This book features projects from

these great F+W Media, Inc. titles:
Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner

Dusty Diablos by Michael deMeng

Altered Books Workshop by Bev Brazelton
Altered Curiosities by Jane Ann Wynn

Encaustic Workshop
by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

Amulets and Talismans by Robert Dancik

Exhibition 36 by Susan Tuttle

Art Escapes by Dory Kanter

Frame It! by Tonia Davenport

The Art of Personal Imagery by Corey Moortgat

Image Transfer Workshop
by Darlene Olivia McElroy and
Sandra Duran Wilson

Art Stamping Workshop by Gloria Page
Artist Trading Card Workshop by Bernie Berlin

The Journal Junkies Workshop
by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler

Bent, Bound & Stitched
by Giuseppina “Josie” Cirincione

Journal Spilling by Diana Trout

Beyond the Bead by Margot Potter

Kaleidoscope by Suzanne Simanaitis

Book + Art by Dorothy Simpson Krause

Layered, Tattered & Stitched by Ruth Rae

Canvas Remix by Alisa Burke

Lifelines by Carol Wingert and Tena Sprenger

Celebrate Your Creative Self
by Mary Todd Beam

Micro Mosaics by Angie Weston
Mixed-Media Mosaics by Laurie Mika

A Charming Exchange
by Ruth Rae and Kelly Snelling

The New Creative Artist by Nita Leland
Objects of Reflection by Annie Lockhart

Collage Discovery Workshop—Beyond the
Unexpected by Claudine Hellmuth

Outstanding Mini Albums by Jessica Acs

Collage Fusion by Alma de la Melena Cox

Pretty Little Things by Sally Jean Alexander

Collage Lost and Found
by Giuseppina “Josie” Cirincione

Rethinking Acrylic by Patti Brady
Scraptastic! by Ashley Calder

Collage Playground by Kimberly Santiago

Semiprecious Salvage by Stephanie Lee

Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista
Creative Awakenings by Sheri Gaynor

Show It Off!
from the editors of Memory Makers Books

The Creative Edge by Mary Todd Beam

A String of Expression by June Roman

Delight in the Details by Lisa M. Pace

Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts

Digital Expressions by Susan Tuttle

Tiles Gone Wild by Chrissie Grace


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Table of Contents
Featured Titles



Week 1: Painting on Silk 8
Week 2: Create an Observation Icon 10
Week 3: Glazing 12
Week 4: Southwest by Fareast Frame 14
Week 5: Emboss-Resist 18
Week 6: Story Bracelet 20

Artwork from

Week 7: A Single Memento 24

Beyond the Bead

by Margot Potter

Week 8: Special Occasion Collage 28
Week 9: Acrylic Paste Paintings 32
Week 10: Painterly Art Magnet 34

Week 12: Time Flies 40

Week 11: Forest Floor Painting 36

Week 13: Elmer’s Glue Crackle 42
Week 14: Symbolic Collage on Wood 44
Week 15: Crackled Background 48
Week 16: Digital Painting 52
Week 17: Crayon Cupcakes 56
Week 18: Collaged Angel Pendant 58
Week 19: Texture on a Painting 60
Week 20: Building a Frame Around an
Acrylic Box 62
Week 21: Texture Paste Design 64
Week 22: Poem + Art 66
Week 23: Verdigris (Faux Patina) 68
Week 24: Mirror Stars Brooch and
Earrings 70
Week 25: Watercolor in Encaustic 72

Artwork from

Week 26: Watercolor Lifting Technique 74

A String of Expression

Week 27: Gel Skin 76

by June Roman


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Week 28: Mail Art to the Self 78
Week 29: Beeswax as Adhesive 80
Week 30: Distressed Painted Face 82
Week 31: Masking Fluid Resist 84
Week 32: Reliquary Pin 86
Week 33: Texturizing Canvas With
Acrylic Paint 88
Week 34: Carnivale 90
Week 35: Walnut Ink Aging 94
Week 36: Transformed Tote 96
Week 37: Custom Paint Swatches 98
Week 38: Painted Paper Bag Album 100
Week 39: Watercolor on Yupo Paper 102
Week 40: Enameled Sunset Pendant 104
Week 41: Antiquing Chipboard 106
Week 42: Bandana Collage 108
Week 43: Textured Stamp Background 110
Week 44: Plexiglas-Framed Artwork 112
Week 45: Redeeming Discarded

