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11 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. MMM INTRO

    • 2. SUPPLIES

    • 3. PAINT & PALETTE

    • 4. Preparing our background


    • 6. PAINTING

    • 7. OUR MANTRA

    • 8. PAINTING PART 2

    • 9. MARK MAKING


    • 11. MMM OUTRO

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Everyone needs a creative outlet, whether it is art, music, cooking or journaling.  Whatever you do to shake loose the pressures of life is vitally important! 

In this class we will shake things up with learning about paint, tools, collage and more while we create a bright and vibrant background to proudly display a MANTRA that will inspire and encourage us everyday!


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Tara Mercer

Mixed Media Artist


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1. MMM INTRO: Hi there. My name is Terry Mercer, and I'm a mixed media artist living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I've have a background in a variety of different mediums, but my love for mixed media grows stronger every day. Three idea of not having any rules and I can try whatever I want and move on to the next doesn't work. It doesn't work. But, you know, a lot of times it does work that makes my heart sing. So I have created a class that hopefully will help your sing to so taking a mantra or a meaning of something that's special to you and putting it together with a break vibrant background. Hopefully, we'll encourage you and make you smile on a regular basis. This project today is I've done on a piece of paper to put into my journal, but you could easily do this on a campus to hang in your studio for your daily encouragement. So I hope you'll join me for mixed media mantra as where we will talk about tools and paint , talk about tips and tricks that I've learned over the years that work for me and hopefully will work for you. And I hope we're gonna have some messy fun. So please keep watching 2. SUPPLIES: welcome to mixed media mantra as Let's talk about the supplies and tools that we're gonna need for today's project, we're going to start with a pencil and eraser. This happens to be a to be. Then we have a couple of different permanent black markers. The key is permanent. We don't want them to run later when we add layers on top. We have a black and white paint pen. We're gonna need to use a paintbrush and a palette knife. I also have a gift card scraper. No, a pair of scissors, some double sided tape and a makeup sponge. There's some sticky tack that we're gonna use to stick our paper down to our board. We're gonna use a variety of different paints that we'll talk about in the next lesson. We're also gonna need to use some Jess Oh, to prepare surface and some gloss gel to put down or collage. We're going to use book pages for our collage. We're going to add some stencils later for details. We're going to be working on computer paper for our mantra and £110 card stock for our page, and then our book is just a regular old journal that we're going to put her page into when we're done, and then we're gonna be working on a rigid surface or just this happens to be just a canvass board that I picked up my dollar store and I just left the plastic on. We have baby wipes for clean up, and then we also have our jar of water so that we have somewhere for our paintbrush because you don't want your krilic to dry in your paintbrush. 3. PAINT & PALETTE: Let's talk about our glue or what we're going to use today. Gloss gel medium. This brand happens to be liquid tex, but any of them will do. And what I want from this is I want a waterproof glue that when this dries, it will dry, clear and shiny and permanent. I don't have to worry about anything moving underneath. Once this layer is dry, mod podge is another good one that will work. You just want to stay away from anything like a school glue or something that's that's gonna move afterward. Let's talk about paint. This one here is a craft occur lick that I found at my local dollar store. Nothing fancy about it. It's more of a fluid acrylic. It goes on smooth. The biggest thing with this, though, is that there isn't a huge amount of pigment in it, so you might need two or three layers. Next to that we have our student great acrylics. These are liquid tex basics, which are one of my favorite brands. It's nice and creamy. I can paint with my fingers, which is my preferred method of painting the mix well together, and they're fairly inexpensive from there, we can go on to a soft body acrylic paint, which this one would be an artist. Grade. And the biggest difference between this and our student great paint is that this soft body has much more pigment in it, so it's gonna have more of a vibrant color to it. I use the basics all the time, and I don't find a huge difference between the two. But it's a complete personal preferences to what you want and what you're in and result is and what you're trying to achieve. Next, you can move into heavy body paint, and this is really great If you're wanting to see your brush strokes haven't passed a look . See some lumps and bumps of paint on your finished project. I don't use it very often, simply because it doesn't seem to work very well for