Celebrate National Craft Month with Create Mixed Media!

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CreateMixedMedia.com and the North Light Shop are celebrating National Craft Month with a March full of discounts, giveaways and fun projects to inspire your artwork and teach you a few new tips and techniques as well. We’ll have a great FREE craft project or mixed media tutorial to give away each day. Be sure to come back every day for the daily free download, Deal of the Day, and other great discounts and information!

MARCH 31

In this excerpt from Melanie Testa’s book, Dreaming From the Journal Page, you’ll get a sneak peek at a fun freezer paper stencil exercise!

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Dreaming From the Journal Page is available for pre-order here for just $24.99!

 

 

 

MARCH 30

In this excerpt from the popular 2009 title, Creative Awakenings (by Sheri Gaynor), touch drawing discoverer, Deborah Koff-Chapin shares with you an experience in the powerful practice of visual intention setting, as well as a step-by-step project demonstration in the rewarding and simple process of touch drawing.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Creative Awakenings on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

 

MARCH 29

In today’s FREE download, Traci Bautista shares one of her favorite journal collage techniques, excerpted from her new book Doodles Unleashed.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Doodles Unleashed on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

 

 

 

 

MARCH 28

In this excerpt from Thomas Mann’s Metal Artist’s Workbench, you;ll learn to create personal pieces of art as spoons! Learn the techniques and you’ll be able to build your own unique and personal ideas for future projects.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Metal Artist’s Workbench on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $16.79.

 

 

 

MARCH 27

In this excerpt from the book Layered Impressions, you’ll learn to create a personal piece of art using objects that hang and swing and that are your own personal symbols. Learn the techniques, then build your own ideas for whatever you might like to create in the future!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of LAYERED IMPRESSIONS on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $12.50.

 

 

MARCH 26

In this excerpt from Art Saves, author Jenny Doh introduces us to Kelly Rae Roberts: artist, author, possibilitarian and all-around lover of life. Kelly Rae believes that that developing a list of personal affirmations to use in artwork not only allows the artist to identify what they want more of in their life, but also to make deeply meaningful art that reminds them to be their truest self. In this tutorial, Kelly Rae, will lead you step by step through a collage project in which you will incorporate layers of papers and paints, along with a bit of charcoal pencil work, all while expressing affirming messages of hope.

GET YOUR FREE PDF DOWNLOAD HERE:

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of ART SAVES on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

MARCH 25

Today’s FREE excerpt comes from The Artist Unique. In this FREE PDF download, Carmen Torbus and Lynee Hoppe will free your inner perfectionist and guide you through an exercise where drawing with your nondominant hand will free you and help you find your style.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of The Artist Unique on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

 

 

MARCH 24

Today’s FREE excerpt comes from Surface Treatment Workshop. In this FREE PDF download, you will learn from Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson how to pour acrylic, drip it, dapple it, and adapt it to whatever you’d like to create!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Surface Treatment Workshop on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

 

 

MARCH 23

Today’s FREE excerpt comes from Kristen Robinson’s Tales of Adornment. Begin your love affair with resin with this simple and beautiful project. Learn the basics of using resin and follow the steps to create the lovely Charming My Soul Bracelet.

GET YOUR FREE PDF DOWNLOAD HERE:

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Tales of Adornment on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

 

 

MARCH 22

In this Watercolor project excerpt from the book, Encaustic Mixed Media, you’ll learn what can happen when you let loose your imagination. Follow your hunches! Patricia Seggebruch begins the Watercolor project with the quote from Frank Capra: “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” And she ends up with a fantastic piece of art—you can too!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Encaustic Mixed Media on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

 

MARCH 21

Today’s FREE PDF DOWNLOAD comes from the book, Plaster Studio, by Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise, where you will learn how to paint on a cracked, but smooth surface to get major effect without a lot of effort with the FREE—Paint on Cracked Burlap technique!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Plaster Studio on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

 

 

 

MARCH 20

Today’s FREE PDF DOWNLOAD comes from Streampunk Emporium by Jema Hewitt! In this PDF you’ll learn everything you need to make a very cool pair of Azure Cog Earrings!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Steampunk Emporium on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $16.79.

 

 

 

 

MARCH 19

This FREE PDF download from Inner Excavation by Lix Lamoreux will lead you through the process of recording a day in your life with a camera lens … the better to see what you shall see!

 

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Inner Excavation on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99.

MARCH 18

Follow along with Desire to Inspire contributor Jennifer Lee as she walks you through creating a self-portrait in which you depict your most luminous self!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Desire to Inspire on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

 

 

 

MARCH 17

In this excerpt from Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry, author Barbara Lewis, through simple to follow step-by-step photos, introduces you to the basic techniques for torch firing beads and pendants. you’ll also find great information on how to torch safely, tips for greater success as a beginner and a troubleshooting checklist that is sure to address any problems you might encounter. This sneak peek of Torch Fired-Enamel Jewelry is sure to pique your interest!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $16.24 (that’s 35% off the list price).

 

MARCH 16

Jill K. Berry’s Head Maps are based on an old concept, the Phrenology Chart. Head maps were used in phrenology, a nineteenth century pseudoscience primarily based on the concept that personality characteristics are organized in the brain in sections. Jill, author of Personal Geographies, works with that concept, but of course, she makes the head map a lot more fun and a lot more personal. You can do the same!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Personal Geographies, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

 

MARCH 15

“The landscape of your journal” is an idea Raw Art Journaling author Quinn McDonald has played with for years, after spending most of her life writing tidy, but slightly uneven, lines on unlined pages. In this tutorial you’ll explore lines of words and lines as designs. You will learn how your emotions can color a landscape and how you might go about crafting your landscapes on a page. If you give yourself permission to write what needs to be said and give your hands permission to move across the page intuitively, you will find new worlds to discover and explore.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Raw Art Journaling, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

MARCH 14

In this excerpt from The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir, you will learn how to make a simple fabric journal — one that you will hopefully use to record your reflections, one you can use in your journey to let go and focus on yourself and the simple pleasures you encounter. We’d suggest you not wait any longer — get started today! It’s okay, we give you permission!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of The Elemental Journal, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.23 (that’s 43% off the list price).

