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Mixed Media Mayhem

This Course Has Been Retired

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!


•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!
Bonus: mini digital kit of printables that can be used in the mail art projects.
Support Desk
Approximately 10 hours of video instruction.
Downloadable supplies list of specific products used with links to sources.


"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!" ~Sandi

Bonus: Printable Downloads Pack

"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!" ~Laura


"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!" ~Terry

Check out how my journal turned out once I filled it up!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish and how long do I have access to the course?
This workshop is completely self-paced - you decide when you start and when you finish. All workshop content is available to you when you register. How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.
Are the videos downloadable and can I watch them on my iPad or smartphone?
Videos are not available for download. If everything is up-to-date on your IPAD and/or smart phone, there should be no problem using them.
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.
Can I share my access and can I get a refund?
The tuition is non-refundable once access has been given to registrants. One student per purchase. No splitting/sharing classes, please!

This workshop is not open for enrollment.

"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!" ~Debra

Your Instructor

Roben-Marie Smith
Roben-Marie Smith

Roben-Marie provides ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. She teaches artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through her blog and her popular online workshops.

As an artist, blogger, woman of faith and the owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, her mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. Her own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie has been an artist for the last ten years, and is self-taught, so she believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She’s taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines including: Journal It!, The Artist Unique, Creative Letting Workshop, Art Saves, Exhibition 36, Journal Revolution, A World of Artist Journal Pages, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, "Somerset Studio," "Art Journaling," "Green Craft," "Artist' Cafe," "Artful Blogging," "Legacy," "Somerset Memories," "Somerset Life," "Somerset Apprentice" and "Somerset Gallery."


*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.