me for finger painting. If I'm going to use heavy body, it's always with the brush, and it's on usually on canvas. Very rarely do I use it in my journal on my journal pages. From there, you can move into ah, fluid paint. This one happens to be golden, but there's lots of other brands out there that are making fluid paint. This will have the same heavy pigment as the soft body or the heavy body. But the nice thing about this paint is that it's very fluid. It's much more like cream, and it is great for smooth finishes and accenting and going one step further from that one . You can go into a high flow, and high flow is much more like ink. It's a very pigmented, and it's very runny. Brie Lee almost like water. I tend to use thes the fluid and the high flow for accents. Usually I don't do a lot of full paintings with, um because they just don't give me the finish that I What that I want, but it all depends on the project that you're you're doing. So now, as for all of these paints, it all depends on what purpose, Like what your end result is, if you're just doing a journal page like we're doing today, the Leicester expensive student grade paints are great. If you're doing a big piece that you want to hopefully send to a gallery or sell someday, that's when I would highly recommend you use the the artist grade paints just for the pigment load. The price and the quality of them make for a really nice finish piece for today's palette. I'm using primarily warm colors to do my background. The reason for this is that because they're all in the same color family or they're all warm colors, they will mix well together. I don't have to worry about the making mud, and I want a nice break fiber background. Some mud isn't quite what I'm going for after when these colors air dry. I will then add in my cool colors as my contrast and my pop colors. Little bit goes a long way, but it makes such a big difference. And for me, I prefer I'm like to make sure that I have both warm colors and cool colors on every piece . Accenting with at the end towards the end, with some black and white will help all of these colors pop even more 4. Preparing our background: moving on. From there, we can talk about prayer preparing our surface so paper is very porous. And if we were to just put paint on top, it would most definitely just get sucked into the paper and not move the way we wanted to while using a whole bunch of product that we don't necessarily want to use. That's where Jessel comes in. Just so is your primer to get that nice, smooth surface and have something that the paint will behave itself on. So what we're gonna do to prepare our surfaces we're just gonna take are just so and that gift card scraper that we talked about at the beginning. And I'm just going to squeeze on a little bit of Jess. Oh, and I'm just going to scrape it on reason. I'm scraping it on as opposed to using a prank paintbrushes, because I want a nice, thin, thin layer, and I tend to be a little heavy handed with a paint brush. So I like Teoh. Thin it out to save product and mostly because it drives so much quicker now because this is the back page of our peace. I'm not too worried about it being perfectly to the edges. And the reason that I just on the back side as well is because I find I have more success if I do the same to both sides. So I'm gonna let this dry for a second again because it's so thin. I don't need Teoh. I don't mean it doesn't need to be perfectly dry once it's fairly dry. We want to flip the paper over, and we're going to do the same thing to the other side a little bit of Jess. Oh, and our credit card scraper. And we're just gonna put on another thin layer of gesso. This time, though, I'm really making sure that I get to the edges because I don't want the paint to find any dry spots that the Jessel missed because it will react differently than everything else does. Now that our pages dry and ready to be painted on, let's flip it back over so that backside is up and this is where our sticky tack comes in. So we're just gonna take a thin layer of that. We're gonna stick it in each of the four corners, and I do this because I don't want any tape or anything on the front side of my paper. I want to be able to use the whole page. If you like to frame in your paper and tape it down that way, that's absolutely fine. Now that I have sticky tacking all four corners, I'm just gonna flip it over and stick it to my board. And now my board is ready to go. 5. BACKGROUND COLLAGE: Now that our paper is ready to go, we need to talk about composition and whether we want to have a landscape composition or a portrait composition. And this is absolutely a personal choice. So if you would like to have your mantra being longer coming down this side cause it's quite long and you feel that that would be a really nice composition absolutely. Do whatever you like. I personally for my for my project today, like the landscape composition just cause I'm envisioning my mantra over here and my flower over here. And so I'm gonna stick with this. Then we're gonna move into getting rid of that daunting white background, so this could be quite intimidating for some myself included. I spend a lot of time just staring at a blank piece of paper going, Oh, what do I do next? So I like to get rid of it right off the top and get rid of that white scary background. And all I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my to be pencil and I am just going Teoh, go in and make some marks. It could be words. It could be a face. Do whatever you would like to do. And so I'm just going to start with some scruples and maybe some lines, circles and a word. Oh, I know what you go, girl, because why not? This is all going to get covered up anyway. And so again, I'm just trying to get the creative flow going and get rid of that that background and you can completely cover the whole figure. Or you can just do a little bit. It's completely up to you. And now most of this, I guess, could be covered up again. Personal choices to how much of the next state a step you do. And that is our book page or are collage. So here we have two different sheets of dictionary page, and I have to for for the reason that I want one for background on this next layer, and then I want one from the flower that we do towards the end. The other thing with this is to you could use anything book our music sheets, magazines, napkins, some like a previous piece that you weren't crazy about. But you liked a few spots. You could rip that up and put it in if it'll glue down, anything goes. So this bigger piece I'm gonna use for later and the smaller one I'm going to use right now and all I'm going to do to get it ready is I'm just gonna rip it up into manageable, different shapes and sizes. Scrapbooking paper would make an interesting part here as well, if you have an abundance of that. So moving out over to this side, this is where I'm gonna get out my gloss, Joe. And now I am just going to randomly put those pages down wherever I want them to go. My paintbrushes slightly damp, but not super wet. And now all I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna glue down and I'm gonna do a layer on the bottom and my paintbrushes a little wetter than I thought. Oops, Kate. So we're just gonna keep going? The gloss gel will move that pair that pencil a little bit, but it's so minor that you can hardly tell. So I'm not worried about it at all. And now that I have a little less moisture in my paintbrush, I'm going to smooth that out a little bit more and just keep going. The only thing I want to do here is I'm just trying to make it interesting and make sure the words air, not all going in the same direction. I don't actually want to read this later. I don't even know if I'll see much of this later, so I don't really I just want something interesting right now. And the combination of this straight edges with the tourney edges will catch the paint later when we start scraping. And it makes for a really interesting visual texture. And so now you just glue on as much or as little book pages you like. Maybe you'd rather see all of that pencil mark you did underneath more than you would like to see the book page. So it's completely up to you. You can do as little or as much of this is you, like Like I said, Can you just want to make sure that you put some gel medium underneath and on top to seal that piece of paper in? And if you go over the edge is that's great. We can trim it off later, and it looks like I'm gonna do use up both of my little pages, and if you notice here, there's a little bit of bubbling and warping going on right there. And all that is is that I didn't put enough gel medium underneath doesn't mean it's going to get Rector. It's ruined or anything like that. Just going to go over it with a little bit more because it will soak through the paper and then just glue another piece on top. No rate. The other thing. What I do is I just want to make sure that all of those pencil marks air covered up by the gloss Joe because I don't want even a slight little bit of that, that graphite getting mixed into my paint for fear that it will dull it. So I'm just going to make sure I have a little bit of gloss gel on top of everything, because now everything here will not move again. Once this is dry, it's permanent 6. PAINTING: okay, Our pages dry or dry enough. And I have laid out my palate or my taint onto my makeshift palette, which is just a deli sheet you can use. Whatever you've got handy makes no difference. And I have a quinacrine own magenta, medium magenta, a medium yellow and a neon pink. And again, those were my four warm colors that I'm gonna do the bulk like I'm gonna do my background with. And so now all I want to do is have ah, baby wipe handy for in between. So that if I change colors, if I don't want those colors to mix, I can then clean my finger and all I'm using is my fingers. If you prefer paintbrush, please go right ahead. So I'm gonna do is I'm gonna get a little bit of paint on my finger, and I'm just going to start wiping on the color and it's wherever you want it to be. And I like random. I want to do three different spots of color to start with. No, I'm going Teoh clean off my finger to move onto my next color. But first I want to show you how the paper is picking up some of that paint and giving you texture. So that's what I meant by the little ridges and the paper, picking it up differently as to give it some more visual interest. So moving on, I'm just going to go into my