Today, I am introducing a new "segment" to the blog called Mixed Media Monday. This is an attempt to finally get me to experiment and play with mixed media techniques which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have always admired scrapbookers who have incorporated mixed media elements to their layouts. As a beginner in this area, I will share my triumphs and lessons learned along the way. Hopefully, I will inspire you to experiment with the many colors, textures, and materials that are widely available.
Recently I purchased the Tim Holtz Rays layering stencil from my local scrapbook store in hopes of adding some color and texture to a 12 x 12 layout. First, I used washi tape to hold down the stencil to a piece of white Core'dinations cardstock. Masking tape will work too but this is what I had on-hand.
Next I added a liberal coat of gesso over the stencil. There are many brands on the market. This one is by Ranger-Studio Gesso by Claudine Hellmuth.
Next, I added a second coat of gesso, ( I wanted a nice, thick texture).
Then, I gave it a another quick shot from the heat tool. Now, time to add some color! First, I applied Holtz's Distressed ink in Vintage Photo with my Ranger Ink blender tool.
I wanted to darken the color so I decided to add a few spritz's of Mr. Huey's in Classic Tan.
Lastly, I carefully lifted the stencil off of the paper. Due to using the heat tool, the stencil stuck in a few places so I had to shimmy it off to avoid tearing the paper. This was the result. Look at that beautiful texture!
Somehow, a bit of color found its way in a couple of spots under the stencil so make sure the stencil is flush with the paper before adding the second layer of color. I believe the heat made the stencil pucker up a bit. I really liked the aged look that this technique gave.
Now for my second attempt, (after cleaning the stencil with warm water and a bit of Dawn), I began as I did with my first attempt by taping the stencil down to the paper.
This time I lifted the stencil up and zapped the gesso with the heat tool.
Look at that gorgeous texture! The way the stencil is cut adds elements of texture as well.
Next I taped the stencil back down over the dry gesso, making sure to match it up exactly with the image in the paper. I applied the Distressed Ink only with the blender tool.
I gave it one last quick hit of the heat tool.
And volia! Look at the beautiful texture and color!
Here is a side-by-side comparison of both attempts.
I cut the paper and wrote down the techniques I used to be included in my technique book. Creating a technique book will help save time as you can quickly look up the effect you want and then simply follow the instructions. It's also a great place to keep techniques you find and want to try... like a recipe book. I hope to incorporate these into a layout or card in the near future...stay tuned! :)
Thanks for stopping by and as always, stay scrappy!
-Gina & the Hounds