Your FAVORITES and not so favorite!!

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  1. Li Li Wee

    Li Li Wee I create my imagination

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    Hello everyone!!! Today I just want talk about mixed media supplies/elements/ephemera..
    What are the supplies that you MUST have on your layout when you create a mixed media/AJ page?Are there any supplies that you hardly use for a particular reason?

    Ok.. Let me share mine :
    I love love love love love GESSO!! Even as an artist who paints and draw, gesso is my must have before I do anything else. I enjoy using gesso to add texture on my page. I know some of you are not familiar with what gesso is. Here are a few examples :

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    My second must have are paints. The messier they are the better!!! LOL!!
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    My final must have are those crazy, wonky, messed up scribbles/doodles.
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    OF COURSE I HAVE MANY MORE FAVOURITES but the above are MY MUST HAVE!! :)

    Ok, now let's go to my least used supplies .. Not that I don't like them but I just fear using it the wrong way. I hardly use EPHEMERA. I see it all the time, I love the vintage ones but I kinda stay away from it. Maybe because in real life, I don't use it when I'm creating. I just use paints, gesso, I scribble, I draw on my paintings. Therefore, for those who knows me well .. you will know that my pages are normally quite flat like a painting. I think I will need to explore playing with EPHEMERA more.

    That's it!! Do share with me what are your favorite supplies (let's make it 3 ) and not so favorite?














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  2. Lindzee

    Lindzee Aging gracefully

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    Paints. Definitely Paint. But for me everything is really paint in some form or another. I love using a paint mask with a printed paper, then reducing the opacity to paint like consistency.
     
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  3. Cath_

    Cath_ In my polka dot dress and apron

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    odd i don't like paint
     
  4. cfile

    cfile My bags are packed for Platform 9 3/4

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    I like paints, brushes, gesso, scribbles, doodles, epherma etc all depending on what I am making. I don't use a lot of alphas as I would rather use fonts, but what I really am not thrilled with is journal cards. I rarely use them and if I do, I change it as often as I can to word art by changing blend modes to make the card disappear. I am a blender so I like pretty much most things ... Templates drive me batty as I know I can change them up but find they limit my creativity.
     
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  5. Li Li Wee

    Li Li Wee I create my imagination

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    Is there a reason why you don't like it?
     
  6. Li Li Wee

    Li Li Wee I create my imagination

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    LOL!! tell me about it!! I think I have been scrapping for 5 years now, I have used templates less than 10 times.. It just drives me nuts
     
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  7. scrappyjedi

    scrappyjedi Patience you must have, my young padawan

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    I love to use paint, gesso, scribbles/doodles, word art (oh, the word art!) on pretty much all of my layouts. Digital paint was kind of a life-changer for me. I had always wanted to have more paint on my paper pages, but it never turned out very well. With digital paint I can add, delete, rotate, and layer without having to worry about ruining the entire page with something that can't be undone.

    I LOVE the look of ephemera and will admit to buying some packs (I'm looking at your gorgeous section of the shop @paula kesselring!) just to be able to scroll through and view the pretties from time to time. :blush (I have a pretty good little collection of vintage paper goods, so it's kind of like a digital counterpart to that.) I have a hard time making it look right to me on my pages, though, probably because I don't really do a ton of art journaling and use AJ supplies on regular scrapbook pages instead. But I love it all the same. :)

    Like @cfile I don't use a lot of alphas, but that's mainly because I gravitate toward word art for titles. It can take me forever to come up with a title, and word art is my not-so-secret weapon! As with ephemera, it's not that I don't like alphas, I just have something else that I often use in their place.
     
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  8. Lynne-Marie

    Lynne-Marie Lynne-Marie

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    Funny thing… I have a TON of templates and alphas in my digi-stash, but I NEVER use them!!! I like how they look on previews and pages, but… well, I guess I'm too lazy and impulsive… lol!

    My absolute go to products are ALWAYS paint and word art. In fact, if I had nothing else, I could make a page with just those two items and a plain white background! The other thing that I swoon over is creative backgrounds. If I was to draw your attention to one product that could easily be overlooked, it's this one. I absolutely LOVED working with these and have used several on my pages. I guess it's the rebel in me, always wanting to do things differently! lol!

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    And here are three pages I made using these frames/ backgrounds:

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  9. Li Li Wee

    Li Li Wee I create my imagination

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    OMG!! I love those FRAMES!! OK!! I'M GONNA CHECK IT OUT NOW!! BTW!! I love ALL OF THE LO ABOVE!!
     
  10. Li Li Wee

    Li Li Wee I create my imagination

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    LOL!! With digital nothing can go wrong right?.. flip it, blend it, shrink it.. you can go anything with it
     
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  11. Li Li Wee

    Li Li Wee I create my imagination

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    I'm not sure why I hardly use paint mask.. Now that you mentioned this element, I think I dislike using stuff where I have to clip stuff on it.. That is why I don't do templates..
     