medium magenta, which is a little more opaque than the other one, but still quite transparent. And I like to do this one in three spots. A swell, but that's just me. I mean, you can do as much or as little of each color as you like, so because I don't necessarily want orange right away, I want to make sure that my fingers clean before I go in and pick up my yellow paint. I want to have a true yellow to begin with, and if I still had pink paint on my hand, it would all mix and give me orange, which again is beautiful and I love it. Just don't necessarily want it yet. And some yes, I've gone a little. I've done more than three with the yellow, but a lot of that is going to get covered up. The nice thing about this is if you don't like it you just keep going and you just keep adding layers until you're happy with it. Add a little neon pink Teoh. You make some pop, make it nice and great. I know for myself for a long time I didn't care much for neon pink, but But now I just think it's wonderful. So don't like it. Don't use it. And if you would prefer a cool background with a warm accents than absolutely, you're more than welcome to switch your palettes around. And now I'm just going in and I'm just filling in and making that first layer of color a little bit stronger, not necessarily covering out everything but just kind of mixing on the pages I go, and I really prefer I really loved. The look of mixing on the page gives it a randomness to it that you just can't. You couldn't duplicate this if you tried. - You could also take your finger and do dots of color. I'm gonna stop there. I'm really happy with how it's going. I really like the difference I have with the paint and and I have some pops of neon color. I can still see a lot of my book pages. I'm really happy with how this is how this has turned out. So now I'm gonna let this dry and then we will come back for the next part. 7. OUR MANTRA: Let's move on to our mantra. We're gonna need computer paper, a pencil and eraser and then the black permanent marker of her choice. And, of course, your mantra. So whether you pick something that makes you smile inspires you a personal quote that drives you on every day. Whatever it is, it'll work. It will work perfect for this. The other thing you can do to is if you'd rather just use one of the quotes that I provided in the reserve section. That's absolutely great, too. For me. I'm going to do progress over perfection because it's something I struggle with on a regular basis. I have more success, and I enjoy myself more when I let myself go, and I do the opposite of perfection. Not necessarily a mess all the time, but the messier, the more success I have in choosing my mantra, I now need to choose my font and how I'm going to present it so you could do bubble letters , block letters called calligraphy, Fulla Griffey, uh, whatever choice, whatever you like and for me. So let's talk about, uh, bubble letters, so I'm gonna write out my letters and space them apart a little bit to allow for the bubbles. It doesn't stop there cause you get the gist of what I'm doing with the bubble letters. You can either fill in your bubble letters or you can just a raise your pencil lines and then just have the bubbles. So that's one option. I find that one to be quite big and I because we're doing a nice break background, I would like to see more of it. So I think I'd like to have my word smaller. You could also do block letters, even smaller block letters. So smaller block letters would work really well, you could dio calligraphy if you're so inclined. But for me, I really enjoy full Iger fee. And the thing with calligraphy is Europe, strokes are thin and you're down. Strokes are fat. The problem with using a thin nib or basically a pencil you're not going to be able to get that fixed stroke the way that you normally would. So you have to then go in and darken or thicken that down stroke. And so this is what I am going to do is is the full a graffiti, but I'm gonna do it a little bit different in that I want to make it a little more sketchy , a little less perfect. So I'm gonna write on my letters and pencil, trying to use a light touch. Now I can go in and fix anything. I'm not super happy with that. P to me was looking a little skinny, so I'm gonna redo that one. And now I'm just gonna go over it with my Sharpie. But what I want to do instead of really concentrating on those down strokes and still gonna do the down strokes. But this time I'm gonna do it sketchy, so it looks a little messy. - Okay , so I'm happy with that. Definitely not perfect. A little sketchy. Little messy. Now, I want to get rid of those pencil marks. If you want to have this look a whole lot nicer. There are lots of great other great classes on skill share to teach you all sorts of calligraphy and hand rating. And I highly recommend any or all of them. But here, we're going to go from here. We're gonna take in rip both just separate words carefully so that you don't make a big mess. and wreck your words and have to redo that. And if you'd rather use of Paris scissors for this, absolutely go right ahead. But what I want to do is I love that ripped look. So I'm gonna go around, and I'm gonna carefully revote each word. And as we decided in the last part when we