“Technique of the Week”..featuring Betty Franks Krause of Mystic Tulip Mixed Media

“Technique of the Week”..featuring Betty Franks Krause of Mystic Tulip Mixed Media

I have known Betty Franks of Mystic Tulip Mixed Media Art  for quite some time and have loved seeing her colorful and inspiring mixed media creations pop up on my feed and bring joy each day. Betty has been so generous in her sharing of techniques and offers wonderful step by step tutorials, with great pictures on her Mystic Tulip FB Page. Betty has also added wonderful video tutorials and always has a unique and fun idea to share..!I know that my FB timeline lights up when Betty’s art appears.

 

I was both honored and thrilled to be asked by Robin Mead to be a guest artist on her blog: www.insightsandbellylaughs.com.

In this video I show you how to use wallpaper samples to create wonderful textures and markings to use in your backgrounds or as a final step in your mixed media art.

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“Technique of the Week”..featuring Renee Stien..

“Technique of the Week”..featuring Renee Stien..

Renee Stien lives in central Minnesota. She is an empty-nester who stumbled onto the mixed media world about 6 years ago and has been soaking up all the information she can ever since.I met Renee through the fun and fabulous ICAD challenge from Tammy Garcia on Daisy Yellow Blog.  When I saw Renee’s techniques and colorful whimsical style I knew I had to watch her videos.  She shares many techniques that I had never used before and her unique ideas really pop on a page. I love her use of color and details that create a vibrant and joyful feast for the eyes. 

Renee’s Blog

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Print of the Day..is “Today is a Gift”

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Today’s print of the day is “Today is a Gift”…. 8 x 10 inch .. $12.00.. Free shipping to US (international please inquire within )..message or email me with your email at robinannmead@gmail.com if interested and be entered to win a handmade art journal of the month..!Enjoy..!

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*Newsflash*…Creating is available to all of us..!

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Im going out on a limb here..but I feel I must reiterate some wise words that were posted a short while back from a very creative and wise artist..For those of you who feel that you cant grasp creating beautiful art if you don’t partake in an expensive workshop..or buy the most expensive supply’s, are as far from the truth as you can get..You don’t need high cost tools..supply’s or teachers to create art..

You don’t need to compare and compete to fill your page/canvas with meaning or  joy..You need to have a love of creating..a desire to grow..the confidence to make mistakes..and the determination to seek out and observe all of the inspiration around you..Of course there  are special techniques and tools that enhance the process..But they are unnecessary to be an artist….Dont be mislead by promises or secrets that only a few claim to know..

We all have access to experimentation and that along with practice is the real key..Paint, Draw, Collage Journal..etc…whatever it is you love to do..keep doing it..and then when you feel comfortable, try something new..explore, investigate, observe and attempt an unknown technique..play around and stretch your creative muscle.  Unlocking your own creative potential resides within you…it comes from a desire to create and not from an unattainable (unaffordable) mystery or mentor.

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“Technique of the Week” featuring Iris Fritschi-Cussens

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Iris is a wonderful Mixed Media artist that shares many wonderful techniques on her You Tube channel. I found Iris by seeing some of her videos on Facebook..and quickly looked up some of her other videos.  She has a gift for sharing new and unique ideas and techniques and I always walk away inspired.

My name is Iris, I am a London-based mixed media artist. I live in the heart of London with my beautiful family (husband, 2 boys & 1 cat).

I am passionate about mixed media art, art journaling and inspiring people to be free to create the way they are meant to create and shine the way they are meant to shine! Self-actualisation & (female) empowerment through art is something very close to my heart and I can talk about it for hours!

My art includes heavily textured backgrounds, bright colours, shabby & grungy elements, uplifting or inspiring phrases, faces & cute girls. (this is always changing as I discover new and exciting techniques and ways of pushing my style forward!)

My site & blog are at http://iris-impressions.com

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Technique of the Week with Lizzy Wurmann

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Todays “Technique of the Week ” Artist is the talented Lizzy Wurmann I havent known Lizzy for a very long time but became so inspired by her wonderful and creative videos on You Tube. Lizzy is a scrapbooking artist and uses a colorful and vibrant palette to create whimsical and unique artwork.  Lizzy also demonstrates amazing  techniques that Ive never seen before. Im so glad Ive gotten to know Lizzy..Enjoy her awesome technique..! Lizzy will also have a photo demonstration on her blog if you do not know what an embossing folder is.  I did not know about what they were or how they are used..but now that I do..Ill be shopping for some..they are a cool and fabulous tool for making designs and textures…so if you are like me, click on over to her blog after the video  to see a little demonstration on how to utilize embossing folders.

Hi , My name is Lizzy and I’m from Santiago, Chile. I’m a mom of three kids. Daniela (30), Valentina (26 and Felipe (21). I’ve been scrapbooking since 2005. I started  as a digital scrapbooker and then I joined many DT’s (Doris Castle, Lawanna Dejardin, Michelle Shevland among others). I was published in Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital Studio, Digital Scrapbooking (CK Media)…

 In 2007 I started with traditional scrapbooking and now a days, I’m trying different techniques and styles and I’m in love with art journal and mixed media. I could say I have a free style,  sometimes quirky or abstract. I LOVE color, it inspires me to create.

 My blog:   http://lizzywurmann.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizzy.wurmann

Twitter: @LizzyWurmann

Instagram: lizzywurmann

My Gallery: http://www.scrapbook.com/myplace/index.php?mod=galleries&u=47795

Thanks Robin!

Lizzy

here is a link to embossing folders and many things that can be done with them

Embossing Folders 

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Some new designs for a rubber stamp line….

