Monday, August 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge # 27 Travel!!

Oh yes, back again for an awesome August Challenge!!  Travel!! And our amazing guest designer and sponsor this month is Lindsay Weirich!! You might know her as the Frugal Crafter!! She has a an amazing blog and You Tube Channel!  And she has an awesome deal for us this month, if you click here, you can take her Mix It Up class for 50% off!! And I love a good deal!!

And here is my project for the month ....

I love old suitcases! So I wanted to make a couple of them for this month's challenge!!  I started off with two manilla tags and went to town with color, tissue paper and rub-ons!

The background was created with maps,  modeling paste, stamps and paint - just really got my hands super messy!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Just a little block ...

Just a fun summer dreaming project! It is hot outside and that makes me sleepy in the afternoons.  I was having a little tired sketching time and daydreaming about fairy gardens.  And I remembered a Mason jar fairy garden that I had done at one time. The project was sold at a school fair and I wanted to make another similiar one with this little bell jar world!  

First, I copied some vintage wallpaper for the background on my copier and glued it down to the wood block.  Then I drew on the (little bit crooked) bell jar and watercolored it blue. Finally, I played around with some fun paper to create the little world inside the jar!  Just fun to play around!!  Dream a little and create something fun and whimsical!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #26 - Reach for the Stars!!

 Okay Mixed Media Fans!!! We are SO excited to bring you our fun challenge this month!!!  You are going to love it and run to your desks to get started!!

This month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Reach for the Stars! And our sponsor and star this month is Seth Apter!!  And the prize for our random winner is a fantastic stamp set from Seth Apter!

And we have a brand new Mixed Media Team Member this month - please join me in welcoming Clare Messenger!!  Make sure to visit her blog and give her some love!

And finally, my project for Reach for the Stars .... 

I started with modeling paste on a piece of wood board.  I used a stencil to cover the whole board with script.  

After the modeling paste dried I painted it white with gesso.  I realized that it needed some color and found some gold paint that my kids picked up at Target.  (I know, Target craft paint ... but I LOVE this color!!)

Last month I went to the Mixed Media Night at my local scrapbook store.  Once a month, we have a night that we can get together and go Mixed Media Crazy!  So out fearless leader, Melodie, brought us a great brayer technique to create backgrounds.  I loved it.  So for this project I started it off with blue and navy paint and brayered it all over deli paper! 

After it dried, I wrinkled the deli paper and put gold paint on the raised wrinkled paper.

Then I had a night background, I just needed my stars.  So I embossed some scrapbook paper with clear and gold glitter and cut it out into stars.  

Finally I put all the pieces together! And what is better than a Peter Pan quote - love it! 

Now, come play with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - you will be glad you did!! We have so much fun seeing what everyone does and so I am completely inspired by seeing what other Mixed media artists create!! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mixed Media #25 - 2nd Anniversary!!

Welcome to the 2nd Anniversary Party for The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!! Woohoo!! 2 awesome years of challenges, fun and tons of prizes!  And, it is never a good month until we start with our challenge and for this month, pick one of your favorite challenges and create!! So pick one of the challenges from this year, and get your month started! 

Our sponsor this month is the Funkie Junkie Boutique! This store is full of amazing items for all your "Frilly and Funkie Projects!"  And one of our amazing players this month, will randomly be drawn to win a $25 gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique! Awesome!  

And here is my project for this month!! I chose April's challenge, Dimension and went crazy.  I was trying to break out of my own box and be a little crazy. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #24! Butterflies and Blooms!

Welcome back Challengers!! Here we are again with the  Monthly Mixed Media Blog Challenge #24!!  This month we have an awesomely fun challenge!! And the wonderful Ken Oliver is with us this month as our guest designer!! He also has brought with him an awesome prize - one lucky, random challenge player will win a Set of Color Burst Caribbean Brights and a Best Ever Craft Mat!!  (SO awesome, I have really wanted to buy one of those mats myself!!)

