Thursday, 2 February 2017

Mixed Media Striking Beauty

Hi friends and visitors! 
It's February already and it's time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils!
Our lovely Rachel is hostessing the challenge this month and she has choosen the theme 'Texture, Crackle and Paint'.
This is how she describes her challenge theme:

This month I would love to see what you come up with using texture, crackle and paint! Anything goes using stamps and/or stencils - make it mixed media please. Can't wait to get started - hope you'll join us!


This is such a wonderful theme and I decided to pull out my handmade art journal, my Golden heavy body acrylic paints and my hand carved stamp to create an art journal spread.
This is what I came up with.

I started with applying some ephemera bits and pieces and a coat of gesso on top of it. Then I continued with some intuitive painting using my Golden heavy body acrylic paints diluted with a bit of water. I stamped the image using my hand carved stamp onto the tissue paper on both sides to achieve a random look. I used black Archival ink. Then I glued down my stamped tissue paper using my Golden matte medium.  
For more texture I used my Dina Wakley stencil and my Amsterdam fluo paints. 
I cut out some circles out of an old book paper and covered them with Distress Crackle paint in Clear Rock Candy since I wanted to get a shiny crackled look. Then I used my Dylusions inks on top.  I hope you can see those tiny crackles.

For more dimension, I used some scrap pieces of paper and attached them using the tiny attacher. Then I stamped the quote using one of Dina Wakley's stamps.

I love to add some dripps so I decided to use my handmade high flow paint onto my page.

I hope you like my art journal spread as much as I do. I also hope that I have inspired you to create a mixed media piece with some texture, crackle and paint and to join in our challenge at Stamps and Stencils this month.


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!

Hugs! Branka xx



  1. Branka, I've said before and I'll say it again--no one does bright colors like you and makes them look so gorgeous! I can't believe you carved your own stamps! Those images look amazing! I love the nail heads in the bold colors, too! You rocked this challenge! sending hugs!

  2. This is absolutely amazing, Branka!! Wow!! The colors are spectacular!! I love the layers and design!! That face is fabulous and I love the paint drips!! It is so, so stunning my friend!! I couldn't make something this gorgeous if I tried!! I love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Loving your fusion of colours and different mediums Branka, hand carved stamp as! As your page says very striking! Fabulous intuitive painting! Hugs Ruth xx

  4. Wow Branka, the hand carved stamp is fantastic, you are so clever! I love the beautiful colours on your journal spread and those drips are brilliant. Love this! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Lovely vibrant colors and your hand made stamps have done well on this page!Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhed's Creative Spirit this month, Good Luck. Rupa

  6. So beautiful Branka! I've been following all of your wonderful pages on Facebook and Instagram, and you are really doing some amazing work! You always use such cheery palettes and mix the most brilliant colours to light up the room! I love the face profiles in the centre, a lovely design element! Thinking of you and sending hugs :)

  7. bright and beautiful Branka - I love your journal pages - so fabulous! Big hugs rachel x

  8. Beautiful, bold, bright journalling, Branka - I love these pages! Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  9. Oh I do love me some crackle! Fab pages Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  10. Fabulous project! Thanks so much for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this month
    Claire xx

  11. So cheerful and fantabulous! That is so amazeballs that you carved your own stamp! How cool is that! I absolutely hands down now to you and your use of vibrant colors! Nobody compares. So much texture and everything flows together smoothly. Those drips are spectacular! Hugz to you muffin!

  12. Gorgeous layers and colours Branka and love your hand carved stamp! Deb xo

  13. I don't know how I missed this post??? Your colors and design are so beautiful Branka. Nobody can used the vibrant colors as good as you do!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  14. Beautiful, love the colors!!! Thank you so much for joining us at Altered Eclectics.
    Arlette DT