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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!

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    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

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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!

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    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™‚

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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.

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    Faigie says January 21, 2017

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

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Mary Beth Shaw says January 24, 2017

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

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