Mixed Media: Flowers and Secrets

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So in last weeks post I promised you guys that I’d show you something else you can do with your colouring pages. Well, here she is! A mixed media painting using you colouring page as a beautiful centre.

This picture is again from Jasmine Becket-Griffith‘s amazing Fantasy Art Coloring book. Her name is Flora! First I coloured her with Spectrum Noir markers, specifically the Pastel set. I added a bit of sparkle to her belt with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle set – Metallics.

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Next I took some really tiny scissors and cut out the figure from the colouring page. Then I grabbed a canvas, painted on some colours that I liked with my page and had some fun with stencils! Next step: Mod Podge. I glued my cut out colouring page onto the canvas and waited for it to dry. Already looking good!

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Last but not least I painted the borders with black acrylics, contoured my colouring page with black Posca marker and added the handlettered text. It was still missing something, so I took my white Posca marker and added the scribbles and the border. And there you go! A pretty mixed media painting using colouring pages!

I’m totally hooked now, and already working on the next one. These are just so much fun to make! So tell me, what fun ways of using colouring pages have you found?

Angel Altered Tin

Hello and welcome to the new year! I hope everone had lovely holidays filled with love and warmth. I know I had. Our family is sort of starting a tradition. Each year we will give each other one handmade gift, along with the bought one(s). Next few posts I will be showing you some of my handmade holiday gifts!

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The first one I want to share is the altered tin I made for my mum. She loves angels and wants to put up a little angel altar in her bedroom. When she saw the Mermaid Altered Tin I made for my friend Flava, she hinted {not so subtly} that she would love an angel themed one, so that’s what I did!

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I covered the lid of the tin in white pearl fimo and used a stamp roller to get the reliëf of the leaves. The wing was made with the same colour clay, then I added the swirls and tiny feathers in pure white and pastel blue. This was my first time attempting something like this, so I’m quite proud of how it turned out.

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My mum has a pinterest board filled with angels, so I borrowed some of the styles she liked and drew this angel. I wanted to make it look a bit like stained glass, so I added minimum shadows but used a bunch of muted blue tones. Again coloured with letraset markers of course.

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This quote is from Mary Jac, which I found through the google machine. I’m playing around with hand lettering so this was an awesome opportunity to practice! First I drew a muted rainbow in the background and stamped a few feathers with light blue ink. Then I added the lettering.

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The stone is a blue agate, which I painted on with acrylics. I blended a very soft purple and green with white to get the colours in the wings. The lines were added later with a Staedtler fineliner.

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Last, but certainly not least, a small prayer chain. The ‘skirt’ of the angel is made with acrylic flower beads while her head is genuine rosequarts. The little heart shaped pendant is the same one I tried to draw inside the tin.

She absolutely loved it and I loved making it! These little altar/altared tins are so much fun and so relaxing.

Well, my pretties, I will see you soon with more handmade holiday stuff!

 

Mermaid Altered Tin

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Last post I talked about the little Goddesses we were making for our travel altars. The Mermaidgoddess didn’t come out as I had wanted her for my Nehalennia altar, so I decided to make something else fun with her! My good friend Nikki is secretly a mermaid in disguise, so to surprise her I wanted to make a little tin ‘shrine’ for her.

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I started with the inside, glueing the mirror pendant on an ATC background and fixing that to the inside of the tin. I then wrote the text which says ‘I see and honor the Beauty, Kindness & Joy others see in me’. If she’s anything like me, and she is, she needs to remind herself of that every once in a while. On the other side I used a Sizzix die to cut out the shells. The bubbles are made with a pearl pen and the little beach is real sand with tiny shells and pearl beads.

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The front was first covered with washi tape. I embossed cardstock covered with metal tape to make the scales, which I then coloured with my trusty flexmarkers in blues and greens. The mermaid is a drawing I made especially for this project, digitized, re-scaled and coloured with flexmarkers. The little moon is also made with the pearl pen and gives a nice shimmer.

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I wanted to make a tiny offering bowl to go with the shrine, so I painted the inside of a shell with silver paint and added rhinestones and shells to make it pretty!

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When I added the little beach on the inside, I was afraid the Goddess wouldn’t fit anymore, but everything fit perfectly!

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She absolutely loved it! I gave it to her the day we went to the Kreadoe, the biggest arts-and-crafts fair of the Netherlands. We had a blast and I bought a bunch of awesome things that I can’t wait to make new stuff from!

This was the first time for me making an altered tin like this, but I loved it! I already have a pretty good idea for the next one, so stay tuned!!