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  • Mixed Media Madness!

    I’ve been working on a mixed media piece in my new journal for the last couple of days and experimenting with the camera on my iPhone as well.

    Inspired by this post from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, I spent a while cutting out this quotation to use on my new page.

    "Live your beliefs..."

    After I’d finished the cutting out, I downloaded the Snapseed app and took this photograph to play with on my new app!

    Today I was working on the background, and scanned in the different stages to use as future collage material. As is often the case, I got sidetracked into doing some digital blending 🙂

    Blended Background

    This is the result – pretty colourful, yes? You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see the finished page as the final layer is still drying at the moment!

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    By on Sunday July 28th, 2013 at 20:45 in Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, CED, Digital Art - Comments Off on Mixed Media Madness!

    Having fun!

    Today I’ve been having fun trying out some new techniques and ideas.

    I found this first technique in the latest copy of Craft Stamper magazine.

    Foil Embossing

    Foil Embossing Detail

    As usual I didn’t have all the suggested ingredients, so I improvised! I started by gluing a piece of baking foil to a piece of recycled packaging card, then coloured the foil white using a Uni Paint Marker. When the white marker was dry I dripped spots of different colours of alcohol ink onto the white then added white marker spots on top of the colours. As you can see – some of my spots spread a little! When all of that was dry, I embossed it using an embossing folder then sanded the edges of the embossed edges to allow the foil to shine through. Mine’s not quite as dramatic looking as the example in the magazine, but I’m still impressed with the result.

    The inspiration for my second piece came from these two posts (Dimensional Paper Cut Cards and Watercolored Dimensional Paper Cut Cards) from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. I have always loved creating pop-ups but have normally made them as add-ons to the page. The idea of cutting them directly from the page seemed too intimidating. Seeing Julie’s beautiful work inspired me to have a go.

    Love Heart Pop-Up

    After a few rather disastrous efforts where the middles fell out altogether or the design folded into strange places, I finally got it worked out! I drew the design using pencil, then cut it out very carefully using a pair of tiny, very sharp pointed scissors. I chose a red card to back it and stuck them together using low tac double-sided tape. I didn’t erase the pencil lines as I couldn’t decide whether or not to outline the shapes. What do you think? I’m really pleased with how this first one turned out and am itching to try another one. As Julie says on her blog – they are very addictive!

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    By on Wednesday May 22nd, 2013 at 15:46 in Artistic Ramblings, CED - Comments Off on Having fun!