Studio Time 7 – ”Happy Birthday” (learn mixed media art tutorial)

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My birthday is coming up in a few days so I’ve decided to celebrate with a new art journal page…
For you and me of course 🙂

Had no idea what to do when I started but things slowly seem to fall into place and I got in the groove…
I started by painting my background with acrylics then added some shine with pearlescent acrylic inks.
I stamped some gorgeous roses with a new stamp set I just purchased and proceeded to add some lovely colours to them.
Doodling with a white pen really brought them to life and I am so happy with my funky flowers, I think I’ll be re-using them!
A beautiful quote filled the main space without being overpowering…
And some birthday related stamped images (a bird, not really birthday but he fits right in anyway!), a delicious cupcake and a cheery banner added some fun finishes touches…

Happy birthday to me, and to you if applicable!

Did you enjoy this? Was this a good way to learn mixed media art?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!


Supplies used:
– acrylic paint: Liquitex Basics in deep violet, medium magenta, brilliant yellow green, light blue permanent, brilliant purple + Reeves prussian blue hue, white
– ink pad: Brilliance Moonlight White
– FW pearlescent liquid acrylic ink by Daler Rowney in sundown magenta and hot cool yellow
– black Posca pen
– 3D rose stamp set by Viva Decor
– white Hybrid gel pen 1mm
– small stamps (banner, happy birthday and bird, unknown manufacturer)

Watch the process as I create happiness in my art journal 😉

Studio Time 7 - learn mixed media art tutorial with Mimi Bondi

Studio Time 7 - learn mixed media art tutorial with Mimi Bondi

Studio Time 7 - learn mixed media art tutorial with Mimi Bondi

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  1. I love the colours you use in all your paintings, and I really love this one. I got your book today and have had a flick through. It looks really inspiring, so I’m looking forward to doing the tutorials. I’m going to show it to my friend too, as I think it might help her, as she gets frightened she’ll do something “wrong”, so it stops her from even starting.

    • Mimi Bondi

      Thanks so much for getting my book Julia! And I know your friend will find the help and confidence she needs as well, maybe you can even do the projects together 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you two create, please share in the FB group 😉 xx

  2. Just love this gift to yourself. “small touches of quirky with bold messiness” well said Peg. This is a new journey for me and hope one day to get to that point.

  3. I am just beginning my first journal and I must say I am so happy to have located your videos.You have so many wonderful ideas and tips. I am enjoying all of them so much. Thank you for sharing your talent. I can’t wait to continue expressing my self through art.

    • mimibondi

      Thank you Lucy! I am so glad to hear you are finding lots of inspiration and tips in my mixed media tutorials 🙂 If you haven’t already, subscribe to my newsletter to get my weekly videos and posts 🙂 I hope to see what you create from my videos/book/e-course in the private support group here: Love from Oz! mimi

  4. Hi, I’ve just watched your birthday video and your paints always seem so shiny and glossy…how does this happen? I use Semco brand from spotlight and they appear very flat. What you do is very beautiful.

    • mimibondi

      Hi Keryn, Thank you! I haven’t used Semco but I have a feeling it is craft paint so very matt. Check out Lincraft for Liquitex Basics which is the brand I use the most these days 🙂

  5. What a lovely Bday tribute! Happy Birthday to you:) I enjoy every single one of your videos! You are an inspiring lady with your talent as well as your great personality that makes me smile each time I see you (I even giggle with you). Loved your comment while you were stamping the adorable birdie. I have the same issue with really liking polar opposite styles and wish to figure a way to in cooperate them some how! You did it brilliantly here!Maybe the key to it is small touches of quirky with bold messiness? But I also love my Steampunk styling…hmmm. lol.Thank you for your generosity.I signed up for your book, can’t wait for the release!!!

    • mimibondi

      Hi Peg, thank you! I love your ”small touches of quirky with bold messiness”, that’s awesome haha Yes, it kind be had to blend different styles together (I have the same issue decorating my home!) but as long as there is one common thing to unify it all, then it usually works 🙂 Let me know if there is anything in particular you’d like to see or learn in the book, I welcome comments and suggestions 🙂

  6. J’aime comment vous travaillez les couleurs. C’est POP. Suggestion pour nous les francophones : des sous-titres en français, ça serait encore plus top (je me rends bien compte du job en plus) !

    • mimibondi

      Coucou! Merci pour votre message Domalice! Malheureusement ce serait trop de travail et serait une distraction pour tout ceux qui ne parlent pas français . Mes vidéos gratuites sont destinées à montrer ce que je fais pour mon plaisir mais mes vidéos “workshops” qui durent au moins une heure en moyenne sont destinées à enseigner et sont en tellement de détail (il n’y a aucune acceleration/coupures) qu’il n’y a pas besoin d’explications verbales et sont donc plus ‘internationales’ 🙂 Cela dit… N’hésitez pas à m’envoyer vos suggestions ☺

  7. Beautiful page and I love the colors! 🙂 Happy Birthday!!!

    • mimibondi

      Thanks so much Marcela!!


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