Category Archives: Suzanne Austin

Simple Stenciled Mixed-Media Layout

Hey everyone! Suzanne here to share an easy mixed-media scrapbook layout using minimal supplies! With the aid of only one Art Anthology Stencil and Colorations Spray, this layout came together with very little effort!

Like most of my layouts, I begin with a piece of heavyweight cardstock. Using the Dot Matrix stencil, I randomly applied light molding paste through the stencil; this adds tone on tone texture to the background.

While the paste dries, I take my leaf cardstock die-cuts and simply give them a spritz of Colorations Spray. All that’s left is to assemble the photo and remaining print and cut die cuts to the dried stenciling!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Colorations Spray “Salmon”
Dot Matrix Stencil

Other Supplies:
White cardstock and patterned paper
cardstock die-cuts
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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“Wonder” Stone Effects Art Journal Page

Hey everyone! Suzanne here to share a little art journal inspiration featuring Art Anthology’s Stone Effects! I could never find a way to put this picture of my daughter looking through a telescope onto a scrapbook page so I decided to do an art journal page instead!

I like to begin my journal page with a layer of modeling paste as opposed to gesso; it lends extra texture and weight to the page. After the paste dries, I add color using Velvet in “Beyond the Reef.”

I layer paint and modeling pasted until I’m satisfied with color and texture. Once the background is dry-I knew I wanted somewhat of a galaxy look, so I added Stone Effects in “Lava” and “Sandstone” and let dry. On top of the Stone Effects, I added Clear Coat in “Splashed” and “Dazzle” for added sparkle!

Next, I add Wax Paste in “German Silver” and “Bronze” which really adds to the look I’m trying to achieve! I add stamping with more color and modeling paste until I’m happy with the colors and texture. Here are some closeups of the finished page!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Velvet “Beyond the Reef”
Sorbet “Mermaid”
Clear Coat “Splashed and Dazzle”
Stone Effects “Lava and Sandstone”

Other Supplies:
art journal
modeling paste
chipboard embellishment, wire, fabric tulle, phrase stickers

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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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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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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“Winter Joy” Mixed-Media Layout

Hey everyone! Can you believe that it’s the end of the year already!? Suzanne here today to share with you a very easy and simple mixed media layout that I’ve created using Minx Shimmering Ink and Shine paint!

I begin my layout by adding a diluted mixture of Minx Ink in “Indulgence” and water (to lighten the color) using the “smoosh” technique; it really is the easiest way to jump start any layout with color!

While the ink was still wet, I added Minx Shimmering Ink in “Gold Dust.” This adds an awesome gold shimmer to the background-I actually want to put it on everything!

Check out that bling!

While the background is drying, I added color to paper die-cuts using Shine paint in “Kelly Green.” Because I didn’t necessarily want the full opacity of the paint, on a non-stick surface, I diluted the paint with water and mixed it well. I very loosely painted and dipped the pine bough die-cuts into the mixture until I was satisfied with coverage; I dried the die-cuts with a heating tool and added Minx Ink in Gold Dust on top to add even more shimmer!

Now that everything is completely dry, all that’s left to do is to assemble the layout. Here are some close-ups.

Art Anthology Supplies:
Shine “Kelly Green”
Minx Shimmering Inks “Gold Dust”


Other Supplies:
Cardstock die-cuts
sticker embellishments and letters
patterned paper



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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Christmas Mixed-Media Tag

Hey everyone, Suzanne here today to share with you a fun Christmas mixed-media tag that I’ve created using an array of Art Anthology paints and mediums! I will show you how I made the dimensional trees!

When I began the base of the tag, I knew I wanted a “midnight” blue, therefore, I mixed two Velvets- “Beyond the Reef ” and Tuxedo. They blended and worked perfectly! Once the paint was dried, I stamped and heat embossed a text image and like that, the tag base was complete!

Using just a piece of scrap watercolor paper, I cut out triangles for Christmas trees. I mixed a small amount of Kelly Green Shine paint with artist modeling paste; the paste “dilutes” the color of the paint, so I added paint until I was happy with the color. Using a palette knife, I simply applied the mixture to the paper making “swooping” motions.

Before the mixture dried, I tucked in 3d-dimensional balls for ornaments.

Once the background of the tree was completely dry, I added color to the ornaments with a color from the Rust Texture Set, “Amber;” I also went back in with Kelly green to go over the tree once more to give it just a little more depth and color.

