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Create the Look of Mixed Media without the Mess

If you have viewed my online classes or videos, you know my struggle with mixed media. I love how it looks and I am in awe of those talented enough to use it, but I stumble over its unpredictability. This week, I decided to simplify the process and create the look of mixed media with stencils.

SUPPLIES | Photo Printer, Sewing Machine, Fox Box, Fox Cut Stencil 37, Fox Cut Stencil 3, Fox Cut Stencil 2, Paper Snips 001, Paper Snips 008, Epoxy Stickers, Gone Camping Stickers, Outdoor Adventure Brads, Circle Die, Circle Punch, Crypt Texture Paste, Hickory Smoke Distress Ink

This masculine page is a simple one you can recreate using stencils, stickers, and acrylic pieces. I wanted the burlap pattern background to be simple with some splashes of color, but I didn’t want to ruin the page, so I reached for a few of my stencils.

I created a simple trail of texture paste using a pattern stencil leading from the title to the edge of the page. Crypt paste has a grit texture with a mix of stone coloring in it so it was a great addition to this outdoor layout.

At the top corner, I wanted a drip of paint, but I feared making a mess. Instead of having a panic attack, I layered two stencils to create the look.

The first stencil was a coffee ring image with splatters. This gave me the circle image and a few purposeful splatter blots. I layered a paint swish stencil over it to create the drip of paint.

To make it look less stencil-like, I added a small amount of organic spatters to the area. This gave me a little more confidence to add some more to my page.

To bring in some more texture, I tucked some of the crypt paste under the row of flair. These were created using epoxy stickers over PaperSnips and outdoor stickers.

In my video, I share a few more ways to create the look of mixed media and I show how to assemble the flair buttons.

This page has a great masculine feel with the grit paste and paint splatters. Using stencils made it easy to create. Now, that I’ve gotten my toes wet, I am going to start experimenting a little more and I’ll share what I learn with you.

If you have any questions about this project or the supplies I used, feel free to comment below.

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