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How to Decorate A Mini Clipboard

Posted by Kim Dellow

Try some cute home decor with this simple decorated clipboard tutorial using mixed media techniques.

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Hi, it's Kim Dellow here with something cute today--a little decorated clipboard. I’ve used some mixed media techniques to add some on-trend embellishments to this mini clipboard. It would make a lovely bit of decoration for the house or something fun to add to a quirky gallery wall and it doesn’t take long to make either.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Derwent Inktense Blocks - 24-Color Set
  • Fabriano Accademia Artist Paper Pack - 8.25" x 11.7"
  • Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journals - 5.5" x 8"
  • Crafter's Workshop Template - Sweet Posey
  • Masonite Clipboard Memo 6"X9"-Kraft
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - 2 oz. Tube - Titanium White
  • Brushes
  • Stencil brush
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape
  • 3D foam pads

Let's Decorate A Clipboard!

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Tape down the Sweet Posey template stencil to the clipboard with Washi tape and use a small stencil brush to add white paint to the design. The trick to using stencils is to not overload the brush and dab off any excess paint until you have only a small amount on the brush.

Once finished, remove the stencil and let the paint dry.

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Stick the stencil down onto a hard flat surface and then cover with a piece of the Fabriano Accademia Artist Paper. Rub the corner of the Derwent Inktense Blocks over the stencil, pressing hard enough to get some of the stencil texture to come through.

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Add water to the page with a brush, let some of the colors mix and let the water drip and flow around the page. You will lose some of the texture of the rubbing but not all of it.

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Repeat Steps 2 and 3 on another sheet of paper to make a green-colored sheet and let them dry.

Cut the two sheets into the flower shapes, try to include the stencil textured areas in your shapes to add a bit more interest to the color. Use the green sheet to make a stem and a leaf and the red/yellow sheet for the flower head. If you are doing a tulip, then cut three pointed oval shapes to make the tulip petals.

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On a clean Strathmore Mixed-Media journal page, brush-write the ‘Happy’ sentiment. Use a wet brush, stroke it over one of the blue Derwent Inktense Blocks several times to pick up the color then write with it. Refresh the brush with water and color as you work. Let it dry.

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Cut out the sentiment then stick the tulip and sentiment together onto the clipboard with 3D foam pads.

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I used a tulip to inspire my flower embellishment and kept it really simple with some hand-cut shapes. But you could easily use something else to inspire your flower or perhaps make something more involved and use some of the dies that make three-dimensional flowers.

Kim Dellow