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Inspired by Mary Beth Shaw

mixed media journal page in orange and blue scheme

Mary Beth Shaw is one of the first artists I watched online when diving into mixed media so she has a special place in my heart.

Her work is very abstract and I'm not sure if in the beginning of my journey that I could have allowed myself to go create freely through the process without knowing how it was going to turn out.

As I was watching her video I took basic notes of her steps and kind of followed them, knowing that however it turns out, it will be fine. (And if  not, then I would work on it until it was)

collage pieces on journal page ready for distress crayons

I started by collecting various papers in a particular color scheme (I chose orange) including some neutrals and also took some ripped pieces from magazines. I then collaged them all over my journal page.

I continued by using an orange distress crayon, blending it and then laying a baby wipe down on top of a stencil and wiping it through.​ I took some gesso and lay it over some of the blended distressed crayons and then scratched through it. I then took a large stencil and used orange paint to stencil through that.

As I sat looking at it at all that orange I decided it needed a pop of color so I used this blue gorgeous ranger paint that I just used in another page as well. Blue is the complement of orange so it was amazing how I just felt that blue would be the color that would tie it all together.

I took some marker covers, stamped with the blue paint , used a stencil to add more blue and used  stencils to add some ​whites and blacks.

When it was dry I did some writing with a stabilo pencil and some embellishing with some other markers.​

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Anne Aitken Anderson says January 20, 2017

Love your story and picture commentary of how your beautiful page evolved. I am quite new to this ( only having done mixed media through CJS) I am finding I have a hard time starting these mixed media art journal pages with all the collage and mark making …since I don’t know where it is going…its hard to have a vision. How to make a colour choice to lay colour in a specific area? I believe Multi media Artists are way more right brained then the average and are much more able to “go with the flow” …

Nice work!

    Faigie says January 20, 2017

    I feel like you are me about 2 years ago. Keep reading, watching videos (check out artist network tv) and buying materials of course. Mixed media artists I think really do art as an excuse to buy art materials. :)I was absolutely unable to go with the flow at first…it takes some time…good luck

Gloria J Zucaro says January 20, 2017

This really came out wonderfully. I didn’t have the Ranger crayons and tried neocolor II, which did not work at all! They wouldn’t move without wetting them, then they were too diluted!

    Faigie says January 21, 2017

    Honestly speaking I don’t think the distress crayons worked as well as I thought they would so I’m glad I got them with a big coupon at Michaels πŸ™‚

Cath Sheard says January 21, 2017

I think you’re going to get a lot of use out of your beautiful new paint πŸ™‚ I like your interpretation of MaryBeth’s class.

    Faigie says January 21, 2017

    Yes, I actually think I will buy more colors of it (when on sale) Thanks!!

Mary Beth Shaw says January 24, 2017

The blue is perfect with the Orange, such a great pop. Nicely done!

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