Archive for Multi-Media Art

C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 391 – 24th of November – Not a Card

DTbadgeI recently took a series of weekend classes with Keren Tamir, Prima Instructor & Designer. During the two days of workshops hosted by SGD – Scrappin’ Great Deals. London, ON – Keren introduced us to a variety of multi-media products from gel paste to watercolour oil pastels to prima mica sprays. I created a scrapbook page, cards and tags, and finally a wall canvas. The examples below are samples of Keren’s canvases, but she encouraged us to do our own thing.



I opted to make my canvas using three geckos vs trees. We started with cutting up card stock and glueing it to the canvas using Prima’s Soft Matte Gel. (similar to Modge Podge but much better). This gives the canvas added texture, and it is a great way to use up that ugly card stock in your stash! Once dry, we painting the canvas using Prima’s Heavy White Gesso. It was pretty quick drying. To colour the background wed used the Prima Watercolour Oil Pastels. This product is amazing. I have Tim Holtz’s new Distress Crayons, but this product is amazing to work with, and when you add water…WOW! While the colour dried, I drew up 3 geckos and a spiral sun. I cut them out of book pages, then glued them to the canvas. To add more texture, we added mica powder to Prima modeling paste, and used a couple of different stencils. We also inked various areas. I used a honeycomb patterned stamp. I edged and blending more of the oil pastels around the edges of the geckos and sun to make it pop! The final step was to add a sentiment and highlight it using a Sharpie.gecko

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Multi Media using Gelli Plate Backgrounds

I am currently visiting a friend in London, Ontario. One of my favorite craft suppliers is SGD – Scrappin’ Great Deals, and the owner, Sheila suggested that I come down and take a multi-media class with guest artist – Karen Ellis from The Art House Studio.

We spent the first part of the class learning how to make our own papers using a Gelli Plate. While I was not so sure about this technique, it soon became very additive. Next we tore up shapes (flower petals, leaves, vase, background strips) using the papers we created. The final step was to arrange and glue down the papers to create a multi-media painting.

Here is my final result:



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Poppies with Heather Telford

I had another opportunity to take a class with Heather Telford. The class she had for us this week was a watercolour “square”. We made a tag first to test the technique, then we took on the finally project. Both were both fabulous! I am an absolute “Heather” fan. Check out her blog, and the Penny Black Designer Team blog to see her works!

If you are ever in the Ottawa area, check out taking one of her classes! She is a wonderful teacher.


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Note: I did not discuss the “how to” techniques of the project out of respect for the teacher. This project was based on Heather Telford’s work and taught to us by her in a classroom environment. The stamp is called Poppy Gems by Penny Black.


C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 346 – Not a Card

DTbadgeFor this week’s – Not a Card Challenge, I made an ornament. My friends, Pearl & Harvey, and myself have booked a trip to Paris in June. To celebrate our trip, I made a two sided hanging ornament using a blank plastic flat domed circle ornament from Micheal’s.

To my luck the largest MFT – Stitched Circle Frame die was exactly the  perfect size to fit inside the ornament. I cut 2 of the frames. Next I cut two circles to fit inside those frames, and used Distress inks to make the backgrounds. The cute cats are from a set from Newton’s Nook - NEWTON DREAMS OF PARIS. I coloured the little cats using Copic markers, fussy cut them out and set aside. Next I die cut MFT – Eiffel Tower AND Paris Skyline. I assembled the insert with the Calico Cat (representing Harvey) and the Siamese Cat (representing Pearl in love at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower. On the opposite side, the Tabby Cat (representing me) is flying over Paris in a hot air balloon. I glued the dome sides togther and ran a line of gems around to cover the edges.

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C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 297 – 5th of February – Technique Challenge: Decoupage


I do not do very much decoupaging because I always have issues with the papers bubbling. Previously I used Modge Podge, but this time I used Rangers Matte Medium, I also used 80lb card stock. I got an unfinished pine box at a craft table during my G-son’s Christmas Party and wanted to make a box to hold special cards I get from friends and family. I started by painting the box with white acrylic paint. Next I used matte medium to adhere the die cuts, then painted another white coat of paint over it. I think I will add a couple coats of clear coat so it will be easier to clean later on.

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Products Used:

Unfinished pine box
Deco-Art Americana white paint
Ranger’s Matte Medium
Spellbinder’s A2 Tranquil Moments & 5 x 7 Detailed Scallops
MFT Die-namics Leaf-Filled Flourish & Die-namics Medium Leafy Flourish
Martha Stewart border punch & butterfly punch
Various pearls from my stash

This challenge runs from February 5th to February 11th. I hope you will join us.