Mixed Media Monday with Ilina Crouse

06We are back today with another Mixed Media Monday! As you know we set the team a challenge, to use Chameleon Pens in a Mixed Media project and we have been amazed at the creations they have made so far in their own distinctive styles.  Ilina joins us today and has created a floral canvas with newsprint.


by Ilina Crouse


We asked Ilina what inspired her for this project and this is what she said  “When looking for inspiration, I look around me (nature, clothing stores, cards I have made in the past etc). The other day I had to do some clothes shopping and went to LOFT, what jumped at me was the Lagoon color all over the place and I did end up buying Lagoon colored shoes and a shirt. So after that I was in a Lagoon mood and realized that I have the same color of acrylic paint at home (the color is called Sky Blue though) and the Lagoon Chameleon pen was a perfect match. On top of all that my favorite color is blue, so this piece of art will go great in my stamping area.

Materials Used:- Chameleon Pens : Lagoon BG1, 8×8 stretched canvas, Folk Art Sky Blue acrylic paint, newsprint printed paper, foam brushes, Antique Rose stamp from Hero Arts, Hero Arts Intense Black ink pad, Dreamweaver white embossing paste, Polka Dot stencil by Heidi Swapp, Mod Podge, Neenah white card stock, mounting tape, Zig Wink of Stella Clear, American Crafts Thickers foam alphabet stickers- gray


1. Start with cutting your piece of newsprint paper down to 8”x8” and using Modge Podge and foam brush

adhere it to your canvas. Let it dry


2. Apply the acrylic paint around the edges and let it dry.



3. While your canvas is drying stamp the Antique rose four times and color it using the Lagoon

Chameleon Pen. For the largest area infuse the brush nib of the pen with the toning medium for 10-12

seconds. For the smaller areas infuse the brush nib for about 5-7 seconds, and for the smallest for

about 3 seconds (you can use the bullet nib for the smallest areas, too). Color your roses and cut them

out. Cut two partial ones (just the centers) so you can layer them for more dimension.




4. After the canvas is dry use the stencil and the white embossing paste around the corners (leave the

center blank). To have more artistic look, be little careless with the stencil and paste 😉 let it dry


5. Adhere the flowers and spell the word create from the stickers. Add Wink of Stella on the flower and

the letters as final touch. Now your canvas is finished.


Here are a few close ups of the finished project:



Did you notice that Ilina used one of our new colors?  As a former design team member she loved the pens so much that she backed our Kickstarter campaign to get all the new shades the moment they came out!




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