Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tips & Techniques Thursday: Making Mixed Media, and Distress Stickles


Hi, its's me, Ann, from the Design Team at All that Stickles.  For today's Tips and Techniques, what  I am sharing with all of you is about using those awesome Distress Stickles in your Mixed Media. Now, for those of you who are not sure... Mixed Media is about making art using multiple forms of medias.  For example, a painter that uses more than one type of media on the same canvas, such as oil, pastel, and pencil is considered to be doing mixed media. Today the vogue is about taking scrap booking to another level by altering other substrates than just paper into more complex pieces, or by altering existing objects with various mediums. Then, there are those beautiful canvases that we can paint and glue and distress.... the possibilities are limitless. Basically there is no wrong way to do this.  Making Mixed Media is often the process of evolution many artists go through. We learn the basics, the how to's, what works with what, etc.  Then, the artist just gets this natural feeling of "hey there is more out there", and "let's see what else I can do with this...." Making any art is truly an organic thing.  Therefore, if you ever feel that you have learned everything you can about scrap book making, or card making, or any other craft, but you still want to create, then you just might be ready for this Mixed Media Art. Look out! You just might be an Artist!

Next week on the blog we have a Linky Party going on where we encourage our followers to post projects that show some and ANY Distress Stickles. Shhh! I wasn't supposed to tell you this!  The team members have also been busy creating some great examples to share with you, make sure to come back and check it out.

First, here is a picture of some of my handmade books and journals in and on which I have used Mixed Medias and sometimes stickles.  Because I like to antique my new creations I often turn to the line of Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress products, including the Distress Stickles.  For one thing, all the products in that line are all colour coordinated.  That simplifies things quickly.  So I can use the acrylic paints, the alcohol inks, the Dye ink pads, and of course the coordinating Distress Stickles, and voila I have mixed medias!


I tend to apply the distress or any Stickles for that matter over a dry, and usually as the final layer on my projects.  I use the Distress Stickles to high light or add some dimension to my piece.  Therefore, I want them to be seen, not covered up by another opaque layer.  For example, on my Art journal (book on the left with binder rings) I used some Antique Linen and Rock Candy Distress Stickles, sparingly. Just enough to put some glitter back onto some of the elements after lots of pushing and pulling with layers of paint and ink.  I put just a bit of glitter in some nooks and crannies because I wanted to give my journal an old book look with some fancy jewels and buttons from a long time ago.




In this example (above) I used some Walnut Stain Distress Stickles to enhance my attempt at making rusted metal.  In this instance I had put just too much of the Stickles, so I added some more paint to camouflage the shine but left the grittiness behind.  I also used the paints and inks from the Distress line.



On the page just above (which is a page from inside the journal on the far right in the first picture),  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Stickles on the pink elements.  Notice how it adds dimension but it is not too shiny, it looks more worn. On the green elements I added Vintage Photo Distress Stickles, this gives the rusted look.

Now if you are wondering just how many colours of Distress Stickles are available, check this list out, I got this from the Ranger Website.







Distress Stickles

Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Antique Bronze Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Brushed Corduroy Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
TDS28888
NEW!

Barn
Door
TDS28895
NEW!

Bundled
Sage
TDS28901
NEW!

Chipped
Sapphire
TDS28918
NEW!

Crushed
Olive
TDS28925
NEW!

Forest
Moss
TDS28932
NEW!

Pumice
Stone
Brushed Pewter Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Dried Marigold Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Dusty Concord Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Faded Jeans Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter GlueFired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter GlueFrayed Burlap Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
TDS28949
NEW!

Rusty
Hinge
TDS28956
NEW!

Spun
Sugar
TDS28963
NEW!

Stormy
Sky
TDS28970
NEW!

Tumbled
Glass
TDS28987
NEW!

Victorian
Velvet
TDS28994
NEW!

Wild
Honey
Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Antique Bronze Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Brushed Corduroy Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
TDS26334
Aged
Mahogany
TDS26457
Antiqued
Bronze
TDS24958
Antique
Linen
TDS26341
Black
Soot
TDS24965
Broken
China
TDS26358
Brushed
Corduroy
Brushed Pewter Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Dried Marigold Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Dusty Concord Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Faded Jeans Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter GlueFired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter GlueFrayed Burlap Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
TDS26464
Brushed
Pewter
TDS26365
Dried
Marigold
TDS26372
Dusty
Concord
TDS24972
Faded
Jeans
TDS24989
Fired
Brick
TDS24996
Frayed
Burlap
Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Mustard Seed Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Old Paper Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Picket Fence Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Pine Needles Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
TDS25009
Milled
Lavender
TDS26389
Mustard
Seed
TDS26396
Old
Paper
TDS25016
Peeled
Paint
TDS26488
Picket
Fence
TDS26402
Pine
Needles
Clear Rock Candy Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Scattered Straw Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Shabby Shutters Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Spiced Marmalade Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Tarnished Brass Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Tattered Rose Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
TDS26563
Rock
Candy
TDS25023
Scattered
Straw
TDS26419
Shabby
Shutters
TDS25030
Spiced
Marmalade
TDS26471
Tarnished
Brass
TDS26426
Tattered
Rose
Tea Dye Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter GlueWalnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Weathered Wood Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
Worn Lipstick Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Glitter Glue
TDS26433
Tea
Dye
TDS25047
Vintage
Photo
TDS25054
Walnut
Stain
TDS26440
Weathered
Wood
TDS25061
Worn
Lipstick

The glitter in these stickles tends to be bigger than those in the regular line, which adds to its nostalgic feeling, just like the entire Distress Line.  I also find the glitter to be more subtle in its shine, which I love for my altered and distressed projects.
I hope that you enjoy this tutorial and are inspired to give Mixed Media a try.  Just use some stickles and have fun!  Thanks for viewing.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips

    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow! Check out all those colors!

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