Our Favorites YouTube Hop: Art Journaling Edition

I’m so excited to be part of the second Out Favorites YouTube hop! Once again, I’m a participant and a sponsor. These hops are great ways for not only YOU to learn and meet new artists, but also for ME to do the same! You also have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes donated by our sponsors:

For my tutorial, I created a journal page using my favorites ways to make circles. I wasn’t able to use all of them on my page, so I also included a slide with a few extras I like to use.

Check out my video and watch to the end to hop to the next artist. Be sure to carve out some time in the next week to watch them all so you can enter to win some amazing prizes!

Supplies are shown in the video above… I hope you enjoy creating circles in your journal as much as I do! Tag me on instagram if you use any of my techniques, I’d love to see them!

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

Our Favorites YouTube Hop

I’m so excited to be part of another YouTube hop! This time I’m a participant and a sponsor. These hops are great ways for not only YOU to learn and meet new artists, but also for ME to do the same! You also have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes donated by our sponsors:

Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors above!!

For my tutorial, I created a journal page using my top ten favorite supplies for a quick journal page. These basic supplies are some of my favorites to break a blank page or add a finishing touch. I enhanced the pages with a few other supplies including stencils, acrylic paint, and a stamp.

So, just why are these my favorites? Let’s discuss each one!

  1. Ledger Pages & Ephemera 
    I love the layers of mixed media, and old book pages, ledger sheets, and other ephemera are my favorite way to break a blank page. Adhere these down with gel/matte medium and then layer on top. As you create layers, the ephemera below will peek through and create lots of interest.
  2. Black India Ink
    Any color India Ink is awesome, but I use black the most. You can use the dropper inside the bottle to write with, use a dip pen, or just use it for some fun drops like I did at the end. Often, this is my finishing touch on a page.
  3. Black Acrylic Spray
    Marabu makes some awesome acrylic sprays! The beauty of these is that they are acrylic, so as you create all those awesome layers in mixed media, the ink does not move or bleed. I’ve also dipped a brush into the bottle and painted with these or added splatters.
  4. Simply Simmons Brushes
    It might be weird to list a specific brush, but if you are like me and often forget your brushes in water, the perfect brush is so important. I’ve left these brushes in water for days (shhhhh!!) and they are still going strong! I’ve only ruined one (so far) from sitting in the water too long, and I just put some tape over it! They are a great price point, which allows you to have multiple brushes of each size. I also really like their watercolor brushes for the same reason!
  5. Clear Gesso
    Clear gesso is important when you want to preserve the ephemera. I layer it over my ledger pages to keep them in tact. This allows paint to sit on top of them rather than soak into the paper — allowing you to wipe away and use lots of water and other mediums as needed. I used Dina Wakley’s in this tutorial; hers is super smooth and silky. I also love the small containers for when I travel.
  6. White Gesso
    If you’ve ever taken a class with Dina Wakley, you’ve probably heard her say that gesso is like underwear! It’s so important to prep a page with gesso for many reasons. (I can get into that later if you’d like!) However, on this page I used the white gesso in place of white paint. I rarely use white acrylic. I like the opacity of the white gesso much better.
  7. Black Archival Ink Pad
    The importance of this ink pad, besides that it stamps really well, is that it is permanent and waterproof. Another important feature when you work with multiple layers of mixed media!
  8. Gel Medium
    So, there are several mediums… gel, matte, and Dina’s new “ultra thick” gel medium. They all serve different purposes when it comes to adding ephemera of all different weights to your page. Matte medium (and in this case Dina’s gel medium) are thinner and better for thinner papers where gel medium or Dina’s “ultra thick” are better for heavier papers. These are similar in concept to mod poge, except not as sticky and better quality.
  9. Word or Phrase Stickers
    Tim Holtz has several versions of these stickers – and I love them all! You can also cut text from book pages, but that takes time. And, for a quick journal page definitely not in the top ten!
  10. Stabilo All Pencils
    There are several colors in these pencils, but I use the black and graphite the most. I love, love, love… (love!) these pencils. The black is super dark especially when it’s activated. I think you just need to try one for yourself to understand! 🙂

Now you know a few quick reasons why these are some of my top go-to supplies. I’d love to learn what yours are. Do we share some of these? Am I missing something? Let me know in the comments!

I can’t wait to hop along with you and see what each artist’s favorites are. Be sure to follow the directions to be entered to win the sponsor prizes.

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