The challenge is to incorporate old book or newsprint into your project. I have an old snoozy government book that I use for my crafting when I want printed pages in my projects. While the text isn't all that interesting, the paper itself is divine!
To give it a bit more structure for today's project, I adhered the old book paper to a small piece of watercolor paper and tore it around the edges. Applying watercolor paper to the backside not only gives the old book paper more stability, but also allows me to do a bit more creative altering to the paper -- the watercolor paper helps to absorb moisture in the coloring mediums I use.
Once I had the watercolor paper adhered to the backside of the old book paper, I added a wash of turquoise and blue ink to the page. I stamped my California Poppy stamp twice on the book paper, and twice again on watercolor paper. I colored the stamped poppies with a combination of red, orange and yellow distress ink, and cut the poppies from the watercolor paper. I used a liquid adhesive to adhere the colored poppies to the book paper, overtop of the stamped images. I added a bit of water to some white gesso and using a paint brush, added splotches of white to the panel.
Finally, I added a sentiment banner using a lovely sentiment from my Blooming Expressions cling mount set. The banner is made from smooth watercolor paper, with a bit of watercolor wash and dots added for interest. The entire panel is then added to the front of a card I made from smooth watercolor paper stock.
The idea behind the Mix-Ability Challenge is to make mixed media simple and approachable, and to let you experiment using things you already have. Each Friday a new challenge is hosted, but there is no time limit, so you can participate whenever you'd like on each challenge. Join us, won't you!?
Stamps: California Poppy and Blooming Expressions (Whipper Snapper Designs)
Ink: Black StazOn, Distress Inks
Paper: Fabriano 100% Cotton Cold Press Watercolor paper, Antique Book Paper