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Good morning! I have a new project I am sharing today using a variety of mixed media mediums from Art Anthology. Most people are intimidated by mixed media products, but it’s not too scary! Today, I am going to share with you how simple it can be!

When I created this layout I wanted to create something, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on it. I just felt like doing something fun. To begin, I trimmed my white cardstock to measure 4″x8″. I am loving this size! This size works well for when you only have one photo to scrapbook.  Then I sprayed the Sky Coloration Spray all over and let it dry a bit. Then I tapped a little bit of the Raider Coloration Spray all over the spread.

I grabbed a stencil that I wanted to use and applied the Patina Teal Velvet Dimensional Paint over the stencil, careful not to let the stencil move. When applying this  medium, it is best to move the palette knive from top to bottom so the paint does not smear beneath the stencil.

I had some smears, but I can live with it…

A lot of the stencil got covered up, but I only wanted a few of the circles to show so it worked out.

I used a marker to color the wood veneer heart and then added some Linen Sorbet Dimensional Paint to make it shimmer.

I love this writing from a book I read… I held onto it so I could include it in a layout… Sooo true… It says, “Women will crush you, you know…I suppose everybody, but women always seem to get back up… Women are always still standing.” I love it.

Thank you for visiting today!



Hi everyone. I have a lovely layout to share with you of two of my favorite people. I really like this picture of Edward and Aunt Katie so decided to play with this layout a bit! 

To begin, I sprayed the Sky and Plush Coloration Sprays onto white cardstock. Once the ink was dry, I added a few more sprays of the Sky Coloration Sprays. I really wanted the blue to show in the background.

I stamped the Love You Bunches flower image from Trinity Stamps onto the layout and then colored the leaves and flowers using a variety of markers. I like how little pops of the coloration sprays can be seen on the flowers. It’s soooo pretty!

I added a few embellishments from Citrus Twist Kits and Elle’s Studio to complete the layout. I went back and forth on what embellishments I wanted to use. 

I ended up changing up a few of the embellishments and adding a few things here and there. You will see that in the video! This really was a lot of fun to create. I was off work today and I just wanted to create something pretty.

Here is the video! Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Stamping with a Stencil!

Hey everyone! Suzanne here to share a layout that I’ve created using a favorite technique of mine-stamping with a stencil (reverse stenciling)! I love to use this technique because the results are organic and hardly ever the same, and because it’s a really easy way to get color on the background of a layout. You can’t go wrong with this technique no matter your level of experience!

Beginning with Colorations Sprays in Waimea Bay and Siesta Key and the Dot Matrix Stencil, I randomly spritz one side of the stencil with both colors; I placed a paper towel under the stencil when I did this, but you can also place a separate piece of cardstock underneath and use it for another project. Next, I simply raised the stencil and placed it on top of my cardstock-pressing gently to allow the design to stamp onto the background. I repeat this step a couple of times until I’m pleased with the design.

I allowed the background to dry, and after a few splatters, all that’s left to do is assemble the layout! The impression from the stencil left a very cool textured watercolor effect! Here are a few close-ups!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Colorations Sprays: Waimea Bay and Siesta Key
Dot Matrix Stencil

Other Supplies:
White cardstock and patterned paper
cardstock diecuts
sticker 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 paint 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!

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Good morning everyone! I have a fun mixed media layout to share with you! When I started this layout I really did not have anything in mind… so this took me longer than I thought it would. There are lots of layers and colors on this and the timing of it all was so worth it.

To begin, I used three Sorbet Dimensional Paint Mediums (Vegas Gold, Mermaid and Flamingo) to cover a sheet of white cardstock. I started with the Vegas Gold first… Then I applied the Mermaid and then the Flamingo.

Once the paint was completely dry I used the Stencil and white paint to create some circles in the background that did not do too well. I ended up smearing the white into the background to blend the colors a bit. Then I used the Metal Effects Dimension Medium (Silver) and the Lotus Stencil to create some fun textures for the background. Once the Metal Medium was completely dry, I used the Raider Coloration Spray and Lattice Stencil to create some dimonds in the background. Then I splashed some Raider Coloration Spray all over the layout to add some more black to help break up the colors a bit.

Once I was satisfied with the background, I used a few journaling cards, chipboards, jewels, stickers and puffy stickers to embellish the center of the layout.

Products Used:

Lotus Stencil

Lattice Stencil

Sorbet Dimensional Paint: Vegas Gold, Flamingo, Mermaid

Metal Effects Dimensional Medium: Silver

Coloration Spray: Raider

Thanks so much for visiting today!


No Patterned Paper, No Problem!

Hey everyone, Suzanne here to share with you a layout that features absolutely no patterned paper! Why yes, it can be done! I created this super simple layout using only cardstock die-cuts and yummy Art Anthology paints!

The background is very easy to achieve. I began by applying Black Leather Jacket Sorbet to the background with a palette knife.

