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.
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:
- Exploring Distress Crayons by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
- Techniques With Tim Holtz’s Distress Crayons by Joggles.com
- New Distress Crayons – Sets 4 and 5 by Joggles.com
- Distress Crayons & Embossing Paste by Amy, Prairie Paper & Ink
- Distress Crayons + Emboss Resist
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 🙂
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!
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