Join Frank Garcia on this exciting adventure into the world of mixed media crafting. Frank walks you through the two best types of project bases for creating a photo panel and also picks a particularly gorgeous beachy theme using his Golden Coast Collection for Prima. Learn how to start building your base and adding layers and focal points of interest with stencils and crackle Texture Paste. You'll never be intimidated by mixed media again when you have Frank Garcia's thorough and simple steps to guide you!
The possibilities are endless when you pair Texture Paste with Frank's innovative approach to mixed media. You'll learn all about the benefits of using a gritty, sandy texture paste on your photo panel and also hear about all the different application possibilities in your own projects. Once you see and hear this sandy textured medium in action, you'll want to play with it immediately to create wondrous effects of your own!
How do you know if you're doing mixed media techniques the right way? Simple: there is no right or wrong way! Choose your project accents from life's adventures (or from the Scrapbook.com store!) and stage them out on your photo panel before you get out the glue. Learn about the importance of randomness in your accent placement for creating the best final look. Then, Frank walks you through fun accents like 3D Gloss Gel, Art Stones, and Art Pebbles for building interest and adding true beauty to your finished project.
Have you ever wondered what Heavy Gesso is used for in Mixed Media? Wonder no more when Frank starts adding this medium to the accents and embellishments on his photo panel and explaining all the possibilities for this magical product. Then it's time to start adding some heavy body acrylic paint for some swipes of color all around the edges of the project. The photo panel project is definitely starting to come together one bit at a time!
No project is complete without a hint of shimmer and Frank adds just the right amount of shine with Sparks Acrylic Paint. But this thick paint infused with mica isn't just for painting! Learn all about the magic of water for adding organic movement in your project, and even a technique for lifting the colors and leaving the sparkle behind. He also provides advice for using multiple paint colors while avoiding the "muddy" effects of mixed hues.
In mixed media, it's all about the layers and effects and Frank knows how to create unbelievable depth in his unique designs. Using highly pigmented Artisan Powder, Frank creates a vintage distressed look around his photo panel and also creates an antique look to his accents. And no project is complete without a sprinkle of loose glitter that really makes everything sparkle!
Are there techniques for paper and fabric flowers? Of course there are. Learn a couple of simple tips for ensuring your floral embellishments pop up off your project. See how Frank fills in gaps around the photo panel so that the eye is drawn to every inch of the project and ensures each tiny detail is perfectly placed. He ties everything together with one last delicate spatter of Sparks paint and a photo clip before this project is ready to be displayed proudly or gifted to a special someone.
Learn must-have skills and can't-miss techniques from the mixed media master himself, Frank Garcia, in this class featuring a handmade photo panel. Using over a decade of scrapbooking experience and a love of art supplies, Frank walks you through creating a one-of-a-kind rustic and beautiful panel for displaying your memories. Not only will you see a variety of mixed media products in action, but Frank explains each one as he uses it so that you learn all the best advice for creating with these wonderful tools. Combine texture pastes, gesso, powders, paints, gels, glitter, and embellishments into a final project you have to see to believe. If you're fascinated by the true beauty of mixed media projects and handmade home decor but aren't sure where to start, you won't want to miss this brilliant class with Frank Garcia!
Frank Garcia is a mixed media artist, scrapbooker, art journalist and watercolor artist. Frank has been in the scrapbooking industry for over 10 years. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge in scrapbooking, mixed media, altered art and journaling, as well as artful mini album creations. Frank is currently an endorsed Prima Educator and product designer for Prima Marketing Inc. He enjoys educating students on different scrapbooking techniques and teaching classes ranging from dimensional layout creation to mixed media art and more. Frank is well known for his dimensional projects that are "off the page" and innovative. Frank is also one of the instructors on Live With Prima and the editor of Prima Marketing's My Prima Place Artzine.