Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Taking Baby Steps Into The World Of Mixed Media

I've long admired many a blogger who uses varies mixed media techniques on their layouts.  I told myself that I wanted to give it a try, and take baby steps into this new adventure.  I started working on this layout last night and was pleasantly surprised at how easily it came together.  I used the September Challenge #4 at Once Upon A Sketch/CSI, the New Challenge Word "Touch" at Bird Is The Word, and Keren's Mixed Media Challenge at Berry71Bleu.
For the month of September Once Upon A Sketch joined forces with CSI and here is the 4th Challenge:
This is how I solved the case:
Evidence: Birds, Leaves, Little bits and pieces, Rub-Ons, Book Page
Testimony: Journaling on my photograph

I will admit that I was a little intimidated with the whole prompt at first, but everything fell into place quite easily.  It does make you really think about what you are doing! 

Here are a few close ups:

Journaling on my photograph:

I brushed some gesso on the flowers and added some clusters of rub-ons. I also added stitching rub-ons all around my page.

Mixed Media:
Texture paste, stamping and painting!

And the final touch, some Prima Resistable Canvases which I inked and then stamped:

Now that I've got one under my belt, I think I will give it a try again soon.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Supplies Used:
Bo Bunny Country Garden
Martha Stweart Double Loops Punch
Rub-Ons:  Polar Bear Press and DCVW
Prima Zephyr Alphabet Stickers
Prima Resistable Canvases
Recollection Flowers
Crafter's Workshop Punchinella
Stamps:  Prima, Cocoa Daisy, Tim Holtz & Recollections
Ink:  SEI and Tsukineko
Gesso, Modeling Paste, Blue Paint


Sarah said...

Holy moly this is gorgeous! Don't be scared you nailed it girlfriend! ;)

Pat said...

its fun to get messy!! WTG!

Cindy Gay said...

It's a beautiful layout Debbie. Love the texture past pattern.

Ashley Horton said...

It turned out beautifully, Debbie!! Isn't the mixed media fun??!! I just started using Gesso recently and it is fun to get a little messy here and there! :) Love the way you used the CSI case file and the flowers on your page are gorgeous!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!! You rocked it girl!!!! This is amazing!! I love love love love the colors and the textures!!!!

Lizzyc said...

This is absolutely beautiful.. well done on trying new things, and I reckon you will be doing more arty stuff, love the flowers and colors and thanks for joining in at BITW!!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow - this is unreal!!! You'd think you'd been using mixed media forever - this is sooo good!!!

Bellaidea said...

Beautiful photo and great take on all challenges, thanks for joining Berry 71 Bleu!

yyam said...

Wow! This looks amazing Debbie. You have such a knack for pulling elements together. Adding mixed media just gives it another layer of textured dimension. All good! So glad you decided to get on the mixed media bandwagon. It's highly addictive!

Melenia Agapides said...

AMAZING page!!!!!! You've done miracles with the mixed media techniques! Please continue!!! Thanks for joining us at OUAS!

Helen Wallace said...

An amazing page. It's hard to believe this is your first attempt at mixed media. Love the whole thing :)

Irini said...

Debbie absolutely gorgeous layout! I think you have handled the mixed media elements perfectly!
Thanks for playing along with us at Bird Is The Word!
Make sure you head over to Get Creative challenge blog...you will be pleasantly surprised!!

Vicky Varvadouka said...

Wow!! Debbie, this is beautiful!!! The design and colors are perfect! Thanks for entering B71B!!!

Kay F said...

What? For someone who hasn't dealt with mixed media much--you rocked this page! You added many touches of mixed media and they all came out fabulous! The stamping, the texture paint, the painting...it all came out fabulous! And what a heartwarming photo! Love it all. Thank you for sharing your talents with us at OUAS!

Elisabeth Sarkis said...

Hi, beautiful page and colors,thanks for joining in at BITW!!

Sandi Clarkson said...

Wonderfully done! I have found it to be lsightly addciting. Great colors! Hope you are doing well, sweetie!

Elena Stefanidou said...

This is beautiful!You combined everything so great!
Thank you for plaing with us at OUAS

Kelly Massman said...


Ella Swan said...

Wonderful start with the mixed media Debbie and thank you so much for playing along with us at Berry71Bleu this month! I look forward to working alongside you at Purple Pumpkin too - congratulations!

Rachael Funnell said...

This is JUST BEAUTIFUL.... The Journaling on the photo is AWESOME & the mixed media looks SENSATIONAL!! THANKS for sharing this with US over at BITW!!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wonderful work, love the background, great texture and very interesting too!

Keren Tamir said...

this is fantastic Debbie!! love it!! thanks for sharing at B71B

Channa said...

Gorgeous layout, lovely work! Thank you for joining us at Berry71blue.

Sandra said...

I love the mixed media you've used to create such a beautiful page Debbie - just gorgeous.