Thursday, May 28, 2015

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.

Getting my hands full of painty goodness with Rae Missigman’s  15 MINUTES OF MIXED MEDIA©.

This week she used the new paints by Dylusions.  Making a conscious decision not to invest in another set of paints, I stuck with the paints I have.  I did experience a little confusion when I looked at her finished page, I saw pink rather than the red she had listed.  I was in a pink sort of mood so I went with Martha Stewart’s pink dahlia. 

I noticed I am much more at ease getting the paint on the page, worrying less about following her exactly and taking more joy in the process.

I ran into trouble when it came to the stenciling.  She uses her fingers to rub the paint over the stencil.  When I tried this method paint went under the plastic and made blotches.  When something is not working I tend to go back to what does work; a makeup sponge.  But I found that it went on so thin I had to put 2 coats on to get the same coverage.  Obviously, practice is in order.  She makes it look so simple…

When the page was done I found myself with a big blank spot of pink in the upper left corner.  I tried stenciling in black dots and again got a splotch of paint under the stencil.    After drying it I went over the dots with white gel pen.  Better! 

Since beginning this painting journey I started squirting the paint onto a piece of deli paper instead of a paper plate which I had been doing.  When I get done with the color I take an old card and spread the remainder of the paint out across the paper.  By the time I get done with the page I have created my own gelli plate print!
Deli paper print

What I learned:

I need to invest in a good thick white acrylic paint.  There is no getting around this.
Need to practice painting stencils with fingers (Something for ICAD 2015)

So, are you getting your hands full of painty goodness this week?  If not, stop by Rae Missigman's 15 Minutes of Mixed Media and get some paint on 'em!


  1. Great journal page - love the colours and design.

  2. I love the deli paint print. The best thing on the page!!

  3. This is a great spread. Don't you just love the bright bold colors of Dylusions paints? You really used them well. Really nice how you meet like minded people out there on the blogosphere-I love that about blogging. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog-from one biology teacher to another!

  4. Thank you for sharing your mixed media adventure with us, Diane, step by step! I love it, and I love the result! The colours are so vibrant, fresh and spring-like, they fairly lift the spirits!! Great stuff, and very inspiring!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment - your love and kind thoughts mean such a lot to me, and I feel carried along by everybody's kindness! I am feeling quite a lot better today! Onwards and upwards, tomorrow is a new day!

    I will email you with my snail mail address. Thanks for asking!


  5. I love your bright pretty designs! They radiate happiness.

  6. love that print at the bottom... and yes you always need great white acrylic paint... I have tried every brand going but there is more difference between good and cheap brands with white than with any other colour...

  7. I just love seeing the pages you create. These are so colorful and fun!

  8. Wonderful mash of eyes are so happy!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Fabulous colours, love your pages.

  10. what a fab make, such vibrant colours x

  11. What wonderfully bright eclectic pieces these are! LOVE!


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