Play hide and seek with an artistic photo collage

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Sue Kemnitz

As I was cleaning out my computer (to move to a new computer), I came upon my ginormous photo stash. Yikes. When did it get so out-of-control?!!?

And I remembered that in the old days, we went to the photo place and had our photos printed out. And we put them in a photo album. As in a physical, real live, photo album! (And some wise and creative peeps probably still do that!) But I simply had all recent trips on my computer.

 Check out this video tutorial as Design Team member Sue Kemnitz creates this artistic photo collage as her project. Sue takes you step-by-step through creating this creative hide and seek collage to showcase your photos. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studios Stamps. @robenmarie @suekemnitzart #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

So, I chose the highlights of our fabulous trip to Thailand in 2014, and fit as many photo images onto one 8.5x11 photo stock and printed them out. Since I have an inkjet printer, I also sprayed them with a varnish to protect them as I did the project. 



I laid them out and used Roben-Marie’s Art Pops™ and stamps to enhance the selection. And voila! Something I can trim out of my sketchbook and hang on the wall. A super fun remembrance of our trip to Thailand in 2014!

have fun creating your own photo collage!

Going Deeper...

Is there an aspect of mixed-media art that you always avoid? Why? 

Ha! Anything black! It might stem from my watercolor days when it was taboo in a “good” watercolor. Or it might be a little wishy-washy about deciding on darks. But it’s true! And that’s why I like stamps. I can stamp them on a sheet and decide which fun darks to add without pressure.

What creative tool/supply are you obsessed with right now? 

I’d have to say my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks. I carry them everywhere with my (smallish) sketchbook and can pull them and my water brush out to color. Anywhere. They’ve been a life-changer for my #the100dayproject as they are small enough to travel with.


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Altered Calendar, The Mixed Media Way

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Kristin Peterson

The inspiration behind my calendar is really the Art Pops™ Sticker Tape. I bought the brown paper bag calendar at Target and was hoping to be able to paint the months. When I started with January, I looked at the Art Pops™ Sticker Tape, and thought to myself, "I am going to use the sticker tape to create each month on this calendar."

 Check out this video tutorial as Design Team member Kristin Peterson creates this gorgeous mixed media altered calendar as her project. Krisitin takes you step-by-step through creating this textured calendar which would make the perfect addition to your desktop. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studios Stamps. @robenmarie @alteredstatestudio #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

For each month I have used a different piece of tape from the Woodland Art Pops™ Collection. I love how the tape offers a starting point for color selection, is easy to work with and nice to blend into each month.

I added gesso to each page so my paint would sit nicely on top of the paper instead of soaking in. This step has been important. The other key thing has been keeping it relatively simply by only picking a couple of colors from the tape to work with.


I have been working each month at a time which has been low stress and a project I have looked forward to as we continue to move through this year. I hope you enjoyed the video and watching my process. Thank you!!

xo. Kristin

have fun creating your own altered calendar!


Going Deeper...

Is there an aspect of mixed-media art that you always avoid? Why? 

When it comes to the aspect of mixed media art, I really can't say that there is an aspect that I would always avoid. I like to think of myself as a reactive, problem-solver artist; so I am aware of the "rules" and will definitely push the boundaries of any art rules and sometimes the results are not good. But, I enjoy the process of fixing whatever issue I may have created and I am certainly willing to keep working a piece until I am happy with it. Tweet That!

What creative tool/supply are you obsessed with right now? 

My current creative tool obsession right now as silly as this sounds, has been using the black ink pen. I love the marks it makes, the contrast it brings back to my piece, and if I spray with a spritz of alcohol, I like how the ink will bleed a bit into my piece.


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Vintage Vibe Tag Book Tutorial

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Cindy Gilstrap

I love making books and especially small books. As I was cleaning up my art table one day I picked up some tags to put away and had an immediate idea to make a book with them. I didn’t get to make the book that day and went ahead and put them away. When it was time to do my project for Roben-Marie I immediately thought of the tags and combining them with Art Pops to make a small tag book. Sometimes inspiration can come from the simplest of things like cleaning off your art table.

 Check out this video tutorial as Design Team member Cindy Gilstrap creates this beautiful vintage style tag book as her project. Cindy takes you step-by-step through creating this gorgeous tag book with a real vintage flair to them. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studios Stamps. @robenmarie @junqueart #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

Combining new and vintage elements is one of my favorite ways to work so as I was gathering supplies for this project I made sure to pull out some vintage papers and a vintage milk cap that I knew I could use somehow. When I started working I didn’t have a set plan I just knew what supplies I would be using. I often start creating without a plan. When I work this way I find it’s helpful to limit myself and pull out supplies that inspire me and stick with just those supplies.



