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Mixed Media Coasters by Toni

Hi everyone… I’m here with a fun project using the beautiful Art Anthology products. DSC08347

I purchased these natural coasters at Michaels Craft Store for $1.50 for a set of 6 and they take all the mixed media products really well. Each one I used a different technique.

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The first set I painted the base with the dimensional paints (listed below) and then applied tissue paper with glittered Mod Podge. Then applied some stamping and drizzed my Coloration Spray in coordinating colors. Finished off with distressed ink for the edges.

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The second set I applied Tim Holtz tissue paper to the coaster and then added glitters. Then finished off the coasters with our pretty Coloration sprays.

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The third set was created using a crackle method with glue and lots of dimensional paints  (listed below) with some metal embellishments and stamping to provide lots of texture.

There are so many way to use Art Anthology’s product, they are so versatile. I hope you will add some to our crafting supplies and give them a try. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting !!!

Below is a Snapguide tutorial for your viewing and listed below are the products from Art Anthology, that were used to create these coasters…

Check out How to Create Mixed Media Coasters for Your Home by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Canvas “Awesome” by Anna Komenda

Hello everyone. It’s my turn again to inspire You with Art Atnology based project.  This time I created a boyish canvas with my cute nephew.

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I played with my favourite colors to create background. I used some dimmensional paints like Velvets and Sorbets and I added a lot of water to use them like a watercolors.

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I love how versatile those paints are. I can create textures with them, paint like a painter, color with them and use them with stencils.

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I added few boyish embellishments and project was ready in less than an hour (not counting drying all the layers and media).

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Really fun and simple project to do and my sister will be happy to have (another) picture of her son framed 😀

There is also a video tutorial, as always. I hope You will enjoy watching it.

This post is also a little bit sad because it’s my last post for Art Anthology. It was wonderful six months packed with amazing products, talented team and great boss. Thank You Stayce for having me in this team. My adventure with Art Anthology DT is coming to an end but it’s definetelly not the end of my adventure with Art Anthology great products.

Thank You for stopping by and I hope we will meet somewhere on line from time to time.

Anna

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Faux Encaustic Blossom Canvas by Kathy Adams

Faux Encaustic With Art Anthology Mediums

Kathy here today to share a project that has lots of layers of Art Anthology mediums and resembles encaustic wax painting.  Here is a definition of Encaustic:

(noun) – Encaustic (which also goes by “hot wax painting”) is an ancient technique. The artist heats beeswax to the liquid stage, then mixes in pigmentation. The resulting medium is applied to a surface (typically wood). After the artist has everything “just so”, heat is applied to the whole business, which results in a fusion of colored wax and wood.

I would love to start encaustic painting, but it can get costly. Transparent layers is what makes encaustic artwork so beautiful to me, so I wanted to see if I could get a similar look by using mediums I had on hand.  Art Anthology Sorbet and Velvet colors are perfect for in between the layers because of their transparent nature.

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I used a wonderful book called Surface Treatment Workshop by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson which has step by step directions on how to do faux encaustic, among many other interesting mixed media techniques.  The basis of this technique is to make a faux encaustic medium, using the right balance of gloss and matte acrylic mediums to make a satin finish and paint to tint it to look like wax. The medium drys clear with a hint of golden yellow and is layered with interesting things in between.
Check out How to Faux Encaustic With Acrylic Mediums by Kathy Adams by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
 

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Faux Encaustic Blossom Canvas by Kathy Adams

Faux Encaustic Blossom Canvas by Kathy Adams

I hope you were inspired to try this technique!  You can share your work on Facebook at Art Anthology’s Adventures in Art.  Get more inspirations on Pinterest and YouTube.  And don’t forget that you can shop for everything used in this tutorial at Art Anthology’s online store.

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Create A Travel Size Art Kit with Toni

Hi everyone… Toni here with some creative inspiration. It’s summertime here and everyone is vacationing. Even while we are on the go, sometimes that creative spirit hits us and it’s nice to have something small that you can bust out and get a little messy with. So I am here to show you a easy way to take your canvases with you. DSC08278

Using an Altoid Mint box and creating canvases on a mini accordian album to fit nicely inside, will provide a gateway for your creativity on vacation. Art Anthology’s products add the texture, glimmer and gorgeous colors needed to produce a pretty altered art kit.

