Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Challenge 90 - Kids & Teens

Thanks for joining us & congrats to our winners!

It's Lisa S here to host the new challenge this fortnight and it's all about Kids/Teens. We want to see creations featuring the younger generation. With that in mind I'm sharing a mixed media tutorial using my daughter's art. Don't panic, anyone can do mixed media and no experience is necessary. I promise!

Mixed Media Tutorial

For starters, select what you want to work on. I am using a page from my art journal but you can literally do mixed media on anything. (chipboard, paper mache, heavy card stock, canvas, wood etc.)

The next decision is to decide what you want your base to be. I used book paper but you could also use a letter, poetry or a song that your kid/teen wrote. Patterned paper works too and if I am working on a canvas I like to use paint or sprays. When working with something sentimental be sure to copy it first and save the original. Note: I use a heat tool (an old blow dryer set to low) to set each step along the way so I begin again on a dry surface.

Now you want to start adding color and texture. I chose transparent acrylic paints which I brushed on and used punchinella to start the texture process. Stencils, stamps, bubble wrap, shelf liner & anything with a pattern are all ways to add texture. When using stamps be sure to use a permanent ink like Ranger's Archival or Staz-On.

This is the point where I brought her artwork in by fussy cutting her roses and decoupaging them to my page. Below is her original.

Drawn by Sara S. at age 6

Stems & leaves were created freehand with Faber Castell Pitt Pens which are great for shading and
adding color. Use any marker you like but be sure it is permanent when dry or it will smear. To shade I outline the image with a matching color and use my finger to blend the color in. Shading anchors your image to the page so it's an important step.

Now more texture, I love rub ons because their fun, come in a variety of designs and their inexpensive. Black rub ons tend to add depth while white & colored ones add light and bring the image forward. Once your project is finished you will want to seal them by brushing decoupage glue over them.

You can add journalling in many ways but I loved this rub on that spelled DREAM because it ties in with my Alice in Wonderland theme. Your computer is an easy way to generate words or phrases and doodling will help emphasize them. Another alternative is a Dymo Label maker which gives a retro feel to your work. Note: Ches & Alice were colored with Faber Castell Pitt Pens to balance the color out on this page.

A few close ups

I added the polka dot washi tape because the blue was just too light. A simple fix!

This is truly art from the heart.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and that it will inspire you to create a fun piece of artwork with your children, grandchildren or nieces & nephews. Mixed media is SO much fun and I have more tips, techniques and examples on my blog so I hope you'll check that out too. Thanks for hanging in there!

Fab sponsors of the Kids/Teens Challenge:
Kenny K

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Many thanks to Kenny K for providing the team with images to create with!

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Tracey from Fred She Said says:
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Crimson Cloud

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And now onto our cards for your inspiration...
Guest Designers from Kenny K

Mona - Using Ryder Cole

Mona has a fabby Top Tip to share too!Mostly I use mats behind my images to make it stand out a bit more. When I'm out of the colour of sheet I need, I just take a white colour sheet, cut it the size I want and then I use my Pro Markers to colour around the edges. That way I always get the exact colour I want. Just remember to colour many layers and make the edges all wet so you don`t get any harsh transitions.

Jodi using Ice Skate Kate

Annie using Club Kid

and now for our lovely C.O.E Designer
Coops aka Nic Using Boy Gamer

Our Design team
Annette - Kenny K Queens Cutie
Trinket Box

Bettina - Lil Pirate
Decorated paper bag

Deneen Kenny K - Teen Idol

Samantha Using Rock Chick

Lisa S - Kenny K - Map Kid

Now it's over to you and we can not wait to see your Creations


  1. What a fabulous tutorial!
    Thank you so much.

    Beautiful beautiful creations from everyone too!

    Such a pleasure to visit here..

    Hugs n HaPPy Crafting!

    1. Thanks Karen, so glad you found some inspiration here!

      So happy you joined us and big hugs from the TTT ladies.

    2. Brilliant tutorial! Thank you so much.

  2. Fabulous tutorial, Lisa... love the inclusion of Sara's flowers in your amazing page! Great inspiration from the whole DT too...
    Alison x

    1. Thanks Alison, it means so much! Looking forward to seeing your entry. ;-) Hugs to you from all of the TTT ladies.

    2. L1 you ROCK!!! :)
      Your tutorial was superb.

  3. Lovely DT projects! Thanks for letting me play along in the challenge.



    1. Thank You! We love seeing your creations and you are always welcome. :)

      Big hugs from the TTT ladies!

  4. Cutting it fairly close to the deadline this time... but I'll be coming for a hop round that fab DT inspiration as soon as I can! Thanks for another great challenge!
    Alison x

    1. Love your project and so glad you played along with us! Hugs from the TTT ladies.


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