Friday, October 12, 2012

Mixed Media Cardboard Art Tutorial

Hello mixed media fans.  Today I"m sharing an altered cardboard project I created a while back after taking a class called "Burlap and Clay by Sue Pelletier.  Sue is a very talented and published mixed media artist and you can check out more of her artwork on her blog HERE.   

The class I took from her was offered on her NING site HERE.  You can email her with questions at to find out how to purchase the class.

Lots of texture on this project !  I used white burlap and "crinoline" from Joann's Fabric store, along with paper clay, cardboard, and tissue paper.  

I'm going to share some step by step photo's of  how I created the background since my background / style is so different from Sue's.  Basically what I took away from the class was the idea to use burlap / crinoline / and clay on my project and then made it my own, using some of my favorite mediums.

Before I share the details of my project, I want to share with you Sue's new online video class, available over at "Creative Workshops".  I haven't taken it yet, but hope to do so soon.  These canvas's are so cool and she uses plaster, a medium I have never worked with.    Sue has her own unique style!  I have to say I haven't seen anything like this out there yet.


Project Details

I started with 3 pieces of corrugated cardboard and tore away peices of the to layer.  I added some white paint here and there, then sprayed with blue and yellow ink.  

I distressed the background use my Rollagraph - Clear Snap Stamp Wheel.  I like it because it's easy to apply the image here and there randomly, without applying the full image.  

Then I designed where I wanted the burlap / crinoline / and book paper on each panel.  I sprayed the crinoline and burlap with spray inks, and added some stitching.

Then adhered the pieces to each panel.

I rolled out my paper clay and cut my heart shapes.  After the clay air dryed, I painted the hearts pink.  Then I decided I wanted more texture so I used another one of my favorite mediums ... tissue paper.  I adhere pink tissue paper over each heart, purposely wrinkling it up.  

I made them look more distressed by lightly rubbing on some white acrylic paint randomly, and then black ink.  Then I used stencils to add polkadots to some of them.  

After adhering clay hearts and words, I splattered with black paint.

Lots of messy fun with this project!!  Hope you are inspired to create your own corrugated cardboard art project.  You can view more of my cardboard art HERE if you want .   And I started a "Corrugated Cardboard" art group over on Flickr a while back.  I would love you to link up your corrugated cardboard art HERE.

Have a fabulous weekend!

You can view all my Mixed Media projects HERE.
and background tutorials HERE.

Have a fabulous day!


kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Melisa the more I see of this art style, the more I want to have a go, but time is not on my side at the moment. Keep up the inspiring posts - I love what you have done here - just amazing.

Kate Yetter said...

Gorgeous, Melisa! I love this canvas! So much texture and fun colors. Also love those clay embellies. Fabulous tutorial. Thanks for sharing with us.

LindaS said...

Wonderful cards. Love your painting.

Anonymous said...

Totally gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your process and thanks for questing with us at UPA!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the step by step. I've wanted to try some stitching in my mixed media projects but I either over or under do it. I've also stitched right onto my projects. I like your method better. And I love that this uses corrugated cardboard!

Words and Pictures said...

Totally gorgeous - love the textures, colours and materials - fabulous!
Alison x

Val said...

Hi Melissa. I'm new to your blog, and feel like I just discovered Treasure Island! Art is my passion, and now I have a new source of inspiration. Great job and thankyou! Val

Laura said...

This is fabulous! Well played. Thanks so much for joining us at UPA.

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Marjie Kemper said...

Such a gorgeous creation! Popped over UPA after your project leapt off the screen at me. Love it!

Creatively yours Fi said...

This is brilliant!! I love, LOVE it!
Thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said...

I saw your corrugated art on Pinterest and decided to come over and have a look. Your pieces are lovely. I would like to try it when I get a chance.
I'm off to wander around your blog some more.

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