Friday, April 07, 2017

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Melissa Creates a Calendar

Hi! I'm here to share a bright, Springy, mixed media calendar with you today. I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create it.

Here's the finished mini calendar page that I made using the ARTplorations stencils Dots All Over,

I thoroughly enjoyed making the calendar (above) for this month's Anything Goes Mixed Media Challenge. So, I decided to CASE that and create a tutorial while making a second.

 See the original on the right (above) and the one for this tutorial on the left.
1. I started with a panel of watercolor paper.
 2. I added some blue and purple watercolors.
 2. I allowed the panel to dry and
                                added white embossing paste through the Leaf Prints stencil.

 3. I allowed the leaves to dry and then added a variety of green and yellow watercolor paints to the leaves and panel.
 4. Using a piece of balled up plastic kitchen wrap, I dabbed on some gold embossing paste.
 5. I toned down some of the background by adding some white acrylic paint. 

7. I designed the little calendar as a word document and printed it onto white cardstock. It measures about 4" x 2 1/4" or 4 cm x 5.75 cm.

8. I added the white and green panels and the mini calendar.

9. I added Some Birds.

 10. I sponged gold pigment ink onto the edges and other random places of the calendar.
 11. I added glitter embossing paste through the Dots All Over stencil.

 12. To finish, I attached the mini calendar with foam tape.

 That's all I have for today. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and look forward to reading your comments. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,


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  1. Looks an interesting project - thanks for sharing

  2. I LOVE all your mixed media textures and fun bright colors Melissa. TFS your calendar and photos. Hugs..

  3. Fabulous mixed media calender - love the colours and texture - brilliant tutorial too, thank you! xxx


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