Artwork from

Collage Lost and Foun

Objects 116

by Giuseppina “Jos
ie” Cirincione

Week 46: Pages Pendant 118
Week 47: Test the Flexibility of
Watercolor 122
Week 48: Abracadabra Collage 124
Week 49: Watercolor on Baby Wipes 128
Week 50: She Said 130
Week 51: Masking Tape Background 132
Week 52: Crackle Paste on Plexiglas 134

Meet the Authors


Books of Interest

Artwork from

Collage Fusion




by Alma de la Mele
na Cox

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Artwork from

Tiles Gone Wild

by Chrissie Grace

Artwork from

Outstanding Mini Alb

by Jessica Acs

Artwork from


by Suzanne Simana


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don’t know about you, but I often struggle with the call to “create something every day,” and I have a deep respect for those with a wellspring
large enough to accomplish this enormous task. I just don’t feel artisti-

cally creative each and every day. But I do believe that it’s important, as artists, to keep our creative skills honed, and there’s no better way to do that than
to practice on a regular basis. So maybe some of us can’t pull out our box of
paints at a self-disciplined time every morning, afternoon or evening, but once
a week? Now you’re speaking in a language I can understand.
Mixed-Media Paintbox is going to make it easy for us to do exactly that—get
our feet wet (and our hands in the paint) at least once a week. The best part is,
we won’t even need to scratch our heads to come up with new ideas and projects because it’s already been mapped out for us! All of the contributing artists
in this book are among the most creative folks I know and they’re who I turn to
for inspiration, so I know you’ll enjoy them, too.
On the following pages you’ll find 52 projects—a new one for each week for
an entire year. Of course, you’re free to play with the projects and techniques
in any order you choose, but if you’re like me, you may not want to have to
think that hard. There will be techniques and products here that you’ve probably never tried before (from jewelry to book arts to assemblage), and that’s
going to tone up your creative muscle even more. Plus, if you find yourself
extra “into” any particular week’s project, the good news is that each project
was pulled from its own book, so there’s plenty more inspiration to be explored.
Whether you start your new commitment to creativity today or over the
weekend, there’s no pressure here—just have fun!

Tonia Davenport
Acquisitions Editor,
North Light Books


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Week 12

Time Flies

from Beyond the Bead

M a te ri a ls
g wooden flower (Provo Craft)
g metal watch face

scrapbook paper (Die
with a View)
“time flies” (printed in
12-point Times New
Roman font)

g crackle paint (Ranger)
g pink paint dabber (Ranger)
g star stamp (Inkadinkado)
g 2 4mm crystal AB
Swarovski flowers


2 3mm cystal AB
Swarovski butterflies

g 1 Lucite flower (Maya Road)
g craft glue (Beacon)
g small paintbrush
g sandpaper
g scissors
g Amazing Goop
g optional: 1 pin back

blank wooden flower turns funky with layers of crackle
paint, stamped stars and a minicollaged watch frame.
Lightweight wood cutouts sold for use on scrapbook pages make
great jewelry components. This unexpected combination of elements can change completely based on your choice of colors and
finishes. Have fun and mix it up!



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1. Paint the flower with
a basecoat
Sand the front and sides of the
wooden flower. Paint the flower
with a pink paint dabber. Allow
it to dry. Use a small paintbrush
to paint the edges of the flower
pink. Allow the paint to dry. If
desired, paint the back of the
flower and allow it to dry.

4. Smear on pink paint
Use your fingers to smear on
more pink paint. Allow the
paint to dry.

2. Paint the flower with
crackle paint
Paint the flower with crackle
paint. Allow it to dry. (Thicker
paint makes thicker cracks,
and thinner paint makes
thinner cracks.)

5. Adhere the
watch bottom
Adhere the watch bottom to
the center of the flower with
Amazing Goop. Allow it to dry.


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3. Stamp the flower
Stamp the petals with the star
stamp, varying the placement
of the stars from petal to petal.

