Sunday, February 8, 2015

Destashing with Mixed Media

What is the correct plural of the word "yeti?"  I have seen both "yeti" and "yetis" used as the plural form.  For now, let's just say that "yeti" is both the singular and the plural.  I have a very good reason for this.  The reason is...I ran out of "S" stickers in the font that I wanted to use on this scrapbook layout.  :)

Supplies: paper from Lily Bee; stickers from Bo Bunny; paint from Deco Art; colored pencil from Faber-Castell; pen from Zig; upcycled postage stamps & bubble wrap.  Loosely based on the sketch from page 33 of the January 2015 issue of Create magazine.

The topic of this scrapbook page may be yetis...oops, I mean yeti, but what I really want to talk about today is destashing with mixed media.  Now, I have a love/hate relationship with mixed media.  I love all the "playthings" (paints, mediums, tools, etc.) associated with the style.  But I hate waiting for wet media, such as gesso, texture paste, etc., to dry.  Still, I know that using mixed media can be quite green, so I decided to give it a go on this page, and I'm happy with the result.  I think I've found some mixed media techniques that require little to no drying time--hooray!


First off, I modified my patterned paper background by stamping with acrylic paint on bubble wrap.  Can you see it in the photo above?  Acrylic paint dries quickly, especially if you only use a thin layer.


Before putting the paint away, I also used it to make these snowflake embellishments.  Treating the negative pieces of some Bo Bunny snowflake stickers as stencils, I applied acrylic paint to patterned paper.  Again, I kept the layer of paint quite sheer, since I wanted the herringbone pattern to peek through from behind the paint.  After the paint dried, I outlined the snowflakes with colored pencil--a medium that requires zero drying time--and cut out the finished embellishments.


I also added swipes of acrylic paint and red pencil to the borders of a couple photos.


Finally, I used the mixed media trick of embellishing with found objects--postage stamps, in this case.  Even though I used mixed media techniques (stamping, stenciling, colored pencil, found objects), I was able to create this layout in a single sitting.  It was great to get some use out of my mixed media supply stash, so I'll definitely be making more pages like this one in the future.  Who knows, maybe my love/hate relationship with mixed media will someday become just a "love" relationship. 

13 comments:

Halle said...

Super fun!! Love the photo with the Yeti over your shoulder.

Carol L said...

What a fun layout! I love the cookie and cute yeti(s) throughout the page! I have no idea which is plural, so anything goes in my book :)

Patricia said...

adore this page and this color combo !!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

So fun! Love your color combo!

Diane said...

Fabulous papers, trim and pictures with of course the adorable Yeti.

Hugs Diane

IrinaR (Irina Rakovets) said...

Юморная страничка, Дениз!!!
очень нравится по цвету и как ты сражалась с mixed-media/
...я вот в последнее время очень полюбила акриловые краски))

Lynette Jacobs said...

It really looks as if you had such fun creating this...love the color combination.

Kim said...

Thank you Denise for the nice comment on my blog! I love how you ventured out and used mixed media! I myself have not and think the same way you do. You have inspired me and I might just have to try it! Love your creative cute layout!
~Kim

Aline Fonseca said...

Let it be Yeti! LOL Love it!
They're so cute! Great pictures and combined combo!So fun and cute this Layout!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Such a fun and fabulous layout, Denise and I really like how you are using your stash! . . . and I think Yeti as plural looks right!!! I love how you showed us your creative process! Your page is wonderful!

yyam said...

Super fun layout! I usually work on multiple projects at a time so the drying time doesn't bother me..lol

Darnell J Knauss said...

It's fascinating to read and see you in your creative process, Denise! This page turned out spectacular, so GO YOU!! And all your yeti (definitely no S, lol!) are spectacular, too!! Hugs, Darnell

Caz said...

I think you destashed very well! I am terrible at doing that, I nearly always go out and buy new things :-/ :-P