Colour Theory for Mixed Media

A lot of you ask me how I choose colours and palettes for my projects? Another common question is how to avoid the muddy brown when mixing colours- especially Lindy’s sprays.

I decided to create a series of videos taking you through the Colour Wheel, Colour Theory, Colour Psychology and much more.

Here’s a link to the playlist:

StencilGirl Monochromatic Rainbow BlogHop



We have a fun blog hop at StecnilGirl® Blog.

The theme for the hop is Monochromatic Rainbow and our colour is Gold.  We decided to create a mixed media round canvas. Here’s a look at the canvas:

StencilGirl Blog Hop Sunila Mahajan Aditi Mahajan

Before we share the process of the canvas, here are the details about the blog hop.

Check out all the wonderful artworks in our Creative Team Monochromatic Rainbow Hop:

Shel Cee – Violet

Peg Robinson – Purple

Sue Plumb – Blue

Linda Edkins Wyatt – Green

Jennifer Gallager – Yellow

Claudia Neubacher – Orange

Carol Baxter – Red

Sunila Mahajan & Aditi Mahajan – Gold ***You are here***

Natalie May – White/Black

Debi Adams – Indigo

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Contest ends April 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time USA. Winners will be contacted via email the 28th.


Our Process

  1. Cover the canvas with black gesso. IMG_2536
  2.  Use the first stencil and spray gold colour through it. All products used are listed at the end.


  3. Choose another stencil, and using a sponge dabber go in with gold acrylic paint. IMG_2545
  4. Pick out another stencil, and add some gold texture paste through it. This adds depth and dimension to the background.


  5. Stamp the focal image and colour it. Pick out elemets for layering, chipboards, diecuts, flowers,etc. We used lindy’s magicals, shakers and sprays to colour everything.


  6. Adhere, all the elements as per the composition you like. Finish it with glitter and a quote/sentiment. IMG_2781

We wrote a little poem inspired by this:

The Dandelion Fields

Golden and warm-

So were the

Dandelion fields.

Striking and blazing,

That every passerby

Stopped to see them.

Elegant and ethereal,

Was the Dandelion girl

The one who lived in them.

Glistening and glittering,

When the sun shone,

She rose amidst them all.

Swift and rhythmic-

With every move of hers,

Our hearts danced and raced.

Singing and humming

To the little robin,

The one who nested on her shoulder.

She spoke of stories

That we’d never heard before.

Blossoming and spiralling,

She wore them dandelions

On her body and her crown.

Daffodils and dahlias

Enveloping her hair and wings,

Swayed, as the wind brushed her skin.

And with that, her seeds blew

Leaving her bare.

But with the blink of an eye

She was whole again.

And so all we knew was

Wish upon the dandelion girl

For she has the power

To blossom again.

Here are some more pictures:

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Supplies used:

  • Black gesso
  • Rounds canvas
  • Stencils StencilGirl- L706, SC-08-2018, L475
  • Acrylic paint – metal liquor gold rush
  • Cadence relief paste gold
  • Lindy’s sprays- Golden sleigh bells, grab a guy gold, bayou boogie gold; Squirts- poutine gold; magicals- Glory of the seas gold, bayou boogie gold: magical shaker- glittering gold, grab a guy gold, antique gold
  • Chipboard- ScrapBox -HH041, Kora -CE 2374, 2193, 2145
  • Assorted flowers
  • Art basics glitter- luminous
  • 13 arts gold hologram glitter
  • Tag creator with gold tape
  • Black archival ink
  • Prima princess STELLA stamp

Oh, Wildflower- Mixed Media Layout

Today I’m sharing a mixed media style layout with you’ll. I was inspired by two challenges for this project.

The Main Challenge at More Than Words. The word inspiration is ‘Everyday’ and the creative inspiration is ‘bugs and birds’.  I picked out the activity that I cherish doing everyday- pausing, reflecting, meditating. It helps me travel within and reach this paradise and connect with nature in ways unimaginable. It also helps me grow each day as a soul. It’s as though my reflection speaks to me. I’ve added butterflies and a bird in this journey to paradise.

I was inspired by the Lindy’s Colour challenge for April– Teal, Pink and Purple.

Here’s a look at the layout

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I’ve written a poem to talk about this experience-

Oh, wildflower!

Pause and reflect,
Look deep within
And lose yourself
Among the clouds.
Run wild, run free,
Through the trees and
The poppy fields.
Take a nap and dream,
Float with the breeze,
Hop in the stream,
Step on the stones
And soak in the wilderness.
Oh, Wildflower!
You’ll bloom right here,
Where you’re planted,
For the weeds are wishes
And under the stars
You light the way.
Breathe it all in
Oh, wild child!
So when it is harvest time,
You’ll shine brightly
And sing your little song.
And when we cross paths,
We’ll speak in breezy whispers
And dance in the rain.
For these are our
Everyday treasures
And this paradise
Is the perfect storm
To blossom and shine.