6. Create the collage
Cut a piece of scrapbook paper
to fit inside the bottom of the
watch face. Cut out the “time
flies” phrase and adhere it to
the scrapbook paper with craft
glue. Add a selection of beads
on top of the collage. Slide the
watch face onto the bottom. To
make a pendant, drill a hole in
a petal and add a jump ring.
To make a pin, glue a pin back
to the center back of the flower
using Amazing Goop. Allow it
to dry.

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Week 18

Collaged Angel Pendant

from A Charming Exchange

his beautiful pendant
would be great on a
necklace or hanging in a window. This week, incorporate
text along with paint to make
a meaningful piece. Choose
words and colors that inspire,
motivate or encourage you to
include on your charm.



metal angel shape
book pages, paper
Burnt Umber glaze
acrylic paint
gel medium
permanent marker
brushes (various sizes)


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1. Trace the wing shapes

2. Paint details on the wings
Fold the paper in half, and cut out the wing
shapes to create four wings. Apply a Burnt Umber
glaze over the surface of the paper wings.
Then, with a smaller detail brush, add details,
such as flower shapes. You could also collage
images here.

For the pendant, we use a metal angel shape as
the base. For the wings, you can either paint the
metal, or you can cover them with paper. If you
want to cover them with paper, trace the general
shape on the paper of your choice.

3. Add finishing touches

4. Adhere wings to the metal shape

Continue painting until you are happy with your

Use gel medium to adhere the painted wings to
the metal shape.

5. Add final details
Add final details with a permanent marker, and add a
word of text, if you like.


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Week 23

Verdigris (Faux Patina)

from Dusty Diablos

he process of getting a nice patina on copper is
easy—it’s a material that naturally achieves this
look and achieves it even more quickly with the supernatural addition of manufactured patina solutions! But
for times when actual copper is not part of the deal, paint
washes will easily do the trick. Try this week’s technique
to turn any project into aged metal magic.


M a te ri a ls
g heatgun
g paintbrush and water
g acrylic paints: white,

Phthalo Green, Dioxa
Purple (Golden), Mars
Black (Golden),
Quinacridone Gold


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Mix paint
This technique works best over something dark,
in this case, black. Mix white, a tiny bit of Phthalo
Green, and an even tinier bit of Dioxazine Purple.
Load a dry brush with the mixture and work excess
paint out of the brush on a paper towel. Run the dry
brush over the dark surface, allowing the paint to
just skim the surface of the textures. When the first
layer is dry, brush a wash of Uszhhh (see below) over
the piece.





1. Using a heatgun, heat the white paint until it
is bubbly. To begin painting, apply a wash of
black on one side.

2. Apply a wash of Quinacridone Gold on the
other side and mix the two together gradually.


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Week 30

Distressed Painted Face

from Taking Flight

M a te ri a ls
g rhinestone bezel
g heavybodied Golden

acrylics Titanium Wh
Burnt Sienna, Burnt
Umber and Raw Sienn


fluid acrylics in vario


Tattered Rose Distress
Ink (Ranger)

g gesso
g small paintbrush
g fine detail paintbrush
g white gel pen
g charcoal pencil
g fine-grit sandpaper
g optional: charcoal

ainted faces can be added to a variety of mixed-media
pieces to add a personal touch. Try this week’s distressed
painted face project for a way to let loose and have fun. The somewhat weathered but sweet face is created using paint and sandpaper—there are no mistakes with this very forgiving technique.
You’ll also find ideas for finishing touches, including the use of
gel pens, glazes, ink pads and ephemera.



optional: Raw Umber


optional: heat gun


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1. Layer skin tones of paint
Use a charcoal pencil to sketch your subject on a painted surface. To
paint this face, we’re going to layer skin tones of heavy-bodied acrylic
paint and then sand them away to create an even, blended surface
that appears weathered. Start by applying a layer of gesso on the face
and neck area of your subject to create an opaque base. Then blend
Titanium White, Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna heavy-bodied Golden
acrylics and apply a thick coat of the mixture to the face and neck area.
Let it dry a bit, or give it a quick blast with a heat gun.

2. Layer darker paint in
areas of shadow
Add a bit more of the Burnt
Sienna and a little bit of Burnt
Umber to your mixed paint.
Apply the darker color to one
edge of the face, where the
shadows might rest, and to the
cheek and eyebrow areas. When
using this technique, I always
start with the shadowy areas
first, and then work my way to
the lighter areas.