When working with vintage items don’t be afraid to combine them with bright colors. I love the contrast between the two and it can often give an unexpected look. Look for vintage items with fun graphics on them to add interest to your art.

Roben-Marie’s Art Pop collections make such a great jumping off point for this tag book. By adding just a few layers to the tags and Art Pops it made a quick and easy art book. This project would make a great little quote book, photo book, or just a place to play with new techniques. Thanks so much for being here and I hope you enjoyed the project.

Going Deeper...

Is there an aspect of mixed-media art that you always avoid? Why? 

Perfectionism. After creating in art journals for several years there was something that was bothering me about what I was creating. I finally realized I was trying make things too perfect and worrying about how it looked. When I started looking at my art journals as just a place to play and explore they became fun! They became my playground! Perfectionism in art can be paralyzing. So when I find myself worrying about things being perfect I pull out one of my art journals and loosen up!

What creative tool/supply are you obsessed with right now? 

I am in love with the Stabilo Woody pencils! They are versatile since they can be used dry or wet. I love the crayon looking scribble marks you can make with them but I also love that you can get a watercolor look. You can see me using a few of the pencils in this project.


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Be inspired by these easy to make mini diptych canvases

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Torrie Gass

Sometimes I just need to get my art out of my art journals and on to some canvas. However, a larger canvas can be a bit intimidating to start on! Even an 8" x 10" one can seem daunting if canvas painting is new. I found these adorable 4" x 4" canvases at my local art store and knew they were perfect for a fun project. I've always wanted to try diptych art or triptych art and these little canvases were the perfect place to start.

 Check out this video tutorial as Design Team member Torrie Gass creates these beautiful diptych canvases as her project. Torrie takes you step-by-step through creating these colorful mini canvases. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studios Stamps. @robenmarie @foxandhazel #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I created both of these paintings side by side as if they were one piece. I think this helps continue the flow from one piece to the other to ensure they are in harmony with one another. I knew I wanted to include some Art Pops™ Stickers and some stamping for a really layered feel. I've been hung up on this combination of blues and pinks together for a while now, so I ran with it!



This diptych art took me all of 30 minutes to complete! What a great project for an afternoon when you have a few minutes. These would make a great gift or to display yourself. If you have 30-60 minutes, then give it a go!

have fun creating your own mini canvases!

Going Deeper...

Is there an aspect of mixed-media art that you always avoid? Why? 

I don't do a lot of collage or layering of papers in my work. I'll add some papers, but I generally don't like having too much bulk to my work. I prefer to add layers with paints and other mediums. I think I find the papers and bits of string and such too much, which is funny coming from me. I also really like a more watery look to my work, which means I use water often with my paints and pens. That doesn't typically play too well with lots of papers and bits on there.

What creative tool/supply are you obsessed with right now? 

I am totally ga-ga for all my pencils, markers and pens right now! I find myself reaching for them more & more lately over my paints. It's exciting to be drawing and making marks in new ways. 


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Layered and stitched inspiration art cards video tutorial

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Kristi Nazzaro

These inspirational cards are truly a work of heART for me. I like to surround myself with positivity. This is reflective in the company I keep and the positive messages in my art. Often we need to encourage ourselves and be our own best cheerleaders.

 Check out this video tutorial as Design Team member Kristi Nazzaro creates these beautiful layered and stitched inspiration cards as her project. Krisit takes you step-by-step through creating these beautiful cards perfect for reminding us to be our own cheerleaders. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studios Stamps. @robenmarie @soulpositiveweb #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

For this project I decided to make a small set of inspirational cards to be used in my art journals. These would also make a perfect little tuck in as a gift for a friend or family member. 

The Art Pops™ cards are beautiful on their own and provide such a stunning background for this project. With minimal add on’s such as stamps, stencils, stickers and marks - the foundation for the positive messages has been set. I am so obsessed with torn bits of fabric that I find this element makes its way into 90% of my projects. 

I chose messages that were personal to me; phrases that would remind me that this is a creative journey - not a race. As an artist it’s so easy to fall into a routine of comparing myself to others. These cards were a small reminder that I am exactly where I am supposed to be on my journey. 

have fun creating your own inspiration cards!

Going Deeper...

Is there an aspect of mixed-media art that you always avoid? Why? 

I avoid faces. I have no confidence in my ability to draw faces. I am in awe of other artists who draw beautiful faces or even whimsical faces. I avoid this at all costs. I’d love to one day be able to create faces that are unique to my style. But for now, I always find a way to go in another direction artistically. 

What creative tool/supply are you obsessed with right now? 

I am currently 100% addicted to Dina Wakley’s Scribble Sticks. They are so easy to use and I find that I am adding them to my journals daily. 


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