Video: In a Room Full of Art… Watercolor, Acrylic, Collage Painting

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

Hello lovely people and happy Monday to you all!  I have a message of love to share with you today, and a new mixed media process video!  This started off without a plan – just collaging some old book pages and covering most of it with gesso, leaving a few words and numbers visible.  I used Golden fluid acrylics in various shades of purple, turquoise, green and white along with a spray bottle and some stencils to create an interesting background.

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

I decided I wanted to try a portrait over this background, but after about 2 hours of fussing with it, it just wasn’t coming together so… away it went!  A coat of gesso and a large sheet of scrapbook paper took care of that!  Instead I took it in a new direction: a large heart with a quote I read recently that made me smile. 🙂  I got to play with my Elegant Writer pen – a calligraphy marker than activates with water, creating a wonderful inky look.   The ink turns various shades of black, purple and green when wet.  Watercolors, Kuretake Zig pens and Neocolor II crayons went on as well…  I take “mixed media” to the limit! 😀

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

I tried to use opaque white ink and letter stamps to make the quote, but the ink was not cooperating so I used a Posca paint pen to write it out myself.  Lettering is not my strength, but I think it came out okay!  I finished it off with some doodles and it was done!

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

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Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art


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Zen Doodle Butterfly – Letting Go & Bringing In

Butterfly Zentangle Mixed Media

Happy Friday, wonderful people!  Today I have another completed Life Book 2016 lesson (thank you Tamara!) – a zendoodle butterfly drawn with a Posca Pen on a Dye-na-Flow ink background.  I put 3 cool-tone primary colors into little spray bottles, and sprayed them around.  Some water spritzes also helped the color move.  It coats the paper easily and blends into secondary colors beautifully!  It is waterproof when dry.

Trailing behind the butterfly is a stream of fears and negativity I’d like to let go of, while she is flying towards a bright sun of positivity.  It’s a wonderful healing exercise!

Take some time to ask yourself:  What do you want to let go of this year?   What do you want to bring into your life?

Butterfly Zentangle Mixed Media

Zen doodle (Zentangle) is a fun and relaxing method of doodling repeating patterns in divided spaces in your drawing.  Circles, stripes, spirals, diamonds, checkers – just about any repeatable pattern can look good here!  Just remember to vary how dark each section is (use different amounts of black) to keep them looking distinct.

It is easy to do, too!  This is my first full zen doodle drawing!

Butterfly Zentangle Mixed Media

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I hope everyone has lots of artsy things planned for the weekend! Make it a happy and positive one and I’ll catch you all soon! 🙂

Butterfly Zentangle Mixed Media


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Wisdom, Learning, What Matters

Wisdom Mixed Media Art

This mixed media art piece was inspired by Melody Ross‘ lesson near the beginning of Life Book 2016.  The task was to celebrate all of the wisdom you have accumulated throughout your life through the good times and the bad.  I strayed quite a bit from the steps of the lesson, but it was a beautiful exercise in realizing what I have come to learn is most important in life, and what matters to me.

The steps for this piece closely follow the Happy Traveler artwork:  Layers of collage, paint, Neocolor II crayons, gesso.  The sketched girl is colored with Neocolor II as well (Salmon, Flesh, various browns and pinks for the hair), Kuretake Zig Real Brush Pens for the hair and eyes, and colored pencils for additional shading.

Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

I hunted through an old thrift store dictionary for the words that spoke to me:

  • Love
  • Create
  • Artist
  • Joyous
  • Change
  • Persevere
  • Relax (My word of the year!)
  • Kindhearted
  • Compassion
  • Honest
  • Adventuress
  • Patience
  • Virtuous
  • Friend
  • Strength
  • Nature
  • Fearless
  • Worthy
  • And on the box itself: Wisdom and Wish

Finally, I had a sudden impulse to draw in floating glowing lanterns to surround my girl with these beautiful concepts. 🙂

Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

I am still very new to portraits, but she seems sweet enough for me!  I do need to work on my values/contrast though (an exercise in that will be posted here soon!)

Take a moment today and think about the wisdom you have gathered throughout your life.  Even through hard times, we come out on the other side understanding a little better what is meaningful to us, and how we can surround ourselves with more positivity and happiness.  <3

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Wisdom Mixed Media Art Closeup

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