Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Gelli Plate Prints for Colorful Backgrounds

Beauty is always good to the eyes and so is the ability that enables you to put your creativity to the best use. However Mixed Media Art have their way of showing you how to do so using colorful prints or jelly plate prints as follows:

  • Handmade greeting cards - You can show off your colorful prints by tearing the jelly prints to size, add a little ink round the edges then use double sided tape to stick it to the card while stamping a greeting.
  • Teabag folding - Identical prints are preferred for this and more so the Gelli plate prints. Of course you will have to fold them into the right shape so as to have the correct flower arrangement.
  • Personalized Envelopes and stationery - Prints that are just lying around can be put into better use by making envelopes. This is besides the Christmas gift wrappers.
  • Art Journaling - You can create pre – printed backgrounds of an art journal using excess paint from the stencils and brayer. The color – coordinated prints will in addition add beautiful features.
The above techniques are so inspiring and if you don’t have a collection of these prints, you can still use bought background papers or backgrounds you have made using other mixed media techniques like found object painting.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Using Duct Tapes in making Colorful Flowers

Have you ever thought about the beauty of duct tape flowers what you can make out of them? According to Angee Woodman’s exploration, adding a flower onto the end of a pen or pencil, a skewer or wire would give you great designs. Here are the simple tools that will enable you to achieve the same:

  • Scissors
  • Skewer, wire or pen for supporting the flower
  • Two colors of duct tape regardless of the design

With the above tools you will follow the steps/process below to make your duct tape flowers: 

Step 1:

You begin by covering the base of your skewer, wire or pen while wrapping the same the same with the duct tape.

Step 2:

Make the petals by measuring two inches of duct tape of whatever print of color you want to use. 20 pieces will do for a small flower but you can still add if your feel the flower is not yet full.

Step 3:

Bend one corner so as they look like a boat sail and fold the other edge over. Wrap this around the very end of the pen opposite of the end you write with. The print should be on the outside and the sticky part of your petal should be wrapped around the pen base.

Step 4:

Repeat the process with an objective of putting petals in between other petals as the flower takes shape.

Step 5:

Now add leaves so as to blend with the stem and there you have it.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Artistic Mixed Media Ornaments for Christmas

It is during a festive season that many people tend to show case their creativity especially in art. Mixed Media has not been left behind. In an effort to share their passion Mixed Media Art has been able to put to good use its techniques by making Media Christmas Ornaments using the Mixed Media supplies. Let’s see what they made:

  • Cookie Cutter Ornaments - While your creativity in making this will dictate you – whether to be simple or lavish, you will be able to display those lovely ephemera sheets and lovely background. However the glueing part will need a lot of care. 
  • Paper Origami Flower Ornaments - According to Jenn of Origami Twist this involves glueing and folding gorgeous flower ornaments. 

  • Paper Ephemera ornaments - This comes about as a result of lots of collections which include old book pages, paper ephemera, and painted backgrounds in addition to Gelli prints. You can also add some red ribbon and sparkly glitter to this Christmas ornament.

  • Beading Mini Wreath Ornament - Those that are passionate about jewellary, it is in making this ornament that you will be able to apply your jewellary making skills. You will then need a collection of beads, jewellary wire and some ribbons. To create an interesting wreath, you could mix buttons and beads.

  • Button Tree Ornaments - This is a must try ornament for those of us that are button fetish.