Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mixed Media Project - Roben- Marie Smith Class

6" x 9"

Hello Paper Crafters.  I recently finished a mixed media class by Roben-Marie Smith called "Art Journal Conversion" and wanted to share my first two projects with you.  This one just makes me smile.  I still need to add the journaling, but couldn't wait to share it.  I seriously can't believe I made this!!  I LOVE Roben's style and I'm so excited that she has classes to teach the rest of us how to get that wonderful layered look.  I really enjoyed the class.  It used a lot of products I already owned and honestly, the techniques were not new to me (spray inks, stencils, modeling paste, doodling).  What I gained from the class was the inspiration to add MANY layers of spray inks and gesso so that you create a depth.  So much is going on in the background, but it is so subtle that it doesn't overwhelm.  The medium I was introduced to was using oil pastels.  LOVE them.  It really allows you to add shading.  Be prepared to use your fingers,  A LOT, in this class.  If you don't like a mess, then this is not the class for you. 

The stencils I used were : Plaid (diamond pattern), Layers of Color (swirly), Crafter's Workshop (dots), and the daisy is from Hobby Lobby HERE, sorry I didn't save the package.  The larger circles are from a Drafting Stencils that has a lot of circles with different sizes, but they are graduated.  So it's a pain to use.  HERE.  I wish someone made one with lots of different circle, in differnet sizes, randomly. 

Here are a list of sites that I found that have really cool stencils though :

Martha Stewart at Michaels  - I LOVE this one, but haven't seen it at my local Micheals.  Will have to see if I can order it.

Plaid  check out the Folk art catagory.  Their store is a little weird to navigate.  Once you get to the Folk Art section, then you have to look to the right and you will see smaller photo's of options and can arrow over.  Then click on the stencil you want to see.  REALLY cool stencils.

I-Stencils - I linked you to the background stencils but check out the left column for other choices.  You can order from their online store, but I don't see any shipping details.

Options for Spray Inks :
Glimmer Mist
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Mister Huey
And I'm liking the less expensive RIT liquid dye (liquid, already mixed).  I purchased an .99 cent spray bottle from the artist section at Hobby Lobby and just poured the color in.

Let me know if you think of any others I can add to the list
I started shopping around looking for other options for spray inks.  Glimmer Mist are so pretty, but mine often clog and for what I'm paying for them, I find that frustrating.  Roben used some SEI Tumbler Tie-dye inks, so I decided to check out the tie-dye section of Jo-ann's where I noticed the RIT dyes.  SOOOO much cheaper than Glimmer Mist ($7.50 for 2 oz).  I bought them pre-mixed in a bottle (8oz).  I think it was around $4.  Then I picked up some inexpensive spray bottles at Hobby Lobby and poured the color in those.  So I decided to give it a try.  The orange you see in this project is the RIT.  I will definitely try some of the other colors.

I didn't want to start out working in my art journal, because I figured my first project might not be so good.  So I did this piece on 6" x 9" 140# watercolor paper and decided to hang it on my 7 Gypsies Photo Display Stand.  I don't have any photo's on mine.  It's dedicated to mixed media projects.  Here is a picture I posted in the past :

I spray painted mine black.  I use extra large eyelets in the top.

2.5" x 3" Artist Trading Card

This one is a mini.  You can't really get the depth on such a small peice, but I like how it turned out.
If you are interested in taking mixed media classes, here's a list :
Donna Downey - tons of free video's on her blog HERE
and in her store HERE
Free video's at Cloth, Paper, Scissors HERE
If you know of any that aren't on my list, please share!

You can view my other :
 Faith Art projects HERE.
Collage / Mixed Media projects HERE.
Artist Trading Cards HERE.



Project #1
Cupcake Craft (mon) - texture (flowers and circles are modeling paste)
Ribbon Carousel (tues) - lots of color
For Fun (wed) - anything goes
Let's Ink it Up (monthly) - distressing
Crafts 4 Eternity (fri) - try something new (new mixed media class - style)
Corrosive (sun) - from a bottle  (spray inks)

Project #2
Word Art Wed (wed) - Habakkuk 3:18
OOzak's (monthly) - anything goes


Faye said...

Thanks for trying to play at Cupcake, sorry you missed us. Our challenges close at 8pm Sunday evening, GMT. Your work is stunning btw. x

Betty Benton said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! A stunning project, Melisa -- my eye was drawn immediately to the orange even though it's never been one of my favorite colors! I just want to reach out and touch; unfortunately the computer is not THAT interactive!!

Patti J said...

Wowzers, chick! This is bee-utiful! I love everything you've shown here, but that first creation is so stunning! Thanks for sharing - have a wonderful week!

Unknown said...

These are all beautiful! You are so talented! I love all the layering.

Talk to you later. Hugs

Jennifer said...

All of your work makes me smile! I love how you've incorporated the verse into this little one! It's beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Wow! I believe you are a gifted student based on your mixed media journal entries. Blessings!

Unknown said...

Fabulous project, I am so into art journalling, love yours. Just so you know though the challenge at LIIU this month is Distressing, not flowers, but your project still fits the challenge, so good luck and thanks for joining us. Hugz Suzanne

Sudha said...

Beautiful, Lovely mixed media works.
Best of Luck.


kiwimeskreations said...

Wow Melisa these are both fabulous projects - one day I will branch out.. there are several reasons why I don't now, but it is a promise to myself that I will 'later', and your blog is an inspiration.

Jasmine said...

These are gorgeous! Love all the depth and layers going on. Very neat. Thanks so much for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge.

pinky said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

Karen Letchworth said...

These techniques are beyond beautiful. You really did an amazing job, and that class was perfect for you. I hope you enjoyed your prize. Thanks SO much for sharing your gorgeous art with us at Word Art Wednesday. We are blessed to have you join us and share your God-given talents with us. Have a wonderful week.
Blessings to you,
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Helen Dooley said...

Way cool! thanks for sharing at For Fun!

Kathy D. said...

so pretty. love all the layers. all I can say.

Thanks for playing "Anything but a Card" at For Fun Challenges. Hope to see you tomorrow when the new challenge is posted.

Wendy Swenne said...

I love your projects. So pretty and colorful.

Thanks for playing along with WAW.

Elizabeth said...

This is adorable and thanks for playing with us at Crafts 4 Eternity.

Hugz, Beth

Natalie said...

Hi Melisa! Love the mixed media projects you've shared. Thanks for the links too! I've been playing around with mixed media, too. I enjoy Christy Tomlinson's blog and her style!
Your projects turned out fantastic!

Mel said...

Beautiful mixed media project. Thank you for joining us at Oozak's first challenge :)

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Melissa, what a pleasant surprise to find you linked to my Scripture Thursday. Your art journaling page is wonderful, not something I've tried yet. Thanks for participating.
~ Abby

Katy said...

These are great! They look like so much fun to make! Thanks for playing at For Fun Challenges!--Katy, GDT

Paper Sewn Visions said...

Wow amazing work. Love both of them. Thank you for sharing and joining in at LIIU. Hugs, Velma

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