Challenge Your Mind To Be Creative

Here is another sneak peek of a few new projects for my 30 Day Mixed Media Art Challenge. These were a lot of fun to make by just taking cardboard from a used memo pad to create embellishments. I painted and doodled on the chipboard, then cut our images. Here are two that I completed and will use the others soon. You don’t have to have all the latest and greatest supplies to craft. Use what you have and you will find it will challenge your mind to be more creative. –Stephanie Hopkins

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A Weekend of Crafts and Fluid Art

Yesterday I decided to craft on the back porch. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the screened porch is surrounded with big lush Maple Trees. I am starting a new altered art journal book and I decided that for this project I’m going to use my painted papers and most of my hand-made mixed media embellishments for this project. I am using a few things from Tim Holtz and the Dollar Tree. Painted papers are one of my favorite mediums to use. These papers were made with left over paint, distress spray stains and inks from other projects. There are so many fun art projects you can make with them as I have blogged about before.

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After I finished my pages and was getting a bit to eat, my daughter called me and asked if she could use my printer and get some canvas from me. She asked about Fluid Art and we got to talking about it. I gave her the old pouring medium I had left over and gave her instructions but then we decided to play around with it straight away. I did not want to use my good paint for this experiment so we went down to the basement and dug up some old clumpy acrylic paints that has to be years old. They came out pretty good for having to used art supplies. We had a great time and it was a treat to hang out with my daughter. -Stephanie Hopkins

 

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Mixed Media ATCs

“Form itself, even if completely abstract … has its own inner sound.”
― Wassily Kandinsky

ATC Cards 4-19-2020

 

Today I’m sharing a few of my new ATCs I’ve made recently. I was running short on art embellishments for my journal projects and decided to make ATCs. These cards are at the top of my list of favorite DIY Art projects. I’m really pleased with how they turned out and I love the abstract look of the backgrounds.

I took a few playing cards and added Gesso on the front and journal paper on the back. Having done that, doesn’t that make them now jouranling cards? Anyhow, for the front of the cards I made the backgrounds using a few of my scraps from my collage master boards and painting master boards that I created for my mixed media projects.

After I applied the paper I used oil pastels to highlight the edges and used a few embellishments and then applied some stencil patterns and wording to complete the cards. If you want to create art using DIY Master Boards and not sure how to get started, feel free to ask me and I would be delighted to give you pointers. It is a lot easier than it sounds and you can be really creative with them. Actually, I think they are a great way to discover your creative vibes-if you will. -Stephanie Hopkins

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Ephemera & Mixed Media

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! The past two days, I created a few art pieces, made two journal pages and chilled out with shows on the tube. I may have enough ephemera and embellishments to last me several journals at this point but I can’t stop making them!

I used watercolors and watercolor paper for these backgrounds. After the paint dried, I used Tim Holtz Inks to create my image with Clear Stamps. The stamps are from various craft supply companies. There are a few here that I will need to fussy cut but it shouldn’t be a problem. I’m really pleased with how they came out. Do you prepare your Ephemera ahead of time? What are some of the techniques you use? There are so many different ways in creating them.

These two pieces come from a larger Master Board I painted on Saturday using a watercolor paper and acrylic paint I’m keeping the remaining pieces for future projects.

This piece came from a master board I created last week. Some of you might remember that project.

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Additional pieces I made.

Here are two books that I recently acquired that I’m hoping to get to soon. Can’t wait!

Be sure to check out my friend and fellow blogger’s post about Journaling Life: Anatomy of a Journal Entry!  -Stephanie Hopkins

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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

Saturday Sunday: Weekend Vibes

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Photo by Stephanie Hopkins

I want to thank you all for your support and visiting Layered Pages. Have a bless weekend. See you on Monday!

“We always have to choose to live our lives to the fullest.  No one is better or worse than anyone else.  We are different and beautiful.” ~ Mattie Stepanek