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Mixed Media: DIY Frame Tutorial

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

Hey everyone, Raquel here with a mixed media tutorial! Raquel and mixed media you say? Ha, well, I can even surprise myself sometimes and boy it was fun! I decided to make a cute little home decor frame that I could display on my pegboard and change the image when I felt like it. Here is the result and today I am going to share with you how I made it.

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

To begin with I gathered some supplies: a frame approximately  5×7″ in size, some paint, gel medium, a stencil, watercolour paper, and a large paint brush. I was inspired by the ‘painterly’ look of some of the patterned papers in the Fancy Free collection. I wanted to replicate a dry brushed painted look on the background of the frame.

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

I used a large brush (no water) and applied the bright paint colours in horizontal and vertical strokes, drying off my brush between colours. I chose paint colours from my stash that coordinated with the collection.

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

Once I finished the painted background I dried it with a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

I then applied a layer of gel medium through a butterfly stencil to add a bit of detail without detracting from the background effect. This took quite a while to dry so I set it aside and worked on my tag to be pegged onto the string.

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

Once the background piece is dry you simply wrap it with a length of twine (I wrapped it twice) and secured it at the back in a bow.

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

To embellish the frame I made a tag from the cut apart sheet in the collection. I used the ‘happy dance’ 3×4″ card and layered a hand cut banner, punched scallop circle, and a punched butterfly. I added a small family photo to these layers too. To attach the tags and photo to the frame all you need to do is peg it all onto the string.

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

What I love about this idea is that I can change the tag and photo whenever I feel like. I could add a quote, a new photo, a series of photos etc.

Mixed Media: Frame Tutorial @raquelLbowman @pinkpaislee #pinkpaislee #ppfancyfree #diy #offthepage #scrapbooking #mixed media

I hope you have been inspired by and enjoyed this mixed media tutorial today. Thanks for visiting the Pink Paislee blog, keep checking back this week to see what the other team members have made created using mixed media!

Raquel

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