Adding Dimension with Mixed Media

Hello friends. Leigh here, with a mixed media layout and a process video, using Vicki Boutin’s All The Good Things line. I got to play with this amazing collection replete with every type of mixed media supply your heart could ask for. I got the idea for a 3D vase from an advertisement, and thought a photo of me painting would be appropriate.


My vision for this page included die cuts and watercolors spilling over the top edge of the vase, or pot. The Vicki Boutin Art Crayons made it easy to create watercolors that coordinated with the paper and inks in the line. Every item on the page came from the Vicki Boutin collection.


In the process video you can see the steps I took to make the 3D pot. I first used a stamp positioning tool, to line up the images from the VB Stamp and Die Set, to create the white heat embossed pattern on the vase. A rainbow of yummy inks from the Ink Pad Color Wheel were blended  on with sponges and the bristle brushes. The pigment inks are so creamy and pigmented that they blend like a dream. Rub over the heat embossed areas with a dry paper towel to remove the excess ink. In order for the pot to have an even dimension off the page, cut a straight line and score at 1/4 inch on the bottom three sides. You can see the finished, folded edge of the pot above.


I wanted to have three layers of watercolor under each grouping of die cuts. So I smooshed, splattered, and stamped in each area, letting it dry between each layer. I noticed the birds looked more organic and alive when I titled them at an angle on the page, rather than placing them level horizontally.


The self-timer on my phone came in handy to capture a photo of me painting the Monstera leaf. I painted three pieces of art to go above the headboard in my room. I love painting because it makes me feel more connected to my mom and grandma, whom are both painters. I lined the bottom of the title up with the bottom edge of the photo, to create a stark horizontal line that intersected the pot. What kind of hobby or artistic endeavor can you capture with your camera and timer mode?


I created extra images from the stamp set to accent the page, and colored in between the heat embossed lines. The pigment ink blended well in the tiny spots on the bird, and the flower centers. I thought the multi-colored stamped images coordinated with the layout better, and added interest and dimension to the stamped and die cut pieces.


You might notice that I subconsciously lined the green painted leaf in the photo up with the line of green blended pigment ink on the pot. The blue, at the bottom of the pot, coincides with the blue of my jeans in the photo, and helps lead your eye to the photo on the layout. I am facing toward the pot in the photo as well. I used a blue pen for the journaling, since the black and white title created enough visual weight near the photo. I hand-lettered the “be” portion of the title and drew some pencil lines for my hand-written journaling.


The Vicki Boutin line of mixed media was so exciting to play with, and I can’t wait to see what you will make with it! Thank you for visiting today, Leigh


SUPPLIES: Vicki Boutin White Foundations Mixed Media Art Paper (#343917), VB Die Cuts (#343892), VB Ink Pads (#343901, #343902), VB Brushes (#346450), VB Art Crayons (#343908, #343909), VB Stamp and Die Set (#343894), VB Watercolor Brush Set (#343926), VB Embellishments (#343896)