Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Steampunk Clock with Basic Instructions

Steampunk Clock with Basic Instructions

Hello all! So this is my first official post as one of the newest members of the Mixed Media Mojo Design team and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this team! I have been crafting for about 5 years now and I have really enjoyed my creative journey. I now have creative friends all over the world and a hobby that I absolutely LOVE! I do a bit of everything from traditional scrapbook layouts to altered art items - and everything in between!! But I think mixed media is really my biggest love and I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you all and showing you how I make them as well.

For my project I stuck as best I could to the January theme of new with the twist clocks. I had an idea in mind for a while on doing a Steampunk style clock and had a bunch of great materials to use and this theme was the perfect opportunity to do so. Here is a look at the finished project and I will go through how I made it below the picture.

I started off with a round wooden frame that I got in one of the many mixed media kit clubs I belong to, along with some clock chipboard pieces and some Finnabair multi media canvas with a music theme already printed on the canvas.

The first step was to attach the canvas pieces in random spots around the frame using 3D Gel medium. I also attached a lot of the string that came off when I was tearing the canvas into strips - it gave the piece even more texture. I was also working on another project at the same time and as opposed to wasting the extra paste on the stencil I was using for that project I added more dimension in a few places to this project with that same stencil.

Once this was all dry, the next step was to paint and spray the entire piece. I used Dina Wakely metallic paint as the first layer and then sprayed on top of that with Tim Holtz Distress sprays and Mica Sprays. I used shades of teal and blue, as well as more metallic colours to give it the steampunk feel I wanted. I also added more colour to highlight certain areas using Ink Gold. I also added more dimension using texture paste in a few areas - mostly to highlight the numbers I wanted on the clock.

The next stage was to alter the chipboard clock pieces. To do this I used Finnabair's fantastic Rust Paste. I love it for giving items that aged/antique feel.

The final stage was to add the clock pieces and all the other ephemera that I wanted on the clock.  I have always had people asking me how I do this part and unfortunately, there is really no rhyme nor reason for how I place things where I do. In some cases I was trying to cover up the pop dots I was using, but mostly I just place everything down in different spots until I have the look that I want and then I glue it all down. Here are some close ups of the finished clock.

I hope you all like the project and that my instructions were easy to follow. I really enjoyed making this project and I am looking forward to sharing more with you throughout this whole year. Have a very crafty day everyone!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Adventure Begins - 2017

Hi everyone!

I'm Christina. Since 1994 I've been paper crafting. During the past 6 years, I've developed a huge passion for mixed media. Most of the techniques are from Tim Holtz. He's really good at sharing cool stuff, and yes I do have an abundance of his products, some of them are in my project.
This is my second design team and I'm so thrilled to be apart of this team. I look forward to sharing my creativity and inspiration with everyone.

This months challenge (January) theme is New with a Twist Clocks. I missed this challenge because I had a late arrival. So I decided to create a mixed media altered journal cover with the January theme.

mixed media altered journal

This is my first altered journal cover. I've been wanting to create this for a few years and finally decided it was time.

First you will need an old hardcover book. I used a book from my vampire phase (haha).
Randomly glue pieces of tissue paper on top of book cover.

Once all the pieces/finds are glued in place, cover with black gesso. Hint - you can also use a glue gun for dimension and texture, before applying the gesso -

Alcohol or baby wipes are used to buff out areas to show the tissue paper and the distress paint is rubbed around and on the pieces to give them hi light.

For a finishing touch, I rubbed acrylic paints -copper and gold, distress paints -Broken China, Brushed Pewter, Tattered Angels Glimmer mist- Coffee Shop, Perfect Pearls- Heirloom Gold on the Tim Holtz Sizzix Weathered Clock die, gears, game spinner, time piece, chain etc. to make them pop out.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on how fun it is to alter a journal. 
Also come over and join in the fun in the January challenge - New with a Twist Clocks

Have a great day,


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tag Tutorial

Hello Guys!

This is our first post for Mixed Media Mojo. Here's a little something about us before we begin sharing our project.

My mom Sunila and  I Aditi , started Dots to Lines and our forte is home decor, mixed media, scrapbooking and altered art. Sunila has a diploma in commercial art, and displays her artworks in various galleries across the world. She has also worked as a Graphic Designer at Hameed Mugal, Kenya.  With a MSc. in Clinical Psychology and Dip. in Special Education,I  took up arts and crafts since school days and also practiced art therapy when working with children with special needs. I have also completed an art course from School of Visual Arts, New York. 

