Freshly Painted Flowers – Mixed Media Page

June 9, 2015

Hi there! It’s Marsha back again and today I have a fun mixed media page to share with you.

You’ll never guess it, but my mojo was gone this week… Fortunately I have an antidote that almost never seems to let me down: leafing through magazines!

In the Netherlands we have truly wonderful magazines like Flow and Happinez that are filled with colourful, inspirational pages like this one:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

So… when I saw this, I thought I’d try and recreate something like it with my Elizabeth Craft Designs flower dies.

And here’s what I ended up with:

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

Here are the steps I took to get there:

1. Take a sheet of white cardstock (mine was A4 size) and cut a large circle shape out of it. I used compasses to draw the circle and then cut it out with a pair of scissors.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

2. Die-cut flower shapes out of another sheet of white cardstock or watercolour paper. Use the paper with the cut-out circle to help decide how many flowers you need.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

3. Die-cut branches and twigs are usually too delicate to paint afterwards, so die-cut leaves, twigs and branches out of (left-over) painted or inked papers and Shimmer Sheetz.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

4. Paint your flower shapes with acrylic paint and let them dry.

Tip: to prevent your painted shapes from getting stuck to the surface, lift and move them immediately after painting.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

5. Add details to the flowers and leaves with acrylic paint pens or markers.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

6. Assemble your page. Start with the die-cut twigs and branches, then adhere the flower shapes and end with the leaves. Add more details with acrylic paint pens, if you want.

7. Put another sheet of white cardstock behind the sheet with the flower arrangement. Decide on a text you want to add to the circle shape.

8. Cut the letters out of Shimmer Sheetz. I cut the letters freehand, but the Alphabet 1 – Caps die is also perfect for this!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

9. Adhere the letters inside the circle shape.

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Freshly Painted Flowers - Mixed Media Page

I hope you’ll try painting your die-cut shapes. It’s so much fun to do and you can really adapt the die-cuts to whatever project you’re creating.

Painted flowers are a fun addition to cards, scrapbooking pages, mixed media projects and altered objects!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Marsha

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
702 Flower Set 2
703 Triple Leaf Set
728 Bunch of Flowers 1
758 Berry Branch
1030 Bunch of Flowers 4
Alphabet 1 – Caps
1032 Owl
1033 Leafy Branch
SS0213 Shimmer Sheetz – Green Metallic
SS0218 Shimmer Sheetz – Fire Opal Gemstone

Other:
White cardstock and/or watercolour paper
Scraps of painted/inked paper
Acrylic paint (Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic – Bright Aqua Green, Cadmium Red Light Hue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Dioxazine Purple, Emerald Green, Medium Magenta, Titanium White, Quinacridone Magenta)
Acrylic paint pens (Derwent Grafik Line Painter 0.5 – Billy, Brilliant, Clockwork, Fingers, Snow, Tickled)

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  • BeverlyBL June 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Loved your magazine page and thought you captured the vibrancy perfectly. Thanks for the tip to move the flowers after painting. Beautiful card!

  • Angela Styles June 9, 2015 at 10:46 am

    This is a lovely idea-certainly worth trying!

  • Raquel Mason June 9, 2015 at 10:37 am

    What a fun & colorful project!

  • Nancy Yoder June 9, 2015 at 8:31 am

    This idea is absolutely stunning! So vibrant, especially on a gray morn! Also clever way to find inspiration! You are truly creative!

    • Marsha Valk June 9, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Thank you Nancy! Enjoy your day!