The Emerald Casket

It’s not as easy as it looks…

I guess I love the idea of mixed media—mixing paint, decoupage, stamping, etc.—to come up with a piece of art. It looks easy. You slap on some paint. If you don’t like what you have, you slap something else on. Huh.

Yesterday, my dd and I worked on the first pages of our art journals together. She hasn’t finished her first one, but she’s actually taking her time and doing an intricate Zentangle. She’s probably going to kick my ass.

This was my first attempt. I started with blotches of blue and green acrylic paint. Painted a swirl with acrylic paint over a stencil. Cut the outline of the woman from a Gelli’d piece of deli paper using a stamp I wanted to be the focal point of the piece, glued it to the center, and stamped over it. Then I added touches of gelato to outline and try to add some dimension. It looked pretty good—until I added a spritz of green Dylusional spray (making the overall picture too dark), which I tried to remedy by adding Gesso’d circles. Now my composition looks like it has a skin disease.


I’m not good with failure. Even when I’m playing, so I ended up staying up late working on another page.  I am determined to learn what works! This time, I began with some texture in the bottom right quadrant, then Gesso’d the whole page to smooth the paper for gelatoes. I rubbed on some colors and didn’t like them, so I misted the page and let the color drip down. I liked that better.

Next, I cut out a heart and glued it to the page and rubbed more gelatoes over the entire surface, using my fingers to move the color. I still have color under my nails! I stamped, dotted with my Copic markers, then decided I’d better quit before I screwed it up. Yeah, I know, it’s strange. What does it mean? 🙂

I think it just means I’m experimenting and having a lot of fun.


And there you have it—my first two attempts at mixed media.

2 comments to “It’s not as easy as it looks…”

  1. Sabine Honig
    January 11th, 2016 at 12:41 am · Link

    It is a process – and also a mix of trial and error. You are so artistic and I love the second one. The lady – she doesn’t look like a lady has faded into the background – maybe you should have put her on last on top of everything else to make her stand out more? I love mixed media and yet I don’t do enough of it and I am just a baby compared to others. There are some great ladies I watch on youtube – check out Gabrielle Pollacco – her work is amazing and inspiring! Also check out Vicky Papaioannou who does amazing things too – especially with her art journals! Happy crafting!!

  2. Delilah Devlin
    January 11th, 2016 at 2:47 am · Link

    Thanks for the suggestions, Sabine! Heading to YouTube now!