Category Archives: Mixed Media

Paint Skin Row Houses


I created these row houses using some of the paint skins I prepared earlier, you can read my previous blog post on how I made those here:


Paint Skinned House Canvas


I wanted to share with you my latest creation inspired by Tee Thompson’s Three Little Houses livestream video featuring paint skins, Tee does a weekly art show offering some gorgeous art techniques and challenges. You can view the 3 little houses video on the following link:

To begin with I needed some Paint Skins, I have never created them before but had read about them in art books and blogs; it was just one of those things I wanted to try but hadn’t gotten around to yet. After seeing this video it gave me the art kick I needed to have a go myself.

I used plastic mailing envelopes which junk mail catalogues had been posted in as my base for the paint skins, I used ordinary craft acrylic paints and literally threw the paint down on the plastic until I had completed covered the plastic surface. I didn’t use a brush to blend the colours, I let the paint do that all by itself naturally.

See pictures below of wet acrylic paint on the plastic – very messy and colourful! By flicking the paint direct from the bottle onto the plastic it created interesting patterns:

I set the plastic aside to dry, it took 2 days before it started to set because it was quite thick, once it was dry I carefully peeled off the paint skins and set the pieces to air dry out naturally on the other side onto a plastic grocery bag:

Next I set about painting a basic house shape onto one of my handmade art canvases I had made earlier, the paint was still wet when I took the picture below hence the shininess:

Below is my finished house complete with paint skins and collage bits and pieces to finish it off, notice the little postage stamp of a rooster perched on my fence 😀

Close up of house detail:

Structure Paste Art Work Inspired By Christy Tomlinson’s Art Of Texture 21 Secrets Class


Christy’s class on 21 Secrets was all about using light modelling paste in your artwork to create wonderful textures. I have used modelling paste before in my artwork but never used it in my journal pages so it was nice to watch Christy’s videos on how she used it in hers.

I had run out of modelling paste and was too impatient to wait for my order to arrive so I went searching through my art supplies and came across a tube of Structure Paste which looked and smelled just like modelling paste so I used that instead.

These are the pieces I created inspired by Christy’s class:

Enchanted Dream Torn Tag: I used a Crafters Workshop stencil for the floral shape and punchinella for the border with structure paste, I randomly stamped the watercolour paper with a dotty background I had and added colour using various colours of inks and paints.

Butterfly Postcard: The butterflies are done with a stencil and coloured structure paste, I stamped the butterflies when they were dry with  a dotty background stamp. The postcard background was actually a leftover piece from Dina Wakelys class last week which I decided to use for this piece, I was going to paint over the background and make it less busy but decided to leave it for now because it kinda goes with the butterflies.

Indian Mandala Board: The mandala is a crafters workshop stencil, I love those designs, the squared border is taken from a strip of cooking mesh I had left over. I added colour using various inks and markers and took my inspiration from those bright Indian fabrics.

Great Oaks Board: The main tree is a crafters workshop stencil which I used the paste with and then added metallic colours using pens once it was dry. The leaves were also structure pasted using a fern leaf stencil repeatedly. I added colour to the main background by dripping over assorted shades of greens and yellows.

Encaustic Wax and  Reverse Structure Paste Tree: The tree is actually a reverse print of the same stencil I used to create the above tree; when I removed the stencil I noticed I had got a lot of paste on the actual backside of the plastic so instead of wiping it off the stencil I pressed it onto watercolour paper to create a reverse texture print.

Colour was added using encaustic waxes and artists inks dropped on the surface until I liked how it looked and acrylic paints. The white marks you can see in the lower part of the tree were created using a scraper tool which you normally use in scraper foil art to remove part of the wax to make patterns in it, they kinda remind me of seeds growing under the ground.

Altered Take Out Boxes


I recycled these take out boxes which are used as packaging for instant noodles, you can see what I did with them from the pictures below:

29 Row Houses Completed


I just finished my Row Houses for the swap Im running over on my swap group; trouble is I only need 3 for the swap…*oops*

Yesterday I blogged what they looked like prior to my finishing them with painted tape backgrounds, you can see them on the following link if you want a quick recap:

Below is a gallery of my completed Row Houses; if you wanna see close ups just click on the thumbnails to browse the gallery: