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Friday, July 15, 2016

{Mixed Media Tutorial} For the Birds by Amy

Good morning crafty friends, Amy here, and I’m super excited to be sharing my first tutorial post with y’all! I got a new mini journal binder, so I cut down some Mixed Media paper to 6.5x5 inches. Here’s my first page.

I started by applying blocks of color to my page using Dylusions paints with a blending tool.

Then using the Some Birds stencil, I applied red paint using only the small birds portion.

Then using the 2 bird masks from the Some Birds stencil, I went around the masks with black gesso to get full coverage. I rinsed off the masks and then flipped them over and did the same technique. Isn’t that cool? I love how the birds now “POP” against the black.

I outlined the birds in black and then in white Pitt markers and then  stamped the coordinating bird stamps from Trendy Birds 2 . I used archival black ink on the top right and white pigment ink on the bottom right bird. I then added some texture and color to the black with some chalk inks and birds from Trendy Birds 2 and Art Marks.

All that's left to do is hole punch and insert into my new binder. :o)

I have never done this technique before but love the vibrancy of the colors against the black, so think it’s something I would try again.

 I sure hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty today and hope you’ll join me again next time.

Products used:
http://stamplorations.auctivacommerce.com/Some-Birds-ARTplorations-Stencil-P5301934.aspx http://stamplorations.auctivacommerce.com/Trendy-Birds-2-Shery-Russ-Designs-P5617747.aspx http://stamplorations.auctivacommerce.com/Art-Marks-Shery-Russ-Designs-P5529936.aspx

Others: Dylusions Paint (Calypso Teal, Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum Pink, Crushed Grape & Postbox Red), Black Gesso, Jet Black Archival Ink, White Pigment Ink, Chalk Inks (yellow, blue, green & pink), White and Black Pitt Pens.


  1. Such a fabulous project. Yes the birds certainly pop against the black. Will be giving this technique a go and thank you for the inspiration x

  2. Very cool technique, Amy! I love Some Birds and the coordinating stamps. I can't wait to try this myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Thank you Ladies, I had a lot of fun with this one and am so happy I inspired you to give this technique a try. :o)

  4. Wow, love your birds - they are so eye-poppingly bright!!!


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