April 25, 2013

ATC: Infusing Doodling into Mixed Media

Today I am infusing a little bit of my own doodling into my mixed media.

Art Dreams
ATC:  Finished size 2 1/5 x 3 1/5 
This ATC was so much fun to make.  I think the best part of a mixed media adventure is watching what unfolds during the process.  This little piece started out with a heart that I doodled on a separate piece of cardstock and, as they say, the rest is history.

Sakura's black Micron pens are fabulous for penning art.  They did not bleed or smear when Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolors were added.  Prismacolor pencils were used for added shading.

Tip/Hint:  Use portions of rubber stamps for artsy text.  Segments from Penny Black's Edge to Edge were used to create this message.  

Also infused into this ATC are Penny Black's Tree-mendous (bird) and Flowers & Wishes (postcard).

Tip/Hint:  Stamping on tissue paper allows images to be melded into a design without bulk and gives the added advantage of working in some "ripply" texture if desired.  This process was used for the postcard image.


Tip/Hint:  Don't forget the micro glitter!!  When working with varnishes and matte mediums, sprinkle in a little glitter for a touch of sparkle.

Since I was using watercolors in various stages, I also incorporated matte medium gel and gloss varnish to seal the colors.  

I also like using mat board for a base.  It is very sturdy and helps the piece from tending to bend and curl.

Dream in art.....

For questions and/or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at:  elizabeth.a.allan@gmail.com

Elizabeth Allan:  Heart Doodle
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors
Image Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Jet Black StazOn, Clear Embossing Powder 
Penny Black Stamps: Edge to Edge 30-164, Tree-mendous 30-165, Flowers & Wishes 30-047
Prismacolor Pencils
Sakura Black Micron Pen
Other: White Acrylic Paint, White Gesso, Clear Gesso, Gloss Varnish, Micro-fine Crystal Glitter, Yellow Crystal Gems