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Christmas Tree Fabric Mixed Media

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Christmas is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to make some new Christmas decor!

I found this chipboard tree at my local creative reuse center and I knew it would be perfect for a fabric mixed media project. It is a Paper Studio brand, I think you can find similar items at your local craft stores.

The first layer is paint. I wanted to make sure the tree was green just in case the fabric didn’t cover it all. Then  I added the fabric layer. This added a lot of texture and interest.

christmas tree

Once the fabric was dry it was time to start painting. I have found that these fabric mixed media projects work best if you let the fabric dry overnight rather than using a heat tool.

Once the fabric is dry it is time to add paint. I dry brushed on a few of the Finnabair Metallique and Sparks paint. Then I added the decorations. I used items I found at the Dollar Store and adhered them with hot glue.

christmas tree

Once that was all dry I flicked paint on with a toothbrush. I love how it turned out! This was a lot of fun to create and it will look great in my home. What decor projects are you working on?

christmas tree

 

 

 

 

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WDW Park Icons Canvas- Mixed Media

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It is no secret how much I love Disney and visiting Disney World is one of my favorite things to do! When I began my journey into fabric mixed media I just knew that I would need to create some canvases that paid homage to Disney World.

So I created these 4 canvases celebrating each of the 4 parks at WDW.

The first is a pretty pink castle, this is for the Magic Kingdom. It is hard to tell in the photo but there is a lot of glitter and shine on the canvas, especially on the white background.

WDW Park Icons

Then there is EPCOT with an image of Spaceship Earth. This is one of my favorite rides, probably because it is slow and relaxing with lots of air conditioning, lol. Perfect break in the middle of a hot day in Florida, lol

WDW Park Icons

Then we have MGM, no I am sorry Hollywood Studios, lol. I think I will always call it MGM. And I loved the giant sorcerer’s hat that was in the middle of the park for the longest time. I know they removed the hat, but I loved it so much and that reminds me the most of the park, so I thought I would use the hat to depict MGM.

 

WDW Park Icons

Last but not least is the Animal Kingdom. I love going to this newer park and I have to say the new Avatar section is amazing!

WDW Park Icons

 

Overall these were so much fun to create and reminisce about going to Disney and I am eager to start my next canvas!

 

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Girl With Flowers Art Journal Page

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I found this really great page, it was the cover of some music sheets. When I saw here I knew that she would be beautiful in my art journal with flowers in her hair.

I love the soft look of the girl so I knew that I didn’t want to add to much to the page.

I started with a shaped paper for the background, I had it in my stash, but you could easily make one by cutting a piece of brown paper into any shape you want.

girl with flowers

I added the girl and some strips of music. Then I used gelatos to add some color and dimension to the page.

girl with flowers

Once I had all the flat elements down I started to add some flowers I had in my stash. I hot glued on a variety of pink and white flowers.

girl with flowers

I really like how she turned out when I was finished. It was really fun to create a simpler page than what I have been creating lately. I wanted the girl to stand out and speak for herself and I think that is what I got.

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Fabric Sun Mixed Media

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Have you ever found something at a thrift store that you knew you could make into something new? That is how I felt when I saw a sun shaped mirror, in my mind I saw it as a fabric sun mixed media project. I had the perfect fabric and element to put on it!

I had the perfect fabric in reds and yellows to use as the base. I love how the fabric gives the piece texture and movement.

Sun mixed Media

Once the fabric was dry I was able to layer on more goodies. I wanted to keep my composition centered and build from there, but I did add some elements to the edges just to keep it interesting.

Sun mixed Media

To top it all off I used my favorite Finnabair paints and waxes. I just love how her products add shine and interest to my projects. They are always the perfect touch for any mixed media project I do.

 

Sun mixed Media

So what item have you reimagined as a mixed media project?

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Blue Fabric Mixed Media Frame

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Have you ever finished a project and thought  you were done only to realize that you weren’t? Well that is exactly what happened to me with this Blue Mixed Media Fabric Frame.

