Hi, there! Yes, I've been under a rock and I've never tried mixed media paper before, but I was enabled to do so by Pam at Expressions with Heart. She's been using it for sponging beautiful backgrounds, which is what I hoped to do as well, but somehow I veered off in another direction. Sponging is yet to come...
First of all, I should tell you the paper is Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface. Prices vary. I got it on Amazon for about half the price shown on the link I provided, as I chose one of the other sellers. I didn't know what to expect with the "vellum surface". It's not vellum as we know it, but very smooth and it handles ink beautifully.
On my first card I mixed two media on my mixed media paper. Three, if you count the glitter.
The media I mixed are Copic coloring for the image, and ink smooshing for the background. I'm happy to report the paper works as well with Copics as it does with water-based inks. You know how you can use the Colorless Blender for removing inks outside the lines? Well, with this paper you can cleanly remove every hint of color. I've never had another paper on which the Colorless Blender worked so well.
After the Copic coloring was done I painted water around the areas I wanted to smoosh, then scribbled a Tombow marker on an acrylic block and used it like a stamp on the paper. The Memento ink I used for the image outline will smear when wet, so I had to be careful to avoid it. Another option is to smoosh first, then do the stamping and coloring.
To finish the card I stamped the retired JustRite sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black and touched the snow first with clear Stickles glitter, then sprinkled micro-fine glitter over that. The image is Penny Black's Pretty Perch.
That was so much fun, I had to try another, this time watercolored with Tombow markers.
Another Penny Black image, Poppy Gems , with a very old Uptown Design sentiment from my collection
Ink moves like crazy on this paper. It's probably not the best for watercoloring because you can lift the ink right off with water. However, I like how it enabled the marker ink to move around, rather than soak in and get stuck in one spot. Layer the inks one color at a time, dab with water, but not too much water. I like the loose, splotchy effect. More smooshing in the background. I have a lot more experimenting yet to do.
I will have more stamping next week, but first there are some things around the house and garden that need my attention. The forecast calls for a couple of dry days coming up. This rain has been relentless! I hope you're enjoying a better spring where you are. Have a happy day!