Mixed Media

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The background of the above was created with hand dyed tissue and further embellished with foil and gel pens.

The technique is simple

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Requirements are few too. You need a background* (fabric or paper) the tissue and a matte medium (the one illustrated works particularly well).

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Matte Medium is needed directly on the background

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Apply it over the tissue too.

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Cover the surface and leave to dry.

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Once dry the beauty of the paper is visible. Interesting things can happen with the background too

The above shows the front and back of a paper background

The above shows a background of cotton fibres. A piece of this paper is included in our packs so that you can experiment. This surface too is perfect for stitching – and I often use it for book covers.

Sometimes there is a double use as a quick ‘print’ will result in a watercolour-like finish – and you can still use the paper as above. The video below shows the imprint left – remember to lift the tissue immediately while still wet – it can be transferred to another area for use or left on polythene to dry before peeling off for use.

Create

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Some days are better than others, I’m sure you will agree. Today was one that was filled with a number of agendas…… and not all of them were mine. It was a day when nothing was completed – but moves were made in many directions. It had been intended to be full of creativity, at least I made a start.

Two mini-tutorials are in the pipeline. I’ll try and finish one before tomorrow evening. Watch this space – in the sense that I’ll publish a link here as soon as they (or ‘it’) are done.

 

Looking back – and onwards!

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Christmas is more or less over, and the new year almost here. Best wishes to you all and here’s to a very creative 2015.

We’ve had an odd year, with health issues taking priority at times. As a result we haven’t been able to be as visible as usual, and that may continue for at least the beginning of the year. 2014 was also odd because we saw far more incidents of shop-lifting than previously. Although samples have been taken in the past – this year saw the disappearance of even more. Threads and knitting yarn also ‘disappeared’, and so too did a number of ‘arty’ materials. Sadly these were taken at venues which we love attending. The irony is that we have maintained our prices for several years – if you see increases in the near future you will understand why – we have to pay the bills.

This year really will see the amalgamation of all the websites! I think there is just one more technical difficulty to overcome before we can finalise everything, and you will be the first to know when it is done. I’ve also been more creative again! I’ve maintained my 15 minutes a day – and more – and I’ve been writing about it in a private diary. This will continue during 2015, and you can join me over there if you wish. There is currently a small charge of £10.00. That works out at less than 28p a day – and if you subscribe before the end of January 1st you will also have access to all the posts of 2014. Subscriptions after that date will increase. There is a little more information here where you can also subscribe via PayPal. Hopefully it will help to kickstart your creativity – I’ve found a committment to 15 minutes a day over the last few years to be an enormous help and inspiration.

So, what about you? Do you fancy committing to those 15 minutes a day? Join us in Be Creative on Facebook, or use the form or leave a comment below. 15 minutes may not seem much, but you will be amazed at how your inspiration will flourish once you just get going. Some of you already know, but I also publish regular journaling prompts – so you can join us with those too.

 

 

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