Mixed Media Technique- Art Journaling 101

Although this post was originally shared last year, I think it’s the perfect post for our “Exploring Mixed Media” chapter here at Gauche Alchemy.

We hope that you are inspired to get out some collage and paint and get messy. Enjoy!

Hi friends! Alchemist Rebecca here to share with you a little tutorial on how to start art journaling! Art Journaling is something I discovered by accident about five or six years ago! I started out scrapbooking, then found altered books and then my altered books turned into art journals! Art Journaling is a blast and I hope this post inspires you to try it!!!


Alright let’s get messy!!! I always start my pages out with some black and white type papers as well as my current favorite gold tissue paper; both of which came from our UNDRESSED Mixed Media kit! I tear my papers up and randomly glue them to my page!

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I then add Gesso (white paint if you don’t have any) all over the page with a palette knife (or old card)! I am a big fan of texture and this just does the job, its like frosting a cake!!

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I use an old room key or credit card to swipe paint all over the page, the flat surface of the card gets into all the crevasses of the textured back ground and adds some more as well! I love doing this particular technique because its quick, easy and dries fast! Plus it looks pretty awesome too!

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Ok now comes the fun part; decorating your page! There are so so many options here but this is kind of my process! I like to add some pattern and contrast (the plus signs, hearts and splatter!!) Then I like to find a focal point..


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In this case it was these two hearts I cut from my (overwhelmingly large) stack of painted papers! I also added some gold triangles around the page to add some cohesion!

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Found some cute gold stickers, added some washi tape and little circles and viola! My art journal page is complete! So how do you know your page is complete? My trick is to move around the page and just kind of trial and error it so to speak, if I try a few things and it just feels like nothing else fits then I go with it and call it a day!

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I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and decide to jump in and try art journaling, there are so many possibilities

and really no wrong way to do it! So go for it girl take the leap!

Also, visit our online SHOP for some great mixed media kits and supplies to start you on your way.

Shabby mixed media pendants

Hi, everyone! Today me, Viktoriya Porechnaya, is here. And I hope to inspire you creating something magical this month.

p1I made these shabby mixed media pendants from Gauche Alchemy stuff from my happy mail box. The spools and chipboard are from the UNDRESSED kit, but you can certainly use items from your own stash!

What I used: wooden spools, pieces of fabric and lace, grunge chipboards, brads, pins and jewelry embellishments. Light acrylic paints are used as well!

p2Paint spools and chipboard with white paint

p3Add pink and blue tones on it

p4Wind strips of  fabric and laces onto spools and pin itp5

Insert and turn bijou pins


p8Make holes and put brads in crowns

p7Glue wings and crowns using glue gun

p8Add beads and charms for pendants and to the chain. Some paint touches make it shabby.

p9p9p10Finally you have great handmade pendants!

p11Thanks for reading! I had fun, and hope that I’ve inspired you to create some pendants of your own.




The illusive Genuine Angel Firefly…

Hello friends! Susan here with a project that has captured something I have been chasing after for quite some time… my muse! She has been quite illusive lately and and has been secretly sneaking away for what I can only assume is for getting into mischief. But I have captured her and also a rare specimen – the ‘genuine angel firefly’.


This month is all about “curiosities” – apothecary boxes, shrines, 3-D dimensional pieces and assemblage! So many things to entice my muse… and this mini assemblage combines painty goodness with monoprints {created on my Gel Press Printing Plate}, and dimension combining a wooden canvas frame, a wooden spool, some bits and baubles and also a couple hand cast resin pieces.


Curiouser and curiouser… my muse came to play with the assortment of strips of words and phrases found in my “UNDRESSED” mixed media paper art kit… that spell out ‘genuine boy’, ‘angel’ and ‘firefly’. This interesting combination of words sent me off on a mission to create a 3D imaginary specimen inspired by some beetle and bug stamps.


A couple weeks ago I made a bunch of monoprinted papers on book pages using my fabulous favorite punchinella from Gauche Alchemy. Just two pulls and this one is good enough for me!!! This paper is Cracked Pistachio and Blue Lagoon Ranger Distress Paint. Love this color combination and how the text peeks through.


Before trimming my paper to wrap mini canvas, I traced around my resin piece with a pencil to lightly mark where I want to stamp the top and bottom of a beetle. I stamped with black pigment ink just the head and antennae of the beetle, then embossed with some black glittery embossing powder. TA-DA!!


You don’t have to use the entire stamp the way it comes… you can just use a portion. I’m so happy I was able to work this out in my crazy mind without having to fussy cut this beetle. Now with the beetle parts in place, I can trim and mount this beauty to the mini canvas and glue inside the backwards facing frame. It looked more interesting that way.


