Discover Non-Traditional Objects
Now, let's talk about the non-traditional things, things you don't technically realize. In this particular shot, right here, I have my trash can. That is the same trash can that showed up in the layout. I was out walking my dog one day with my son. We were at the park, and they had this beautiful trash can, and immediately, I never see trash can, I see something rustic that has a lot of texture that's going to be in a mixed-media page. I take my iPhone, I'm not carrying my DSLR all over the street. I am going to use my iPhone, I get really up nice and close and personal with it, and just snap it. All I have to do is make sure my arm can stay steady, which thankfully, it can now, I hurt my arm and it was all like this, but now I can just stand there and take the snap shot. Here's this trash can, right in the park, just your average trash can, and that is the same trash can image that you see in this layout right here, so I took the photo, brought it into Photoshop, changed it, added som...
e adjustment layers, added a gradient map. I know this might seem a little foreign for anyone who's not with digital scrap booking yet, but you will be, and then just changed it, and it's a simple trash can. You can create mixed-media looks by using very simple things, and it looks pretty good, I think, right? All right, so things you might not think of, rocks. If you walk by someone's rock garden, if you have one. Rocks are gonna create some very interesting looks when you alter them. Clouds will also create some interesting looks if you alter them, I love clouds, and you can get different kind of cloud formations, where something looks like cumulus. I'm not a scientist, so never mind. Different kinds of clouds will produce different kinds of results, and so will a blue sky. This is an example by Kathy, which has texture and pattern in it, so anytime you stop and see a crack on the wall, brick walls, wall paper, beaches, stones, anytime you see, carpet, all of those things are things that you can use in a mixed-media kind of style.