Saturday, 12 August 2017

"Mini Watercolour Booklet" using the Artified Mixed Media Kit.

Hi everyone Michelle back with a little tutorial using the fabulous Watercolour Mixed Media Kit for August. This kit is an awesome idea if you are just starting out with Mixed media or if you wish to add to your stash. The kit can be used on its own or in combination with any other supplies you have.

Today I will show you how to make a mini book using just the supplies in the kit alone.
I have also made more embellished little gems using bits and pieces from my stash just to give you all an idea of what you can create with this technique and kit as a base.
I did have plans to prepare a process video for you all but I had a few technical issues (I am not really tech savvy....sorry), so that is now delayed, but it will happen I promise!
So as a plan B i took some quick pics with my phone so I apologise for the quality but I am sure you will all get the idea!
Here is what I created with just the kit:

 The front and back covers.
The pages inside.

So what are we waiting for lets get started!

  • First, I wet the watercolour paper using a spray bottle and activated the watercolours I wanted to use. Then using the water brush I splashed away all over the page and watched the magic of watercolours happen, adding water where I wanted the colour to move. Just be careful to use colours that do not create mud ie: colours opposite each other on the colour wheel. 

  • While the page is still wet I used the Gold Marabu Spray (which is just a must have in your stash.....just sayin') using the sprayer from the bottle and also actual spraying. This gives the page a gorgeous shine and mixes with the watercolours brilliantly and also in a beautiful random manner.

  • Once dry I activated the black watercolour and splashed it around the page once again using the water brush. Then dry completely.

  •  Next I used the stamp with a Black Stazon ink pad randomly across the entire page. It looks very busy at this stage but never fear, in small pieces the book will look awesome! 

  • Now to the folding of the book, I shall do my best to explain. With the "patterned" side down fold the paper in half width ways, be sure to really make each fold edge to edge, and make the fold flat by rubbing a hard edge across it, like the handle of scissors or a metal ruler.

  • Take the open top and fold to the folded edge then turn over and do the same with the other side.

  •  You end up with a page that is a "W".

  • Now fold the page in half lengthwise, now you have one page folded so that it is sectioned into eighths. 


  • Refold the page in half following the width ways fold line.
  •  Then cut the page from the folded edge to the centre, so that you now have a cut in the centre of your page when you flatten it out. 
  • Now to fold the book! Fold the page lengthways then move the ends towards each other to make a star shape

  •  Then fold into the book, easy peasy!


  •  The book is now ready to decorate and look how fabulous all the colour looks!


  •  You can glue the pages into place or use washi tape to seal them together and make it decorative.

Page 2

Last page

Back cover

  • I ripped the vintage book page supplied and used it throughout the book as the start of embellishing the book pages and to form a spine. 


  •  Now time to play with the Stencil. I used the Ink pad and a make up sponge to decorate throughout and on the covers.


And we are done! You can make these books as detailed as you like or as simple as you please, and the best part? No sewing and using only one sheet of paper!

Here are few others I have made using the kit as a basic kit and adding my stash to get a few different looks.


Well that is about it from me for this month, head over to the Artified shop and get yourself a kit and have a play!
And why not show us what you have created with your kit on the new Facebook site
  "Artified's Mixed Media Creations Hub" would love to see what you do!
Till next time my Lovelies, 

Michelle xxx