Crafting, thus has been a part of daily activities mostly in the form of various altered projects, or making gifts.  We are into paper-crafting, layouts, journaling, card-making and scrapbooking. Our style of art and craft is a fusion of techniques and usage of vibrant colours. We aim to spread joy. 

Today, we’ve created a mixed media tag on the theme of the January Challenge- New with the twist clocks.
Sit back and enjoy:)!
Supply List-
Corrugated sheet (from leftover packaging),
Sizzix- Tag Die
Prima- Vintage Clock Die, die cut on old book paper
Cheerylynn Designs- Flourish 8, die cut on blue glitter foam
Its Bitsy- Swirly Hydrangea, die cut on white cardstock
Peek-a-boo-designs-Happy doe, die cut on old book paper
Mudra- Geo pattern stencil
Prima Art Basics- White Crackle paste
Gauge/Cheese Cloth
Lindy’s Stampgang Sprays- Marigold Yellow Orange, Sassy Sapphire, Prima Donna Purple, Hi Maintenance Magenta, Plumeria Pink, Ocean Breeze Blue
Jute piece
Ribbon Distress Ink- Chipped Sapphire- To distress our sentiment.
What cardstock.
Step 1:
Die cut the corrugated sheet and a piece of white cardstock with the tag die. Begin scrapping off paper from the corrugated sheet at places.

Apply white crackle paste through a stencil to add textures and dry.
Step 3:
In the remaining spots apply white heavy gesso randomly covering the brown.
Step 4:
Start playing with colours. Add randomly and stop when you feel good :)!

Step 5:
Step 5:
Assemble all the die cut elements, gauge, jute piece, lace and sentiment and stick them when you’re happy. 

Step 6:
Add some flowers! Mount it on the white cardstock tag and tie some ribbons to complete your tag!   

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. We have a video for the same.
Looking forward to your projects for the challenge!

Step 6:Add some flowers! Mount it on the white cardstock tag and tie some ribbons to complete your tag!   


Monday, January 9, 2017



Hello everyone! I am Monica and I am super excited about being a new Design Team member for Mixed Media Mojo. I am so thrilled to be on one of my first design teams and I am totally looking forward to expanding my creative outlets and continuing on my creative journey. I am hoping that I can continue to meet more creative people along the way and finding more ways to stir my creative juices!!

So, I wasn't able to post anything for the first of the month, as I was away on Christmas holidays, but I really wanted to start the year off with this team right so had to do a project for the "first" of the month! I created a canvas as my take on the theme of "New" with the twist "Clocks".  I hope you all like my project!

I started with a basic 4 X 4 canvas. The first layer was only newspapers from 1942 that I attached with fluid matte medium. I then added some copper paint in a few places, as well as some distress spray. I also used my new label maker that my wonderful hubby gave me for Christmas for the quote I wanted to use. I emphasized them by using my Faber-Castell big brush pens.

For the next step, I added a Tim Holtz clock that I added gears to using Ice Resin - I did this ages ago but hadn't found a project I wanted to put it on. Decided this one worked great for it. Also added some glitter glass to the project. From there I added the flowers and other ephemera that I wanted to complete the project. I wanted to go with a Steampunk kinda feel for the canvas.

Here are some close ups of the project.

And this is the completed project - I am really happy with how it came out. I hope you like it!

I am really excited about this year and this Design Team and I can't wait to create more projects for the blog. Make sure you check out the Challenge and play along! Have a fabulously creative day everyone!

Monday, January 2, 2017


Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by! Ann here today and show you the tutorial of my art journal page. I'm so delighted to be on the Mixed Media Mojo Design Team! Thank you Maria & my other teammates for this wonderful opportunity and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists. I made my Happy New Year art journal page for our current NEW with the twist of Clocks challenge. Hope you will enjoy seeing it.

I've a few step out photos on how I made it, enjoy!

To get started, I cover the page with Gesso. Painted the whole page with Acrylic Paints. Let it dry. I used a sponge to apply Inka gold over my stencil.

Applied black ink through stencil across the bottom of page and allow to dry. Stamped sentiments with StazOn White ink. Driped with Acrylic Paint.

I die cutted a bunch of alphabet letters and numbers. I layered four of each letter together for some dimension. Then painted them using Acrylic Paints.

The Clock was die cut from some milk paper and painted with Acrylic Paints , dabbed with Ceramic Stucco, then embossed with Ranger Watering Can embossing powder.

I then adhered the clock, alphabets and numbers onto the page to spell HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017.

Hope you have enjoyed my quick little tutorial. 

I hope this inspires you to join in our January Challenge. I can't wait to see what you create.

Thanks again for stopping by today and happy creating!