Mixed Media Challenge

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Every couple of months at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita is a Mixed Media Challenge.  You purchase a pack of goodies for $10 and that enters you in a challenge to create a small piece of art using at least 5 of the items from the bag.  Your piece, along with the others will then hang on a featured artist wall in the gallery starting with Final Friday Art Crawl (this time March 31) and staying for two months until time to hang the next show.  It is an awesome chance to have your work hang in a gallery, as well as urge you out of the creative duldrums!

You don’t even have to live in Wichita to participate!  Simply call the gallery at (316) 262-2435 to order your pack, then send your finished piece by March 21.  It is a great value for just the pack alone!

The theme for the March pack is Go Bohemian, and it is now available.  Here are some of the goodies in the 8.5 x 11 inch package.


It includes:

  • a few sheets of paper
  • a chunk of fun fringe
  • a two part feather stencil and mask
  • handmade paper
  • 14 inches of boho style trim
  • images from a tribal book
  • hand painted paper
  • 3 boho color paper circles
  • fabric, trim, and a purple feather!
  • and of course an elephant image!

It is so fun to see what everyone comes up with!

Industrial/Steampunk Art Parts


It’s a new month and time for a new Mixed Media Art Parts!  For those of you who have subscribed to this monthly packet of fun, don’t worry, yours is on its way to you!


The theme this month is INDUSTRIAL/STEAMPUNK.  I have been excited about this pack and gathering goodies for quite awhile.  I have taken photos of interesting manholes and industrial patterns and printed them off for you.  I have lots of vintage illustrations of engines, electronics, equipment, and building plans, and pages from a photo essay of NYC after 9/11.


I used some of these fun papers from my pack to make the skyscrapers on this mosaic art journal page.

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I found a super cool napkin that peeled into layers makes a wonderful decoupage accent.


I have added vintage computer keyboard keys and some other fun dimensional hardware: a washer, a V ring, and a zippper.


Here are some ideas of what others have done with some of the dimensional treasures:

How cute is this washer jewelry by scarletrevolution on etsy ?


And if you want to make your own, here are instructions from goinovertheedge.


And so many steampunk possibilities for radio tubes! Like this cute necklace by Momento Inspiracao


Or, these adorable robots by Fobots !



And I can’t leave out the vintage computer keys that can be turned into cute as can be push pins or magnets like these posted on postris.


So grab February’s Art Parts Pack and show me what you come up with!


Stencil Fun

I am a hard core stencil addict.  I love using them!  I also love designing and making them!  Today I am sharing some of my stencil designs, and some of the ways they are used.

My new wheat stencil used by Teressa on a junk journal cover…


My abstract leaves looking good on Ronda’s junk journal cover…


Another appearance of my abstract leaves


My circus stencil, also on a journal cover….



Big and Little Triangles on the spine of a journal…


On the finished journal…


Another favorite is my string mesh



And, one of my much used favorites, Dots in a Row!

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There are several more, but I will save those for another day!  Which of these are your favorite?

Shimmer and Shine


This months mixed media ART PARTS supply pack is a wintery, shimmery theme called Shimmer and Shine, full of all kinds of shine, sparkle, and bling.  There are shiny metallic scrapbook papers, a blingy mesh, a glittery snowflake, fun trims in slivers and golds, punchinella, and more!


Create something with your art parts and send me a photo!

Boho Buffalo


This buffalo has layers of color, stencils, drips, splatters and doodles going on with some reverse painting in the mix to boot!  Was a very fun piece to play around with as I try to get the buffalo worked out of my system.  Just let myself do some play to see what happened.  There’s still at least one more galloping around in my head, but must get back to my commissioned pieces for the time being!

Can you spot these fromvictoryroad stencils in this piece?  Local folks can pick up my stencils at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.

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Welcome December!


Today I am excited about December’s arrival because a new month means a new mixed media ART PARTS!  This month’s theme is vintage Christmas, and I had fun putting together some lovely ephemera for you to use in your mixed media projects this month.


I don’t want to give away all the surprises, but it will include sheet music, trims, Christmas cutouts, a replica vintage photo, vintage Christmas cards (most with some vintage handwriting!), a coffee stained paper doily….and some other treasures.  As I looked through my own pack I especially got excited about the trims…all wrapped so pretty around a manila tag.


