Our resident art tutors
Katy Leitch (Founder)
“I’m the very proud founder, editor and owner of Mixed Up. I worked for several years in a publishing house before deciding to go it alone and start my own business. I’ve always loved the arts and have degrees in art history. My first love was pottery but I found paper arts about 12 years ago and have been hooked ever since; other hobbies have come and gone, but my love of ink, paint and paper has stayed with me. I am a bit of a stampaholic and (much to the exasperation of my husband) a hoarder of art supplies and ‘useful’ junk! It’s a constant joy to share wonderful arty inspiration with like-minded people.”
“I have always loved to draw and had to make a choice when I left school whether to go to Art College or take up an apprenticeship in hairdressing: I chose the latter, but my love of creating never left me. I dabbled with oils for a while in my early 20s, but Motherhood soon got in the way and so I put my paints away. They stayed away for nearly 30 years, until one day in 2013, and that spark was rekindled and now burns with so much passion that I physically ache if I do not get my creativity time.”
Website: Debs’ Artzone
“I’m originally from the Dorset Jurassic Coast, and started making jewellery from real fossils at the age of 14. I have always loved art and my dad was an oil painter, we actually had an 8ft Haywain painting on our living room wall when I was young. I haven’t found if that oil painter is in me yet, but I love mixed media, painting, stamping, jewellery, polymer clay, resin, and mixing it all together when I can. I would say ‘No style is my style’ as my makes can be slightly eclectic!”
Blog: Nikki K Art
“My name is Corrie Herriman, I live in Venlo, the Netherlands and besides crafting also love eating, holidaying, cooking, walking and reading… When I am not doing the above you will find me in my craft room where I will be getting painty and inky. I have been crafting for most of my life but got really busy with it after I stopped working in 2010. I love art journalling, mixed media and occasionally altering things like books and boxes. My favourite materials are acrylic paints and stamps and use them profusely in my projects!”
Blog: Made by Chook
“A happy hello from Montana in the Northwestern United States! During the week I manage an office, but when the weekend arrives you’ll find me in my little art studio playing with paint. Over the years I have painted in oil, watercolour, ink and acrylic, dabbled in pottery, knitted, quilted, weaved and done beadwork: I am a self-proclaimed ‘Hobby Hoarder’. My passion is Mixed Media with an emphasis on Found Object Art and if you ask me my favorite colour, I’d tell you ‘rust’. I am a quirky soul, so don’t be surprised if you see a parmesan cheese lid, a hair curler, a gear, a cocktail fork and a bike chain on one of my canvases.”
Blog: Art for Dinner
Riikka Kovasin is a Finnish mixed media crafter whose passion is to get her fingers into paints and mediums after a work day. Her first medium of love was gesso, then came the mists but nowadays she finds herself more and more reaching for the watercolor sets. Luckily the little Ikea Råskog trolley she keeps in the living room has a good choice of mediums to play with!
“I’m Erica and I live in Cardiff, South Wales, UK. I have been crafting for over 20 years now (scary!). I started out from an art background, having a Fine Art degree but I took a job in a craft shop and I was hooked! I have done various jobs in the craft industry from demonstrator and owning my own shop, to now running workshops and demos locally.”
“I live in beautiful countryside close to the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland with my Partner Paul, cat and two dogs. My children have long since flown the nest but having filled their bedrooms with my art materials and reduced my working week to 3 days the real me has finally emerged! I’ve always been ‘arty’ and creative and watercolour painting was my first love. I have a passion for colour and texture and all things inky. Mixed media is my current love and I adore creating canvases with paints, pastes stencils and stamps.”
Blog: Inky Bliss
“Hi, my name is Mags Woodcock and I am a fifty-something girl from East Yorkshire who loves to craft and create at every opportunity. I am married to a fabulous and very patient husband who understands that sometimes art comes before housework! I love texture with a passion and like playing with colour and dimension. My craft style is shabby chic and vintage and I enjoy using recycled objects in my art. I have been part of the MUM blogger team from the start and feel I am privileged to be part of such an inspiring group of artists.”
Blog: The Tag Lady
“I am a very grateful full time artist/instructor living in Alberta, Canada. Creating has been an interest of mine my entire life, in one way or another. When I started playing in the world of mixed media, I knew I had found my forever home! The main tools in my toolbox are polymer clay, glass for mosaics, laces and trims (a girl needs some softness right?), found objects and vintage jewellery. Recently I have discovered the wonderful world of encaustic and now the house is filled with the wonderful aroma of beeswax; in these cold Canadian winters it helps to remind me that winter is just one of four seasons. My husband Gord and I have 5 wonderful grown children and 7 (soon to be 8) grandchildren that fill our lives with joyful times.”
Website: Inspiro Mixed Media
Helen is a very experienced mixed media artist and rubber stamper. She is crazy about colour, notoriously messy, and definitely does not adhere to the principle that less is more! Helen loves to experiment with new products and is always ready for an arty challenge! She’s been with the magazine since Issue 1, appearing in almost every one with her colourful and eclectic work. She teaches at That’s Crafty!.