started, her mantra was I didn't want the bubble letters because I found they were too big. So I would like to have little, like, smaller so that you can see more of my background, but I still want them to pop quite a bit. So once we get these turn out. All right. Now, let's take that leftover piece of paper as our palate instead of getting something s else. Okay. And now for this next step, we're just gonna use some black craft paint. This happens to be full guard, and it's fairly sick. Not as fluid as some of the other craft. Hate that I have found. Full cart seems to have a little bit higher quality to it. And I just like the nice thickness to it and house how dark the black is. So I'm gonna take my little my, uh, plastic pallet knife. And I'm just going Teoh damp my palette knife through the paint. Basically, what I want to do is I just want to get paint on the back of that pallet night, like so and then what I want to do is I just want to take it. I just want to scrape it around the edge of my words, to give them a nice border and have that contrast between the black and the white. Makes for a really nice pop and finish on your page. When I start to get low on paint, I just go and get my knife and stamps and more. Get some more paint on there. You definitely don't want a lot of paint on your knife at this point because you don't want to be leaving great gobs of paint because it takes a lot longer to dry, and it's just not necessary way have our progress over perfection. Now we're gonna let that dry and move on to the next bit 8. PAINTING PART 2: Let's move on to adding Are cool colors for pop and contrast. I have a nice blue teal out and then a bright, vibrant lime green. Two of my favorite colors that I know will pop really nicely on this break pink background . It's going to take our palette knife that we used earlier, and we're just going to get some paint on the back of it the same way we did when we were doing our mantra as so that we have just a little bit of paint on the back. You don't have to be as careful this time. You kind of want a little more paint on there this time, and all we're gonna do is we're just gonna take and drag it across in different sections of her work when you run out of paint, which you will do quite quickly. But I get some more paint on there and you want to pick another area and then go in a different direction. So this one we went down vertical. This time I'm gonna go across horizontally just to give it a little different look. And as you can see again, that paper underneath is picking up the paint in a different way, and it just makes first really interesting texture in the background. Get some more paint, and now how much or little of this that you put on is completely up to you. I tend to go a little overboard sometimes, but that's again a complete personal choice because I want to put some green on there, too. I'm going to stop there just because I don't want to overdo it. But as you can see, that blue pops so nicely against that bright background, and it's gonna look even better when we add some green dots. I want to give this a good dry. I want to let it dry, at least so it's dry to the touch before I move on to the next one. Because I don't want to drag that blue paint around. So something I forgot to mention that you could use Teoh Dry your layers in between is a heat tool or even a hair dryer. The only thing with the heat tool or an embossing gun is make sure that it's moving constantly, and you're not just leaving it on one specific spot. It will burn and bubble, your your paint or your Jessel and, well, it leaves an interesting texture. It might not be very healthy to breathe in, so I wouldn't recommend that. And now let's go on with our stenciling and the texture for adding that that contrast. So I'm gonna be using a stencil and our break, vibrant green line green paint and our makeup sponge. And now this is just a makeup. Sponges buy at the drugstore, and what I like to do is I like to cut them in half for a couple of reasons groups. The biggest reason is that I prefer to have a smaller a smaller surface to work with, because let's be honest. The holes that I'm creating aren't very big. So if I'm using a huge a bigger sponge, it's going to cover more than one hole, and I don't necessarily want to use and cover every single spot. The other thing, too, is that I get two for the price of one. The secret distance allowing, in my opinion, is to use very little paint, so I like to get take my sponge, get a tiny, tiny amount of paint on there, and then the secret is to get rid of most of that paint, kind of dab it up and down, and so that you've almost got a dry sponge. And so you still have paint on their in its. But it's not going to squish out underneath the stencil as you stencil down with your with your dabs. So I'm just going to start random. I have no rhyme or reason to this at all, and I'm just gonna dab up and down and I'm gonna add a little bit. And then I'm gonna go back in and I'm going to get a little bit more paint because you're using a primarily a dry sponge. It's going to take a couple of layers, and it's going to take a little bit of time. But it's going to allow you to have that crisper, nicer edge to your to your stencil, which was