Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mixed Media Ephemera Tutorial Using Unique Laser Design's Daisies Wood Embellishments!

Mixed media ephemera is a wonderful way to leverage your own artwork in your planner, art journal, and/or mail art. These "POPS" of color are not only fun to make, they also add interest & texture to any project. 

For this ephemera, I wanted to use a fall/autumn color pallette. However, I didn't want to use strictly traditional fall colors. So, I headed over to Pinterest for some inspiration. This fall/autumn color pallette below struck me immediately! I just love the untraditional aqua, purple, & gray/taupe coupled with the more traditional maroon, orange, & brown.

Grab your Gelli plate (Note: The back of a clear cutting board works GREAT if you don't have a Gelli plate) and acrylic paint from your stash to match our selected fall/autumn color pallete! Let's get this party started:

Add several random drops of the 
lavender & aqua paint to your Gelli plate.

Use a brayer or an old credit card/gift 
card to GENTLY blend the acrylic paint 
across the surface of your Gelli plate. 
Place several leaves on top of the 
acrylic paint to create natural 
printmaking stencils.
Place a piece of mixed media paper on 
top of the acrylic paint & leaves. Use your
 brayer or fingers to press the mixed media 
paper on top of the leaves
& acrylic paint. Be sure to press FIRMLY 

and cover the ENTIRE piece of paper.

Printmaking using acrylic paint & leaves.

Use Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Shine
 and your favorite leaf 
stencil to create spray ink prints. 
This super cute hot glue stencil was a gift from a friend.

Printmaking using Heidi Swapp Color
 Shine & a homemade hot glue stencil.

Select several collage pieces from your 
stash that match the fall color pallete.
I have selected a printed napkin, 
paint swatches, vintage music sheet, 
& textured cardstock.

Adhere random bits of your collage
 pieces to your background
with Uhu glue or matte medium.

Use archival ink and a script stamp set 
to randomly add another
layer of color to your background.

Paint gesso around the edges of the
 collage pieces to give your
background a more cohesive look.

Randomly add bits of coordinating 
washi tape to the background.

Use orange acrylic paint and bubble wrap 
to add another layer of
color & texture to your background.

Randomly add more bits of washi tape to the background.

Randomly stamp PARTIAL flowers all over the background using black archival ink.
 I used this floral background stamp
 by Dylusions.

Add details to the bubble wrap print by outlining the circles with a black Inktense pencil & 
white Uni-ball Signo pen.

Randomly add groups of outlined black dots to your background using a Black Pitt Pen 
marker & black Uni-ball Signo pen.

Brush the entire background surface with
 gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spray Ink.

Randomly 'flick" aqua acrylic paint all over the background with a toothbrush.

Use a punch or die cutting machine
 to create shapes in your 
 mixed media background.
I used a 2" inch circle punch.
Distress the edges of all the circles with
 black archival ink.

Adhere Unique Laser Design's wood daisies 
to the punched circles with hot glue.

Adhere a rhinestone 'blingie' to the 
ULD wood daisies with hot glue and outline 
the flowers with a black Uni-ball Signo pen.

Each piece of mixed media ephemera is UNIQUE!!!

Add these yummy bits to your art journal layout,
 planner, and/or mail art.
I hope you enjoyed this mixed media ephemera tutorial! See ya next time!



  1. Shelley this is an absolute awesome post! I love the ephemera you created and your layering techniques. Your artwork continues to be knock out amazing!!

    1. Kisha, THANK YOU! YOU are the "QUEEN" of yummy layers so your kindness blesses me so much. Sending all that love right back to ya! XOXO

  2. Very cool ! I love how you show exactly how you create it - awesome !

    1. Thanks a million, Shilo! SO much FREEDOM with this technique. Your AWESOME product make it easy. Super fun to work with!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Wow what a great tutorial too!

    1. Hi Laura! Thanks so much, lady! You made my day! :D

  4. Fantastic mixed media project! WTG!!!!!!

    1. Thank you, thank you, Rachelle! Happy Birthday!!!!