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Mixed Media Picnic Project by Vicki O'Dell (Guest Design Team)

Here's Vicki O'Dell's first post as a Design Memory Craft Guest Designer!  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did:)


Scan the photo you want to use with the Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner. Print out onto heavy weight printer paper and a laser jet printer. Set aside.

Even though the Ampersand Artist Panel says it's for Oil and Acrylics I found that it works really well with gelatos and water. First, put a little water in the area you want to work in and then scribble in the space with the gelato. Work the color around with your finger until you get the look you like. Tipping the board this way and that while the color is still pretty wet is great for blending the colors like I did in the sky.

It may take a while for the water and color to dry but you can use a heat gun to hurry the process along.



Once the background is dry lay out the elements where you think you'll want them and move things around until you get a pleasing layout. Secure the photo with Mod Podge and let dry completely. Embellish two corners of the photo with washi tape.

Lay the fence in place and draw "scribble roses" with the red big brush. Draw leaves with the green Stamper's Big Brush Pen. Don't forget to draw on the fence too so that it looks like the roses are growing over the fence.

To created the little dot flower "buttercups" draw larger dots with the Dark Naples ochre big brush and then bits of stem or leaves with green.

Draw in the distant trees with the may green big brush. Color them in loosely allowing some sky to show through. Once dry, go back in and add dots of color with the same brush to create darker patches.

Color the mushrooms as desired with the green and red big brushes. Adhere the fence, mushrooms and Christmas ornament clouds with E-6000.

Use alphabet stickers, stamps or markers for the word "picnic".


  • Stamper's Big Brush Pens - May green, Pale Geranium Lake, Dark Naples ochre
  • Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner
  • Gelatos- From Mixed Media Samplers -green and blue
  • Wooden picket fence from the craft store
  • Mushroom cutout from Twiddly Bitz
  • Silver wire Christmas ornament hangers - 3
  • E-6000
  • Photo - Printed with a laserjet printer
  • Mod Podge and brush
  • Ampersand Artist Panel 6x12
  • Washi Tape in color/pattern of your choice
  • Alphabet stickers or stamps of your choice


Vicki O'Dell is The Creative Goddess A mixed media artist, jewelry maker and creative whirlwind. She has a blog at, a daily creative lifestyle blog where she shares craft and home decor projects as well as recipes, inspiration and her own brand of Creative Goddess wisdom. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Be careful... She'll talk your eyeballs off if you let her. :)


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carolyn  - homework

Great project!

Cathy A

Love your scribble roses and trees!

Vicki O'Dell

Thank you, ladies! :)

Amy Anderson

Cute! Love the addition of the fence and the flowers, and that mushroom is so fun. It all came together so well!

Amanda @ Serenity Now

Great project! I think the roses are precious...I love this idea for a unique way to display photos. :)

Laura / Pet Scribbles

Love this project! And great tip about painting onto the fence to make the roses look like they're growing through it!

Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise

Very unique and creative. How cool that you experimented, and found a new technique using water.

Steph @ The Silly Pearl

Vicki this is so sweet! A beautiful way to highlight the photo. I bet you had so much fun creating it.

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