something like this. It is quite random and kind of messy. All on its own isn't as big a deal, but it's kind of it's frustrating when you pull up your stencil and it's kind of all squished out underneath because you put had too much paint on your on your sponge. You just want to go around and get a Z many dots as you want, and then let them dry a little bit. Take a look underneath. And if that's the vibrancy you're going for, then great. You can be done there. But I prefer a nice of vibrant, vibrant green. So this is going to take two layers. So I want that first layer to dry a little bit even just a few seconds and then go over again. If you don't wait for it to dry a little bit, all you're gonna do is pick up that wet paint that you already put on there. You're just gonna pick it up and move it around? Oh, and I'm quite happy without I think that looks great. So I'm just going to continue around my piece, doing the same thing while moving my stencil. And I miss turned my stencil every once in a while to just again mix things up a little bit . - Okay . All right. I'm quite happy with that. And now you can see here where I had too much paint on my sponge and some of it squish Don't underneath with a composition like this or a piece like this, it really doesn't matter. It certainly doesn't look terrible. In my opinion, it's just if you're using and you want a very precise edge, then you want to make sure that you have less paint on your sponge. 9. MARK MAKING: Let's move on with our paint pens. So the black when I bought it in art store. It's brand is Montana, and the white one is just a painter's pen that I found at Walmart. Both are a fine tip, and all you do to get them working is you depress the nib until it fills with paint, and then you can see that your paint is flowing. And now all I'm going to do with this is I'm just gonna go randomly around my piece and I'm going to add some interest. So I'm going to draw some squiggles. I really like going around the circles that I created when I was stencil ing. You can also just make marks, too, so we can go with some stripes dashes. We can do some more of that. Over here. You can do little dots. I prefer to put the white where I'm going to see it the most, so it doesn't show up as much on the yellow as it does on the pinks, especially the dark pink, and you can spend your board around so you get a different perspective. Add some more marks in at smaller circles from tiny little dots. Okay, Very So I spend my paper around, take a look at what I've got. And basically what I want here is I want just interesting marks that kind of travel around the peace. And the idea behind these is to get your eye to flow around and move around the peace. And if you think you miss something, you can add it in, Terry. So now we're gonna go in with the black paint pen, and we're just going to do the same thing that we did with the white one again depressed the name to get the paint in there and just go around and make random marks were not going to do a lot with the black paint pen because we're going to add black scraped paint at the end around the edges and maybe a little bit in the middle, like we did with the blue paint. So we don't wanna have a ton of black paint right now, but just a little bit. The other thing is, if you don't have a paint pen in either black or white, you can use a Sharpie and a gel like a white gel pen. later. The only thing with that is that you need to wait until your paint and your project are completely dry. So I would say 24 to 48 hours. It might be dry to the touch, but there's still moisture within the peace, and it will absolutely wreck your pens if you go in too soon, ask me how I know because I have wrecked many, many pens that way more out of sheer stubbornness, trying to make sure they that I could do it. But you can't. All right, I think I'm going to stop there because it's getting pretty busy. And I mean, honestly, you could go on for days just adding marks and making interest, and then pretty soon, your piece is super super busy. So we're gonna get we're gonna set that aside to dry, and we're going Teoh Teik older sisters and our other book page, and we're going to make our flower. So I have a basic idea that I want around ish flower. So I'm just gonna I'm just gonna cut out a piece of book page on. Honestly, that's way too big for what I want, because that's going to take up a huge chunk of my of my page, so I don't want to do that size. What I want to do now is I just want to cut it down into something that kind of looks more like a flower and less and and smaller. So that kind of looks like a flower to me. That's better. Okay, so now I have my pain in my page by book page flower and my paint pen has dried nicely. It's quite quick. And now I want to put just kind of do my composition and decide where I want things to go. So I've got my progress over perfection. And now, with everything dry can move things around and decide how you want your how you want your composition to go. So even now, because this is such an abstract random background, if we wanted to, we could switch it around and do a portrait style one. If we wanted progress over perfection, then I could still have my flower there. But then that leaves me with a whole bunch