3. Add white paint to
highlight areas of light
Apply some Titanium White
thickly to areas where the
light might rest. I’m targeting
the bridge of her nose, a bit of
one side of her forehead, and
areas near her eyes, chin and
forehead. The effect should
be splotchy and uneven; don’t
worry if it looks messy—in fact,
it should. Let it completely dry
before the next step.

5. Draw and paint facial
Use a charcoal pencil to draw in
fine-detail lines for the facial features—eyes, nose, lips, eyebrows
and hair line. Blend the lines with
a charcoal blender to soften them
a bit if you want to. Finish the
face by using a detail paintbrush
to color in the lips and eyes and a
white gel pen to add detail to the
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4. Sand layers of paint
Take a piece of very fine-grit
sandpaper (the finest grit you
can find) and very lightly begin
sanding the heavy layers of
paint on the face and neck
until you get the blended effect
you want.

6. Add finishing touches
Paint the hair with fluid acrylic
paint and use the white gel pen
to add highlights and definition. Use fluid acrylics (I mixed
a few shades with a Raw Umber
glaze) to color in the dress with
a transparent hue so all the
layers beneath show through.
Use a soft charcoal pencil to
redefine any lines that have
been painted over and add
any embellishments (I added a
belt). Use a white gel pen and
a rhinestone bezel to create a
necklace. Lightly rub a Tattered
Rose Distress Ink pad over the
surface of the dress and the
background to highlight the
wrinkles in the tissue paper,
giving the piece an aged look.

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Week 43

Textured Stamp Background

from Taking Flight

M a te ri a ls

7" × 7" (18cm × 18cm)
block of wood

g 3 rubber stamps
g heavy-bodied acrylic
his week, you’ll experiment with paint and stamps to add a
rich, textured appearance to your backgrounds. Be careful,
though; using stamps in your paintings can be addictive. It makes
it nearly impossible to stop into a craft store without buying a
new one every time!


paints in assorted col

g foam brush
g gesso
g paper towels
g optional: heat gun


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1. Gesso the wood surface
Use a foam brush to gesso the
surface of the wood. Allow it
to dry. If you wish, you can
use a heat gun to speed up
the process.

4. Stamp another design
and paint color
Mix or choose a coordinating
color of heavy-bodied acrylic
paint. Here, I simply added a
blue shade to my green background to create a turquoise
color in the same palette. Brush
the paint directly onto a different rubber stamp, and press it
onto your surface to transfer the

2. Paint the background
Select or mix a shade of heavybodied acrylic paint you’d like
to use as the primary background color. Use a foam brush
to apply a coat of paint to the
gessoed surface.

5. Blot the edges
Use a paper towel to blot the
edges and soften the stamp
impression. Blot until you’ve
refined the second layer of the
background to the level of texture and color you like.

3. Stamp the design into
wet paint
While the background paint
it still wet, press a stamp
firmly into the paint to make an
impression. Repeat until you’ve
created a texture you like, and
then allow the surface to dry.
(Again, you can speed this up
with a heat gun if you wish.)

6. Add a third layer of
textured stamping
Select a third stamp, brush
some more of the second color
of paint onto it and stamp it
randomly over the surface to
add yet another dimension
to the texture. Allow it to dry.
Now your beautifully textured,
stamped background is ready,
and you can go on to paint the
subject of your choice.

It’s very important to clean acrylic paint off of your
stamps immediately with water, or you will ruin your


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Incorporating paint into your mixedmedia art has never been easier or more
fun. Open up your paint box and delve
into a year of creative ideas from 45 of
your favorite artists. Whether you’ve used
paint for years or have been anxious to try
a new medium, you’ll find great
advice and ideas inside Mixed-Media
Paint Box. Each week, you’ll be guided
with step-by-step instructions through a
different project or technique that will add
instant depth and drama to your art!

g 52 projects and techniques, one for every week

of the year, to inspire a weekly dose of creativity.

g Tips, hints and suggestions from some of your

favorite authors, including Ruth Rae, Claudine
Hellmuth, Chrissie Grace, Bernie Berlin and
Margot Potter.

g Step-by-step instructions for jewelry-making,

assemblage, journaling, collage and a variety
of painting techniques to incorporate into your
own art.

Discover inspiration and new ways to
express yourself every week inside
Mixed-Media Paint Box!


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