Interested in learning how I create my inky file folder backgrounds; the ones I use in my mail art and art journaling?  Mixed Media Mayhem will appeal to seasoned mixed media artists and beginners.  Watch every step and hear my thoughts and creative process for each stage which is very encouraging for beginners; no mistakes and everything is fixable. And it doesn't end there!  Once we create all that inky goodness, we will create several projects including mail art and a fabulous art journal.  The same techniques will be applied to canvas to create a gorgeous journal cover in which to house our painted file folders!

This workshop is filled with:

•Twenty-one instructional videos* chock full of the "good, the bad and the ugly" in that you will see me work in real time with everything left in.  This "real" work approach allows you to see the creative process when things go right and even when the oops moments happen!

•Approximately 10 hours of video instruction.

•Bonus: mini digital kit of printables that can be used in the mail art projects.

Original Release Date: October 2010

Workshop Samples

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  • Sandi
    I have absolutely no doubt that I can now go into the craft room and make an awesome journal. Your instructions were clear and concise and never once did I wonder what you were trying to say. I think you did an amazing job and the class rocks! The content is inspiring and complete - a step-by-step of the projects and your process. I also felt I got a great peek into you, your process and what inspires and excites you and I always value that as a bonus in a class. You do not get that unless there is video and the instructor is real rather than professorial. Your blend of teacher/artist was perfect!
  • Terry
    Wanted you to know............I enrolled in four other workshops within days of enrolling in yours and I have completed three of the four. I enrolled in two other workshops prior to yours within the past month. I wanted to tell you that yours had much more content, I have learned more technique and completed more projects. I have mixed feelings. I'm looking forward to completing your workshop, however, that means it will be over. Yours was definitely the best investment! Thank you!


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does the Art Journal Conversion Workshop differ from the Mixed Media Mayhem Workshop?

    Art Journal Conversion Workshop: In this workshop I walk you through the step-by-step process of creating finished journal pages. This workshop is more advanced than the Mixed Media Mayhem workshop. Once pages are completed, I show how I create my mixed media journals from them. This workshop features 19 videos with approximately 4.5 hours of instruction. Mixed Media Mayhem Workshop: This workshop is geared toward the beginner. I show a variety of basic techniques to get your journal pages "started." We do not complete the layering process in this workshop, but give you a base from which to finish your pages. I show two completed projects: file folder mixed media piece and a mail art piece. The third project is a painted canvas cover into which we sew all the painted file folders. There is also a bonus mail art video. This workshop features 21 videos with approximately 10 hours of instruction.

  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Your Instructor


Roben-Marie's mission is claiming happiness for herself and others through her rule-breaking combination of colors.

Artist, blogger, designer, instructor and owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, Roben-Marie is often either geeking out behind her Mac or painting in her Florida home studio. As a woman of faith, she believes that serving others through inspiration, encouragement and instruction is a priority. A desire to learn and an unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie's work can be found in industry publications, art journaling books, her shop and on her blog. 

Her unique blending of color, elements and design makes her pieces unmistakably recognizable. Her style has been translated to canvas, journals, fabric, stamps, artist papers and most notably, mail art and Art Pops™ artist cards and accessories.

With a following that regularly demands the next workshop and product line, Roben-Marie shares her joy of mixed media and inspires the artist inside every heart wondering if they have the courage to claim it.

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  • Laura
    I love the freedom in which you work. I love the way you are not worried to make a mark you do not like, you just use more gesso and will play with the images later. This is just great to see. I hope I will achieve this more. Thank you!
  • Debra
    This class is a kick! I've watched all the videos once and I love the way you take us through each step; even your mistakes. I've just started to paint and feel totally competent to complete these projects with fabulous results! Thanks!
Click to See How My Journal Turned Out After I FIlled it Up!


*Once you sign up for the class a more detailed supplies list will be made available with specific paint and ink colors.

Inexpensive paint brushes, paper towels, ruler, pencil, scissors, heat gun, binder clips or large paper clips, small paint cups, water, water cup for brushes, gesso, letter size file folders {approximately 10}, stencils, cardstock, brayer, 2-3 small spray bottles, and Walnut Ink.

Fabric & Stuff
•1/2 yard of Muslin
•1/2 yard Duck Cloth/Canvas
•Sewing Machine & Thread

•Newsprint Paper
{I use 24’x 19}
•Scrap Paper: ledger, music, text, etc.

•Matte Medium or PVA
•Glue Stick

Writing Tools
•Black Sharpie Pen or other permanent pen.
•Sharpie Poster-Paint Pen in white or black. (optional)

Inks & Paints
Adirondack Color Wash Inks by Ranger
 Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink
Acrylic Paint  
Liquid Watercolor by Colorations*
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist*

-Invisible Care {a barrier cream for the hands}**
-For the mail art projects gather some letter & number rub-ons, labels and scrap papers.
-For one of the mail art projects I use a small Tyvek envelope but a regular catalog envelope can be substituted.