Kiala Givehand: mixed media inspiration deck

December 04, 2013


This morning when I opened my email, I saw a note that said “make something”. Sometimes those words can be overwhelming. Where do you start? what sort of materials do you use? how am I going to do this? Today, I am going to share a really fun tool by my friend Kiala Givehand that can help to ease those questions and get you on the road to creating.

Kiala has just introduced a mixed media inspiration deck; A deck of cards with creative prompts to help you get started, unstuck or to just fuel your own mixed media work. As you know, when I first started back into painting, I chose to create small pieces that I could finish, so I had a sense of accomplishment in my art. Today, I will be working on an 8×8 ampersand museum gessobord and will use Kiala’s prompts to make a piece of art from start to finish.

Come along with me as I create the piece. I will be photographing each step and card as of course photography is also one of my creative outlets. I’ll be creating this piece with (13) cards.


Select your medium (8×8 ampersand museum gessobord/cradled 2″ deep) and gather the card deck


Step One:  write in various directions using a permanent pen or marker (Faber-Castell PITT artist pen – black bold)


Step Two –  use watercolors (Derwent Watercolor Pencil Crimson Lake 20)


Step Three:  doodle or draw random shapes (Faber Castell PITT Pens Dark Sepia Bold)


Step Four: add a 3-D element (vintage bingo tile #41)


Step Five: use your favorite rubber stamp (#5 from Vintage Numbers rubber stamp collection)


Step Six: use a color you typically don’t use (Liquitex Soft Body Cadmium Orange Hue from my daughters paint collection)


Step Seven: write with paint brush using india ink or paint (blue paint mixture to make lines and marks)


Step Eight: add a photo (vintage photo copied on inkjet printer and added with matte medium)


Step Nine: add washi tape, tissue tape or masking tape (black patterned washi tape and bright green washi tape)


Step Ten: create and use shapes from old book pages (copy of my grandmothers high school poetry book; her writing included as notes)


Step Eleven: add ephemera (vintage book binding paper scraps)


Step Twelve: add gesso in random places (I did not have gesso available so I mixed Golden Iridescent Pearl and Liquitex Titanium White)


Step Thirteen: use black gesso or black paint to cover something up (a mix of Liquitex Ivory Black and the white from the previous step to make a dark grey)


Final Step: Repeat of two cards to add additional paint and drawing elements

What an incredibly fun deck of cards. In addition, to my project today there is a week long blog hop going on with other artists using the deck to create pieces. The other artists include:

As well as a variety of art projects, Kiala is giving away some amazing art classes and kits on December 9th.

  • I’ll be giving away one Mixed Media Inspiration Deck on this blog so be sure to leave a comment below on what excites you about art and creating to be eligible.
  • Hop on over to Kiala’s site to be sure to get your name in for some amazing giveaways.

Special Thanks to Kiala for the beautiful write up about me today on her blog and for inviting me to share my art through this blog hop.

Have a great Wednesday everyone.

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