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







22 comments:

  1. WOW! The Gelli Print background is awesome! Love all your texture and colors!

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  2. So pretty ! I love the basket filled with eggs! Thanks for the tutorial :)
    Wish you a happy weekend ! :)

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  3. Fabulous gelli print background Karen and love your bucket filled with all those lovely dimensional hearts, a spectacular mixed media canvas, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

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  4. Thank you for sharing the steps of your lovely project! The bird is so sweet as are the hearts! And thanks for the tip on regarding the crackle...I will have to try it.

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  5. A lovely mixed media canvas with great images.

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  6. Great tip about the crackle paint... I never knew that. Lovely project - that birdie is adorable.

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  7. Love your background and all of the layers. Lovely composition!

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  8. Wonderful canvas and great layer work! It is fascinating to see the work in process. :)

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  9. Such beautiful texture and the bucket full of hearts is lovely!

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  10. Your canvas is beautiful, I love the Gelli plate print background, the touches of gold are lovely. That is a great tip about the matte medium too, thanks for sharing that.

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  11. Wonderful project with a super step by step procedure...Tfs!!

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  12. An amazing piece so full of depth and detail - I love your pail of musical hearts.
    Alison x

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  13. Thank you for the clear instructions about making this beautiful piece. I haven't tried using many of the materials you used , but hope to soon. Really like your use of old hymnals.

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  14. This is gorgeous! The background is just wonderful and thank you for walking us through your process! Love it!

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  15. The texture you created on this canvas is gorgeous. I love that you recycled old music sheets. Nicely done.

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  16. Wonderful canvas, love the textures.

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  17. Loved seeing that background come together! All those textures make me so happy!

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  18. This is gorgeous Karen, I loved seeing all the different textures in your background xx

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  19. Thank you for the step by step[. Fabulous dimension and looks like you had so much fun creating this wonderful project. Thank you for sharing x

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  20. I'm in awe--stunning canvas!

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  21. Such a beautiful canvas and full of so much texture. I love those hearts made from the music print. And I learned a lot from your post. Thanks so much!!

    With smiles
    Laine Kammeraad

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