A little while ago I created the fabric frame and I thought it was pretty cute as is. If you missed that blog post you can catch it here: Fabric Frame

And the original frame was really cute and I did love it, but as I thought about it I thought it needed more. And by more, I mean a lot, lol. So I embellished it, and painted it some more. I love how it turned out and it is a personal choice how much or how little you add to your frame.

Fabric Frame

As you can see the original just has fabric and paint, but the embellished one has flowers, pearls, metal elements, and more added to the frame.

Fabric Frame

I clustered 2 groupings on opposite corners of the frame. I added a variety of elements to create interest and texture to the frame. If you know what photo you will be putting in the frame you can tailor the elements to the photo, I think that would look amazing.

 

Fabric Frame

After the gesso was all dry I painted over everything with Finnabari Sparks and Metallique paints. They were the same colors as the original frame and I thought that would help make it all cohesive.

 

Fabric Frame

The last step was adding splashes all over to really blend the original and the new elements together. I wanted it to look like I planned it all at once, lol.

Fabric Frame

I really like how this all came together. I love adding new elements on top of project I thought I had finished.

What project did you think you finished but went back later to add embellishments to? Share in the comments.

Fabric Frame

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Zipper and Buttons Art Journal Page

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal strikes again, lol. New month, new theme! This month’s journal’s theme is sewing and I love it. There is a wonderful quote at the beginning of the books that states “My soul is fed by needle and thread.” and I just love that quote. The previous pages are wonderful and a huge inspiration for me.

I decided to take my page in a little different direction and create a page around buttons bursting out of a zipper.

I have done this technique in the past on a bottle, but not a journal page.  I did a blog post using a Mason Jar and sea shells, I think it turned out really cute, lol. You can see that post  by clicking here — Sea Shell Mason Jar. 

 

Zipper Art Journal Page

This was such a fun page to create! I added texture, paint, stamps, and other interest to the background. I played with my Dylustions paint for the background, I just love the way that paint applies.

Then I added the zipper, buttons, and butterflies to the page.  Then I painted everything with Finnabair waxes to create the aged look I was going for.

Zipper Art Journal Page

The only problem is that techniques like this can make your journal really bulky, lol. But I love when that happens because it just means that I am using my journal even more and doing even more creating! The bigger the better, lol.

Zipper Art Journal Page

I have to say I am still really loving my art journal group! I love working on different pages and trying new things. I can’t wait to see what next month will bring!

Also, don’t forget to check my events page to see when and where I am teaching, I would love to have you join me in my class!

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Watercolor Green Galaxy Art Journal Page

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I have really been enjoying watercolors! This art journal was an experiment with a green galaxy rather than a pink or blue one. I really like the way it turned out!

 

Watercoloring is so freeing and expressive! I love that you can do so much with a watercolor and you can create some really cool textures and images with watercolors.

For this galaxy I wanted to use some yellows and greens and dark grays to create this galaxy. That bright yellow in the center is so fun and exactly what I was going for

watercolor galaxy art journal

I don’t have the skills to paint a whale, lol so I used this really cute whale I had in my stash, just the perfect touch for the journal page. I used a stencil from the Dollar Tree to create a mandala effect and i think it ties it all together

The last piece to the journal page was for me to add a quote. My handwriting is not the best, lol, but I really thought this quote was perfect for the page.

watercolor galaxy art journal

 

I really love how this all came together! Art journaling is becoming one of my favorite activities, I love that is is the perfect place to play and experiment with new techniques and ideas!

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Sailboat- a Mixed Media Fabric Canvas

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Are you ready for another Fabric Canvas? I am still loving the fabric and the process of creating a canvas with fabric.

This scene was inspired by our recent vacation to Ft Lauderdale. We saw a lot of boats on the water and they looked so peaceful and wonderful that I knew I had to create one on a canvas with fabric.

