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Art Journal tutorial

Bonjour !

Valerie today to present you a new tutorial : a mixed media Art Journal !

I love create scrapbook pages, but sometimes I just want to put some colors on paper, add a little stamp or two, nothing fancy but satisfying for my creating cravings… Using paints, inks, stencils and stamps on a journal spread is perfect for this kind of mood ! And as I wanted some sunshine (that I didn’t have outside), my pages are very sunny…

Starting with Glorious Colorations spray and Allure Minx, I built the background with the Retro and Blocked stencils and the Juicy Colorations spray and Tango Velvet Dimensional medium.

Few stamps colored with Patience Colorations spray and Red Velvet Sorbet Dimensional medium, some alpha stickers and a black pen and you’re done!

As usual, you will find the complete video tutorial on the Art Anthology YouTube channel or just watch it from here :

Thank you for stopping by the AA blog today, see you soon for my next project…



Altered butterfly chipboard album

Hello everyone !

Valerie there to present you a new project with Art Anthology inks and paints… This time I made a mini album with the cheap chipboard album you can find in the dollar section of craft shops, crackle paste and three Colorations sprays :

Each page was covered with white gesso, then white crackle paste, and once dry, painted with a brush and Colorations sprays in Glorious, Ink and Juicy.

The inks spraid into the crackles to create a beautiful effect different on each page.

The air dry key was covered with Reef Velvet paint. Few flowers and leaves and you’ll will not been able to say it was a cheap chipboard album !

To see how I turn a basic into a gorgeous album, watch the video on the Art Anthology YouTube channel or just here :

Thank you for stopping by today, see you soon for another project…


Spring mixed media egg panel

Hello crafters !

If you haven’t decorate your house for Spring or Easter, I have an idea of project for you… an egg panel, filled with flowers, mixed media techniques and Art Anthology products of course ! It even matches our AA moodboard !

Take a look at the finished project :

The background of this egg panel was built with the Retro stencil and Colorations sprays in Waimea Bay and Sandcastle. The border was painted with Bronze Metal Effect dimensional paint, and the chipboards with Aloha Velvet paint.

Another close-up to see the beautiful effect created with the stencil :

You find will the complete video tutorial on the Art Anthology YouTube channel :

Thank you for stopping by today !

I hope I gave you some inspiration to create something of your own. See you soon for another project…


Scrapbooking layout built with inks

Hello !

Valerie here to show you how to build a stunning background only with inks and papers !

Few stripes of paper and two inks are enough to create dimensions on the background. I used the Colorations sprays in Waimea Bay and Warm with a paint brush and water (see the link to products at the end of this post).

I layered pieces of papers from the same stack and added three die cut sprayed with Waimea Bay to drawn the eye to the picture. Drops of gesso are the final touches to this layout.

You will find the complete tutorial on the Art Anthology YouTube channel :

Thank you for stopping by the blog today and for reading this post. See you in two weeks for another project !





Mixed media brushes canvas

Hello !

It’s too cold and gloomy outside… I needed warm colors so I choose some into my Art anthology stash and put them on a canvas !

Some crackle paste and three Colorations sprays with a stencil to create this canvas ! You will find the list with links of Art Anthology products at the end of this post.

Love the effect of Colorations sprays sinking into the crackles !

I added some butterflies because Art makes my heart flutters…

You will find the complete video tutorial on the Art Anthology YouTube channel :

Thank you for stopping by today ! I will see you in two weeks for another project…




Steampunk heart canvas

Hello !

Valerie here with a new mixed media project using AA paints, inks and stencil ! I called it “La fabrique a bonheur” (hapiness manufacture).


Layering the different mediums was the key to obtain this rusty look. I used two Velvet in Tango and Portobello, and three Colorations sprays, in Juicy, French Toast and Siesta Key.

Texture is created with special powder and heat, dimension by layering cardboard gears and grunge board strips.

You can watch the complete tutorial on the Art Anthology YouTube channel, as well as other tutorials…

Thank you for reading this post today. See you next month for another tutorial…

Here is the list of AA products to create this canvas :



Sweet Pastel Scrapbook Layout page


Hey Crafty friends Phyllis here to share a scrapbook layout page!  I love using Art Anthology’s Minx,  so many possibilities with the ink not to mention the Gorgeous color!

In my step by step video you will see how I applied the Minx!


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You can view a step by step youtube video below!



I hope you get a chance to try out Art Anthology products,  it’s time to play and get messy!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Creating!!!



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.


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.


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


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.





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.


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.




10 fun ways to use mists by Anna Komenda


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.