Learning Mixed Media

Recently I was lucky enough to be in the studio audience at Creative Live in San Francisco supporting a local artist and friend.

Andrea Chebleu owns A Work of Heart Studio in San Jose and hosts some terrific classes!  She instructed three classes a Creative Live and helped me really take my Art Journaling and Mixed Media skills to another level.

We started with How to Create Collage Paper and learning so many ways to turn plain white paper into a wonderful, colorful page!  We first learned about making ‘marks’ into paint.  We learned simple ways to make our own stamps.  From there, we made pages and pages using a Gelli Plate, acrylic paints, stencils, bubble wrap and our own stamps to create layer after layer for beautiful papers.


From there, we did an Introduction to Art Journaling.  We first created layers on pages in an art journal and added more layers from our handmade collage papers.   We then made our pages into mini works of art using masking and collage.  Can I just say that this was so much fun?

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Our last class/project was Recycle your Art.  Andrea taught us to take pictures of the best parts of our collage papers and then print those pictures in different sizes from our home printer.  Now we can use those printouts as collage paper – yes.  Reuse your collage papers.  Crazy!

This project was a collage (with the photographed collage papers) on a canvas.  We then put down cut letters as a mask, added some texture paste with a stencil and painted over the entire canvas.  We did some highlighting and removed the masked letters to reveal the collage underneath.

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Each of these classes is now available on Creative Live and totally worth it for learning these fabulous techniques on your own.  And if you’re in the San Jose, CA area – go visit Andrea at A Work Heart Studio – she’s great!



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