Today I want to show you how I made these Mixed Media ATCs using a couple of Stencils and Mediums.
Supplies needed :
- TCW9015 Black Licorice Heavy Body Paint 4 0z.
- TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium
- TCW9025 Palette Knife
- TCW9001 White Gesso
- TCW9008 Clear Modeling Paste 8 oz.
- TCW202 Stencil Harlequin
- TCW489 Stencil Bee On Time
Note: I am a Design Team member for The Crafter’s Workshop; however, even though I use and love their products, all opinions are solely my own.
I covered my ATC with a page of an old book and then I trimmed the pieces to an ATC size — well actually it is slightly taller than an normal ATC. I used gel medium to glue the paper down. With the palette knife I added a big amount of gesso to create a white base. I let it dry completely.
I added a couple of watercolors and added them to the background. I also used the Black Licorice paint to darken up the edges. I helped the color blend with water.
I let it dry completely and then I used a stamp to add some more interest. Then I took the Harlequin Stencil and the clear modeling paste and added this to the background.
I opted for the clear modeling paste because I just wanted an hint of texture and I didn’t want to cover up the background entirely.
Then with a make up sponge, brown ink and the bee on time stencil I added some more details to the background.
The I took a look at the ATCs and I noticed that the Harlequin Stencil was not really visible — of course duh! So with the same make up sponge I lightly went over the clear modeling paste and highlighted the peeks.
I used a very very light hand because I was too afraid to mess up the background since the layer of modeling paste I did was very thin.
Then as final step , my usual mark : stitches! I ran all the three ATCs under my beloved sewing machine going twice around the sides. I never look for a precise look — adding the stitches for me only “seals” the project and mark it as finished.
Then what was left to do, was only to add images and words.
I hope you had fun and got inspired!
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team