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June 09, 2014

Mixed media layout

Hi all!

Hope all of you are doing great!. Today, I have a mixed media layout to share  with you. Yes! finally the wish came true :).
I started crafting with nylon flowers, crotchet, glass painting , fabric painting and quilling. But now I'm into paper crafts a lot. Especially after learning "Stamping" I discovered a whole lot of related crafts, of which mixed media became  a must try one for me. But I also discovered, that it needs a lot of special tools. Of which, gesso, stencil and a modelling paste are a must. Seeing some you tube tutorials, I learned even the gesso and modelling paste can be prepared at home. So the very basic tool will be a stencil. But there are also projects without using  stencils.
Since I wanted some textured bg for mixed media I got a Memory box dispersed stencil for my stash and also  modelling paste. For coloring I used my distress inks and poster colours. But after trying for the first time, I really liked to work with a stencil and modelling paste. I'm sure those of you haven't tried, will love it once you do. Of course you'll have to be ready to get your hands dirty :). An important lesson I learned after doing this project is "patience" :).

Okay, no more bla bla..:) Here's my layout:

That is my little one on his walker.All those gorgeous yellow and blue petaloo flowers are from dear Grace. She had sent me a surprise giveaway which included them. Thank you so much Grace!

I coated a light blue CS with generous coats of gesso after distressing the sides with a metal scale I tried it for the first time. It gave good results. But takes time. I think you can use a sand paper too, saw it somewhere!

 I waited for the gesso to dry between every coat. Layered a blue lace and then again coated with gesso.And then I used the stencil and modelling paste on the sides randomly. After which I used my distress ink faded jeans on the stencil design. Then came my poster colours which brought out the turquoise blue, I used some baby wipes to create that bg, and then used the Fiskars texture stamp by masking it partly to create a simple design on the turquoise bg.

A close up of the details.

Thanks to the many tutorials posted on you tube! The tutorials posted by lulupu's design team was also very helpful. Thank you all :).

Also a big Thanks to all those who suggested me good inks. I used the archival ink jet black for this sentiment and so happy with the result :).

I'm linking this with
Challenge#32-Sketch Challenge @ Lulupu 
The sketch followed is :

and Anything but a card at Itsy bitsy.

 Thank you all for the sweet visit and comments .


  1. Oh Sarah this is terrific, such great wash of colors and textures, love your border of flowers and hearts with the picture taking center stage, he is such a cutie, very precious!!!

  2. Wow ! Lovely colors n texture on your LO Sarah !You first mixed media has turned out so beautiful !!

  3. Your first mixed media project is beautiful, Sarah!
    you have used modeling paste, stencil and inks perfectly, and followed the challenge sketch to the details. Kudos to you !!
    Thank you for joining us at Lulupu challnege # 32

  4. beautiful layout Sarah... love this...
    Moxie Craftie

  5. Sarah, you are really branching out into some really unusual techniques. I love trying new things, and you are certainly learning so many of them. Lovely job on your inspired creation!
    Blessings, Ginny B

  6. this is just gorgeous Sarah :) Thank you so much for your lovely comment you have a new follower too :)

    Vic x

  7. This is wonderful, Sarah. What a precious baby!

  8. Your page is gorgeous Sarah ! The colours are so beautiful and of course your beautiful photo! I really like the effect of the stencil must give this technique a try !

  9. Your work is lovely, Sarah. I like reading the steps and techniques people use.

  10. Sarah, you gals who don't mind having messy hands impress me. I'm such a hot house flower that I dislike glue and paint and all the things that make these kind of lovely things possible. What a beautiful little one you have! Very handsome little man.

  11. Just so beautiful. Love the precious photo and the flowers with the hearts.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  12. Oh so lovely the colours in your bg are. I could almost see u smile reading your post. Yes. It is fun playin with gesso and sp texture paste :)) thank u for joining us at Lulupu. Wishing u many more creative adventures and inky painty fingers

  13. So gorgeous! love it! the background with all the textures looks great!Thank you for participating at Lulupu Challenge#32. Good luck