“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Helen Keller gave us this incredible challenge to live fearlessly. It usually has to be learned and continually practiced.

We live in a world that thrives on fear. Being daring at your art table is a great START SOMEWHERE!

Today’s project was looking pretty dismally boring midway but awakened as the layers progressed.

That’s a beautiful thing about mixed media — there are really no disasters!

Here’s what I used today:

Scribble Sticks look like a crayon but are different in that they contain no wax.  

They are water-soluble, highly pigmented sticks that, so far, don’t appear to be crumbly or grainy.  As with most art supplies, there is no absolute “wrong way” to use them and they can be applied dry and then moistened, they can be dipped in water (my favorite mode!), or the paper can be moistened before they are applied.  

In my category of “would travel well,” I keep them in my Art-To-Go bag with a few other supplies.

Click here to find out how to create your own Art-To-Go bag simply from an $11 Rigger’s Bag.  I’m going to try scribble sticks in my journaling Bible on our next road trip.

Here’s the drill for this daring mixed-media adventure:

  1. Crinkle up the tissue paper.
  2. With gloved hands, spread out matte medium and press tissue into it, enhancing crinkles where possible.
  3. Gently remove excess matte medium and spread gesso over this to slightly obscure the pattern.  You may need to remove some of the gesso too with a paper towel. It is easy to overdo it!
  4. When this is thoroughly dry, arrange your stencil and apply molding paste through the stencil.  This will need a couple of hours of drying time.
  5. I would take a different approach from the video at this point.  With sponge applicator or with the ink pad flat, apply black ink to the raised areas of the stencil.  Because this ink is “archival,” it should not smear once it is dry even when wet paint is applied around it.  
  6. Apply color with scribble sticks in any manner you choose.  Try all the methods of application to see what you like!
  7. Spray with glimmer mist and enhance with archival ink.
  8. Write a note, address, stamp, mail, and smile!  Not only have you positively boosted your own immunity, you’ve also enhanced that of the recipient.

Thank for joining me today!

START SOMEWHERE finding joy in your life.  You can do it. I will help you!

Mix Media Snail Mail with Scribble Sticks