Mixed Media Morsels & more

Tips, Ideas, and Inspiration

“Play is the highest form of research.” George Bernard Shaw reminds us that, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Hmm, maybe these guys were secretly mixed media artists, LOL!

It’s so much fun to just play — paint, scribble, stick down papers, etc., with no expectation of the outcome. It can be very disappointing when a project doesn’t turn out the way we envision it, so we should let go of all those preconceived ideas and just play! Finding out what will happen when we don’t think about what we’re doing can be very surprising and exciting!  🙂

This month’s tag for Mixed Media Morsels, Dessert #4, was quite an enjoyable play time for me. I used my Derwent Inktense pencils to make a colorful watercolor background for my tag.


Next, I used a piece of small bubble wrap and some white acrylic paint to stamp some dots onto the background of the tag. Something as simple as this step really makes such a huge difference in how the piece looks!


I penciled in my quote, using a few of the lettering techniques I covered in my recent YouTube video. If you missed it, you can click here to watch. I then used a black UniBall pen to thicken the script lettering and my Faber-Castell PITT pens to color in the partial block lettering. The highlighting and doodles were made with a white Posca paint pen.


I added a black butterfly and some stars – both are Remnant Rubs by Tim Holtz . Then I tied some colorful eyelash fibers on the top. While I was at it, I also added fibers to the first two tags in this series, ‘cuz they looked kinda nekked.  😉


Mister Rogers said, “Play is the work of childhood.” So we all need to find the child inside of us, keep the research alive, and keep ourselves young — in other words, we need to PLAY!

See ya next time,

6 thoughts on “According to Albert Einstein…

  1. Sherry says:

    I love all your videos. You make some beautiful things. You make it look so easy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cat says:

      Thanks, Sherry – I’m really glad you’re enjoying them! 😊


  2. Kelly R Brush says:

    Awesome stuff! You are quite inspiring!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cat says:

      Thank you, Kelly, and thanks for stopping by! 😊


  3. madeby says:

    What else can I say; you make lovely stuff!
    I have been following you with your Mash-ups. {do not have the confidence to join the FB group yet}
    “don’t think”, because you say it, I am going to believe there will come a time I’ll do the same 🙂

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    1. Cat says:

      Thank you! You really should join the group and share your creations! The group members are very supportive (I wont have it any other way…) and it’s a fun environment! But the choice is yours, of course. Hope to see you there soon! 😊 Happy creating!


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