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Free at last

mixed media free at last

This piece took me a couple of weeks to create. I actually got this assignment from a magazine that my husband works for with the title to be Free at Last. (In the ​final piece I took the words off) It was to be a mixed media piece.I thought long and hard about what I wanted to […]

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Birds by the wall

mixed media wall with stencil birds on vellum

I started this piece without any idea of what I was going to do. All I knew was that I had this cool piece from an old dishwasher rack that I saved from the trash wanted to use.  I lay that piece on my background and dabbed a grayish paint through the holesIt didn’t come […]

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Making and Using Homemade Masks

4 women masked

I got this idea from Dina Wakely who  is a well known mixed media artist and teacher. For this page I used a homemade mask. To make a mask, look for a picture of a person (or anything else you like) from a magazine or from a printout. Then take packing tape and cover both sides […]

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Using cleaners tickets as an ephemera background

So do you even know what an ephemera background is? What a word right?Ephemera means as seen in Wikipedia “written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day”. These include any junk mail, receipts, old letters, lists, tickets, posters, letters […]

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Stencilled Doodles

This idea is a great combination for those of you that love to doodle but, need more of a structure for it. The image below is what it looked like before the doodles. I got this idea from Mary Beth Shaw of Stencil Girl Products. I picked 2 analogous colors (that are next to each […]

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Paint, stamp, cut & paste

This idea was taken from the book Paint Mojo by Tracy Verdugo. Below is what it looked liked before the pieces were cut up and mounted. Its very similar to the piece I did in paint, stamp cut and paste where you just play with materials and when you’re done you create something beautiful. I […]

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Make a mess & paint around it

I got this idea from a video I saw done with Dina Wakely. I first did this using the simple shape of a flower as seen below but, after it was done I liked the idea so much I decided to use a bit more of an elaborate image to paint around. The idea of […]

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Collage it on newspaper

This idea for this piece (which was my first sold piece)came from a handout from a cloth paper scissors download from Jenny Cochran Lee. I liked the quote and I decided that using glasses for this particular technique would go with the quote. You can use any type of object to collage onto. I used […]

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