Mixed Media Art Tags

Normally I don’t blog twice in one day but I wanted to share these creations with you. One of my favorite mediums to create are my own backgrounds and pattern paper. Last night I made new Mixed Media Tags using my watercolor pattern paper for the background, Tombow Markers, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, rubber stamps, clear stamps and watercolor paper. I created the back ground a while back and use it for various projects. You can use these tags for jouranling, add to gift bags, cards and mixed media art projects. The colors look more vibrant in person. The camera on my phone is not very good. I need to start using a camera, me thinks. These tags are going to a friend who commissioned me to make tags using my papers. She did want a washed out look to them so I had to change things up a bit. A challenge I enjoyed doing. -Stephanie Hopkins

Artsits Tags with watercolors

“I do tend to use watercolors – I love the splatter sort of thing you can do with watercolors.” -Mini Grey

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Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Art Edition

Today I’m sharing a little about stepping outside of my comfort zone in regards to my Mixed Media Art. My usual styles of creating are using darker hues, vintage grudge, steampunk, doodling, fluid art and abstracts. A few months ago, I made the decision to step out of my zone and explore different ways of creating mixed media art and my journals. The piece below is a prime example of what I’m talking about.

A Sweet Mixed Media Art Page I

I had created these two pages on one example of a background for a friend to see. I had put it aside for a while knowing I would come back to it eventually.

Last week I opened the book to complete these pages without any thought as to where they would take me. As I got to what I thought the final layer would be, I was discontented with it. There wasn’t balance. I was completely unsettled.

I shared photos of the pages to my friend and she told me to keep what I had-in so many words… Normally I would but I just couldn’t let these pages stay as they were. I decided to step away from my work desk and went in the kitchen to fix a glass sparkling water. I stood in the kitchen for a bit and started having a conversation with myself. Yep. I talk to myself.

My thoughts included: Why are you not happy with these pages? What is your problem today? -laughing. What do you want to express? What do you want? Then it hit me. I wanted to go all out and get girly with it. Yes, girly.

A Sweet Mixed Media Art Page

I marched back to my desk, sat down with determination and grabbed a box with embellishments and chose the “Sweet” embellishment to cover up the word, “Love” and proceeded to add a few other mediums-including more doodles. These pages are completely out of my comfort zone but I’m glad I created it and the story it tells is a good lesson learned.

What are ways you step out of your comfort zone when creating art? Or do you ever step out of that zone? How have you grown as an artist?

Stephanie