Hello and Happy Monday to everyone! It's me Ann from the All that Stickles Design Team and also from Annmakes. I am so excited to be doing this new feature about Mixed Media. The idea is that each week I will present a Mixed Media piece of my own creation with the theme of the Linky Party going on. Now the Linky parties run for two weeks at a time and our Design Team creates some really beautiful and fun samples to inspire your own creations that you can link up to the blog and have the chance to win some prizes from our ever so nice and generous sponsors for that month. Remember, keep the theme in mind and most importantly: STICKLE away! We love to use those shimmery little bottles of greatness and we hope you do too!
So here goes, my creation this week:
A two page spread in one of my Art Journals, "Options". As you may already know Art journals are about anything you want them to be. Mine are especially random and eclectic. This journal is the one I keep around in my studio and take with me to classes and crops. I use it to clean my paint brushes and other tools. Really. It is a way for me to create backgrounds in advance. Then later when ever I have the need to make something, express some sort of feeling or just try out a new technique I can pull out this journal and already have a page or two that are not blank. Artists and crafters are often scared of that blank page or canvas, so having some mark already made can be the catalyst to something unexpected and creative.
The journal is a Canson XL Series Mix Media, 98 LB, 7x10". The pages had a splattering of mossy green and smokey blue acrylics(probably a combination of Liquitex basics and Dollar store) to begin. the pages had stuck together in some places and when opened the pages tore a bit which gave it that texture that is hard to see in this photograph. I used white gesso (Omer deSerres) and some homemade stencils for more texture and to brighten up the pages. The figure was made from the outline of a Prima Doll stamp and Black India ink (Pemco) that I brushed on. I used fine and extra fine tip black pens and markers (Staedler, Staples, Bic, Copic), some white chalk pastel (Galleria), charcoal coloured conte, rub ons (Dollarama and Staples), recycled tags, oil pastels, water soluble oil pastels (Binney & Smith), shimmery mica and ink sprays, extra heavy duty clear gel (Liquitex) to adhere the sparkly bead trims (recycled from old upholstery), Aleene's tacky glue, Distress inks by Ranger and STICKLES! (Blueberry Ice stickles, Rock Candy Distress stickles, and Gunmetal stickles).
In my work I use tools that range from high end expensive to downright cheap and cheerful. Very good tools are worth investing in and cheaper tools that will get easily ruined should be cheap as long as they do the job, that's just my opinion.
Don't forget to head on over to the Linky Party and challenge yourself, right now the theme is "Anything Goes". Have fun. I hope you enjoyed this and thanks for viewing. :)