Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!! #16

Wow, Wow, Wow!! Ladies and Gentlemen what an AWESOME month .... this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge is going to blow you away!!!  Seriously, giddy here in Atlanta!!  Why??  Well, we have an AMAZING inspirational photo, an AMAZING prize and an AMAZING Guest Designer!!  All 3 - AMAZING!!  

So, first off... our inspirational photo ... for your challenge this month create something inspired by this photo!! SO much fo be inspired by here!! But keep reading because it gets better ...

 This month's random winner will win a one month gift certificate to the Brave Girl University that starts, TODAY, September 1st!! And keep going ... 

Our amazing GUEST DESIGNER this month is none other, than the awesomly talented JULIE BALZER from Balzer Designs!!!  To see her amazing challenge piece, visit The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Page and also make sure to stop by Julie's page and tell her THANK YOU for joining us this month!!!

And now, finally, my pieces for this month.  There was such a wealth of inspiration in this photo for me ... color, shapes, and little details.  But what I really wanted was to see close-up ... I wanted to know what was really in those tires.  And I  zoomed in ... there were plants and little statues ... and I thought, 'those are little fairy gardens!'  So there you have it, I had to make the fairy gardens!! Seriously, my family thought I was crazy - it really amazed me how the picture spoke something else entirely to them!! So enjoy, my Fairy Garden Trio...

I actually used old canvases that needed some new life.  And I thought those tires on the wall had been re-used too, so that inspired me!  I painted over the canvases with acrylic paint, tore and cut paper to make the houses and the plant/flowers.  Then I twirled paper with matte medium and my paint brush to make curly cues that jump off the canvas!  SO much fun!! Each 'tire' a little different but the same! 

Before ...

During ... 

A bunch of gelli prints ...

And you saw the finished pieces at the top!!

SO come and play with us ... it is so much fun! Our Design Team is super nice and friendly and we love newbies and newcomers!! See you soon!!! 


  1. What a pretty idea! I really love your fairy gardens! And the make over of the canvases is very well done! Thank you for your inspiration!

  2. These are gorgeous! I love them

  3. I love that you were able to re-use some old canvases to create something new and beautiful :)

  4. Hi Karen - love your gorgeous little fairy gardens, it's fab isn't it when we can all see something so different in these inspirational pictures...Esther xx

  5. Nice idea of reusing the old canvas. Loved all the details that you have created. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I love everything about your project! Reusing canvas, using texture, gelliplate!! Love how they turned out!

  7. I love your fairy garden trio....I to like to reuse old canvases, even buy them at the second hand store, frames and all for about $5.00

  8. so pretty. love it all. the flowers u made r so beautiful.

  9. What a fun and creative interpretation! I, too, was interested at what the details inside the tires were.

  10. Ohhh how clever is this! Love the interpretation. You look like you had fun doing this project. Just gorgeous and thank you for the inspiration x

  11. Fabulous idea! I have several canvas that there is nothing wrong with but I want to recreate and now I know I can! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring Karen x