MMM Hop: She Dreams in Color

I’m so excited that YOU loved the first Mixed Media Mania hop so much that you asked for another. And, it’s back…. and….at the risk of sounding too cliche, it’s bigger and better! We have new artists and new sponsors (and returning artists and returning sponsors). The art is incredible and the sponsors, well, they are so generous! (So generous that all the participating artists wish they could enter!!)

In my previous post I mentioned that Red Lead sent me some supplies for the hop. It’s always a challenge to use supplies that I haven’t picked out, and on top of that always a bit nerve-wrecking when I’m using a product a company sent me to use!

However, this is probably one of my favorite art journal spreads to date…are artists allowed to have favorites? If you’ve watched my tutorial above (or when you watch it!), you know that I admitted that I scribbled on my pages “I hope these pages are not ugly!” At that point the pages were ugly…sometimes those first layers aren’t dynamic or exciting until the next layers begin to compliment them.

I loved making this double page spread in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. Red Lead sent me so many amazing supplies that I had to include a tip-in to use some, which ended up being one of my favorite parts. I also just love how each element on the pages come together: ephemera, acrylic paint, stencils, stamps, india ink, stabilo pencils, collage sheets, and more.

I hope my canvas encourages and inspires you to create in your art journal.

Be sure to look at the info box on YouTube for the directions on how you can win one of the amazing sponsored prizes. And, hop through all the videos. Most of the artists are also giving away prizes (me included!).

Enjoy scrolling through the little gallery below to see some pics of my project!

 

Red Lead Paperworks Unboxing

We have some incredible sponsors who gave amazingly generous prizes for the fall 2018 Mixed Media Mania YouTube hop! Some of the sponsors even sent artists products to use in their videos.

Red Lead Paperworks sent me this package with way more supplies than I could fit in my project. I brainstormed several ideas that I wanted to explore and play with these stencils, stamps, and collage sheets…so stay tuned to my channel to see how else I use them!

This was my first time using their products.The stencils are a perfect size for art journaling. The stamps, well, stamp wonderfully crisp and clear! I love that they are unmounted red-rubber for easy storage. And, the collage sheets held up to my mixed media layers.

Thank you so much, Red Lead, for the package!

If you aren’t already on their mailing list, hop over to their website to subscribe. They send out a beautiful email that will make you add more items to your wish list (mine is getting long!) and, follow them on instagram for lots of inspiration.

Mixed Media Mania Fall 2018 Edition!

I’m so excited that the Mixed Media Mania YouTube hop is back! We have some new artists and some new sponsors!

Mark your calendar and hop with us Oct 5-11…. because besides the amazing art, there are amazingly generous sponsored prizes!!

  • Ranger – Prize Pack
  • Blitsy – $50 Gift Card
  • Marabu – $50 Prize Pack
  • DecoArt – Mixed Media Set
  • Thermoweb – $25 Gift Card
  • Joggles – $25 Gift Card
  • Shawn Petite – 10 winners will win 2 stencils
  • Viva Las VegaStamps! – Grab Bag at Every Stop
  • UmWowStudio – Digital Downloads at Every Stop
  • 7 Dots Studio – $35 Prize Pack
  • Finnabair
  • Amazing Casting Products – Modling Putty & Casting Resin
  • Gelli Arts – $50 Gift Certificate
  • Mixed UP – Subscription worth 80 Euro
  • AALL & Create – 2 winners $35 Prize Packs
  • Red Lead Paperworks- 3 Prize Packages (containing 2 stencils & 3 stamps)
  • ArtFoamies – 1 Grand Prize $100 Coupon Code plus 5 additional winners of $30 Coupon Codes
  • Amy Tangerine – Signed copy of her book “Craft a Life You Love” plus scrapbooking supplies
  • Brush Magazine – 5 Digital Copies of 9/28 Issue
  • iStencils – 4 winners $25 gift Cards
  • Funkie Junkie Boutique – $25 Gift Certificate

MMM Hop: Winners!

 


hello! what an incredible week hopping around YouTube!

So much inspiration and creativity from an incredible group of mixed media artists. If you missed the hop, don’t worry…the videos are still up, and you can hop around! Start here with mine at this link.

543 comments later, and I am so inspired by YOU! Thank you for leaving comments (even if it was just to win! haha!). Each comment fed my artist soul; I took notes on several, savored your sweet words, and grew even more excited about this new journey I’m on (more on that below the winners).

So, first, the most important part: Winners!

I gave away two mixed media prizes on my YouTube channel: One larger mixed media pack to a US address and one smaller mixed media ephemera pack to an international address. Here are my two winners  (picked randomly by YouTube Random Comment Picker):

Alison Lake – USA
Melinda Sweetman – AUS

And, because I was so incredibly blown away by all the comments, I chose two more to receive a small happy mail surprise ephemera pack from me. They are:

Tammy VanAntwerp – USA
nominuek – UK

If you haven’t already contacted me, please get in touch via a DM on Instagram, on my contact form on this page, or via YouTube.

