Hey y’all! It’s me, Chantal on the blog today. Our October was filled with the essence of fall – candy and costumes. Now, with November here we are a mixed bag of turkeys and trees, pumpkins and peppermints. Here at Gauche Alchemy, it’s a perfect time for our theme of Mixed Media (mm). You may have a few questions about “Mixed Media” like…what is it? What do I mix? Is it easy? What supplies do I need? What is Gesso and do I need it? Let’s address these questions one at a time-
What is it? In the art world, the word medium or media is generally the primary technique of your work such as painting with acrylics or sketching with charcoal. So with mixed media, you are combining 2 or more mediums…like acrylic paint and inks, watercolor and acrylics, drawn and photographed.
What do I mix? You are free to mix whatever you would like…your favorite techniques, your favorite paints, inks, chalks, papers, fibers…One tip is to remember to use a sturdy base for your layers and allow enough drying time between the layers.
Is it easy? Yes and No….Yes, because you have freedom to choose and mix till your heart’s content…No, because you have freedom to choose and mix till your heart’s content. For those of you who like a perfect outcome, mix media can be a little challenging but you do not have to worry, just use a little paint to cover up what you don’t like and voila, another layer!!!
What supplies do I need? What is Gesso and do I need it? You probably have everything on hand already!!! In this project, you will see I used basic supplies to create an “mm” journal page. Gesso (in it’s intended purpose) is a binder that prepares canvases and other substrates to be painted. In the beginning, use white acrylic paint. As you get more into mixing, you might want to add more inks or paints, paper or stamps, metal embellishments… But start with what you have and love…you will find that in no time at all mixed media will become a perfect blending of your inspiration and ideas. Let’s get started…
Two page journal entry or base for the project
2 sheets of vintage German Paper (The Mixed Media Variety pack from the SHOP is perfect for this!) or desired background paper
Floral images – vintage reproduction from Gauche Alchemy kit
Acrylic paint in white and cream/eggshell
Tim Holtz Distress ink in antique linen, bundled sage and chipped sapphire
StaZon ink in saddle brown
Love and Time Stencil by Rebekah Meir
Flourish rubber stamp
Disposable sponge brushes
Soft blending sponge
Small sanding block
*This is a general project to encourage you to create and so with that, use the colors, inks, stamps that you have. After the base is complete, you can go back and add words, pictures and/or metal embellishments and ribbons. Mix it up to create your very own work of art.
- Cut or tear the vintage paper or background paper to the size needed. Torn edges give it a unique definition to your paper. Adhere to the journal page with Collage glue.
- Put a little white paint on a palette. Using a sponge brush, sponge/smear paint around the edges of the paper. Use a paper towel, to spread the paint to achieve the desired look. Set aside to dry.
- Repeat step 2 with the cream/eggshell spreading it over the center of the pages. Set aside to dry.
**You can go back and add more white if needed.
- Cut the image from the vintage floral sheet. Using a small sanding block (like the ones from the nail salon), sand the image to create a worn look. Adhere to page. Add a little paint over the edges to create a seamless impression.
- Using the 3 inks, begin with antique linen, stamp the image around the page, stamping off the edge as to give it more depth. Then repeat with bundled sage and add a few more stamped images with chipped sapphire.
*When I stamp multiple times of the same image, I imagine an invisible triangle shape on my paper as I stamp…3 stamped images that would form an invisible triangle – one at the top, bottom and middle, varying the size/shape of the invisible triangle. This helps with placement and keeps the images from crowding one another.
6. Place the stencil in the middle of the page, slightly off center to create interest.Using the blending sponge and the StaZon ink, stencil the image. With the blending sponge, I “dragged’ it across the stencil instead of pouncing.
- Move the stencil around the page and stencil smaller portions of the stencil to create interest and harmony.
- Using the now inked blending sponge, drag the sponge down the center of the two pages and add a little cream paint if needed. Use a paper towel to spread and thin the color.
- Now walk away …..this is the most important step in collage or mixed media art. We tend to want to keep adding and then we add too much. This is now your base page or perhaps your finished page. Walk away for a little while and then when you return you will know if you need to continue or if your creation is complete.
Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 5 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft. She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2016 Design Team and the 2016 Gauche Alchemy Design Team. She is also a regular contributor to Bella Crafts Online Publication. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at email@example.com. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.