Mixed media

Create with Joy | Mixed Media Tag

When I started dabbling with art journaling late last year,Β  I ended up making some tags as well. I loved the small work surface of tags, and how I could just use up clay components I’ve already created, or just whip up bake up a component or two quickly (which is great use for scrap clay!)

And when I saw a mood board at Mixed Media Place, a tag was what immediately came to mind. I didn’t want to overthink things like I usually do, so I didn’t really plan out the session. This is what resulted from small ‘partial’ creative sessions, and just going with the flow –

Create with Joy - Mixed Media Tag | Anita

I used packaging cardboard to cut out the tag. On this, I used modeling paste with a stencil for background texture. Then I adhered some scrap aida cloth using a gel medium. Finally, I covered everything with gesso.

I made some flowers and gear components using scrap polymer clay with molds. I arranged them on the tag, along with some scrap wire, using gel medium. I again used gesso on the assortment.

Create with Joy - Mixed Media Tag | Anita

Then it was painting time! I used various colors of metallic acrylics. This is the part that I love the most in assemblage projects. Depending on my mood that day, the colors that I use vary, resulting in drastically different results! πŸ™‚ Someday, I should duplicate a layout 3-4 times, and try out different color palettes. This time though, I constrained myself to the colors on the mood board that got me started on this project.

Since I felt like doodling soon after, I added some marks on the stenciled background with a gel pen. To complete the project, I glued on sequins and some hand-written inspiration. I used watercolor pencils to outline the quote strips. Ta da!

Creative Jumpstart 2020 logoHuge thanks to Riikka Kovasin and Rae Missigman for their lessons at Creative Jumpstart 2020! I’ve incorporated their advice and tips in my creative process this time, and I love how much more enjoyable my project was.


Products / materials used: Altenew Feathered Leaves stencilβ€’Derwent Watercolor Pencilsβ€’Finnabair 3D Matte Gelβ€’Finnabair Art Stonesβ€’Finnabair Heavy Gessoβ€’Finnabair Metallique Acrylicsβ€’Finnabair Modeling Pasteβ€’Finnabair Soft Gloss Gelβ€’Neat and Tangled Sequin Mixβ€’Packaging cardboardβ€’Sakura Gelly Roll Penβ€’Scrap aida clothβ€’Scrap wireβ€’Sculpey Premo!β€’Uni Pin Fineliner Penβ€’Winnie and Walter Sequins


I also decided to join a few challenges with this project, because why not! πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Create with Joy | Mixed Media Tag

    1. Thank you, Cris! Consciously reducing unnecessary pressure on myself seems to be working well and leading to happy projects. πŸ™‚

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