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Mixing it Up

Well, I took my first class in Mixed Media!  I have not, up until now been a mixed media fan.  I find for me a lot of what I see is very abstract, bright and often feminine.  Not elements that float my boat creatively. So, I took a class with the fabulous Christy Riopel.  I had so much fun and I stayed open!  Like with anything just make it your own.  When I did that, I felt much better about mixed media and I feel we can have a future together. 

Using the techniques Christy taught and my willingness to make a total mess I ended up really enjoying my first pages of mixed media.  And here they are.
I just picked up the Big Top stamps the other day!  Perfect for these pages. I wasn't sure I would like these stamps.  But I'm seeing fun stuff created with them.
This technique is all about stencils and working to layer them with dylusions spray.  Here, I've sketched hot air balloon...not well but I wanted one.
I used multiple stencils and sprays.  Then traced my stencils over the sprayed stencil. 

Where I sketched my very primitive balloon, you can see the chevron stencil and stars.
More stars with the elephant!  The purple is the cargo numbered stencil.
More of the cargo numbers and stamps.  When the Gesso and paint go over top it's a pretty wash.
Again, I traced the cargo numbers over the stars stencil in orange. 

Here, you can just see some of the bubbles stencil.
All pulled together it's a pretty cool effect!

I was so excited to show my pages I forgot to add the embossing paste with stencils for the challenge. Oops...

Here's the paste with the bubbles stencil. 

More bubbles near the top of the photo and the stars stencil. 

These are the other pages we created.  On this page (my first) we used the gesso, dylusions sprays and water.  Then stamp with stays on.
My other pages using the gesso and distress paints. 
Here I've stamped onto paper then cut out my stamped images.

I'm not sure I've got this technique down.  But it was fun trying.
Thanks for checking out my first Mixed Media pages.  I'm excited to share with you.  Be gentle...I'm new! Hehe...
Check out these amazing challenge blogs. Also,  Funky Junkie is the sponsor for the CC3 challenge!  WOOHOO!
Frilly and Funky- For all our Fathers
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge- Fathers Day/ Masculine
Studio L3- CC3 Challenge 4, Layering Stencils

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  1. These are awesome! Welcome to the art journal world! :-) can't wait to see what else you create. I'm still trying to figure out what my style is, I'm all over the board but that's ok. :-)

  2. Wonderful painty inky stampy whimsical fun! I am so happy to have found your posting today, this made me smile. Have a great day! ~kim

  3. Nicole what a wonderful pages!!!! I love the colors and the stamps , you are totally creative!!!! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog! BArbarayaya

  4. Great first pages Nicole. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  5. Nicole...your art journal pages are awesome! First try with the Big Top Stamps pages??! Really?!?! They look really good! You did a nice job of mixing up the colors on your really pretty backgrounds. I love your choice of stamps,too. Thanks for joining us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  6. GREAT pages and I love the big top stamps too! One of my favorite sets. Thanks so much for playing along with us in the Father's Day/Masculine Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week :)

  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous pages, Nicole! I love hot air balloons, too, and your art journaling is fab! Were you able to use Texture Paste with the stencils on some of these lovely pages?

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work at the CC3C!

  8. your journal pages especially can't stop looking at the one with gentleman, hat and typewriter. This is so brilliant! Karen.x

  9. Very nice pages, Nicole! Thanks for joining us for CC3C, I look forward to seeing more of your work!

  10. All your pages are fabulous! Love the colors and patterns you created on the background. Those stamped images are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  11. I have always wanted to make an art journal.. I have done one in the past, but not with all the mixed media supplies.
    I have been testing the waters with ATCs and am having a great time with them.
    Just remember to do your own thing and you can't go wrong :)
    Great pages. I love the colours and the layering you did with the different mediums and stencils.
    I really like your last 2 pages :)

  12. These are gorgeous Nicole!! Love the colours, layers and great stamping.

  13. Love these pages Nicole and you could never tell they were your first attempt.... I happen to love mixed media anyway, so this certainly does float my boat, fabulous!!!

  14. Great pages! Love all the texture. Thanks for joining us at CC3C!

  15. Fabulous pages ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x


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