Mixed Media: Distress Crayons, Stencils and Stamps

At the beginning of this year, I decided to try Mixed Media and I found it is a unique art, unexpected result, and I cannot control the outcome. Those facts I found are not in my comfort zone of creating.

I have done some 8×11 canvases, cards and tags. And I love working on mixed media projects and they help me to learn to let go things that I cannot control and trusting myself more to explore the unexpected results 🙂 Nervous, yes. But I saw the unexpected result of every single layer of medium I added on a project, it surprised me. And this keep me exploring and playing with mediums.

I have been making tags for my Tag Ring 2016. They are tags with encouraging words that I hope later when I am done with this project, I have word tags that I can look it up again to remind me the good things and positive things of life.

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So today I am sharing not only 1 tag, but 5 tags 🙂 On these tags, I did some experiments with my Distress Crayons, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing Paste and Gesso after watching some YouTube videos on working with Distress Crayons. Here are my favorite basic tutorials of using these crayons for mixed media projects:

For my tags, I used Canson Watercolor papers 140 lbs. These papers are great to work with multi mediums and water. I prepped all the tags with Wakley White Gesso. I did a test on an unprepped tag, the Distress Crayons did not blend well. And on the prepped tags they blended smoothly and well. My blending tool for the project is my fingers 🙂

Mixed Media: Experiment With Distress Crayons, Stencils & Stamps

Tag 1: Distress Crayons Set 1, Bubble Dance ARTplorations Stencil, Bloom Silhouette ARTplorations Stencil, LePen Journaling Pen, Homemade embossing paste.

Mixed Media: Experiment With Distress Crayons, Stencils & Stamps

Tag 2: Distress Crayons Set 2, Butterfly Dance ARTplorations Stencil, Crisscrossed ARTplorations Stencil, Mixed Media Grunge STAMPlorations April 2015 Stamp Club Set, Hashtag Authentic STAMPlorations Set, Ranger Archival Ink Pad, LePen Journaling Pen, Darice White Cardstock

Mixed Media: Experiment With Distress Crayons, Stencils & Stamps

Tag 3: Distress Crayons Set 3 and Set 1, Stained Glass ARTplorations Stencil, Happy Flowers ARTplorations Stencil, Hashtag Authentic STAMPlorations Set, Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Darice White Cardstock.

Mixed Media: Experiment With Distress Crayons, Stencils & Stamps

Tag 4: Distress Crayons Set 4, Nestled Circles ARTplorations Stencil, Mixed Media Grunge STAMPlorations April 2015 Stamp Club Set, Hashtag Authentic STAMPlorations Set, Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Sharpie Black Marker.

Mixed Media: Experiment With Distress Crayons, Stencils & Stamps

Tag 5: Distress Crayons Set 5, Old Rose Prints ARTplorations Stencil, Mixed Media Grunge STAMPlorations April 2015 Stamp Club Set, Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Sharpie Black Marker

I totally love the process and time to create these tags, especially when I let go myself to just do it 🙂 So thankful for those mixed media artist who share their tutorials and tips on YouTube and blogs!!!

I hope today you are inspired to try new the technique, new food, or any new things and have an amazing adventure exploring them! THANK YOU for visiting and have a fabulous blessed day!


I play along at:

HLS September 2016 Mixed Media Challenge: Distress

STAMPlorations September Mixed Media Challenge

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog

SSS Monday Challenge: Stamp It

SSS Work It Wednesday – August 2016

A Blog Named Hero: Texture Challenge

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Helen

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26 thoughts on “Mixed Media: Distress Crayons, Stencils and Stamps

  1. These are just amazing Helen. You may have been out of your comfort zone at the beginning – but boy have you embraced these techniques! Each one of your tags is a perfect miniature work of art.
    Hugs
    Carol x

  2. What fabulous tags ~ each of them are absolutely gorgeous and I love how you’ve created the backgrounds! Thanks for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… 🙂

  3. Cantik sangat! Saya suka adunan warna dan tekstur di setiap tag. Kagum dengan Helen untuk setiap eksperimen yang dibuat. Teruskan usaha ya dan terima kasih untuk inspirasi serta motivasi. Ketemu lagi dalam STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge bulan hadapan ok.
    Salam manis,
    Asmah
    {STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team}