I glued on my resin cast pieces colored with a gold metallic powder brushed into mold when poured {you can see the original handle in the supply pix above}. I gave the resin pieces a rubbing with some dark pewter and silver Rub ‘n Buff® and also some layers of black pigment pen brushed into crevices to bring out the details. I have loads of things in a box of things to mold for arting and I never know what they will evolve into… I let them take on a life of their own.

I finished off the corners with some metal spider charms with loops clipped off, my words phrase assembled on a torn scrap of book page, and a wooden spool spritzed black wrapped with a scrap of silver thread and painted book paper. This is just so spooky cool!


This may be small, but this just makes me smile so big! I’m so happy to be able to bring a couple of hoarded vintage pieces to life in a creative way.

Go out and catch those fireflies!

I invite you to join us over at the Gauche Alchemy Studios Group on Facebook for more “curiosities” inspiration. Have a creative day!

Susan M. Brown {sbartist}

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!


Gold Ribbon Moments Journal


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Gold Ribbon Moments Journal

Hey y’all this is Chantal.  First let me say THANK You for such a wonderful welcome from everyone here at Gauche Alchemy!  I am thrilled to be able to share with y’all a little of my inspiration and creative process while encouraging you to be inspired and to find your creative strengths.


Gauche Alchemy Treasures!!

When I received my Gauche Alchemy Alchemist package, I was drawn to the 3 x 3 handmade papers that varied in texture and color in the Color Blocks Specialty Paper Pack. There was a hint of gold throughout the pack. I loved this and when combined with the Punchinella (I used the tiny circle Punchinella as both a stencil and as an element on the cover.). I had my inspiration. The color gold brings to mind (just to name a few) ….Kate Spade, wedding rings and  Olympic Gold medals.

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Handmade Paper squares

With this inspiration, I thought of a smaller art journal that could be a place to share Gold Ribbon Moments in the everyday lives of my family. It could be a place to record firsts or bests, a place to record good things and even greater things, blessings and joys… We each have Gold Ribbon Moments- sometimes we just need to write them down, so we can remember them in our days when the Gold seems out of reach.


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Close up of stenciled gold paste using Punchinella

To create this journal, I have shared the steps and techniques I used…let this be your beginning and “Go for the Gold” when you create your very own!!


1 small journal

Variety of Ephemera – Gauche Alchemy

Small circle Punchinella- Gauche Alchemy

Color Blocks Specialty Paper Pack – Gauche Alchemy

Painter’s tape

Block sander (like the ones for nails)

Collage Glue, Ultimate Glue


Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Gold

or a creamy texture paste

Gold Ribbon- 2 varying widths

Zots glue dots

3 Gold Metal Medallions

Sizzix Die – Prize ribbon by Tim Holtz

Sentiment Stamps – various

StaZon Ink pad



  1. Tape the edge of the journal with painter’s tape.

Tape edges using painter’s tape


Play with the paper before adhering to the journal cover

  1. Sand the Front and back covers of journal. This will help the paper adhere. Some journals or small tablets have a shiny finish.
  1. Using Collage Glue and the 3 X 3 papers, create a pleasing background by layering different sizes of papers. I did keep all the lines clean as I felt this was a more elegant style.

Gluing the paper down with collage glue

  1. Repeat for the back cover
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The back cover

  1. Once dry, remove the tape. With a small brush, brush a small amount of gesso along the front and back edges and the middle seam binding. This doesn’t have to be a perfect edge, let loose and let it have a bit of an uneven look.
  1. Once dry, cut a small piece of the Punchinella. Lay the piece on the Gesso edges and spread a small amount of the mousse, using a Popsicle stick. Move the piece randomly as to create a border.   Let dry.

Punchinella as a stencil!!



Spreading the Mousse on top of the Punchinella

  1. Using, the Sizzix die and the paper from the gauche Alchemy packet, cut the prize ribbon pieces.
  1. Ink the edges of each piece. Set aside.
  1. Trim the banner piece form step 8 to fit the size of your journal. Stamp sentiment on the banner and the smaller piece.
  1. On the cover of the journal, adhere a small piece of the Punchinella with glue of choice. Cut a long piece of ribbon that will fit around the journal with enough to tie a bow at the front. Glue this over the punchinella and wrapping it around the journal.
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The journal completed.

  1. Build the prize ribbon with the glue dots for dimension and then adhere metal medallions to the cover of the journal.

**On the medallions, I added some of the Nuvo mousse in gold to make the medallions have more brilliance. **

12  Stamp banner with ink and sentiments of your choice and adhere to cover with collage glue.


Now, the Winner of the first Gold Ribbon Moment, YOU… For creating this journal!!

May you have many Gold Ribbon Moments to journal and to remember!!