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Pictured here is the top and bottom of the container which has a top coat of Crackle Varnish added with seed beads to complete it. DSC08278 - Copy

The mini canvases are made in the form of an accordian album.  Each page has been prepped for artistry with either sticky back canvas, black gesso, clear gesso or watercolor paper.. all ready for your paints, inks, pastes  etc. DSC08295As you can see the mini album fits nicely in the can with room for pen nibs and more.  As creatives we seldom throw anything away knowing that it can probably be useful with our art. So be sure to save those mint containers and make yourself an on-the-go artist travel kit.

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The Art Anthology products used are listed below as well as a step x step Snapguide tutorial for your viewing… Hope this has provided some inspiration for your next project… and wishing you a beautifully creative day ! xoxo Toni
Check out How to Create a Mixed Media Travel Art Kit by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Play with pattern by Anna Komenda

Hello everyone. It’s Anna here. Today I want to show You layout with handmade pattern paper. I was inspired by one of the Bellaboulevard papers from “She blooms” collection and I thought: why not to make a similar paper by my own?

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It was simple, black and white graphic design with polka dots. I just took white 12*12 cardstock, brush and black Velvet paint “Tuxedo” and painted dots. I waneted them to look like hand painted so didn’t measure anything. It was fast and easy job.

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I also painted flowers cutted with Cameo. Pink color looks very nice on this graphic black and white background.

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As always, I have a process video for You. I hope You will be isnpired to create Your own patterned papers. You can paint stripes, dots, triangles.

Thank You for stopping by and see You in two weeks.

Anna

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Art Postcards With Yupo Paper and Minx

Hi creative peeps! Kathy Adams here to share my project using Minx Shimmering Inks.  Yupo is synthetic paper, machine-made in the USA of 100% polypropylene. It has a non-absorbent surface, is waterproof, stain-resistant, and extremely strong and durable.  I tried a few techniques and learned a few things along the way. Yupo and Minx Art Postcards11

You can see my process here:
Check out How to Create With Minx and Yupo Paper by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
 

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I love the idea of an art postcard to share with the world.  Since the Yupo paper is quite thin, I mounted the finished cards onto white card stock and stamped the back to make them post card ready.  Yupo and Minx Art Postcards1

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Thank you for visiting the blog today. Did you know that you can share your creations on our Facebook page, Art Anthology Adventures in Art? Want even more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page, and YouTube channel.

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“Mechanical meadow” art journal page

Hello, today I would like to show you my art journal page.

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Some close ups…

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Beautiful Minx Shimmer on the chipboards…

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Some more Minx in splashes..

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Doodling in black and white…

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Texture with Off the Grid Stencil and gesso.

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Lagoon Pipe Dream on the background…

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Tick Tock stencil with gel medium and stamping on the top. I like this smooth effect with cotton velvet on the background.

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Here you can see almost all textures together..

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I prepared a short tutorial on snapguide :
Check out How to Create Mechanical Meadow Art Journal Page With AA by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
 

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Thank you for stopping by, Marta De.

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10 fun ways to use mists by Anna Komenda

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Hello Art Anthology fans. It’s Anna here with something a little bit different than usual. There won’t be any video tutorial today but I have a lot, lot pictures for You along with 10 fun ways You can use Your mists.

I created two pages in my art journal using mostly mists as a colorful medium. I will walk You through that process telling You about ways You can use Your mists. Some of them are obvious and some might be new for You. So let’s start 🙂

First I must say You what I did with my journal. It’s a hand made journal, that was a gift from my friend Kasia. She used regular thick paper to create the pages. They can handle a little bit of moisture but they are not a watercolor paper bo I have to be careful, because with too much liquid they will just fall apart.

I wanted to show You the difference with applying and using mist on two surfaces: one is just a regular paper (the page on the left side) and the second one is a paper with a thin layer of gesso (the page on the right side).

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1. Spray with them. 

Yes, this is the most obvious way to use mists. After all they were created for this purpose. You can spray on the page lying flat on the desk. they You will receive the circular shape of color with lighter edges. But You can also spray on paper that is holded verticaly. You will acheive nice, long paths of color. And this is what I decided to do with my pages. Notice that the one with the blue mist is covered with gesso. It changes the intensity of color. Mists applied on gesso are drying lighter shade of color than applied on the paper. Mists on gesso also need more time to dry.

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2. Use stencil.

Stencils are one of the fun ways You can spread Your misting process. Just choose from the variety of shapes and spray through them. It’s really simple. It’s what I did on the red side. You can also use negative and stamp with Your stencil. This is what I did on the blue side. The effect will be more inpredictable and the shapes won’t look as sharp as the one that was sprayed through the stencil. But sometimes is the effect You like better. Notice that not all stencils will look good with stamping. The best effects You can achieve with small patterns with thin stencil lines.