And lovely lace always makes my mind race with possibilities…


So, whether you use these packs for card making, gift wrapping, scrapbooking, art journaling, or in your mixed media artwork, the themed ART PARTS packs are a fun source of materials.  I would love to see how you use them!  Send me a photo of what you did with your ART PARTS pack (any month), and I will send you a little thank you!

You can purchase single packs locally from Tessera Fine Art Gallery or in my etsy shop where you can also subscribe to a year’s worth of packs for a significant savings!  And.. for those of you receiving your pack in the mail… shipping is FREE!

To get you started with ideas, here is what I did with a replica photo…


Hope you have fun with these!


Nature’s Bounty Art Parts

Here is a short video of unpacking the goodies included in my November Art Parts pack!  Not shown is the  bonus 6 inch leaf or frond stencil.  You can get an idea of the pattern where I used it on an art journal page.


Some more shots of all the goodies…


Pick up a pack in my etsy shop, or locally at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  Remember to send me photos of what you made with yours to share here!

Gift Guide – Leather Cuffs


I just got through making a new batch of leather cuffs this week.  These are fun to make because each one is a unique work of art. I use a lot of re-purposed materials in these which makes each one a challenge to put together!


First I cut the straps out of salvage leather or old belts.  Once in awhile I use a purchased cuff blank as well.  They get snaps put on and the plainest ones get a paint job with my Angelus Leather Paints.


Then I embellish with treasures from my stash.


Eventually I end up with a pile of lovely cuffs that head off to various stores and shows.

At only $15, these make a great affordable and unique gift for both guys and gals. My cuffs can currently be found at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, City Arts Boutique, and Arlington Market.

Gifting Guide – ATC Card Kit

A year ago I introduced my 52 Card Pickup artist trading card kit!  I have sold oodles of them since then, mostly as gifts, or as an experience to be shared.  As the holiday season approaches, I thought it would be helpful to share a bit about some of my most popular gift items.

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Artist trading cards (ATCs) are little bite sized pieces of art that are quick and fun to create, trade, and collect.  They make a perfect project for the new artist and the experienced one as well.

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I have worked hard to gather and prepare a nice set of goodies for you to create your own mixed media artist trading cards using a standard deck of playing cards (included) as the base.  I have made oodles of these cards myself, and love the fun format of using playing cards.  For one thing, 52 cards (there will be a few extras) is a perfect number for making a weekly art journal project in a nice little bite size project.  They can be kept on a binder ring (also included in the kit) or in the box that the kit comes in.  So many options for using these!

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  • Standard deck of playing cards. These are 2½ x 3½ inch cards to use as the base of your artist trading cards.
  • Plenty of precut papers to paste on the card to make a base layer.
  • The ephemera pack is full of little hand cut treasures and bits ready for you to glue onto you cards.
  • A cute little bottle of adhesive (may vary from the photo) for your small project and can also be used to seal your finished cards.
  • The collection of embellishments can be glued onto your cards to add a dimensional touch
  • An unmounted rubber stamp
  • The stencils include atc sized punchinella, plastic canvas, and a texture sheet.
  • The binder ring is a great option for storing your cards by punching a hole in the top

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I am especially impressed with all the little HAND CUT ephemera all ready for using on your cards.  I have spent hours cutting tiny little pictures out of magazines and gathering stamps, tickets, and any other interesting little bits.  This will really speed up your own creating!

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These would be a great, doable sized, weekly project to begin for 2017!  I think I may give one to myself and add a family photo (wallet size are perfect!), quote, or bit of art to a card each week.  By the end of the year I would have a great little artsy scrapbook memento of the year!  Other ideas….

  • Gratitude cards – have each guest make one, or a few, as a Thanksgiving activity
  • Christmas ornaments – simply punch a hole at the top to hang from the tree!
  • Scripture cards
  • Gift tags
  • weekly art journal cards
  • Valentines
  • ????

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If you are in the Wichita area, these kits can be purchased at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  To make an online purchase, visit my etsy shop.

“Play” Digital File

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I love using digital download sheets.  They make such an easy starting place, or the perfect little something to finish up a page easy peasy!  I have chosen some bits and pieces out of my own art journal to share with you on this page of play themed collage elements.




If you like playful and whimsical, here are a couple of November workshops you may enjoy…