Hello everyone, it’s Nancy!

Memories are a great inspiration for many pieces of art and such was the case with this mixed media piece.

When my local library was cleaning out and disposing of the card catalogs, I stopped in to collect a box FULL of old circulation cards. When cut and applied to an 8″ x 10″ piece of 140 lb watercolor paper, they made a great base for a nostalgic piece of art.

Vintage inspired mixed media artwork

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

Supplies Used:

4 x 4 Ancient Wheel Remnant stencil TCW2116

12 x 12 Life Remembered stencil TCW627

6 x 6 Time for Love stencil TCW622s

140 lb watercolor paper

vintage library circulation cards

gel medium



acrylic paint: vanilla, aqua, burnt sienna

molding paste

baby wipes

palette knife

fluid chalk ink:  burnt sienna

heat gun

The library cards were cut and applied to the watercolor paper with gel medium, smoothed with a brayer and then coated with the gel medium.

Use old library circulation cards as a background

Vintage library catalog cards make a great collaged background

Molding paste was applied to the stencils with a palette knife. The molding paste was allowed to dry overnight.

Molding paste through a TCW stencil makes a great textural focal point

Light molding paste through a TCW stencil with a palette knifeTCW stencils add so much to this mixed media piece

The entire piece was coated with a wash of vanilla acrylic paint.

Applying a wash of vanilla acrylic paint to the backgroundWhen dry, aqua and burnt sienna acrylic paints were applied with a foam brush and then blended with baby wipes. Aqua acrylic paint highlights the stencil patternsBurnt sienna paint ages and adds highlights to the stenciled imagesThe stenciled images stand out with the application of acrylic paintsA dry brush application of vanilla acrylic paint adds depth to the piece.

A dry brush application of vanilla paint adds depthWhen lightly applied to the raised stencil designs, burnt sienna fluid chalk ink highlights the images.

Fluid chalk ink highlights the stenciled designsText from a vintage book, adhered to the finished piece, reminds us to “embrace the future and hold dear the past.”

Vintage text adhered to the finished artwork  Nancy Lefko

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team


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