I did use a smaller canvas than normal, but I really liked how it turned out.  And I used a variety of blues for the water and sky. I wanted to create depths and dimension with just one color. There are so many blues out there it was fun to pick and choose which one to use to get the look I was going for.

sailboat canvas

I used a heavy body paint from Finnabair to paint the boat, and that added additional texture and dimension to the boat. I really enjoyed that paint and I am looking forward to using it even more.

sailboat canvas

The last details were painted on to the sky and water with regular acrylic paint and that is what the painting needed.  I didn’t add any metalic paints or sparks or glitter to this canvas. I kept it all matte and I think that was the right choice for this piece of art.

sailboat canvas

This was such a fun piece to create and it was a great way to commemorate a wonderful vacation.

 

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Art Journal Page- Travel Theme

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It is time for another art journal page! I am part of a group of artists, we call ourselves the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal, lol. And what we do is everyone creates a page and then mails it to the next person on the list. Then when I get the next journal in the mail I add to it, using the theme they decided on. My journal is a travel theme, I love to travel so I figured this would be the best theme for my journal.

I am excited to see what people come up with and what their themes will be. I think this will take over a year to complete, so it is a long term project. I will share the pages when I get the next journal in and I will do tutorials on the pages I create.

I attached the video where I explain how I created my first page.

I did a generic travel page rather than an individual place or country. I thought this would really show my love of travel, no matter where I go, or who it is with.

art journal travel page

I used a ton of products to create a layered look, all surrounding the focal point.  I really enjoyed going through my stash and finding vintage looking papers, stickers, and embellishments.


art journal travel page

The journal I picked is the Dylusions art journal. It is the perfect size and easy to transport. I added a cover to protect it and a pocket in case someone wants to add goodies to send to the next person.


art journal travel page

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Fabric Watercolor Landscape

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Sometimes an experiment turns out really cool, and this just so happens to be one of those times! I did a class at ArtVenture in January of this year that taught us how to watercolor on fabric. Not quite like this example, but it got my creative juices flowing! I really wanted to explore this method and develop my own technique, and this is what I came up with- A Fabric Watercolor Landscape (actually the ocean, and it is abstract…. lol)

As always the video goes over all the steps, and it is a good companion to the blog post.

To start prep your canvas by painting it a light color, I used a slightly off white and painted the top and sides.

you will need a light gauzy fabric for the base layer. I had some in my stash, so use what you have, as long as it is a very light fabric. Take a Heavy gel and spread that all over the canvas, then coat each strip of fabric with a gloss gel. (this is the same procedure that I use on all my canvases) Once the strip is coated adhere it to the canvas. Add as many wrinkles as you want and create the texture you are going for. (I have to say I really like this stage, in fact I almost stopped here because it is so pretty, an all white fabric canvas. I might have to make one and just leave it as is. Some thing to think about, lol)

watercolor fabric landscape

Once you are done with the fabric, let is step dry. I usually leave it over night just to make sure.

After it is dry it is time to start watercoloring! gently spray the canvas with water (this allows the watercolors to move freely on the canvas) and then start watercoloring! Slowly add colors and see where they go and blend to create new looks. You can dry in between layers if you want and just keep building until you get the look you are going for. I wanted to create a sunset on the water, it is a little abstract, but that is ok, I really like how it turned out.


watercolor fabric landscape

Once the watercolors are dry you can start adding in texture. I added some iridescent micro bead to add some more shimmer and shine to the water. Just apply some gloss gel and pour on some beads. Let it dry over night before removing the excess beads.

watercolor fabric landscape

Once the beads are dry you can add even more shimmer and shine by adding Metallic watercolors. I thought this would be the perfect way to add some more details. It is a little hard to see in the photos, but up close the metallic really added that perfect final touch.

Let everything dry completely and then spray it with a spray protector.


watercolor fabric landscape

I really like how this turned out and I can’t wait to try this technique on another canvas! What should I try to watercolor next? I love experiementing with my supplies and I would love suggestions on what to do next!

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