of space down here that they don't necessarily want. So, no, I think I'm gonna go back to my previous original one, and I'm gonna go back this way on. So you just want to play around with this until you've got it where you want it on? Yeah, I think I like that. So now I'm gonna dig out my gloss gel again with my fairly dry paintbrush. I now want to glue down my mantra and my flower. And so again, all you're gonna do is you're just going to sandwich in between. So I'm gonna put down a layer of gel medium and on top, and it might buckle a little bit because it's quite thin paper, but that's OK. It'll all level load eventually. And if not, wrinkles or cool adds interest. So this is the one. We're a tour. My word perfection just a little bit. So I just want to make sure that I glue that down flat and then probably won't even be able to tell that I did it glued down my flower. Now, the other thing I want to do is I want to take that glass gel, and I want to do a thin layer over the entire piece, much like we did at the beginning over the graphite pencil. The reason we're doing it now because we are just about finished. But we want Teoh seal in all of that, and Oh, look at that. My, uh my black paint pen wasn't quite as dry as I thought. That's okay. Just keep going. I've cleaned up the mess. You can't even really tell anymore. And so I'm just going to go around, and I'm just going to finish off by putting that gel medium on top and back to what I was saying. This will seal everything together as well as give the whole project a nice sheen. So it'll give it a glossy finish. And by making doing it on the entire piece were unifying the peace. All right. And so now all we want to do is we just want to let that dry properly this time and we want Teoh. Then we'll come back in with our black paint pen and finish our flower 10. FINISHING TOUCHES: So let's take our black paint pen again and we're going, Teoh, get some paint flowing, and then I like to just go around the edges, okay? And just this is your flowers. Do you make it however you want if you want it to be, If you're wanting to have a really fancy flower than, please feel free. So I just I really like a kind of a sketchy, messy oh, outline. And then I want to have center. If you leave a little bit of a book page peeking through it, almost, it kind of acts is your highlights. Okay. And then I'm gonna take it. I'm gonna make my stem, and I always make it the same. I do a squiggly line down, and then I come back up trying to miss it, miss in certain spots just to kind of add a little bit interest and that I don't have to have a perfectly straight line then because we don't want it to float. Let's add just a little piece of ground. All right, so just so OK. And if you wanted to add leaves, you could you could, uh, paint your flower and a different color if you like. The choice is yours. There Black is nice and dry. And so now with my white paint pen, I'm just gonna go in and add just some interest into the middle of that sort of that flower . So now it looks a little bit more like a flower. No. And I'm happy to say it is far from perfect. So what we're gonna do is going to take it off the board. No. You'll notice that we have lots of paint and stuff off the edge of our peace because we painted over on top of the board. And so we just want to grab it or scissors. And we can just trim the edges because the paint hasn't quite cured. It's still quite sticky, but it will come off. And any of those pages that we glued off the edge way would cut those off now, too. Okay, so there is our peace. We have one step left to Dio, and that is to get some more black craft paint we're gonna do, just like we did before one last time. We're going to get some paint on the underside of our palette knife. We're gonna pick up her peace, and we're just gonna drag it across the edge like we did on our perfection. And like we did with the blue paint on top, you were just scraping it on with no rhyme or reason. And if you scrape a little extra on, I like that. It's I think it looks great to add that little extra bit of groups. Okay on, Yes, I got paint on my hands. That's okay. We have paint all over. And then I think I'd like to add just a couple of little spots of some more black and less can always be more. So Don't overdo it, but do whatever make sure are happy. So we finished our page. Everything is done and dry, and it's ready to get put into our journal books. So all I've done is I've placed some double sided tape on the back, and I'm just going to put it into my into my journal. If your pages a little warped from the work we did on it, you can stick it between a couple of like a set of books overnight or not worry about it too much cause over time it will flatten out. And then I just want to take a Sharpie marker and I just want to sign my work. And I want to put today's date October 25th 2019 on we are done. 11. MMM OUTRO: way finished. All right. So I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. And I can't wait to see what you have done. So please make sure to upload your pictures to student gallery so we can all take a look at what we've accomplished. Thank you so much for taking part in my very first class. And I hope to see you again real soon. Have a great day.