Mixed Media Tutorial: 5 Mixed Media Essentials You Can Find Around Your House

So, this week has been busy taking the kids to and from VBS and other family appointments. This means, I don't really have a tutorial for you this week. Not to mention it's been raining and gray so it's been a rough week for getting photos of anything.

BUT, I was asked last week in one of the pocket scrapbooking Facebook groups for a list of items that would be good for someone just wanting to get into mixed media. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Heather Greenwood | a list of some mixed media essentials for beginners that you can easily find around your house, along with a list of my favorites

Basically, I'm just going to say, use what you can find around the house. I know it sound like a total cop out, but it's not. This is the joy of mixed media. It's the creative process of using what you have to create something new.

This is why I feel good about making this tutorial series a weekly post. There is just so much you can do, it's just a matter of letting go of anything that's holding you back from trying and experimenting.


You can use any paper you can find... old books, Project Life journaling cards, art journals, notepads, printer paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper, tissue paper, etc... There is no limit to the kind of paper you can use.


I have several pens that I use. I use the Project Life pens, Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, Uni-Ball Signo gel pens, Sharpie paint pens, American Crafts Slick Writers, Sakura Pigma Micron Pens... seriously, I think I'm missing some. I not only have a bucket full of pens on my desk, but I have a purse full of them too.


This is the one thing that you might not have around the house and you may have to go out and buy. Gesso is like a primer. It really helps to extend out the use of your supplies. As you can see in many of my past tutorials, I use gesso a lot. My personal favorite is Liquitex brand.


Adhesive, scissors, paper trimmer, you name it... if you use it on your scrapbook pages, you can use it for mixed media.


stamps and ink, paint (acrylic, watercolors, etc...), white glue, markers, paint brushes, ephemera, stickers, die cuts, glitter, foil, fabric, old magazines, etc... this list could go on and on, whatever you can find around your house...

If you need some paint, just go to a craft store and buy 5 of your favorite colors of acrylic paint in those little $1.50 bottles. No need to buy the expensive stuff to just experiment and play with. Also, pick up a pack of cheap paint brushes and some watercolors... I bet it wouldn't cost you more than $15 and you have tons to work with!

Here's some of my favorites:

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