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Expand Your Creative Muse

Expand Your Creative Muse


Tina here today and I will be sharing how to use Printables in your mixed media projects.  I am a huge fan of PaperWhimsy printables.  The images and designs are timeless and they are perfect for all types of mixed media projects.  I hope to show you how to think beyond the page to create your own unique art.

First up is a pair of resin covered wall art pieces.



Using Printable Sheet 062, I adhered a face to the back of Quirky Topper No. 1 and No. 2. with Matte Medium.  Once dry, I applied a thin layer of Amazing Casting Products clear resin.  Once the resin cured, I added my own bit of color with metallic powder.  You can see the highlights in the dress and cheeks.

To 'encase' each image, I adhered the top and bottom of each Quirky Topper after I painted and aged each piece.  


My second project is a hanging Heart Trio that uses the Printable Sheet 043b.  I used the printable to create an easy, ready to use background.  


Using Amazing Alterables as the backbone to my art, I applied the printable with matte medium, then aged it with crackle paint and embossed stamping.  


To fulfill my vintage heart, I added vintage ribbons, lace, leather and findings to each heart.  You can really see the luscious background on each heart in these close-ups.



 To connect each heart, I added large jump rings for hanging.



My last project uses PW Printables as a focal feature.  

PaperWhimsy has many window, door, and house shaped printables, so using these as inspiration, I created a house shaped mixed media project.

I applied Printable Sheet 120b to a black wood block, shaped like a house.  I sanded the edges to give it a worn look, then sprayed it with various shades of spray mist for more color.  

I added several embellishments and findings and adhered the wood house to a scrap piece of rusted metal.  Mixed Media is great for combining all types of mediums, textures, and findings.

Next time you are looking for inspiration in a new project, don't forget to try Printables.  They can really expand your creative possibilities.



Comments on this post (3)

  • Jul 18, 2017


    Sorry for the confusion. The answer is yes – any of the images – beautiful faces or backgrounds – that PaperWhimsy sells. Ones you’d print yourself (what Tina refers to as “printables”) or ones you’d purchase already printed. Gale

    — Gale

  • Jul 16, 2017

    this may be an odd question, but when you say that you use a printable for a background. What do you mean? Is that something I can find on the Paper Whimsey site??? Do you mean a page that Gail offers for sale that we can print out ourselves?
    Thank you in advance

    — Dayle

  • Dec 12, 2016

    Superb—LOVE your work. You`ve give me so much inspiration.

    Cheers Hellen from Australia.

    — Hellen Edwards

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