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Quotes in Mixed Media: Putting it all Together

This post is the last in a series of basic mixed media techniques. I wanted to do a post that pulls together all of the other posts in this series. I started with art journaling and have posts on stamping, stenciling, printmaking, collage and lettering which are all the ingredients you need to make a mixed media piece. (Of course you don't have to use all of them all of the time)

I figured I'd let you look over my shoulder as I create one based on a quote.

Using a quote to create in mixed media is a great way to start as it gives you a clear focus.


Step 1: Create a background

In looking for a background I found this old canvas that had been started by an old student and decided to use so it wouldn't get wasted.It was going to get covered up anyway.

I had recently tried out a peeled book paper, grungy looking background  that I liked so I decided to use that idea. (Its actually not in my post on making different backgrounds)

The techniqe calls for old book pages and I found  old pages that were all text but, didn't look so old and some map pages that had an older look.โ€‹

old canvas background to cover

I decided to go with the old map looking pages since the antique..y look appealed to me. I adhered a few pages, overlapping them using matte medium as my adhesive.

old map pages covering canvas

I then took tape (I only had pretty tape but, masking tape works best)  lay it over the background after it was dried and then rip it off starting to give it the torn, peeled look.

adding tape to map pages background

After I had a number of rips that seemed OK to me, I scratched off more pieces around the background with my nail.

ripped tape from map pages background

I then chose a a raw umber color of acrylic paint and mixed it with water to paint over in a wash. I chose the brownish color to go with the antique look of the maps.

paint added to age ripped map background

I then took another undiluted matching  color of yellow ochre that I thought would look good with the brown  and rubbed it into different places on the background.

more paint added to ripped map background

Step 2: Pick a quote

If you want to choose a quote before you do your background that is fine but, I chose to do the background first since that was the one thing I knew I wanted to start with. I  had a number of quotes already saved so but, you can always google quotes based around a theme.

Since my background has some sort of theme I chose a quote from my saved quotes that would go with it and chose "The Joy is in the Journey".

Step 3: Add a main element

I needed something that would be the focus of the piece and went to find an image from my collage stash but, then my eye fell on this brand new, unused bicycle stencil  and thought... Perfect!

using bike stencil for background

I  stenciled it in black to make sure it would really stand out.

black bike stencil added to background

Step 4: Add the quote

Of course, I could have waited until I finished the whole piece before doing the lettering but, I needed to know that there would be space for the words. So  now I had to decide what type of lettering I wanted. I ended up picking a font from computer.

I printed it in 2 different fonts  with my quote  in the sizes I thought I would need.

copying printed words through deli paper

I chose one and then traced over the quote onto a piece of deli paper. Tracing paper works just as well for this technique.

quote copied onto deli paper

I chose a blue marker to color in the words. (I did not realize that it wasn't waterproof)

coloring in quote copied on deli paper

I cut out the words and arranged them on my piece.

quote cut out and arranged on background

Then glued them down with the matte medium. (it dries clear)

finished mixed media piece with quote

As you can see, I had not realized that the marker wasn't waterproof and the letters smudged.

As a result I saw I wasn't able to put enough medium all around to get the deli paper to melt into the background so you wouldn't see it.

Step 5: Add other elements like stamping or collage pieces

I wanted something else to add to the left side of the bike so I started looking through collage pieces and stamps to see what I had that would fit into the theme. I found the  turtle stamp & I thought it added to the idea of journey.  (Remember the tortoise and the hare?)

I tried one set of colors first and stamped it on deli paper but, didn't like how it went with the color scheme so I ended up โ€‹doing the turtle in blue to match my letters.

stamping turtles on deli paper with color box inks

The reason I did it on deli paper again was because firstly if I made a mistake I could do it over (which I did) and I was scared it wouldn't stamp on the background. This way I'm able to just add it to the background with some medium.

blue turtle stamped on background

I then found a bird in my collection of magazine images I saved and added some gold stars with my craft star punch.

adding gold paint to background

I felt that the gold needed to be balanced so I also added some gold with gold paint to the bike spokes.

I then outlined the letters with a black sharpie to sharpen them up, added some ocher paint around the letters where you could still see the white deli paper and added some definition to the turtle. I then added some clear gloss medium to the top to seal it all and give it a shine.  I guess adding the gold spokes can be considered doodling. (For the doodling aspect ๐Ÿ™‚

finished mixed media piece with quote using bike stencil and turtle stamp

So there you go...a step by step process that includes almost all of the mixed media techniques that I wrote about in this section.

It's a good idea to start saving pictures you like from magazines and other places and to also start collecting quotes so you don't have to start googling ones you like.

So how hard was that? Can you see yourself doing something like that?

Leave a Comment:

Casey says October 10, 2016

I really like this technique and can’t wait to try it out! I especially like how you used the tape to rip off some of the map pieces! Cool way to add to that old grungy look!

    Faigie says October 20, 2016

    Thank you Casey…I liked that idea as well as soon as I saw it in a book and tired it out as soon as I was able to

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