Some new designs for a rubber stamp line….I couldnt resist adding color to the dragonfly..I really love them but rarely draw or paint them..I’m not sure why..but that will change..Lol..I plan on making a bunch more..also some butterfly’s which I also rarely draw. There are so many options and combinations that can be done with beautiful insects and I cant wait to add more to my collection..!lightshinedarkerlinesmall

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“Technique of the Week” featuring the wonderful and super creative Tammy Garcia of “Daisy Yellow” blog

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So I  am so thrilled that Tammy  is the  first artist opening for “Technique of the Week”..Why..? you may ask..Well..it could be because of her amazing talent for instilling the creative spirit..or inspiring  you when you cant find your muse….or it could be her  knack for finding just the right prompt ,at just the right time….. Oooor it could be her genius in developing ICAD, so  everyone can join in on the creative fun…
……..but its a bit more than that.. Tammy  doesnt  try to sell you a  glamorous  view of how to become an artist.. she doesnt  promise deep intuitive  secrets of learning how to create …she never implies that she has the answer…but what she does do,  is encourage you to practice, experiment, explore and  define who you want to be as an artist…she  helps you to find your own lines ..and color outside of them…. Thank You Tammy….the world is a more joyful, creative and colorful place  because of you..and Daisy Yellow Blog!
from Tammy on Vimeo.
Thank you for inviting me to share an art journaling technique today. My favorite thing about art journaling? Aside from messing with paint and color and texture and… it doesn’t even need to be in an actual journal! I created this page on the heavy cardboard back of a wire-bound pad of watercolor paper. I hope that you try this easy background technique; it’s a layer of Golden heavy body acrylics that reminds me of the ocean. I went on a treasure hunt through a stack of magazines looking for little bouquets and vases of flowers and made a grid of flowers. Ideas for a gridded page include… blue items, things with patterns, paint chips, hats and blocks of text. Explore your magazines and assorted paper ephemera for fun things to use in your collage. The video tutorial runs about 7 minutes and there’s music, but you can turn it down and just watch if you prefer!
Tammy Garcia
twitter: gypsy999
instagram: gypsy999

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ICAD Guest Post… Collage

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Hey There everyone..So I chose  collage to do for my card today.

…this collage has something in it from my first 10 cards for ICAD..plus a little extra.

It has cut pieces from scraps of other cards,

the paper towel from blotting my watercolor,

a few pieces of inchie,

some stamp leftover,

some line design paper…

some words and some sparkly glitter pieces,

some thread.. paint colors I used in other cards..

and a stamp from a handmade eraser stamp that says ICAD.

Do you know that collage  is very hard for me..that I sometimes avoid it altogether!.

Do you know that I am very uncomfortable making, thinking about , putting together and especially showing to others my collages..

Ive always thought my collages “stink’..and was envious of others doing it so naturally, having fun with it, enjoying rummaging through their stash,

figuring out what goes with what….and then ..having it come out so perfectly spectacular..

Well No More..I am healed from my Collage Affliction..Thanks to ICAD  2014..

I now see the fun in it..the joy of rummaging, the excitement of not knowing how it will look…the  anticipation of  “what can come next..

the pride when I hold the finished piece..and most importantly..the  satisfaction of not having to be perfect,  of making something that may not look good,

of doing something just for the joy of it..of doing something without control..

That is what ‘s great about ICAD. . its a playground for the heart, mind and soul..

its accepting,  its stimulating and its healing..thank you Tammy..!

my name is Robin…

…and  “I Am Artist”

..and I Love my collage..

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Handmade eraser stamps

 

 

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Just a sample of my handmade dollar store eraser stamps, and what you need to create them.. see more about handmade stamps in my online class Make Your Mark herehttps://coursecraft.net/courses/z9Nn8/splash

Cheap Erasers
Exacto knife
Linoleum cutter
Pen or pencil if you want to draw first
Colorful stamp pads..

Basically you just carve in designs of various lines or shapes, but you can also draw an image first..then carve. The linoleum cutter is a more exact tool to use for intricate designs such as leaves or curvy shapes.

Also they seem to last forever..Ive had some for years..Have fun carving..!

 

 

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Trying my hand at palette knife painting..

Trying my hand at using a palette knife…I really loved it…its fun spreading the paint like frosting , but even more fun seeing the unexpected surprises of the blends you get when combing  colors layered onto each other.  This was my first piece done completely with a palette knife..I’ve tried it on different pieces  as a small part but never the whole piece..I think I’ll be adding a few more..

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Who wants to win these Gel pens..?

Who wants to win these Gel pens..?

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If you would like to be in the running to win these Gel pens..Sparkling, Metallic and Fluorescent..please leave a comment in the comment section below telling what your favorite brand or favorite art supply is:..Next week I will put the names in a hat and pick a winner for this cool gel Pen set..

I forgot..to say it closes on Saturday the 22nd of March..!

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..”Make Your Mark”..My new Online workshop begins next Saturday march 15th

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My first Online workshop..!!

This course  #Makeyourmark is a beginner class that will introduce you to line, shape, pattern and color. You do not need any more than a desire to create to take part in this class, oh and some supplies..! There is no right or wrong way to design your own creations, just a love of color and a need to integrate beauty into your life each day. Just have fun and learn a few techniques..dont worry about being perfect, or having to create a masterpiece.  These are just some skills that I love and incporporate into all of my work..it is practice that will make you feel comfortable over time..dont expect to jump in a feel like you should already know what to do..!

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Working on some mail art

Mail art is just that..its snail mail that you decorate, create, adorn, design..and it goes in the mail to a lucky recipient…Inside you can add goodies…like more art or papers, tidbits, stencils, stickers, cards, tapes, stamps, glitter..the list is endless….and it is so much fun…giving what you make…and getting from others…it is such a fun and creative way to express yourself and inspire others too..here are a few of my mail art pieces..

 

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