Here’s a link to the video tutorial:

Here are a few close-ups:

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Submitting it to:

More Than Words April Challenge

MTW April

Lindy’s April Challenge


Supplies used:

  • 7 Dots Studio- Verano Azul Collection
  • Lindy’s Spray- Poppin’ Pink Lindy’s Magicals- Shabby Turbine Teal, C’est La Vie Cerise, Raspberry Lemonade, Urban Amethyst.
  • Lindy’s Magical Shakers- Polka Purple, Time Travel Teal
  • Lindy’s Embossing Powder- Magic Moon Pearls, Black Forest Black
  • Fantasy Dies-FD- 660,779, 810
  • Vellum- Teal and White
  • Altenew Stamps- Hibiscus Rose, Hibiscus Bouquet
  • StencilGirl Stencil- S 638
  • Versa Mark Ink
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Finnabair- Clear Gesso, Mardi Gras Glitter
  • Glue
  • Foam Tape
  • Wood Bark
  • Chipboard Frame

Soul-Mending Mixed Media Layout for StencilGirl®


Today we’re sharing our project inspired by the Stencil Poetry theme on StencilGirl ® Blog. Poetry and art for us always go hand in hand. Many times, we either create an art project and then write about it or vice versa.
We’ve created a mixed media layout and we were inspired by Aditi’s poem ‘Soul-Mending’ from her recent book ‘On The Other Side’. For the project, a newer version of the poem was written and then we created this layout. We’ll share the two poems below as well:)!
Here’s a look at the layout:

Check the post on StencilGirl® Blog for the process.

Here’s the poem and how we were inspired by it.

Soul-Mending Project Version 1.1

Fixing broken pieces of your soul,

is not like joining pieces of a puzzle.

The same pieces that once fit together,

may no longer do so.

Sometimes you need to hurt,

to take it all in.

And, some pieces need to be discarded,

when sifting through them.

Once you’re done hurting,

pick them up piece by piece

and mend your soul.

Sew them and stitch them back again.

The threads you use will remind you,

of how you patched it all together.

It won’t be the same,

The scars will be there,

But you’ll been one again.

We were inspired by the idea of the soul being fragments (our different patterned hexagons) and puzzle pieces. When you mend them, they do leave gaps, and necessarily don’t fit back together. We used thread to stitch them together, with varying patterns as it’s never the same. The Deer spirit reminds us to be gentle and kind with ourselves through this process. The flowers remind us about the idea of blooming and then drying, falling, yet the seeds blossom into a flower again. The colour palette we used- Teal, Greens, Mustard(Gold) all speaks to us of soul renewal, of spring, of fixing. 

Here are a few close-ups:





Supply List-

Self-Discovery- A mixed media layout


Today we’re guest designing for More Than Words Challenge Blog. Here’s a look at their challenge for this month:


I (Aditi) was inspired by the word inspiration and based my layout on that. ‘Discover’ to me spoke of my own discovery and hence I decided to scrap myself in this Layout. The layout is a collection of many moments from my time in Spain. The background is created using watercolour inks and lindy’s magical shakers. I’ve incorporated a technique I discovered during my time at the Art School. I’ve used Scrapbox Chipboard and dies for the embellishments (that I’d bought during my travels and went hiding in my stash). These to me speak of directions. I’ve used lace, doodling pens and a resin frame as well from my old stash as a part of the creative challenge. The colours used are also symbolic to this journey.


I’ve also written a poem on this:

Sometimes, you ought to isolate,

in order to find yourself.

In solitude, I found

my laughter, my joy, my peace.

And then I

discovered me!

Life has its ways,

and if you surrender

healing is magical.

Sometimes, you ought to move,

in different directions

to find the light within.

It’s circular and spiral,

not linear, this journey

called life.

And freedom lies in

flowing like a stream

and swaying with the wind.

And when that happened,

my heart opened up,

sunshine warmed-up my soul,

and love gushed in every cell.

With a new passion and gratitude

my entire being blossomed.

Here are a few close-ups:


Paradise Found

Today we have a mixed media layout made for #scrapyourheartout2019 Event. We have used Kaisercraft Misty Mountain Collection; Art Alchemy Paints- Antique Dark Velvet, Royal Blue, Ice Queen, Butterfly Spell Sparks, Midnight Sky, Crocus Fields; Lindy’s Sprays- Delphinium Turquoise, Tea Pot Purple, Grab a Guy Gold, Bayou Boogie Gold, French Lilac Violet, Tilt a Wheel Teal, Poppin’ Pink; Prima Marketing Flowers; Micro Beads; Dusty Attic Chipboards.

Here’s a look at it:


Here’s the video link:

We’re submitting this for:

Dusty Attic May Challenge– Inspired by the colour palette

Mixed Media Place April Challenge– Inspired by the blues, purple combination and nature.

Lindy’s May Challenge– Inspired by the colours

Here are some close-up pictures:




Fantasy or Reality

Today we have a layout to share with you’ll. It’s an inspiration for the Nomadic Soul Diaries February Challenge. We also have a tutorial for this one.


We’re also submitting this for:

More Than Words Challenge – Fantasy & Wings- We’ve been inspired by the general idea of fantasy and reality, added a quote on that, chosen dragonfly as our creature of fantasy and for the challenge of wings.

Here’s the tutorial and some close-ups:



We’re back with a journal page share in our mini rectangle journal. We’ve used Lindy’s Magical Shakers- Guten Tag Teal, Polka Purple and Lederhosen Laurel; Fantasy Dies- 501 & 707, AB Studio Stencil and Stamps and Scrapclub Spb stamp.


We were inspired by:

More Than Words February Main Challenge– Used the word always to go with the phrase ‘live in the moment’ and ‘remember the now’. This is a reminder for us and everyone.

Lindy’s February Colour Palette- All three colours

Here are some close-ups: