Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with a tutorial for a mixed media board, using this week's 'Into the Woods' challenge theme as inspiration.
On a palette (I like to recycle plastic packaging for this), pour out a little pool of Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean Distress Paint, and a little bit of Adirondack Lettuce, or another lighter shade of green Distress Paint. You could add some yellow too if you want to. Add quite a lot of water to each pool of paint, you want the paint to be watery for the technique to work well. I used a Ranger Pipette to add the water, because it gives great control. Working quickly, start painting the green paints on the lower two-thirds of the board, using a paint brush. Dab the brush on a paper towel, but don't clean it, and quickly paint Salty Ocean at the top. The green that remains in the paint brush mixes with the blue to create a really nice colour and it also makes the colours blend better. Add a bit of blue paint here and there into the green too.
Mix Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean and a little bit of Walnut Stain Distress Paint, or use a colour such as Forest Moss. Paint your trees. Continue to add more trees. When the paint is dry, you can add more texture by dry-brushing a little paint on the trees.
The board needed some life too, so I die cut the Sizzix Bird Branch from grungeboard and applied paste to the branches, using a palette knife. This gives great texture, and this project is all about texture.
I wanted some moss on the branch and colorized Rock Candy dry glitter with alcohol inks (Lettuce, Meadow, Pesto). Tim Holtz shared how to do this last year, check out his post here. Apply Glossy Accents here and there on the branches and sprinkle glitter on top. Coat the bird with Glossy Accents too.
Die cut one large and two small pine trees from grungeboard and paint them with a mix of Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean, Walnut Stain and Lettuce. Dry-brush some of the darker colours on the trees after the paint has dried and add highlights with Tarnished Brass.
Stamp the trees with the same background stamp used on the background, aiming for a random impression.
I wanted some metal embellishments and liked the idea of using Prima's Bottle Caps, of transforming something that doesn't belong in nature, but often end up there because people throw bottle caps everywhere, into something warm and beautiful. I also used a bunch of Tim Holtz Idea-ology pieces: Game Spinners, Sprocket Gears, and a Philosophy tag. The little screw heads come from Prima. Most of the pieces were painted with Distress Paints which work fabulously on metal, smear some on your craft sheet and apply to the pieces with your finger. Two bottle caps were painted with Tarnished Brass and the other two with just a bit of Salty Ocean. Most of the game spinners were painted with Tarnished Brass, except for two which were painted with Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean. The screw heads were painted in different colours. The Philosophy Tag was painted with Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean and Black Soot was rubbed into the letters.
Time to assemble everything. Glue the trees and bottle caps to the board with Glossy Accents or hot glue. I used Game Spinners as trunks for the bottle cap trees. The trees needed a forest floor to grow from and Stampendous Gilded Mica Fragments were the perfect solution, with a beautiful natural shimmer. I applied Glossy Accents all along the base of the board and sprinkled mica flakes on top, pressing them down carefully with a piece of scrap paper.
Here's the third tree and bottle cap tree.
I made a little nest for the bird with mica flakes too.
The sun and all the rays were glued down with Glossy Accents. Love how this turned out.
I am fond of using quotes and there are quite a few beautiful quotes about forests by John Muir. I really love this one and I am happy to have it displayed on my wall now. It was stamped with Hero Arts alphabet stamps. There was some background stamping very close to the quote and I simply painted over it so that it wouldn't compete for attention.
Thank you for looking at this tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it, and don't forget to join us this week in the 'Into the Woods' challenge, for your chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard; mixed media paint board or canvas (8 x 10 in)
Dies: Sizzix: Bird Branch, Pine Tree, Mini Pine Tree & Holly, On the Edge Tree Line, Mini Flourish
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: School Desk; Hero Arts: Printer's Lowercase
Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black
Alcohol ink: Adirondack: Lettuce, Meadow, Pesto
Paint: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Salty Ocean, Tarnished Brass, Black Soot; Adirondack Lettuce
Stencil: Prima: Sunrise Sunset Flower Stencil
Glitter: Ranger Distress Stickles Rock Candy Dry Glitter
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Sprocket Gears, Mini Gears, Game Spinners, Philosophy Tags; Prima: Sunrise Sunset Vintage Bottle Caps, Tiny Junkyard Findings Screw Heads; Stampendous: Gilded Mica Fragments
Medium: Stamper's Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste: White, Metallic Gold
Adhesive: Judikins Eclipse Art Masking Tape; Ranger Glossy Accents; hot glue