 

 

MARCH 13

In today’s FREE PDF DOWNLOAD from Digital Art Wonderland, authors Angi Sullins and Silas Toball discuss everything you could want and need to know about blogging effectively and artistically, from choosing a blog name and service to design to etiquette to keeping it all fresh. Bloggers both new and old are sure to gain something of value from this conversation.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Digital Art Wonderland, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

 

MARCH 12

Do you dream of being a fashion designer but think to yourself that you have no idea where to start? Well, here comes Julie Nutting, author of Collage Couture, to the rescue! Julie says that all fashion drawing and sketching should begin with a croquis—a sketch of an undressed figure. Tracing paper is then placed over the croquis to sketch the figure’s outfit. After working through this tutorial, you should have the knowledge to sketch your own set of croquis! We up the ante by including a primer on sketching a variety of dresses, tops and skirts.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Collage Couture, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

MARCH 11

In today’s FREE PROJECT, you will learn fun ways to incorporate text into your digital art with this excerpt from Digital Expressions. You’ll learn how to combine a variety of fonts and text colors to create interest, and you’ll learn how to rotate and warp text and adjust opacity levels. You’ll be amazed by the stunning results and the ease with which you achieve them!

Get your FREE DOWNLOAD HERE::

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Digital Expressions, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

 

 

 

MARCH 10

Using ordinary everyday household items in new and unexpected ways? Vicki Boutin is a pro at that. This technique, Burnished Metal, from her book, Creative Foundations, is sure to dazzle!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Creative Foundations, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

 

 

MARCH 9

Flowers are one of those embellishments that stands the test of time. In this FREE DOWNLOAD author Ronda Palazzari shares some of her favorite flower tutorials—perfect for adding the finishing touches to any of your pieces.These techniques from the book Art of Layers use everyday paper products to mimic the transparency, delicacy, color and texture of Mother Nature’s glory. We’re certain you’ll find dozens of ways to use them!

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Art of Layers, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

 

MARCH 8

The Pulse of Mixed Media author Seth Apter interviewed dozens of talented and diverse artists for his book and asked them to share their opinions on everything under the sun. In this excerpt, Seth poses a simple enough question and gets some surprising responses: If you had your choice of fame versus income as an artist, which would you choose?

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

 

MARCH 7

In this FREE PDF tutorial,the author of Delight in the Seasons will show you, step by step, how to make a truly mixed media embellishment that will knock your socks off! You’ll get all the tips and tricks necessary to create a beautiful multidimensional flower out modeling film, a die cutting machine, a rubber stamp, some ink and a heat tool. You can also make this piece truly individual by cutting your petal layers by hand! Then use the flower to decorate an album cover or box top or pick a pretty frame and hang it on your wall!

Get your FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Delight in the Seasons, on sale now in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (that’s 40% off the list price).

 

MARCH 6

There is something absolutely incredible about assembling claybord paintings into a book. Claybord makes the covers feel beefy and important and, well, hardbound. In FREE PDF project from Flavor for Mixed Media, Mary Beth Shaw uses simple binder rings for assembly, but you could bind this “for real” using a coptic stitch or stab binding. Do what works for you.

Get your FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

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And for a limited time you can pick up a copy of Flavor for Mixed Media on sale in the North Light Shop for only $14.99 (That’s 40% off the list price!)

 

MARCH 5

Wire wrapping and soldering are the techniques you’ll use to create an amazing doll all decked out in fantasy materials—collage items that are beautiful and meaningful. Through detailed step-by-step photos excerpted from her book Pretty Little Things, Sally Jean Alexander will take you from wire cutting and shaping to soldering to embellishing. And like your dreams, the possibilities are endless!

Get your FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Pretty Little Things for only $14.99. That’s 34% off the list price!

 

MARCH 4

Robert Dancik, author of Amulets and Talismans, shares instructions for how to make a beautiful talisman meant to keep the traveler’s anxiety at bay. Bonus: You’ll use unique and fascinating techniques in completing this project, techniques like machine cutting and drilling, metal stamping and cutting, and the application of chemical patina.

Get your FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Amulets and Talismans for only $16.49. That’s 34% off the list price!

 

 

MARCH 3

Fusible web image transfers are handy for projects of all sorts, like collage work and journaling—and you don’t even need adhesive!Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson, authors of Image Transfer Workshop, show you how to create these transfers in this technique.

Get your FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Image Transfer Workshop (Their new book, Mixed Media Revolution, will be in stores in December!) for only $14.99 That’s 40% off the list price!

 

 

MARCH 2

The pages of your art journal can be just as expressive as the words you write on those pages. Eric Scott and David Modler, authors of The Journal Junkies Workshop,  are big fans of just saying no to plain old boring journals pages. So here are a few techniques for adding doors and windows to your pages. You can even try a little singeing, too.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of The Journal Junkies Workshop (Their new book, Journal Fodder 365, will be in stores in July!) for only $16.49 That’s 34% off the list price!

 

MARCH 1

In this technique tutorial, Dusty Diablos author Michael Demeng teaches us how to use readily available rusting and blackening agents to turn your mixed media and assemble trinkets into found objects, aged relics and priceless treasures.

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And for a limited time, you can pick up a copy of Dusty Diablos (one of my favorite books!) for only $13! That’s 48% off the list price!

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