Blog: Mixed Media

Abstracts in Acrylic & Ink by Jodi Ohl

My wonderful friend Jodi Ohl wrote this inspiring book Abstracts in Acrylic & Ink and it is stuffed with loads of great techniques, tricks and inspiration. In Jodi’s own words it “is a book about learning how to unfold, learn, grow, expand, experiment and experience a dialogue with art.”

The artwork and step outs are beautifully photographed and definitely make you wanna go into your studio and play yourself.

I am super stoked that Jodi also asked me to contribute some of my paintings to her book as they represent some of the concepts she covers in her book.

Get yourself a copy or leave a comment on the bottom of this post for a chance to win one of the copies of the book I received. You can comment until January 28, 2017 midnight EST and I will pick one lucky winner randomly and announce the winner shortly after.

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  • Connie


    Thanks for providing inspiration for us all!


  • Andrea


    I really love Jodi’s art! That would be so nice to win a copy of her book!


  • Alisa


    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book! I’m sure it is amazing!


  • Lisa


    This looks like a fantastic book! Congrats to Jodi and to you! :)
    I will be standing in So Cal, facing north and waving at you while you are in San Jose. :) So close, and yet too far to make it to a midweek class. Have fun!!


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A Visual Interview with Stephanie Schütze

Meet  mixed media artist Stephanie Schütze from Germany. See what she can’t  be without and how she feels in January :)

A Visual Interview with Stephanie Schütze from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Stephanie is one of the teachers of Creative JumpStart 2017 along with 26 other artists – read more about this Mixed Media Online Class and sign up here.

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Another YAWP Art Journal Page


I love this quote by Walt Whitman so much “I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world”

I mostly used my Masks and Stencils which are part of my Bird Stamp Set for the background and kept it pretty simple. I printed out a photo of myself and painted it over with acrylic marker and pencil.

Hope you are sounding your YAWP out today as well !

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Dear Santa …or what to give a Mixed Media Artist this Holiday


Do you have a Mixed Media Artist in your circle that you would like to give a gift to but you are stumped on what to give that person?  Or maybe someone is asking you for your Santa’s list and you want to point them in the right direction? Here is a list of my favorite things I would give to another Mixed Media Artist this holiday season because these supplies seriously rocked my pants the last couple months :)

Art Graf Varco water soluble graphite:

primary colors

earth tones

They are highly pigmented and the colors are just so beautiful and rich! The shape makes it easy to write with them too and then go over the writing with a water brush – check out the journaling on this art journaling page -I used the graphite black for the “Live, Laugh, Love”


and both sets for this tag


Liquitex Muted Colors

I am usually a bright color person but these color are really beautiful- I used the inks too.

Liquitex Muted Inks

I used these on the board below, which is not yet done, with my Fashion Dame Stamp


Speaking of board – the one above …

Ampersand Clay-Board

You can use thin acrylic paint or ink on those clay boards and then use a scratching tool and remove some of the paint layer. I love using it with my stamps. And of course Ampersand also has a tool kit for this board :)

Ampersand Scratch Board Tool Kit

…but you can also just use a craft knife for this too :)

ColorBox Erasable Fabric Inkpad

I love using it with my stamps on raw canvas or fabric.  You can embroider on top of the image and then easily wash it out later. I used it in this blog post here with my bird stamp


If your friend loves to take Online Workshops – Creative JumpStart 2017 with 27 different Mixed Media Artists starting January 2017 might be the right gift then :)

Announcing Creative JumpStart 2017 – CJS17

Also I am seeing a trend of a lot of Mixed Media Artists (including myself) using paper clay and this book is a great way to get inspired and to learn how to use all kinds of techniques and supplies with paper clay:

Artful Paper Clay

…and if your gift recipient likes to read some art related fiction books – I really enjoyed this book recently:

The Muralist, by B.A. Shapiro

It is fiction but has some real events in there and it captivated me.

And last but not least …why don’t you use this holiday coupon for 20% off  valid until Dec. 15th (11.59EST) and give your friend some fun stamps, stencils or mugs in my store :)


…or let them have some fun shopping and purchase a gift certificate.

Happy shopping and I hope you also find some time this holiday season to sneak away and get some creative time in too :)

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Live, Laugh, Love – Art Journal Pattern Play


For this art journal spread I played with my ArtFoamies Versailles Positive and Negative as well as with my Manhattan Border Stamp.


I added different acrylic paint colors to each of the ArtFoamies StampBuddies included in the Versailles stamp set and then stamped first with the one stamp and then filled in with the other stamp . I love how you can use the stamps each just as they are or layer them on top of each other to get really intricate designs. I stamped around the border of the tag with the Manhattan border stamp.


For the art journal background I used the same colors on top and stamped right into the journal- then added some green acrylic paint here and took some areas off again, while the paint was still wet. I wanted to have the stamped images show through the paint at places to give it a more layered and dimensional look.