Next, without rhyme or reason, I spread the paint across the page with a brayer; let the background dry and that’s it! The glitter in the paint makes for a perfect backdrop for the stars.

I die-cut several stars using heavy-weight cardstock. Some of the stars I colored simply by misting with Colorations Spray. I painted several of the stars using Sorbet and Velvet paints; for the Velvet painted stars, I added Clear Coat in Dazzle and Splashed. I also stenciled a couple of the stars using the Morse Code Stencil. After all pieces are dried, I assembled the layout! Here are some close-ups!

Although the page has no patterned paper, the AA Paints help bring this layout to life with tons of sparkle!!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Sorbet Paints “Mermaid, Black Leather Jacket”
Clear Coats “Dazzle, Splashed”
Velvet “Beyond the Reef, Fiji”
Colorations “Siesta Key”

Other Supplies:
heavy weight cardstock

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope that I have inspired you to get into your crafty space and get some paint 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!

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Customized Scrapbook Title Using Wax Paste!

Hey everyone! Suzanne here to share a mixed-media layout that I’ve created using some very fun Art Anthology mediums! I was able to play with some AA Wax Paste to create a customized title for this page!

I began with a simple die-cut that’s been cut out of heavyweight cardstock. Using an embossing folder, I deboss the title (the image is inverted).

Using a soft paper towel and my fingertip, I take a small amount of Art Anthology Wax Paste and apply it to the title using circular motions until coverage is satisfactory. I used a heat tool to set the wax and buffed the title to give it an even deeper sheen!

I used the packaging “smoosh” technique to apply color to the background of the page using Minx Shimmering Inx. Once the background is completely dry, I splattered more Minx Ink to the background in big and small splatters and let dry! Here are some closeups of the completed layout!

These simple techniques yield gorgeous results for the finished page! The Wax Paste is amazingly easy to use and adds the perfect amount of shine for the title!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Wax Paste “Bronze”
Minx Ink “Gold Dust, Decadent”

Other Supplies:
cardstock diecuts and embellishments
patterned paper
embossing folder

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope that I have inspired you to get into your crafty space and get some paint 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!

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Journey Mixed Media Layout

Happy Friday! I have another mixed media layout to share with you. I really got my hands dirty on this one… I had a few mishaps along the way, but nothing I couldn’t fix… The colors are sooooo vibrant!

To begin, I coated white cardstock with the Dazzle Sorbet Paint. Then I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time. Once the paint was dry, I used the Bits of Grunge stencil and the Sandstone Stone Effects Dimensional Medium to create sand puddles for my background. When this stuff is dry, it totally looks like sand! 🙂 SO NEAT!

Initially, I was going to create some numbers in the background with the Mermaid Sorbet Dimensional Paint and a few stars using the Red Velvet, but the paint smeared… so I decided to mess it up…make it a bit grunge to cover my mistakes. It worked…


Here is a closer look at the sand puddles. Soooo neat. You have to see it in person to fully appreciate this medium.

I painted a piece of white cardstock using the Red Velvet Sorbet Paint to create a fun mat for the strip of photos.

Then I looked through my stash for a few embellishments to add to add dimension.

Products Used:

Colorations Sprays: Raider, Sandcastle

Stone Effects Dimensional Medium: Sandstone

Sorbet Dimensional Medium Paint: Mermaid, Red Velvet, Dazzle

Velvet Dimensional Paint: Tuxedo

Stencil: Bits of Grunge 6×9

Thank you for visiting today! When you have time, take a look at my video to see how this beauty came together! If you need more inspiration check out Art Anthology on Pinterest and YouTube.
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Paradise Found Mixed Media Layout by Farrel Tailor

Hi there AA fans, Farrel here today to share my newest project. I used a mixture of Colorations Sprays, Minx Shimmering Inks, Velvet Dimensional Paint and stencils. I also have a process video which will be located at the end of the blog. So sit back, relax and let me show you how I created my layout xx.

  1. To begin with I applied a thin coat of clear gesso to my patterned paper. Why do I do this you may ask? It is to seal the paper so that I can add my mediums to the paper without it buckling. Once dry I then using AA’s stencil Keyhole and Velvet Dimensional Paint – Brownie.

2. After drying the stenciled area with my heat tool, I then applied some clear crackle medium and dried again. I then sprayed the crackled area with water and using a paint brush I applied Siesta Key and Granny Smith Colorations Sprays.

3. I sprayed my flowers with water and then sprayed Colorations Spray – Sandcastle. I used my heat tool to dry the flowers.

4. I painted the flowers with Minx Shimmering Ink – Decadent using a paint brush. I also painted my chipboard title with the same ink.

5. I then adhered all my pieces to the layout along with mini prillz and art stones. And finished the layout off with some stamping.

I used these products on my project:

Stencil – Keyhole

Colorations Sprays – Siesta Key, Granny Smith, Sandcastle

Minx Shimmering Ink – Decadent

Velvet Dimensional Paint – Brownie

I hope you enjoyed my art journal page 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

Farrel xx



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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