Do you like other crafts other than card making and scrapbooking? I know I do. I’ve been wanting to learn mixed media collage for awhile, so when I received the Nov/Dec issue of Somerset Studio-The Art of Paper and Mixed Media from Stampington & Company in the mail, I was thrilled. It is filled with so many beautiful pieces of art to drool over and inspiration galore, including mixed media collage!
Somerset Studio-The Art of Paper and Mixed Media is a well-photographed magazine. It is full of projects, hints and tips, and the majority of crafts are easy enough for a beginner. The photos of the projects are very large and most of them are shown on full pages, which allows you to really see all the details.
The artists featured in the magazine gave an introduction to their artwork and then explained how each project was made. A supply list is included in case you want to use some of the same products they did. You can adapt the techniques and material to develop your own unique design.
Each issue of the magazine also includes free artist papers! There are three full-page prints and a page of large Christmas images in the Nov/Dec copy. You can cut them out and use them to make your own projects. (I took these photos and night, so they are NOT as nice as the real thing.)
Somerset Studio-The Art of Paper and Mixed Media Magazine is great value and you won’t be able to wait for the next issue. There’s nothing better than sitting down with a cup of coffee and a fantastic new craft magazine. The projects you see make you want to jump up and take out your own supplies to play and create!
How would you like your very own copy of Somerset Studio-The Art of paper and Mixed Media Magazine? I was asked by Stampington and Company to review the magazine and I was very happy to do it because I have purchased and love all of their magazines. And because I did, Stampington and Company is allowing me to give away a free copy! Leave a comment at the end of this post and and your name will be entered in a drawing for a free issue! The contest ends on November 30, 2013.
My Own Project
After reading the magazine and seeing all of the inspiration, I had to sit down and try my hand at mixed-media collage. I was really inspired by Monica Sabolla Gruppo’s projects (above). Her combination of indigo, cream, and beige colors on the artist’s canvases are gorgeous, so they are what I chose to use. One of the inspirational words she used on one canvas was “create”. It’s a perfect word to use for another piece of art to put in my craft room.
My Own Creation:
Since this was my first project, I decided to use a piece of watercolor paper and a piece of thin cardboard as my canvas. I cut the paper to 6″ x 11″. I adhered the watercolor paper to the piece of cardboard with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Next, I covered the watercolor paper with a coat of gesso canvas primer and let it dry.
Then the fun part began! I put a few drops of Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise inks on my craft sheet and a pressed the canvas in them until is was covered with color. While I was letting it dry, I worked on the different layers of tissue paper I was going to use on my project and other embellishments.
I used the Off the Grid Stamp from Stampin’ Up! and applied Baked Brown Sugar Ink on the first piece of tissue paper. I stamped it several times and then tore the paper around the images. I also stamped the work “create” in black ink on another piece of tissue paper and tore around it, as well.
Then I used a piece of print paper and cut out the dove with the Elegant Bird Bigz Die from Stampin’ Up! The bird and wing were sponged with Crumb Cake Ink to give it some definition. The wing was adhered to the bird’s body with multipurpose glue.
The artist used the words, “It Sets Your Heart Free” on her project and since that’s how I feel when creating something, I decided to use it, too. The words were cut out using my label maker. I wanted a heart and a key on the project to indicate setting my heart free so I punched out a heart and cut the prongs off of the key brad.
When the canvas was dry, I glued the stamped tissue paper on the bottom of it with Mod Podge and dried it with my heat tool. I added the piece with the word “Create” on it over the bottom of the first piece of paper and dried it, too.
I used a little bit of Champagne Shimmer Paint to parts of the surface with a sponge to give it some glimmer and then stamped some circles using Broken China Distress Ink. I also used it to add color to the edges of the canvas.
Next, I stamped two different images from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (also from Stampin’ Up!) in Baked Brown Sugar and Tempting Turquoise Inks on parts of the canvas. I dried the canvas with the heat tool again to make sure all of the ink would not smear and painted layers of Mod Podge over it, letting it dry between coats.
The bird was adhered to the top-right of the canvas with multipurpose glue and the wing was adhered using Dimensional to give it more definition. The heart was placed on it with a Dimensional, as well. The key was glued on using Crystal Effects.
Two holes were punched in the top corners of the canvas and a piece of twine was threaded through them and and each end was tied in a knot for hanging.
I love the way my artwork turned out and I will be hanging it in my craft room tomorrow. I can’t wait to create another one! The next project will have a Christmas theme, so I can hang it in my living room with my other holiday decorations.