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Home Mixed Media Layout for Beginners

Hi everyone. Nicole here with another fun mixed media layout I created using a variety of Colorations Sprays. I just recently became an auntie and I am so excited! Edward is too. We just love baby Henry to pieces!

Before I started spraying and blending the Colorations Sprays onto the patterned paper, I gave it a good coat of clear gesso.

Once the gesso was completely dry, I sprayed the background using the Sky, Salmon, Indigo and Timeless Colorations Sprays. After I finished embellishing the layout, I went back with a paint brush and added some more color all over the background until I was satisfied with the color.

I fussy cut the flowers out from patterned paper and used the flowers to frame the photos.

I added a few chipboard embellishments at the top to help pull the layout together. The top looked too plain to me without the added embellishments.

A closer look at the Colorations Sprays on the paper… SOOOOO PRETTY!!

Colorations Sprays: Sky, Salmon, Indigo and Timeless

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Fun In The Sun Mixed Media Layout

Hello everyone. I hope you’re having a fabulous week! Today I have a fun mixed media layout I created using a few Colorations Sprays (Patience, Salmon, Sky and Gilded Gold) and the Double Flower Stencil.

To begin, I applied clear gesso all over the white cardstock to prevent the cardstock from tearing. Once the gesso was completely dry, I placed the stencil down on the cardstock and then sprayed some Colorations Sprays here and there in the colors of Salmon, Patience, Sky and Gilded Gold. This color combination is so pretty!

I sprayed a scrap piece of cardstock using the Patience Colorations Spray to mat the photos. Then I punched a few wholes in a scrap piece of cardstock, sprayed it with the Sky Colorations Spray to create a few more layers… I love layering papers to create a fun background. Also, I rarely buy colored cardstock because I prefer using sprays to create the exact colors I want. Simple, but fun…

Love the black and white ribbon on this layout. It really makes the colors pop.

I added a few puffy stickers, gems and wood veneer embellishments along with some thread to make this layout more interested.

Products Used:

Colorations Sprays: Salmon, Sky, Patience and Gilded Gold

Stencil: Double Flower Stencil

Come see how this layout came together!

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“Smile” Stenciled Watercolor Scrapbook Layout


Hey everyone!  Suzanne here today to share with you a layout that I’ve created using one of my favorite Art Anthology Stencils and Colorations Sprays!  I love the versatility of these sprays, and and am not ashamed to say that I make a way for them to appear in each of my projects!

I’m a huge fan of keeping layouts simple, but also being able to add visual interest at the same time.  That’s not really hard to achieve with the cool stencils and paints that Art Anthology has to offer!

This layout began with white cardstock that’s been primed with gesso and left to dry; I primed the page because I wanted to work the spray with a paintbrush and a little water instead of letting it immediately absorb into the paper.

Using Colorations Spray in “Salmon,” I first apply color with a paintbrush and water-lifting the paper occasionally and letting it run in certain areas.  I dried the spray with a heat tool and repeated the process until I was happy with coverage.

After the spray has dried completely, I applied texture to the background using the Morse Code Stencil and modeling paste.

This gives the color a little pop and definitely adds dimension to the background!

While the paste dried, I used paint from our Rust Texture Set in “Amber” to coat a chipboard flower.  All that’s left to do is to assemble the remainder of the layout!

Here are some close-ups of the finished layout!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Colorations Sprays: “Salmon”
“Morse Code” Stencil
Rust Texture Set “Amber” 

Other Supplies:
Cardstock, patterned papers, embellishments
Gesso, modeling paste

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope that I have inspired you to get into your crafty space and get some ink on your hands!  If you need more inspiration, make sure you are following us on Pinterest and don’t forget to join our Facebook group Art Anthology Adventures in Art!


Watercolor Scrapbook Layout using Colorations Sprays

Sometimes, less really is more!  Hey everyone, Suzanne here today to share with you a layout that uses that very concept!  I created the background of this super simple and easy layout with Colorations Sprays used as watercolors!   This background is so simple to recreate, if you blink you’ll miss just how easy it is to make!

I started this layout with. a piece of white die-cut cardstock waste that was left over from another project.

To ensure that when the Colorations sprays are applied and not absorbed into the paper, I prime the paper with a layer of gesso.

Once the gesso is completely dried, I grab a couple of Colorations Sprays and a paintbrush.

I sprayed each spray into a paint palette with a little water to extend the color and to help with achieving the watercolor effect I was after.

I applied the color by wetting the paintbrush with water first-then with the lightest of the two Coloration sprays; you can see that the area I missed applying gesso is a little darker because the ink absorbed immediately which makes it no longer workable.  I continue to apply the colors from lightest to darkest-drying between layers-until I’m satisfied with the application.

From the finished page, you can see how the mists take on a light, watercolor effect!  I dry the page, back it onto another piece of white cardstock, and finish the final assembly of the layout!

I love how the sprays add just enough color to the backdrop of the page!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Colorations Sprays: “Siesta Key, Sky” 

Other Supplies: 
white cardstock
paintbrush and pallete
patterned papers and embellishments

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope that I have inspired you to get into your crafty space and get some ink on your hands!  If you need more inspiration, make sure you are following us on Pinterest and don’t forget to join our Facebook group Art Anthology Adventures in Art!




Mixed media layout with Colorations Sprays by Lisa

Hi friends!

Lisa here today to share with you my last DT project for this month. This time I made a mixed media layout with some photos of my family that I particularly love… do you like to make layouts? I like it very much!

