MAKE ART – A MIXED MEDIA PIECE

Hello folks, Nancy here, and welcome to a tutorial for a mixed media piece using corrugated cardboard as a substrate and great new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

I’ve recently learned that the combination of corrugated cardboard and white gesso really looks great and when a rainbow of colors and the jet black of a stencil image are added…

mmm, good!

Finished mixed media piece with TCW669 LEFKO

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.

Supplies Used:

corrugated  cardboard/lightweight cardboard

140 lb watercolor paper

TCW White Gesso

paintbrush

TCW669 12″ x 12″ Literary stencil

TCW686s 6″ x 6″ Julie’s Words stencil

TCW Clear Gesso

fluid acrylic paint: robin’s egg blue, citron

foam brush/applicator

baby wipes

Inktense blocks

acrylic ink: golden rod

mini-mister

Glimmer Mist: French Lime, Party Pink, Pop Rocks

masking tape

TCW Matte Gel Medium

Staz-On ink: Jet Black

fluid chalk ink: chestnut roan, deep lagoon

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Cut corrugated cardboard to 9″ x 12″ and dry brush with white gesso. Tear edges of lightweight cardboard to just under 9″ x 12″. Dry brush outside edges with white gesso.

Dry brush corrugated cardboard with TCW white gesso LEFKO

Dry brush cardboard with TCW white gesso LEFKO

Tear watercolor paper to same size and coat with clear gesso to seal the paper.

Watercolor paper torn to size LEFKO

Watercolor paper with TCW clear gesso LEFKO

 Apply robin’s egg blue acrylic paint with foam brush and blend with baby wipe. Let dry. Add citron paint in same fashion.

Robin's egg blue acrylic paint on watercolor paper LEFKO

Citron acrylic paint on watercolor paper LEFKO

 Add color with Inktense blocks activated with water. Apply to top of watercolor paper and allow to drip.

Inktense blocks and water LEFKO

Spritz acrylic ink via mini-mister.

Acrylic ink in mini-mister LEFKO

Add more color with spritzes of Glimmer Mist.

Glimmer mist on watercolor paper LEFKO

Position Literary stencil over watercolor paper and tape to work table below. Mask off any unwanted areas of stencil design.

TCW669 taped to surface LEFKO

Apply Staz-On ink to stencil design with foam applicator.

Staz-on ink on TCW669 stencil with foam applicator LEFKO

Apply Staz-On ink to TCW669 stencil design with foam applicator LEFKO

Apply Staz-On ink to TCW669 stencil design with foam applicator LEFKO

On lower right of piece position “MAKE ART” phrase from Julie’s Words stencil. Apply Staz-On ink. Ink outside edges of watercolor paper with deep lagoon fluid chalk ink.

position "MAKE ART" phrase from Julie's Words stencil LEFKO

Ink outside edges of corrugated and lightweight cardboards with chestnut roan fluid chalk ink.

Using TCW matte gel medium as an adhesive, adhere lightweight cardboard to corrugated and then stenciled watercolor paper on top, just a bit offset.

Finished mixed media piece with TCW669 LEFKO

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial for a mixed media piece using an “unconventional” substrate and the wonderful new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

Thanks for visiting!

Nancy Lefko

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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