  12. n33

    n33 Well-Known Member

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    Ephemera is fun. I tend blend it, or use the wand or lasso tool, whatever wand selects on the low-ish setting, I paste/blend in (I do the same for backgrounds too). Sometimes it turns out very subtle, but nice way to add texture. I like brushes and overlays, they are so versatile.
     
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  13. Ga_L

    Ga_L CT - Lynne-Marie

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    I love paint, gesso, big quotes and for me they are a must on a page.
    there is an other product I love but very difficult to use, for me ephera. I don't know why it's always difficult. so I challenge me to use them sometimes...

    oh, I forget... an other must have... templates !!!! but with art journal pages I don't often use them... yes, you can say that I'm crazy... a crazy french... lol
     
  14. BevG

    BevG If I can't remember it, it didn't happen

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    I love templates for regular scrapping but rarely use them for AJ. Those are two separate styles in my head, although they are starting to blend.

    Love: paper (with paint, art, watercolor, gesso, rips, etc. already on it), unique items (especially around a theme), word art

    Like less: Ephemera - I don't know what to do with them as rarely do I see a connection to what else is on the page. For example, bingo numbers or cards, unless I am doing a Bingo page, what would I use them for? Although I did use them recently on the page with the photo of my daughter's very messy room.
    Alphas - if they are ordinary. Now give me brush stroke, scribbled, or sort of transparent ones that look rubbed on and I will use those.
     
  15. Cath_

    Cath_ In my polka dot dress and apron

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    it is wrong colors then i want it to be
    i also no like templates
     
  16. carilyne

    carilyne It's only impossible if you think it is

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    Paint, word art, transfers (haven't used many in art journaling) and ephemera.
    Starting to use gesso, but still not sure how it's used in "real life" so I don't know how to make it look real.
     
  17. Li Li Wee

    Li Li Wee I create my imagination

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    Interesting. I would love to see how this is done.
     
  18. klee73010

    klee73010 I might have a thing for drummers

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    Gesso/paint are #1, scribbles/doodles very close 2nd. Stitches are also in there, maybe tied with doodles. On AJ pages, I love big balled up messes of stitching, or else circled/off-kilter stitching. None of that "straight line" business. Haha.

    I do not tend to use ephemera very often, if I do, it's for stacking behind to try to add layers/depth.

    Templates... I like blendy messy templates, like LBW's for recent month's M3 add ons... but only if I am a using a picture on an AJ page. If no picture, I don't usually use a template for AJ.

    I prefer alpha brushes to regular alphas in my AJ pages usually, if at all.

    I don't usually use a lot of dimensional elements in my AJ pages. Sometimes, but not a lot. They just don't seem to "go" as well.

    I don't use dolls. I mean to, but never try. I am intimidated by the doll girls and faces so much, and I'm not sure why. LOVE them on other pages... terrified to use them myself.

    Oh and those vintage ladies/figures? Nope. The ones that are like... cut out of older magazines (at least it seems that way to me). They remind me of '50s or something, and I have no desire to scrap with them! Too eclectic for me!
     
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  19. wombat146

    wombat146 Check out my kilt! And my turret!

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    yep, another paint and gesso girls here :) love using BIG photos with lots of paint!! some types of scribble as well, like the loopy loop type ones :) I don't use alpha at all........in most cases when I purchase kits I don't even download the alpha as it takes up too much of my precious limited internet data......... I will download if it is something really quirky but most times not. same as Christa in regards to journal cards........ sometimes I don't download those either :) I like ephemera and sometimes will blend it into the background or do other stuff to it, and with templates I am hopeless! lol! when I am using a template for a CT page or a challenge page I have to be very very careful that I don't change itthat much that its totally unrecognisable from the original! lol!! I love creating my own art from scratch :)
     
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  20. mimisgirl

    mimisgirl It's all about ME!

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    OOHhh, this is hard for me because it so depends on the day, my mood, my inspiration blah blah blah - I love to experiment too, so I tend to try new stuff - even if it does not work. I am a lot like you LiLi - paint, gesso, scribbles - LOVE them - have to have them - hand written word art and quotes - SWOON! Stitching or tape and other fasteners - ALWAYS! I like to add things like postage stamps, or ribbons and flowers here and there because I LOVE texture - I have a hard time leaving a page flat. I don't like to use templates for AJ - unless it is in building the background- that I can do. I find that the style of template is important - some I have no problem using at all, others, I just can't make work for the life of me - in the latter case I usually turn off most of the layers and then have an easier time. Alphas I am picky with - most alphas I don't use - but hand written or hand painted ones - or really unique ones - I use all the time. I also like fonts a lot! so there is that. I don't usually use the cards in AJ - but I use them on my App for PL - so I go ahead and get them for that - sometimes i take elements - like word art - from the card and use on my AJ - that is always fun!
     
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