Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Tropical Sunset: A Mixed Media Project

I’ve used a photo I took in Aruba back in 2005 as my focal point for this project, made with the July Mixed Media Kit from Très Jolie.


 The kit came with several items from AB Studio (a chipboard panel, 2 acrylic gears, and a sheet of beautiful elements perfect for fussy cutting) as well as a package of flowers from 49 and Market and a set of alcohol inks from Ranger Ink.

While there is enough in the kit to make several projects, I decided to use them all at once to create a wall hanging large enough to display a 5” x 7” photo to full advantage.

I took an 8” x 10” canvas from my stash and covered it with black gesso to create a base.

While this was drying, I proceeded to treat the acrylic gears, using an applicator and felts, and blending solution from my own supplies.

I started dabbing the Purple Twilight on top and used the Sunset Orange in the center, followed by the Sunshine Yellow on the bottom, blending the colors as they met. I applied a bit of the mixative to the top and blended it in a bit to soften the tone. Next, I dripped a bit of the blending solution here and there to give it all a mottled effect.

I began to assemble my pieces. Using Beacon 3-in-1, I glued the acrylic gears to the canvas so that they would meet evenly in the middle. Once they were set, I attached the chipboard panel, making sure that the bottom met the edge of the canvas.

I treated the chipboard panel in the same order, then used my applicator to dab the mixative all over the piece.

 I matted my photo with a piece of black cardstock, taped it to a flat piece of chipboard and glued it down.

I used the entire package of flowers that came in the kit plus a bloom from a previous kit. To fill it out, I added a few fussy cut flowers from the Elements sheet.






***Très Jolie July Mixed Media Kit***

AB Studio – Chipboard Background #ID-23

AB Studio – Transparent Elements – Acrylic Gears #ID1

AB Studio – Elements – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Beautiful Things

49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Wildflowers – Tangerine #WF88619

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Adirondack Alcohol Inks – 3 Pack – Summit View #TAK25986

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Mixatives – Snow Cap #TAL31611



49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Vintage Shades – Yellow Cluster #VS-85991

Recollections – Cardstock Paper – 8.5 x 11 – Black #6055442

8 x 10 Canvas


***Other Mediums***

Black Gesso

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution



Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator #RTIM745

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator – Replacement Felts #RTIM844


As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.



  1. Fabulous project, Peggy! I love all your mixed media work with those alcohol inks! Great job and beautiful photo!