I adhered the tag to the background of the right side of the journal with some double sided adhesive and then used my new Varco ArtGraph to write out the words. I went over them again with a small wet brush.


I love the result- it is a bit wild and yet cohesive as the pattern and colors get repeated. That was a lot of fun.

Here are the supplies I used- some of them are affiliate links:


Hope you have a wonderful day today filled with Live, Laugh and Love

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Creative JumpStart 2017 AND CYBER MONDAY SALE

I’m excited to announce Creative Jumpstart 2017 (CJS17)! Yes, we’re back and ready to inspire you in January and beyond! This year’s theme is “Mix, Match, and Master .”

What’s CJS you ask? Let me tell you! CJS is a one-of-a-kind community event to jumpstart your creativity. Throughout January 2017, you’ll get 27 downloadable videos by 27 professional mixed media artists. You’ll be exposed to new techniques and styles and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with a worldwide community of creative-minded participants.

Right now, between Monday November 28th and Tuesday November 29th at 11:59pm EST, we are offering CJS17 for only $40 USD – 20% off the list price. Register today for this special Cyber Monday deal! Beginning November 30th, CJS17 will be $45 through December 31st, and $50 thereafter.


So what are you waiting for? Sign up for CJS17 here!

So can this Cyber Monday get any better???? YESSSS- it can ….how about a 20% Cyber Monday Coupon Code on all physical products like Stamps, Stencils and DVD’s. Don’t forget to stock up on everything you need for your holiday shopping and projects.


Use the coupon code CYBERNAT20 when you check out.

Hope you join us for CJS17 and have fun shopping :)

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Make a Mark Tag


I made this tag for fun and will use it either as a gift tag or put it into my art journal. I stamped with the Art Foamies Batik Pattern 1 and Batik Pattern 3 Foam Stamp and Acrylic Paint and then tried my new Varco Art Grafs out – I have to show you those soon- Oh man the colors are so yum! They are graphite blocks and are awesome for drawing, painting and writing.


Loving the mixture of the acrylic paint and the graphite. I guess time to film a Creative Icebreaker with those soon :)

Here are the supplies I used – some links are affiliate links:


Hope you make your mark today :)

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Join Birgit Koopsen and Me in March at The Ink Pad in NYC

Birgit and I will be teaching at The Ink Pad in NYC on March 18 and March 19, 2017! Come and join us


Let’s push mono printing to a whole new level.

Join us for a day long class in Mono Print Painting. We will dive into the basics of mixed media mono printing first and will introduce you to our Mono Print Painting technique inspired by H.N. Werkman. We will show you different ways on how to create elaborate and layered mono printed paintings using self made tools as well as stamps and stencils. We will share with you thinking process on developing the technique and how we put our own personal spin on it, so that you can take this even further.

Register here



Join us for a fun day of exploring and incorporating different transfer techniques into your art journal pages. The imperfect look of transferred imagery in your art journal opens up so much creative potential. Not only are there many different ways to actually transfer images, there are also many different ways to treat those transfers in your art journal. We will show you our favorite techniques and how you can make your art journal pages even more meaningful by using artful transfers.

Register here

We hope to see you there!

If you are looking for an In-Person Class with me check out my upcoming classes

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Workshops at The Queen’s Ink in Maryland & Giveaway Winner


I had such a wonderful time in Maryland at The Queen’s Ink last weekend.


The Queen’ s Ink is an amazing store located in a historic mill and the classroom has gigantic windows giving a wonderful light.


The first class was a an altered book class and it was wonderful to see how the students interpreted the techniques to fit into their own books and styles.


Isn’t this fun?


Patti, the owner of The Queen’s Ink and master of colorful and beautiful Mixed Media projects herself worked on some beautiful Ampersand Stampboards using my Stampendouds Elephant, Bird and Urban Scribble stamp set. So love it!


The students were so much fun and I loved seeing some familiar faces and also to meet some students which I have known for a long time from my online classes – you guys are the best!


Lot’s of yummie pattern play in the collage class


and happy smiles :)


the collages were so different and fun and colorful!


hey …little birdie!




And I know it is dorky- but it was so fun to see my stamps and stencils displayed in the store. Still a pinch me moment!



On the second day I taught my Artvergnugen class and we exhilarated layers :)




Look at all those colorful patterns made with the new ArtFoamies and ….shhhhh some still secret stencils (hint hint …check in next week ;) )



I had a fantastic time at The Queen’s Ink – thank you Patti for having me ! Rumor has it …I might be back next year ;) ;) ;)

And on another Note- here is the Winner, drawn by my friend Kim,  of the “Art Journal your Archetypes Book by Gabrielle Javier- Cerulli” Post ! Congratulations Gill!


I hope you have a wonderful day weekend!

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