Using Free Images in Your Mixed Media Art

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In creating mixed media art, I often use images and photos to help make my story stronger. Images can help clarify my message, drive home a point, and bring interest, color and texture. They can enhance my piece or even become a focal point.  Finding images to use is fairly easy- you can use your own photos or art you’ve… Read more »

Washer Necklace Tutorial: Using Beaded Wire

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Making your own jewelry is a fun way to express and display your creativity. This tutorial combines two popular DIY ideas in jewelry making- the washer necklace and wire jewelry. You’ll need: -about 16 inches of 24 or 26 gauge silver wire -small beads (I like to use 2 or 3 different sizes in the same color family) -1½ inch… Read more »

Mixed Media Art: Choosing a Base

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Creating mixed media or assemblage art requires you to make a lot of choices. One of the first things you need to do in creating an assemblage or mixed media art is to pick your base. Sometimes I even like to pick my base first and use it to guide the creative process. For example, I may decide to use… Read more »

Craft Room Organization pt.2

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Being organized will help you be more creative. You’ll be able to focus better and will get more done, as well as being able to find and access what you need when you need it. No more wasting time looking for that misplaced paint pen or whatever else it might be. Here are some tips to help you get organized…. Read more »

Craft Room Organization pt. 1

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Having an organized craft room will help you be more creative. When your environment is free of clutter, it’ll be easier to focus on your projects. You’ll also have more time and be more productive because you won’t have to spend hours looking for things–everything will have its own place. If your space needs a lot of work, to the… Read more »

Use Free Scrapbook Border to Frame Your Photo

I was looking for a unique way to frame a photo of myself to use on my website. I ran across this beautiful blue scrapbook border on Pixabay but I needed a way to make the opening transparent. After doing some research I discovered how to do it using Paint. First I downloaded the scrapbooking frame image on my computer… Read more »

Iris Folding Valentine’s Day Card

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With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, how about making some cards for those special people in your life. To make this beautiful card, you’ll need: 7 x 10 inch piece of cardstock, scored and folded in half 6¾ x 4 ¾-inch piece of white cardstock strips of iridescent or metallic paper (You can use whatever coordinating papers you have… Read more »

Found Object Art: Luke 8:14 Assemblage pt. 4

I found an image of Jesus in the public domain on www.marysrosaries.com. I desaturated it and increased the contrast in MS Paint and then printed it out. Since images are usually flat, it can be challenging to use them in assemblage art. I added interest by tearing the edges and coloring a few select areas red, but I needed a… Read more »

Found Object Art: Luke 8:14 Assemblage pt. 3

This post is the the third in the Found Object Art series. I created the dimensional “metallic” word, Jesus, with foam letters.  After the letters were glued onto cardboard, I added texturizing medium and spray painted them black. Then I dry brushed them with gold acrylic paint. I added bits of red corrugated cardboard on both sides to repeat the… Read more »

Found Object Art: Luke 8:14 Assemblage pt. 2

Continued from Found Object Art, part one. During the decoupage process, my board started bowing pretty severely. Not having used canvases that much, I was not sure what to think.  Did I put too much water in my gesso? Is it because I used a cheap canvas? What do I do now? I saturated the back of my board with… Read more »