I also did a small giveaway on Instagram for two small mixed media envelopes! Those winners are (picked by random.org):

kkeller401
hbsquirrel.arts

And, the sponsored prize winners:

Hop (pun intended!) over to either Carisa and DeeDee ‘s blogs to see the list of winners!

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!


I’d also like to thank Carisa and DeeDee
for organizing this hop. And, all the incredible artists that participated. What an amazing, talented group that worked together harmoniously to pull this hop off… for you!


Getting Personal: Art Heals

I already thanked Carisa above, but little does she know how incredible heartfelt my thank you is. Carisa is the one who asked me to participate. They had already been working on the hop, but something prompted her to invite me to participate, even after many of the artists had already joined.

Once in a while I’ll get a little personal on my blog posts. I think it’s important for me to remember moments of my journey and for me to share my story with other artists.

This hop was almost exactly two years to the day that changed much of my life. Nothing overly tragic, but a huge change in a direction that I believed was where I was supposed to be. My husband and I had served in our church for over ten years, and I also worked in an administrative, communications, advertising, and marketing capacity part-time from home. This is where we put much of our energy, serving other families and growing in our Faith.  This is also where we found some purpose in our infertility. Not having kids allowed us to pour into service. However, two years ago I lost two jobs (one and the church and another one semi-related to the church), lost our church, our church family, and all the connections we had when our church merged with another. It’s a little more complicated, but I’ll keep the background info short as to not bore you… but this left me empty. I lost my purpose, my voice, my reason…as this also happened during some other difficult things going on in our life that we no longer had our church to lean on and support us.

But as the saying goes, when a door closes a window opens… after this loss (which I am still healing from) I went back to school to finish my degree, continued on my journey to fix my health (yay PCOS), and dedicated more time to art. I’m also trying very hard to make up for lost time (more on all of that my one little word post).

In the midst of this change, besides losing who I was, I lost my voice.

So, the day that I commented on Carisa’s post was huge for me. I’m working on sharing my art, finding my voice, being bold…figuring out who I am. That day I felt a kindred spirt, so I commented. We had both tried the grumbacher paper and posted to instagram and YouTube. (I found her through a hashtag!) This was also in the middle of a “bad week” for me. There are just days when I still feel sad and lost.

This comment led to Carisa contacting me, to joining the hop, to making so many new artist friends who were participating in the hop…. to reaching 500 subscribers on YouTube (now over 600!).

To quote my instagram post below:

"I share these posts not to brag at all, but to remember these milestones along this new journey for me.... and always, always with a thankful and humble heart."

 

🎉🎈500 subscribers!! 🎨👩🏻‍🎨 #wow So grateful and so thankful! I love reading all the comments on my #mixedmediamaniahop video… (I will respond after the hop ends!) I can’t wait to continue to create and inspire here on Instagram and on YouTube! I also have a blog/website! . 💟 I share these posts not to brag at all, but to remember these milestones along this new journey for me…. and always, always with a thankful and humble heart. 💟 Huge thanks to @inkyfairydesigns for asking me to join the hop. Watch for a wrap up blog post ….where I share more of that story. 💟 You have TWO DAYS left to enter the amazing giveaways! #nicolewatsonart #mixedmediamania #youtubeartist #mixedmediamaniayoutubehop #mixedmediamania2018

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So, thank you seems inadequate at times, but it’s deeply felt and said.

I’ve often heard that  art heals, and I truly believe it does. Art is helping me find my voice, my purpose, my faith… and allowing me to continue. (My one little word for 2018.)

  • finish my degree  
  • design my website/blog 
  • begin YouTube 
  • be selected for a design team  
  • participate in a hop 

I look forward to what is next.

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MMM Hop: Inspired Peony

I fell in love with mixed media in college… the layers, the supplies, and the limitless options! This canvas that I’ve called inspired peony combines tons of layers with a variety of supplies. While I do list the specific supplies I used in the video, there are so many other mediums and tools you can use to create a similar canvas!

However, I’m also giving away a mixed media kit that includes the peony stencil. Hop over to my YouTube channel to see how you can win my this prize along with a bunch of other prizes from the hop sponsors. And, several of the other artists participating also have prizes at their stops.

Our sponsors include:

More about my canvas

First I started with a layer of old book pages that included gelli prints from my recent tutorial. Then I added a layer of stamped numbers and rubons and a little gesso. Next, I used modeling paste through the peony stencil for the raised 3-d effect. Once this layer was dry, I added some dots and numbers through stencils with a little spray acrylic. Then came the scary part: three different layers of glazing. Once the glaze was finished, I added the pan pastel to the peony flowers along with some white charcoal. At this point I decided I needed more teal so began the process of adding teal and sepia drips and splatters. Then, I added the live inspired words on the front with a stamp and tissue paper, because I wasn’t feeling brave enough to stamp directly on the canvas. I finished it with some ink splats and added some light with some gesso splatters. After spraying outside with fixative, I decided it needed one more thing… watch the video to find out what that was!

What is your favorite part about mixed media? Let me know in the comments!


Here are some detail photos of the project. 

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