Scrapbooking Mixed Media – Getting Started

Oooh the joy of mixed media – gesso, gel mediums, modeling pastes, mica sprays and vibrant inks… just the thing for a cold spring day… add a few friends and a few cups of coffee and salted carmel cookies and you have a fine afternoon of crafting!

I love the look of mixed media scrapbook pages but getting started with this requires a bit of research… and learning… and supplies…  Here’s my entry for March Blue Fern sketch challenge (

MarchSketch - blue fern

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blue fern march 2014

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Here’s my Mixed Media Supply List:

Gesso – Use this to add texture to your scrapbooking page – I apply this as my first layer on the scrapbook 12″x12″ cardstock.  This will block out any color so, I use this on white 12×12 cardstock.  You can think of Gesso as a way to make your papers primed where the fibers will not pull apart.  When using mixed media inks, this is always a must have. You can also layer the Gesso so that you can get different textures.  Go slow and let each layer dry before putting on another layer to prevent paper curling.  Tip: Use a baby wipe to apply the gesso to the cardstock. Suggested Brand: Liquitex

Gel Medium – Comes in both glossy and matte.  Experiment with both and see which you like.  Use this to seal in what you have done so that you can add more layers on top and not have the layer below loose colors.  You can also use this as a glue for lightweight things such as paper, cardstock. Suggested brand: Liquitex.

Modeling Paste – Use for adding dimension with masks and stencils.  This is really fun – this is almost like a toothpaste consistency and you can use with a stencil to create really neat dimensional designs.  You can make your own using baby powder (see bottom of this blog for recipe) or purchase premade. Suggested brand: Liquitex

Faber Castell Gelatos – Use for coloring – you can do so many things with these… create shimmer sprays, color on paper, color gel mediums and modeling pastes… the sky is the limit!

Brushes – I get a lot of my brushes at the dollar store in the makeup aisle.  You can use the thinner blush brushes to apply gesso and gel mediums and you can use the eyeliner brushes to apply paints, watercolors and gelatos :).  Try an eyebrow pencil to apply modeling paste as texture.  If you have to buy brushes – use a 40% off coupon from michaels, hobby lobby or joanne fabrics to purchase.

Chipboard – oh yes you can make beautiful embellishments with the chipboard.  I recommend blue fern chipboard and then paint it, emboss on it and just let your creativity go nutty!

Lindy’s Sprays and Embossing Powders – Use for adding color to your pages and embellishments with this unique and utter beautiful inks.  Love the try me sets!  You cannot beat it for $14.50 a set!

 Stencils – To make the really cool designs on your scrapbook page with modeling paste – you are going to need a few of these… I love the stencil’s by crafter’s workshop.

Ideas – Now that you have a few supplies… here’s what you can do with them …

And if you really want to go all out… I really recommend you follow Gabrielle Pollacco’s work – amazing…

Mixed Media Recipes:

  • Homemade Smooth Texture Paste
  • 1/4 cup Talcum Powder (I used Johnson’s Baby Powder, Smells really good too!!)
  • 1 tablespoon White All purpose School Glue
  • 1 tablespoon White Acrylic Paint
  • Some Water
  • Airtight Container
  1. Combine talcum powder, glue, white paint with disposable chopsticks (or plastic spoon) in an airtight container, adding water to get it to the consistency you are looking for.
  2. You want a nice thick texture much like toothpaste.
  3. The mixture will keep perfectly for many months.
Homemade Shimmer Mists
  • Travel sized spray bottle (find at a dollar store or target)
  • Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments of any color
  • Water or 70% rubbing alcohol
  • Means of color (acrylic paint, re-inker ink, faber castell gelatos, food color, RIT dye, water color etc.)
  • Mod Podge/School Glue
  1. Fill the spray bottle about 3/4 of the way with water or rubbing alcohol (if you want to dry faster once sprayed), add about 1 tsp worth of school glue/mod podge. Add a little color (or a lot if you want it a little more saturated) and then add Pearl-Ex powder or coloring agent (ie:re-inker, gelatos) . The amount is up to you, but I find that about the equivalent of 1/8 tsp is plenty. Shake well to mix and dissolve everything.
  2. Now, remember to shake up the glimmer mist well before every use. The Pearl Ex pigments like to settle on the bottom of the bottle. If you find that you have difficulty shaking the stuff lose from the bottom, add a small marble or a very small, smooth (and clean) rock to your spray bottle. It will help with the shaking up of things!
  3. Hint: Leave out the shimmer and just use a coloring agent that does not shimmer.
The bible verse on the scrapbook page is such a beautiful one… It gives me much comfort and feeling of peace when I am having stress filled days…

Psalm 91:4 – He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;

Enjoy a new way of scrapbooking … and more importantly enjoy spring!
Marie Signature


  1. Looks like all of your research is paying off. Your page is beautiful! And doesn’t the Blue Fern Studios paper hold up well to mixed media? Just love it, and loved seeing what you created. Thanks for joining us in the March Blue Fern Studios Sketch Challenge. Blessings,

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