DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Hello friends! It is Anna-Karin here today with a mixed media art journaling tutorial, using new Valentine's dies by Echo Park.

I really like dies that are versatile, and that is one of the things I enjoy with Valentine's themed dies. Hearts and many of the Valentine's sentiments are images that work year around, and certainly not only for Valentine's projects. Here I used new Valentine's themed dies by Echo Park.  I was in the mood for an art journling page today on the theme of how a little bit of kindness can make a big difference, and turn a bad day into a beautiful day.  You can use the techniques for many types of projects.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Today, I am using new Bigz dies by Echo Park which contain an array of wonderful hearts, banners, tabs, and tags, and two great silhouette images. Since they are Bigz dies, you can use them to cut through thick material, such as chipboard. From the top left: Hearts #6Key To My HeartLove Silhouettes, and Love Labels. I ended up not using the latter.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Start by coating the background with gesso. I worked in my large Ranger Dylusions journal.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

While the gesso dries, die cut hearts from brown Paper Leather using the Hearts #6 die. Use this sandwich: Cutting Pad, die facing up, Paper Leather, second Cutting Pad.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Here you can see the four great heart shapes you get from the Hearts #6 die.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Use a stencil and white paint to add detail to the heart. The Paper Leather is very durable and works great together with many different mediums.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

When the white paint is dry, add some Lime in the same way, but off-set the stencil a little, so that the white will form a highlight on the one side of the heart. Die cut sweet heart banners from Paper Leather using the Key to my Heart die. Stamp with a sentiment stamp and white ink. Also stamp the stenciled hearts with white ink and a circle stamp. I used stamps by Wendy Vecchi.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Stitch the hearts and banners on a sewing machine. It works great to stitch Paper Leather.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Use masking tape or tissue tape to mask a line across the top third of the page. Paint with Lapis using a palette knife. I couldn't find my masking tape, but tissue tape works just as well. Later, I added some black to the blue.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Again use masking tape to mask off the top of the page, and paint the lower part with Lime, Turquise and a little bit of Lapis and black. Before it is entirely dry, rub some of the paint off through a stencil with a moist cloth.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

One of my favourite ways to use dies, is to make my own stencils and the Love Silhouettes are perfect for that. Die cut from masking paper. I only used the stencils, but the masks would also be great for a project. If you don't have masking paper, you can use sticky-notes.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Place the stencils on the background.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Apply paint through the stencils with a mini round ink-blending tool. I used a combination of Lapis and Black.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

When the paint is dry, stamp the page with black and white ink. Dry the pigment ink with a heat tool.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Add some mist to the moon with white paint. and glue the hearts to the page.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

I really liked the look of the silhouettes, with the paint layers underneath peaking through.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

Here you can see hearts under the silhouette. The silhouettes were also stamped with letters using white ink.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

The Paper Leather is such a fun surface to work on and works great for many techniques. The smaller heart was die cut from white Paper Leather and painted with Lime.

DIY Art Journal: A Vibrant Mixed Media Make

I love this sentiment by Wendy Vecchi. It was stamped in several places on the page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it will help you look at Valentine's themed dies in new ways.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Other Materials Used:

  • Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi stamps - Flowers for Art, Happiness & Art, Textures for Art
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Media Paint - Lime, Turquoise, Lapis, Black, White, White Gesso
  • Ink - Ranger Archival In Jet Black; Ranger Pigment Ink Glacier White
  • Stencil - Ranger Dylusions Small Hearts
  • Ranger Dylusions Journal
  • Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper Label

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