Dorlene’s Mixed Media Art Journal pages



Dorlene’s techniques remind us that it is just fine to keep working a piece when it doesn’t quite meet your expectations. She started with the background design, which at first seemed too intense for the delicate flowers. She kept adding color and elements until she felt good about it. She then proceeded to color the leaves and stems, keeping the flowers white. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t coming together!

Luckily, since this page is made with a digital image stamp, Dorlene printed a new floral image in a larger size. Yes, this is one of the advantages of working with digi stamps – you can resize!

Dorlene trimmed and pasted the larger flower version over the original, with a slight offset. After adding some color to the new floral image, a few pencil scratches here and there, and a little white pen work, she was finally pleased!

We just love the outcome of Dorlene’s mixed media pieces. We also enjoy hearing about her process, and reminding ourselves that these pieces don’t just happen with the first try.

If you haven’t seen the new set of collage element clear stamps which we just released, go check them out!


A variety of sprays
Acrylic paints
Watercolor markers
White marker
Metallic ink
Black archival ink
Old dictionary page scraps
Text stamp
Punchinella stencil

Chris’ Copics Tips

This month we are celebrating Lily of the Valley flowers here at Lila Grey.    Lisa drew a elegant, but simple version of these flowers.   Since they are traditionally white, Chris chose to focus the color on the background rather than the flower.  It really helps the flowers pop!

The colors Chris used are listed below.  The biggest trick to getting the sky to look right is work quickly so the “edges” of your coloring do not dry.  If part of your coloring does dry before finishing it will create streaks which are difficult to fix.

Copics used:
Sky: B95, B93, B91, B52, B21, B00, B000
Green: G00, G02, G05, G07, G19
Grey: W3, W1, 0

Happy Spring!!





May Flower of the Month – Lily of the Valley