium for the smaller items, like stickers.


My favorite page!

My favorite page!  I wrote my words with a white UniBall Signo gel pen, added some punchinella I got in my Wandering Soul Kit from Gauche Alchemy, a little jute cord, and a piece of paper ephemera to finish it up.


Here are photos of the finished Mini Art Journal:






This is the back of my mini journal.



To make this project I used:

5 Playing Cards

Single Hole Puncher

Various Items from Wandering Soul Mixed Media Kit

Dylusions paints

Art Alchemy Opal Magic Paint

Matte Medium


Paper Ephemera (Gauche Alchemy Variety Ephemera Pack is perfect for this!)

Jute Cord


Heavy Matte Medium



Prima Marketing Gypsy Cord

Joint Tape


There were a few other odds and ends like a stapler, etc. that I used.  I hope that this has inspired you to start creating your own Mini Art Journal!  Please head over to our Facebook group, Gauche Alchemy Studios, for more inspiring project ideas and to share your creations. Next month we will be offering a new inspiration topic; so stay tuned!

Happy Crafting!


Mixed Media Postcards

One of my favorite things to do is to send out and receive letters and postcards.  It’s a leftover habit from the 90’s when I was an exchange student and this was a way to communicate and keep in touch with friends across the ocean.

Nowadays emails, blogs and social media have replaced most of the snail mail.  Letters and postcards are few and far between.  So whenever I get a chance, I don’t waste it.

When I looked through the kits I got from Gauche Alchemy, I couldn’t help but feel a little overwhelmed.  So much good stuff!  What to choose, what to use first?!  I had to calm my senses first.  I don’t overthink it, I just pick what I am drawn to.  Keep it simple. No more than a handful of items, and go!

So I picked a yearbook page (with all male class, wink!), the bubblegum pink delusions spray ink, a little bit of punchinella, and a few words.

I did use a couple of my own supplies (stamps, ink, Bristol smooth surface paper).


Start by cutting your paper into postcard size (4×6 is a good start).  Spray the center with water, then use a brush to dip in the ink and spread the color around.



Cut out a few individuals from the yearbook page.  This is the fun part. Audition your person, your words, your bits of paper/punchinella.




Once you decide on your design, use gel medium to adhere it to the paper.  Use a brush and cover the back with gel medium, position it on your postcard, then brush the front and around.  Do the same with the word, the punchinella, or whatever ephemera you use to embellish.image

As a final touch, I like to add a few stitches to my project.  So I stitched the the edges of the word.


Have fun playing!


Supplies used:


Undressed Mixed Media Kit (words and vintage yearbook pages)

Art Journaling Techniques After a 12 Hour Day


Hello, this is Erena!

I have had a particularly exhausting and hectic week, which can be a fast creativity killer. I know we all struggle with this challenge; so here is my go-to technique for creating mixed media after a long day. I am currently obsessed with the ICAD project (index card a day) and will show the style on an index card. The small format is perfect for experimenting with layers and colors without feeling overwhelmed, and it’s so gratifying to see a piece come together in a very short amount of time using scraps on your table and a few simple tools!



1 index card or art journal page

Craft glue stick


Craft paint

A cap or lid of some kind (no cap is safe in my home)

Sponge dauber or make up sponge

Stabilo black aquarellable pencil (or any water soluble pencil)



Dictionary paper, map paper (any paper)

Word Stencil


Bonus tip: When I am feeling creative and in a good flow with my art, I like to make mixed media strips, backgrounds, labels, stickers, and other embellishments that can be used at a later time. I put my extras in a folder.


Step 1: Glue strips of “pre-made” paper to index card. Trim excess paper.

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Step 2: Select a few craft paints (these are my favorite) and finger paint any blank spots. Finger paint the map and the seams of the paper strips.

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Step 3: Use punchinella (I have 3 different sizes) and same paint colors that you have already used all over the index card. You are starting to add layers now!

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Step 4: Glue ephemera down, and mark with stabilo and water brush (or wet Q-tip)

The stabilo will react with water, so draw around any ephemera to highlight it black. Then use water brush or wet Q-tip.

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Added more layers by using Magenta paint and punchinella.

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Layers, layers, and some more layers…using complimentary colors keeps it from looking muddy. The magenta really makes everything pop.


Step 5: Use a word stencil on index card. Once paint has dried, take a cap, dip in paint, and randomly place. Finishing touches– used leftover black paint and punchinella for contrast.


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I would love to see your take on this technique! What are your favorite layering tools?

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Please join us in our Facebook community, Gauche Alchemy Studios, to share your ideas and join the conversation!


Until next time :)



Art Journal Entry: Whatever Lola Wants…

Hi everyone! This is Jackie, back with another post.

Today I decided to share a journal entry with you. Now, to be honest with you, this size (the Dylusions 11×8 journal) is a first for me. I’m more comfortable with working on smaller surfaces, like tags, but this time I decided to step outside of my comfort zone.

There is inspiration all around us, and so many incredible artists in the mixed media community! I recently learned about a mixed media challenge by artist Mike Deakin called Mission: Inspiration. After checking it out I decided to give it a try. I took the liberty of doing a couple of the steps out of order, but I love how it turned out. So, with that said, let’s take a look…

Step 1: I used black gesso as the base color.

Step 2: I used a napkin, making sure to peel the bottom layer off.

Step 3: I applied white gesso with a baby wipe.

Step 4: I achieved this effect by applying the contrasting colors with a gift card.

Step 4 : I applied pieces of a page from an old Readers Digest book. The book was on sell at my local library for around $1.00. Once I saw the beautifully aged pages, I just had to have it. Another perfect place to find all kinds of collage goodness, including vintage book pages, patterned tissue paper AND decorative napkins perfect for layering is in the Gauche Alchemy Mixed Media Variety ephemera pack.

Step 5: I used a flower foam stamp I made from a Silhouette design. I found the easiest way to ink the stamp is to brayer the ink onto a non-porous surface, and then stamp it into the ink.

Step 6: I used a stencil and acrylic paint, making sure to rotate the stencil (in this case 90 degrees).

Step 7: The focal image I used is from Sarah Vaughn stamps I purchased. I’d been saving it for months, waiting for the perfect project.

Step 8: I used Gauche Alchemy’s Gold Wave punchinella to apply textured paste. I absolutely LOVE this punchinella.

Step 9: I did the larger lettering with a white Pitt Big Brush, and created the shadow effect with black and red acrylic paint. The small lettering was done with a white Uni-ball Signo pen.

And, step 10: To create the border I used a makeup sponge to dab white acrylic paint through a stencil.

So, it’s pretty much done, except the words didn’t pop enough for me, so I decided to outline them with the white Signo pen, and that gave me exactly what I was looking for.

Here’s the finished page in its entirety.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this journal entry, and I can’t wait until the next mission.

Thanks for walking through the process with me, and I hope you were able glean a little inspiration from it.

Until next time!


See more of my creative escapades on Instagram.