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3. Paint with them.

Yes. You can use Your mists as a watercolor paints. Coloration Sprays from Art Anthology don’t contain the shimmering powder so they look really like a paints. But if You have sparkling mists only, You can still use them this way. You will just have a sprakling image in the end. Just take a piece of watercolor paper, add few drops of mists into the plastic palette, take brush and paint. You can mix colors to get right shades. I draw a face on my piece of watercolor paper. I wanted to add contours too so I took black indian ink, pen nib and just sketch the lines. Remember to let the ink dry before You use Your mists. Indian ink is waterproof after it’s dry. If You don’t have indian ink and a pen nib, You can also use some water proof marker.

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4. Create colorful gesso or texture paste.

You can mix Your mists with gesso or texture paste to create new colors of dimensional mediums. Gesso is the one that is harder to dye with mists and the shades as really pastel after mixing it all together. But texture paste is much more easier to add color. But remember that if You want to use Your texture paste through the stencil, You can’t add to much liquid. I used light brown gesso on the red side and grey texture paste on the right side. they were both dyed with mists. I wasn;t satisfied of the shade of my brown gesso so I decided to add more color by spraying with with the mist on the page.

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5. Write with them.

We used our mists as paints but You can also ise them as inks. Just take pen nib or a brush and write with them on Your pages. I used grey mist to write few words on my red page. Writing on gesso is more difficult because mist dry very light. So I reccomend You to write on plain paper. I also wanted to highlight the birds on my blue page so I outlined them with indian ink and wrote few words too. Indian ink looks good on the pages covered with gesso. It’s still black, shiny and water proof.

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6. Use straw.

Straw is a very fun to use tool. You can just create a big blob by dipping the straw in the mist (be sure You have few drops on mist on the tip) and just blow through the straw from a high distanse (by high I mean something about 15 inches). You should achieve nice, big stain. When it’s still wet You can use clean straw and just blow from the proximity to create extra spaletters around Your blob. I tried this technique on my blue page but it was waved and the blob didn’t come so nice.

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7. Use the mister.

If You like this messy look the easiest way to get the splatters is just to open the bottle and use the mister’s tube to splash on Your page. You don’t have much control with this process so if You are a person than do not like suprises on their pages – don’t walk this path. And If You are splashing on the pages with pictures – don’t forget to cover them with some paper scraps befor You start making a creative mess.

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8. Dye the fabric.

Mists are great with dyeing the fabric. I am not talking about Your T shirt because I am not sure how it will works in the washing mashine. But take a piece of the fabric, spray it and add it to Your project. Sew it to the page or use stapler. It will add a lot of dimension and texture to Your page. You can also dye a gauze and use it on Your project.

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9. Use dedicated products.

Some companies created special lines to go with mists. You can buy papers that are partialy covered with mist proof pattern. You can also buy fabric elements with some white printing on them. I also saw frames and other elements created for misting. You can also use wood veneers with Your mists. I decided to use some fabric shapes from one of the old Prima collections. I sprayed them with mist and attached them with stapler. I also glued few stips of fabric using gel medium. Gel medium is working really well with mists. It’s not mist proof so You can color the surface covered with gel medium.

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10. Take out some color.

This technique can be used on surfaces that were covered with gesso. Just sprinkle the page with water of, like me, with a sparkling colorless mist, take a paper towel and absord the water / mist with some of colored background. Really simple and You can get some nice effects. The picture below is the picture “after” so the loghter spots were created with this technique.

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I showed You 10 ways to use Your mists but it’s not all. There are more fun techniques. You can use piece of foil, add few drops of mists on it and just stamp with that. It’s called “packaging technique”. You can use Your embossing powders and stamps to create mist proof papers. Those are just examples. I encourage You to experiment. Art journals are just perfect for that. You don’t have to always get spectacular effects. Remember than many great discoveries were made by accident 🙂 And most of all – HAVE FUN.

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Thank You for stopping by.

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Stars, Stripes & Smiles!

Hello All Lanette here!

I hope that everyone is having an amazing summer, we are having a busy crazy HOT summer! But I just had to stop in and share this patriotic layout that I created featuring my lovey little ladies and lots of Art Anthology sparkle!

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Minx Ink & Dimensional Sorbet gave my layout just the right amount of sparkle and shine!

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You can see how I created this layout start to finish here:

Check out How to Create a Patriotic Layout by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

Some details shots just for fun!

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Here is a link to all the fabulous Art Anthology Products I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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