Blog: A Splash of Colour
“I live in the UK in a little seaside town on the East Anglian Coast. I enjoy many types of crafting but I especially enjoy paint. It has taken me a long while to realise that I don’t really do messy, even my grungy makes turn out all tidy and carefully constructed, so I don’t try now. I let my OCD flow and call my style ‘tidy grunge’. When not crafting I enjoy being outdoors, either on the beach or in the garden, so If you can’t find me in my craft room I am usually around somewhere with my iPod in my ears and crochet in my hands planning my next crafting project.”
Blog: Welcome 2 My World
Betsy built her eclectic style upon a foundation of good design principles, forged from years as a marketing professional. A few of her favourite subject matters include circus, mid-century graphics, and vintage ephemera. Betsy lives in the “arctic circle” of Minnesota, where long winters allow plenty of time for crafting.
Website: Paper Calliope
“I am an artful and wildly creative soul. It is my passion to blend the ordinary with the unusual to produce pieces that can be described as eclectic and technical with a splash of whimsy, a healthy dash of imagination. I prefer to walk on the fringe of traditional and the expected. My chemistry set includes mixing colours, patterns, and motifs in what I like to call a cultural fusion. Ripping the proverbial box a new one and smashing the mould of traditional are my favorite pastimes.”
Website: Twisted Muse Designs
Fi is a lifelong crafter and creator. She works with mixed media, resin, polymer clay, textiles, and is a fully Certified Powertex Tutor. She loves nothing more than sharing her ideas and passion for creating. She is a Design Team member of Mixed Up and Powertex UK.
“I live in London where I enjoy the beauty of my hometown, its culture, art galleries and wonderful sights. I love all things vintage and my hobbies include photography, music, art and design but for as long as I can remember and since I was able to hold a pencil or paintbrush, the one thing that I’ve always loved to do is make stuff. Since buying my first stamp set in 2008, I’ve had many of my dreams come true on this exciting creative adventure and now, I get to share my passion for creativity with others.”
Melina is the mother of four children. Her day job is in healthcare, but she tries to find time every day to create. She also loves animals, nature, and to grow her own vegetables in her garden. She is on a few different design teams and she designs stamps for Rubber Dance.
“I’m a happily married mum of two boys from NSW in Australia. I love loads of colour in my creations along with upcycling and repurposing items. I am on a few design teams including Colour Blast Australia, Shop and Crop, and Memory Maze Lasercuts.”
Deb Riddell is a mixed media artist and paper crafter living and working in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She started her crafting odyssey as a watercolour and tole painter but has found her bliss in mixed media.
Blog: Paxton Valley Folk Art
“I’m a mixed media artist from Switzerland and have been an art crafter for about 30 years. I like to encourage people to do more art and craft, through live classes, online classes or via my YouTube channel.”
Tracy is a dreamer, a doodler, a painter, an imagination maker. She has a love for recycling old books and fabrics into artwork with a whimsical feel. Her dream for her doodles to be made into stamps has come true in the form of Wonky Tonks from Which Craft?.
Lynne is from a small town in Northern New Hampshire and has been creating since she was a child. She loves trying new things and likes to remind people that it’s good to step outside of one’s ‘creative box’. If she was to classify her style, it would be Vintage Distress meets Shabby, and it ALWAYS has a flower!
Jennifer is an artist and art instructor currently living in West Virginia with her husband and two sons. She has been involved in the arts her entire life in one way or another. After studying fashion in college, Jennifer found herself drawn to new art forms and techniques. She now enjoys painting, collage, art journaling, and mixed media. Geometric shapes and patterns are her greatest source of inspiration and joy.
Blog: Paper Geometry
Leanne lives in a little country town in Queensland, Australia, with her two children, Tarj and Ivy and two dogs George and Boss. She is currently juggling being a full-time university student, working part-time and being a single mum to her (mostly) amazing children. She grew up in the country, so the quiet life suits her best. When she finished high school she went on to complete a Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in Printmaking. Whilst there was always a love for art, time, finances and circumstances led to the creating being on the back burner for a long time. It wasn’t until a friend introduced her to scrapbooking that a love of art resurfaced. After many years of scrapbooking she then found herself wondering off into various other creative outlets, particularly photography and painting. After many of life’s hurdles Leanne now uses her art as a form of therapy, with mixed media being her weapon of choice.
Blog: Addicted to Clouds
Karen is a full time multi-media artist from North Carolina, whose entire art career has stemmed out of clever ways to get out of doing the laundry and other boring household chores. She is the owner of the on-line art school, AwesomeArtSchool.com, which brings simple, straightforward and FUN art instruction to you in the comfort of your own home. She is addicted to creating drawing books and you can find her entire ‘How To Draw Fun, Fab Faces’ series on Amazon!
Etsy: Cool Mama Crafts
Teresa is 48 and lives in Staffordshire, UK with her partner. She has been interested in art and crafts her whole life and has a passion for stamping and mixed media. She works part time in an independent craft store where she runs regular workshops.