This week we’re looking at ways of incorporating shapes into your mixed media projects and scrapbook layouts – from diecuts and punched shapes to epoxy and Art Parts.
Check out the inspiration provided by our fabulous design team below and then, send us images of your own projects inspired by repetitive or scene-building shapes. Please try and use Aussie Scrap Source brands where you can – we’ve got amazing Sizzix and Memory Box dies, EK Success and Martha Stewart punches and lots more.
In return we've got a prize pack to give away - if you want to give it a try we’d love to showcase them in a blog post next week.
Email pics of your textural techniques to firstname.lastname@example.org by next Tuesday 28th August for a chance to win one of our fabulous prize packs!
For the shapes mixed media challenge brief Louise got to create with the versatile Epiphany range of products; and it is these she has taken her direct inspiration from. Louise chose to use one of the range of self adhesive buttons. The round buttons coordinated perfectly with one of her favourite Crafters Workshop templates.
Louise took direct inspiration from the shape of these Epiphany buttons and used the circle design to inspire through the whole creative process of her layout.
Using gesso in a mist bottle Louise first sprayed a combination of funky circle patterns on to her background.
Then using The Crafters Workshop circle explosion template and Tattered Angels chalk Chalkboard glimmer mist, Louise created an 'explosion' of circles over the top of the funky gesso circle pattern.
This is how the background looked after drying. It is just the perfect complement to the Epiphany button embellishments.
For the Shape challenge Chris has used Studio 490 Art Parts. Art Parts are thick, durable paper board surfaces designed exclusively for altering. They are sturdier than other thinner chipboard and will not bend or warp. Chris embossed some of the Art Parts with American Crafts Zing Gold embossing powder with a glitter finish. She also used Strano Ribbon Stiff to adhere some scrunched up 7Gypsies tissue paper to the house shapes. Chris created the background by stamping different shaped background stamps with black Stazon and then blended Ranger distress inks over the patterns.
Kim has used a simple circle punch to create the textured background on this 8x8 inch mixed media canvass. After punching the circles Kim has inked the edges and then randomly glued them to the background. Once all of the circles were attached, Kim has placed some stars punched from offcuts of cardstock onto the background and then misted the entire background with a copper mist, creating a subtle star design in the background.
According to wikipedia, mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which, more than one medium has been employed. Most commonly, art using a combination of paint, ink and collage techniques, are referred to as mixed media. Sue Tonga does not consider herself a mixed media artist but she does like to include different mediums in her scrapbooking layouts. Sue has created this stunning layered page, true to her signature style, incorporating patterned papers, hessian, tulle, stitching, sequins and beads.
To create the main part of the layout, Sue cut a piece of paper 6 inches x 12 inches and used a die-cutting machine and a heart die to cut negative space in an even pattern, across the length of the paper. Next, Sue adhered a piece of hessian to a piece of cardstock (the same size as the patterned paper) and then adhered the die-cut paper over the top. Sue then added lots of stitching, sequins and beads to create a visually stunning feature. To fit with the mixed media theme, Sue chose scrapbooking embellishments that were made from a variety of mediums. For example, Sue used Hambly transparency to create a photo mat, a metal Prima trinket and a stunning beaded and sequined bird vine from Prima.