I started my layout with applying a coat of clear gesso to seal the patterned paper. I then used my finger to rub a little bit of white gesso. I made some stamps with Archival black ink and then I used modelling paste with Art Anthology Messy Bubbles stencil to create some texture

I used Colorations Sprays (Siesta Key, Barbie and Plush) to make my watercolor background. To cover the dreamcatcher chipboard I brushed Stone Effect color Bone, I love its texture!

I added my black and white photos with chipboards, embellishments and flowers

As final touch I made some splatters with Cotton Velvet with a bit of water

You can follow my step by step tutorial here

Supplies used:

Colorations Barbie, Plush and Siesta Key

Stone Effects Bone

Stencil Messy Bubbles

Cotton Velvet 

I hope you enjoyed my mixed media layout with Art Anthology products!  For more ideas visit us on Pinterest and also join our Facebook group, Art Anthology Adventures in Art!

Thanks for stopping by



You Make Me Happy Mixed Media Layout


Good morning! Nicole here with a pretty mixed media layout I created using the Flity stencil and the Patina Texture set. I love this texture set. It looks sooooo pretty on paper! The colors look perfect against the photos!


I covered the veneer flowers using the Patina Seafoam. Then I brushed the Sedona Colorations Spray along the edges using a paint brush. I colored the butterfly using the Sedona Colorations and added a Clear Coat (Linen) to make it shimmer a bit.

Here is a closer look at the Copper Metallic Medium. SOOOOO pretty and it goes on the cardstock/stencil smooth.

I have a feeling I’ll be using the Flity stencil again. I just love it!

I used some papers, chipboard and stickers from Pink Paislee to embellish the layout.

Here is a process video for you to see how easy it is to work with the texture sets along with the stencil and Coloration Spray! Fun stuff!

Supplies Used:

Stencil: Flity

Patina Texture Set

Coloration Spray: Sedona

Clear Coat: Linen

I hope I have inspired you to experiment with the Flity stencil with the Patina Texture set. The texture set is perfect for distressing wood veneer embellishments! Thank you for visiting today!

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Mixed Media Beach Board by Toni

Hi everyone… hope you are all having a nice month of August. Today I have for you a clip board I purchased from the dollar store and I transformed it into a beachy layout, featuring my daughter and my niece about 25 years ago… Hope you enjoy. I started by adding some wood grain paper and then priming the surface for my sprays and paints. Using some drift wood from the beach, twigs from my yard, fishnet, and paper clay elements provided lots of yummy texture. Applying my Colorations Sprays and Minx Shimmering Inks really brought this to life. All of the supplies used will be listed below. Take the unexpected and turn it into a keepsake to hold your memories. I hope you will give this a try. I also have a process video below for your viewing. Wishing you a day filled with peace & love…. hugs

Supplies used:

ColorationsTimeless, Wiamea Bay, Siesta Key, Sandcastle, Granny Smith

Minx Shimmering InksDecadent, Gold Dust


Metal EffectsGold

Stone EffectsBone


“Breath In Breath Out’ Mixed Media Layout

Hi everyone, today I want to share how very simple it is to add some mixed media elements to your scrapbook layout. Mixed media has gotten so popular but still so many are intimidated by the word “Mixed Media”. I’m here today to tell you if you are a scrapper or card maker, chances are you are already doing mixed media.

Wikipedia says: Mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different media that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, wood and found objects. So, what that means if you are a card maker you use paper, sometimes stamping with ink, adding embellishments, sometimes markers etc…. you are already doing mixed media. So don’t let the word scare you any longer. Let’s get started with this very simple layout.  I really wanted the colors on this to be very subtle so that my photo would really be the focal point. So the Art Anthology paints I used were our Metal Effects and our Stone Effects (all products will be listed below in the video discription)With the use of a couple of our stencils (and we have so many to choose from) this provided added patterns to my paper as well as texture. With the addition of some seed beads (because I can’t ever get enough texture… lol) and pretty flowers, my layout was finished. I hope you give this a try. Below is a process video of me creating this layout. If you have any questions or would like to see the designers use the product in a certain way, be sure to follow us on Facebook HERE and just ask us questions. We are all here to help one another on our creative journey. xoxo Toni


The Girls…A Layout by Jenn

Hello Art Anthology friends and fans! Jenn here sharing a beautiful layout featuring my beautiful daughter and granddaughter. Be sure to check out the Snapguide tutorial I have included.

For this layout I have used the following Art Anthology Products:

Minx Ink Gold Dust
Sorbet Vegas Gold
Colorations Spray Timeless
Colorations Spray Clover
Clear Coat Splashed
Fleur Stencil

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

I have used flowers and chipboards from Reneabouquets. A full supply list is included in the Snapguide tutorial above. Here is a closer view of my layout.

Thanks so much for visiting the blog and viewing my post today!! I hope that you are inspired to get creative!!

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Scrapbooking layout in red and blue

Hello everyone !

Back with a layout this time, playing with Velvet, stencil and ink for a neutral gender look, as the picture I choose featured my daughter and my nephew… So blue, red and black are my color choices…

After using a chicken wire stamp on the edges of the paper, I applied the Beyond the Reef medium and the Desire Velvet over the Wheel stencil to achieve my background.

The Beyond the Reef medium also colored few of the tags of my layering.

It’s amazing how the color differ with the thickness… when use as paint, I obtained a beautiful water-like blue, and as medium over the stencil, this blue is very deep !

Before layering my papers and picture, I used the Raider Colorations spray to create the small ink spots on my background…

Here is the video tutorial if you want to take a look at my creative process…

Thank you for your time, see you soon for another project…