Monday, September 16, 2013

Organic Grunge ~ by GDT Vivian Keh

Hi there, everyone! Vivian Keh here with a video tutorial that I've prepared as part of my term as a guest designer with Donna Salazar Designs. Before I begin, maybe you'd like to know a little bit about me? I am an avid gardener and naturalist. Half my fb page posts are pix of things growing in the garden lol! When not in my studio crafting or writing for the theater, I am in the back with my beloved pooches, starting seeds, cultivating the soil and enjoying the harvest of homegrown food. In my work with paper, I am a huge lover of grunge, and I have a few techniques which I'd like to share with you today that help me create projects in my signature "organic grunge," style. which you may have seen in the July/August 2013 issue of The Stamper's Sampler! This is the layout which I feature in today's video.
A detail of my hot glue effects created with Mix'd Media Inx and SMOOCH Spritz.
Below, some more detail of the use of Donna's stencil in conjunction with texture paste, as well as Donna's alphas for the title, which I've altered simply with a pat of pigment ink.
As this project is somewhat dark, I decided to include a light and airy organza for contrast.
The photo was simply stapled to some corrugate from Want2Scrap, and a handmade tag was nestled in between the two pieces. Below is a detail of the tag stamped with Donna's Indigo Mix'd Media Inx. On top of that, I heat embossed using a pattern inked through her stencil.
Here's my video tutorial: CLICK HERE Hope you enjoy it!  
Thanks so much for watching, and by all means, please visit me on my blog if you'd like to see more! -Vivian

Mix'd Media Inx in Vintage, Truffle, and Indigo
SMOOCH Spritz in Splash, Navy Twinkle, and Sea Breeze
Pigment Ink in Brown and Copper
Craft Ink in Fire
Donna Salazar Stencil
Corrugate Sheet
GDC Studios:
Fun and Funky Collection Patterned Paper
Fun and Funky Collection Chipboard Alphas
Really Reasonable Ribbon:
Yellow Organza
Deep Red:
Rubber Stamp
Hot Glue
Texture Paste


  1. donna, be proud of vivian's work of art, it is my favorite and she showcased your products so well. Enjoy everyone...

  2. Gorgeous as ever, Vivian! Congrats on your guest design spot. Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Tracy

  3. What a fabulous LO, Vivian and amazing, informative video!! Thanks for sharing with us this month!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  4. I love your techniques Vivian. It is so much fun to see you here. I will have to try using some paste and hot glue. Haven't done that yet but your video made it seem doable.

  5. I love your style, Vivian. The way you use the hot glue is fascinating. I am a fan!!

  6. Fantastic! Love the combo of the paste through the stencil and the hot glue affects. Wonderful texture.

  7. Utterly inspiring Vivian! I adore what you do and aspire to be able to create so effortlessly. Looking forward to the next instalment. Hugs, Jenny x

  8. Super divine!!! Congrats!!

  9. I am always so blown away by your artwork. I practice your techniques, but in my case, the student continues to be humbled by the master. Please keep teaching us.

  10. I love watching Vivian create! Her work always inspires so many ideas and projects. Love this!

  11. Love Vivian using Donna's mediums..definitely a match made in Heaven!! Love you both!

  12. Your videos are a must-watch for me! I love what you do with hot glue, but then I love what you do with almost any product!

  13. Beautiful LO and great tutorial - I so love all Vivians work. Mary W

  14. Vivien - here's some LOVE for you. This design is beautiful! Now I am inspired to try, try again! The colors are spectacular and the stencil effect is unique. Love your art always - Connie

  15. Vivien, I LOVE this work of art. You have inspired me to try, try again! Love your art always - Connie

  16. I love Donna Salazar's work and couldn't wait to see what you would do here! Bravo! You always bring out perspectives I would not otherwise see in a design style or palette, while holding true to the "flavor" of the original. As others have noted, I am in awe of your take on mixed media techniques and how naturally they flow from your vision. Great tutorial, as usual!

  17. Beautiful! I love your tutorials. I'm always inspired!

  18. This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! really. Congrats on your GDT spot.. Definitely an inspiration.

  19. Congratulations Vivian on the Guest Post and for being published, YAY!!!! This page is beautiful, the video tutorial is excellent. I enjoy hearing your voice and your teaching, it's very soothing and relaxing. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Jacquelene L

  20. Simply amazing. You are a true artist in every sense!! xo

  21. As always I find your work awesome, fabolous, excellent and so creative artful. Just LOVE all what you share. Love your style and tutorials. Grateful that artists like you takes time to share and that way keeps on inspiring all of us. Thanks a LOT !!!!!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  22. Terrific Vivian! I love that hot glue technique. Congrats on the guest spot and Thank You for sharing!

  23. So incredibly cool and the colors are amazing! Always love your techniques and watching you create!!