Monday, March 28, 2011

Beyond Scrapbooking

Prima makes it so easy to cross over into other mediums. From instructors to products they inspire genius in scrapbooking, clothing accessories, altered art, and yes mixed media paintings.

I have been dipping into mixed media for a few months now, and was totally inspired by Prima's very own Marion Smith and Donna Downey.   I wanted to create a piece of art using the techniques that I learned from both artists.  I titled the piece "Be Free"  because that the motto for both artists. Inspiration comes from exploration. So the painting is hanging in my craft room, to remind me to "BE FREE" to try new things and play.
From Flamingo Scraps:   Prima Cherry Blossom Vines, Wildwood Flowers, and Dandies; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in Dragonfly & Wheatfields
Other Supplies:   Cricut Serenade Cartridge -- Chipboard Bird Cage; Golden Acrylic Paint & Bead Gel Medium; Tim Holtz Label Die Cut; We R Memory Keepers Extra Large Eyelets; Jump rings; Hummingbird

Live with Prima Broadcasts are an excellent source for learning. Marion's broadcasts are always filled with mixed media techniques. For example,  I have learned that concentrated heat setting clumped acrylic paint will cause the paint to expand and bubble like Puffy Paint, multiple colors of Glimmer Mist can create an irrodescent look to your acrylic paints, and she is always demonstrating dry brush techniques - like the one I used to paint the sign.

Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesdays  are another great source of technqiues. Donna's "Drippage" techniques were used to paint the background of the canvas, she also demonstrates how different gel mediums react with paint.  The Birdcage uses her technique for mixing bead gel with paint for added texture.

You don't have to be a florist or have an art degree when you have Prima.   It litterally took more time for the paint to dry than it did for the design to come together. Prima's Cherry Blossom Vines, Dandies, and Wildwood flowers were the perfect "Earthy" touch to this canvas.  Again the layout was inspired by Marion Smith.

Share with us ways Prima has inspired greatness in your projects!


  1. Wowwwwwwwwwwww! This is GORGEOUS! I love love love that cage and all the flowers! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. Beeeeeauuuuutiful!!!! I too LOOOVE how easy Prima products make it to create all sorts of things!


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