Porter’s strives to provide the best and newest in art, fabric, and craft supplies; but sometimes it is hard to know what to do with all those fun craft supplies. Which is why Porter’s likes to hold classes for employees so that all of our employees can learn and be up-to-date on all the newest crafting methods and techniques. Recently Porter’s held a class where employees learned about mixed media. Specifically, they learned how to create this cute bird and nest mixed media project.
Porter’s taught this particular craft because on National Scrapbook Day, May 4, Porter’s will be holding a mixed media class in the Rexburg and the Idaho Falls stores for anyone who is interested in participating. During the mixed media class participants will learn how to create this bird and nest project.
The class will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rexburg and Idaho Falls Porter’s Craft and Frame stores for only $5.00. There will also be door prizes and give-aways. Come and enjoy!
For those who may not be able to attend the class we have broken down the steps and taken pictures of different variations of the project for those who are interested in doing the project on their own.
Mixed Media is art for anybody and everybody, you do not have to be a great artist to create something fantastic in mixed media. You can us mixed media techniques on canvas’s or you can use them to create your own mixed media art journal. The art of Mixed Media is just as it sounds, you are using the art of mixing mediums; you can use scrapbooking supplies, fine art supplies, magazines, leftover paper, leftover ribbon, recycled paper, tissue, paint, stamps, flip-flops, and so much more. Getting ideas already? good.
Here is a list of the supplies used to create the bird and the nest mixed media project.
- Patterned Paper (your choice of color)
- Different Colored Paints
- Paint Brushes
- Die Cut Bird
- Wood Patterned Paper (For tree branch)
- Die Cut Leaves
- Old Book Paper
- Printed Words
- Mod Podge
- Heating Gun
- Molding Paste
- Different Stamping Textures (You can use bubble wrap, the bottom of a flip flop, paper towel, or anything that has a unique texture that you can stamp onto your mixed media project.)
Here are the directions for the project.
Cut the patterned paper to fit onto the canvas, do not make the paper overlap, some of the canvas should show through on
Mod Podge the canvas and adhere the paper to the canvas. To keep the paper in place Mod Podge over the paper and allow
it to dry.
Use your finger to paint the canvas with any color you like. Paint the sides of the canvas as well. (Tip: Do not try to cover every single spot of open canvas, leave a few white spots. It is also OK to get some paint on the patterned paper.)
Create some texture by using paint and stamps around the entire canvas. (Tip: Do not worry about making the stamps perfect.)
Cut out the tree limb, the bird, and the leaves.
Use Mod Podge to attach the tree limb, then add the bird and the leaves. (Tip: You can apply the bird and the leaves flat onto the canvas or you can bend them to stick away from the canvas creating a three-dimensional look.)
Make the nest using worded paper from an old book, tear the paper into long thin pieces then bend and crinkle them up. Attach the crinkled paper to the canvas using Mod Podge.
Using any color ribbon you like, cut small pieces of ribbon and attach them with Mod Podge into the nest you have made. (Tip: place the ribbon above, under, and around the crinkled paper to make it look like it has been woven into the nest.)
Create the raised heart by using molding clay and a stencil.
Allow the heart to dry, then paint if you desire.
Add words, stamps, paint drops, ribbons, jewels, writing, designs, and any other embellishments to finish off the project.
Enjoy your mixed media bird and nest project!
Here are a few variations that were done by some of the Porter’s employees.
Make your own at our mixed media class tomorrow! Hopefully we will see you there!