Next, I added snow paste to the tree and topped it off with a dusting of glitter! I let all of the medium dry and assembled the tag! Here are some closeups!

The star wreath is a paper die-cut that’s been painted using the Rust Texture Set!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Velvet: “Beyond the Reef, Tuxedo”
Rust Texture Set
Shine “Kelly Green”

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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Colorations Spray with a Heat-Embossed Resist!

 

Hey everyone!  Suzanne here today to share a very simple layout that features  Colorations Spray being used as watercolor!  I know I have not recreated the wheel here, but that’s because this technique will never get old!   It’s by far the easiest and quickest way to add color to any scrapbook page!

I started with a piece of watercolor paper; if you’re using regular cardstock, I suggest priming the page with gesso first.  First, I stamped a starry night image using embossing ink; I heat embossed the image after applying embossing powder over the ink.  Once the image has completely dried and cooled, I very simply sprayed some Colorations Spray  in “Sky” onto a piece of waste plastic and “smooshed” the color onto the stamped background.  I wanted to keep the background subtle, so I sprayed a little water onto the background to keep the color light.  I repeat this this until I’m happy with the coverage-and that completes the background!

While the background dried, I grabbed some wood chip stars and applied a coat of Velvet Dimensional Paint in “Cotton” and a coat of “Glass” Sorbet to add some high-shine glimmer!  Here are some close-ups!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Colorations Spray “Sky”
Velvet “Cotton”
Sorbet “Glass”

Other Supplies:
watercolor paper
paper die-cuts, letters and stickers
wood stars
stamp, embossing ink and powder

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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Happy Halloween Mixed-Media Tag

 

Hey everyone and Happy Halloween!  Suzanne here today to share with you a mixed-media Halloween tag!  I had loads of fun creating this tag using several of our Art Anthology paints and mediums!

I began with a manila tag that’s been primed using black gesso and covered with birch tree die-cuts.  At the bottom of the tag, I wet and bunched up plaster paper; I sped up drying with a heat gun then painted over the top with several tones of AA paints to give a muddy or dirty appearance.

 While the tag dried, I freehand cut “headstones” and  applied a coat of Stone Effects in Sandstone (I used a heat tool to dry).  I love how it actually feels rough and gritty like actual stone!  I layered a couple of layers of Silver Metal Effects on top of the Sandstone (drying between layers).

As seen on the finished tag, the bats have been painted using AA Sorbet in “Black Leather Jacket.”  In addition, I applied a top coat of AA Sorbet “Glass” to add even more of a glitter effect!

The chipboard stars are painted with AA Gold Metal Effects, and the trees are coated with a layer of AA Sorbet in “Dazzle.”

The die-cut pumpkin is painted with AA Velvet “Tango” then heat embossed with thick embossing powder.

It’s amazing what you can create with paper and your favorite Art Anthology Paints.  This tag was super fun to create, and would be a great Halloween craft for the kiddos!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Velvet “Tango”
Stone Effects “Sandstone”
Metal Effects “Silver, Gold”
Sorbet “Glass, Dazzle, Black Leather Jacket” 

Other Supplies:
manila tag
paper die-cuts
chipboard pieces
gesso

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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“Fall” Layout featuring Velvet Paint Background

Hey everyone!  Suzanne here today to share a Fall inspired layout that boasts an array of Art Anthology Paints!  I’m hoping we have at least a small simulation of Fall this year here in the Deep South, but until then, one can dream and scrapbook about it!

The Velvet Paints are so yummy.  They have a thick consistency that dries with a super gorgeous and shimmery matte finish!  I randomly applied the paint with a palette knife and allowed it to air-dry.

While the background dried, I paint paper die-cut leaves with several colors of AA paints; I applied several colors at a time while they were wet or close to drying.  This allowed for a little color variation with each leaf.  Once these are completely dry, all that’s left to do is assemble the layout!  Here are some close-ups.

Whether it’s Shine, Velvets, or Sorbet, Art Anthology Paints work beautifully together to make your project come to life!

Art Anthology Supplies:
Velvets: “Mustard, Fiji, Tango”
Shine: “Azalea Pink, Kelly Green”
Sorbet: “Kenyan Copper, Vegas Gold”

Other Supplies:
cardstock, patterened paper
paper die-cuts and embellishments
tulle

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!

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