SO, come and play with us!! Our theme this month is Butterflies and Blooms! Perfect for this time of year because I am planting the blooms and really hope the butterflies will come!! And also, a really fun challenge for mixed media!!

Here is my project for Butterflies and Blooms!

I started with plain white tissue paper and inked it up with black script!

Next I took ultramaring blue color burst and watercolored it onto watercolor paper.  (But for I mis-calculated and stopped a little short ... you'll see where later!)

Using matte gel, I prepped my canvas and the back of the watercolor paper to stick together!

Using matte gel on the back of the tissue paper, I carefully put the paper down onto the watercolored paper.  Then I gently wrinkled the paper to give some texture to the background.  Then I brushed on Ken Oliver's Liquid Metal in Platinum for some beautiful shimmer!

And the fun part - playing with my colorbursts!  I watercolored with them, I sprinkled them and I used them with stencils!! I loved the way this one came out.  I was working on another canvas and just wanted a frame around the edge.  I placed a piece of watercolor paper in the middle and used a stencil and colorburst. The edge of that canvas turned out great.  The overspray piece,  I LOVED the design and colors so much, I knew I had to use this piece somehow!!  I used Color Burst in Ultramarine Blue and Lemon Yellow to make this.  (I might have also sprinkled on a tiny bit of purple!)

I used tissue paper in my printer to make the text.  I found the quote on Pinterest and tried a couple different fonts and sizes until I found the perfect one.

The stenciled, color-bursted paper was cut into the shapes for the 'hills.'

I glued them all down! But I cut the hills ... and somehow I miscalculated something and the line of the watercolor paper was visible.  Luckily, I just took some colorburst and painted in the missing color part!

Now, somewhere in the middle of playing the colorburst, I used a Linnie Blooms butterfly stencil kit and other stencils to make the butterfly shapes!! Loved them!

Then a little doodling and shading to finish up!  This was so much fun! I made a complete mess of my desk area and my fingers were completely covered in color!!

Now it is your turn!! Go create something with butterflies and blooms!! So much fun and I can't wait to see what you all come up with yourselves!!  Come and visit us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #23

Finally, Spring is in full swing and the pollen is tormenting me as I write this post!!   But, luckily, I am indoors and enjoying this awesome new challenge from The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!! Our fantastic sponsor is Stampers Anonymous and our amazing Guest Designer is the awesomely talented Wendy Vecchi! Make sure to visit her website and drool over her fantastic work!  For our challenge this month, we have two prizes for our random winners!!  So make sure to play along with us this month with our Dimension Challenge!

And here is my project for this month's Challenge!!

Last month we had so many different entries that used their Gelli Plate - I was totally inspired to bring mine out to play! I used my Paper Artsy Fresco Paints, stencils and tissue paper!

Michael's had a fantastic canvas sale last month, so I bought some fun 10x10 square canvases!  I dragged some ink around it and stamped randomly to start.  Then I covered it with Matte Medium and put down my favorite Gelli print.

In order add dimension, I used light modeling paste through a stencil.  I tinted the modeling paste with fresco paint.  I added some gold rub-ons too!

Then I needed to create my pieces.  I took some old hymnal paper and used matte medium to stick it down to some heavier cardstock paper, and painted matte medium on top of the paper as well. 

Now, I love crackle paste.  I have used many types and I was super frustrated with my golden crackle paste because the crackles were either too big or there weren't enough .... but I learned through a lot of trial and error, that applying matte medium to the top of the hymnal paper to help the crackle paste adhere better.  This finally was the solution to getting my crackle just right!!

I used metallic silver paint and some washi tape to create my tin bucket.

For Christmas, one of my presents was this sheet of bird stencils.  I actually really love the bird shapes!  I traced the outline of a bird and used watercolors to create a little bird to sit on top!

And then I put all the pieces together!  I watercolored some some musical hearts. I also doodled, added some rub-on stickers and finished my canvas!! 

I hope you all enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed making it! Thank you so much for stopping by and I really hope you jump over to the MMMC challenge and join in the fun!! Karen