World Journey – Mixed Media lab April 2016

This journal page was ready way in advance as this months DT theme at Mixed Media Lab is so relevant to me and my family. We have in fact just made such a journey half way across the world…from Africa to Asia!


I have to admit another reason why it was so exciting to make this page was all the materials and tools in my stash that were so well suited to such a theme!

My page started out as always with a coat of gesso. This was followed by some distress ink background in various shades of blue and brown. I used the world map stamps in a diagonal arrangement and followed that up with passing white acrylic paint through the ray stencil.


This little pile of suitcases was on the front cover of a craft magazine in SA and the moment i saw it I knew it would come handy. so I cut it out and saved it in my stash. And I was right…:)) It fitted so well in this page. But before sticking it down I placed it on the page and distressed the area around its edge. Looking at it now I am wondering why I did that but there probably was a good reason for it at the time.IMG_4333

Next I used a wording stencil that has some amazing journey and travel related text. Along with that I started to place some of the stamps too. I had so many to choose from I could not decide how many was too many. At this stage I stuck down the suitcases and carried on with the layering.


Next up was texture paste through a TCW stencil which also has some stamps and postal themed designs.


And so the layout was coming to life….


I found this lovely Africa stamp just begging me to use it…:)) how could I refuse???? And some more beautiful postage stamps and map related images.

Next came the message and ta da……the page was done….well almost! IMG_4343

Eventually I added some journalling to the edges of the page. Some ‘notes to self’ almost about the move and keeping myself motivated.


WordPress reminded me today was the first anniversary of this blog! Thank you for following me thus far. Your presence has been inspiring and fun. I hope you stay a while and accompany me onward….this journey is only just beginning!









CL Art Journal 3 – Be Mindful

Am loving how one page is inspiring another in this journal! This page carries on from my ‘Love Art’ spread. I was talking to one of my Art therapy mentors about how self-indulgent I have become with my art and she said to me that I need to be more mindful about that. So on the drive home that thought rolled around in my mind and I thought about all the many aspects in my life where it would help to be more mindful…more aware…more cognizant!


I started by laying down some patterned paper with a sort of cog-wheel design. You can see a bit of it along the edges at the bottom of the page.  Gesso over and then painted blue, Added white texture paste through a stencil. The gold was a nice offset and actually shimmers when it catches the light. IMG_0231The text is on strips of some shoe box tissue that was distressed and stamped with archival ink. I pasted only the centre as I like that ruffled texture. IMG_0226The Doily was an afterthought to break the monotony of the page and provide a background for the chipboard lettering. IMG_0227

Another page I am proud of.




CL Art Journal 2 – Love Art

The second page in my book fell into place very easily. My first page evoked so many emotions that I decided to actually base my next page on them.


Deciding on a color scheme is a bit of struggle for me. My mind darts in so many different directions. So this time I decided to choose 3 colors that work well together and shut the color box so I would not torment myself. I did however add some complimentary colors as I went along.

This page talks about how much I enjoy art. That I could be painting all day. How life gets in the way!


There is a schedule from a cable TV magazine in the background. I am on a tight schedule on schools days. Then when I do get around to making time for art I obsess over stuff. The tags describe some of these obsessions.


The cog wheels are turning and I want to set myself free (butterflies)


I LOVE how this page turned out!


Ode to inspirational artists – Kelly Rae Roberts – Inner Peace

This piece was inspired by Kelly Rae Robert’s beautiful art. She is the reason I discovered mixed media. And 2 years ago this discovery prompted me to try my first mixed media art work.

Kelly’s style is motivational, almost always includes female images and comprises series of layered collages in beautiful colors and contrasts. See more of her work here. Some day I hope to own one of her works and perhaps get a signed copy of her books.

Onto my project. This is a first in a series of ‘Odes’ to artists that have inspired me. This is also my first experiment with making a slide show video of my work. Hopefully soon I will figure out how to work that overhead camera and have a live demo.

When I started out all I knew was that I was going to make one of those layered collages with a female image. I decided to let her tell me what the quote should be……and she did….That serene face showed her at complete peace with her self.


You can find a video of the step by step process on my You Tube channel.

Material list:

300gsm watercolor paper

Mounting board

Paper scraps

Background tissue

Punched flowers


Gel medium


Water soluble pencil for drawing

Acrylic paints



Bubble wrap




Sharpie pen in brown

White gel pen

Black micron pen

Archival ink in black

Text stamps

Butterfly prints


Some extra stuff that the small text format in the video did not allow me to say:

I used up a lot of ‘scrap’ paper for the collage. Really did not stop to think about whether the papers coordinated with each other or not but I did place them in a repeat format for the most part. Since most of the papers had punch holes the checked background really tied it together nicely. I wanted the texture from the layers as much as the print patterns. As I mentioned in the video I did go a little too thick with my paint so lost most of the patterns from the paper. 😦




The only other significant area to comment on is the face. I sort of got lost in shading land and did not take too many pictures of this part. These were the colors I used exclusively for the skin tones. It does take a bit of play to get the shadows right. This is only my 3rd face in 2 years so I have a lot to learn but maybe this video by Kelly might help.


I did intend to make those soulful eyes like Kelly does but the paper joints interfered with getting a nice drawing so as I started to blot out my pencil markings the closed eye formed and it looked just perfect! I had to go with the flow! The eye shadow was the green paint under neath . See how darkening the two sides of the nose gave it that light ridge in the center? That’s all you need to create an illusion of a nose.


The Butterflies were laser print outs of some free printable stuff from the internet. There are loads to choose from depending on the color scheme you go with.

I really enjoyed working on this project. It took me back to my first mixed media painting and how i struggled not knowing what I was doing, just stumbling along pretty much…:)) It also made me realize how far I have come since then. With that thought also comes an instant prayer of gratitude to the One that blesses me in abundance!