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Mixed Media Challenge #32

Welcome to Mixed Media Challenge #32! The very first mixed media challenge of 2017. Can you believe it? 2017. It HAS to be better than 2016.  And we’re starting it off right with this amazing challenge from the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog.

The challenge this month is to create a project using a stencil!  (The above graphic MUST be used in your own blog post.)

The January Sponsor for the Mixed Media Challenge #32 is Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl Products.  Mary Beth is offering the lucky random winner a $25 gift certificate to the StencilGirl Store. How awesome is that?

The Mixed Media Challenge Blog is also welcoming a brand new Design Team Member  — LYNNE FORSYTHE !! She is an amazing mixed media artist who currently designs for CanvasCorp Brands, UmWow Studios, and Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession. We are so lucky to have her as part of the team. Welcome, Lynne!

Okay, so here is what I created with my stencils for the Mixed Media Challenge #32 – Put a Stencil On It.

It’s a 6″ x 6″ piece of watercolor paper mounted on canvas. There’s quite a bit of subtle layering going on that can’t be seen unless you were to examine it in person — and I like that. The nuances, the surprises, the small things you can’t see on a computer screen. These things make me happy.

I imagine you might wonder why I chose such a deep brown on the edges when the center is to vibrant? I thought the interior needed grounding. Like a pulse that oftentimes gets out of control. The brown serves as a ground to that vibrancy. The batik look and feel of this particular stencil works well with a mix of bright, fluid colors.

I hope you’ll join us for the first challenge of this New Year and challenge #32…WOW!

Here are some simple guidelines to follow: 

Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member’s blogs. (If you’re here? That’s a start!)
* Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post
* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog, a YouTube Video or a Pinterest Board
* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges.
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

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Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – Glitter

Hello there and welcome to the 1st of February (my personal favorite day of the year) aaaaaaand the day where we at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog get to share a new challenge with you! This month it’s all about GLITTER!! Wooohooo! MMMC 21 - Glitter

We were so fortunate to receive some fabby paints from Paperartsy this month and one of the places you can get them is from Frantic Stamper, who is our generous sponsor this month with a $25 gift card!! Yay!!

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These paints were so much fun to work with. So fast drying and easy to layer to create a fun background for my piece.

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Here are just a few steps at what I did to create to it for this month’s Mixed Media Monthly Challenge featuring GLITTER!!

It was really easy brayer on the paint in the layers (although I found some of the colors didn’t “play” as well as I’d hoped and I added a different one when finished.)

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I stamped over the background with a JOFY Stamp Set (JOFY 14) called and used  Stamper’s Big Brush Pens in different colors to provide shading over the acrylic paints. Then I added some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to add glittery highlights to some areas.

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When I was at this point I wasn’t overly fond of the coral and the way it looked. So I applied the Bougainvillea paint  with my fingers and then blended it around with a damp, flat paintbrush.

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I added some extra stamping to the sides, a strip of glitter tape, a few rhinestones, and stamped a sentiment. Over the sentiment I added a layer of glaze to which I added some glitter. Most of this had to sit overnight to dry.

Here’s a close-up:

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and another

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Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following the rules of the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member’s blogs.
* Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post.
* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog, a YouTube Video or a Pinterest Board
* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges.
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

December MMMC – Silver and Gold

Hi everyone! It’s December 1st and that means there’s a new challenge at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog. So, the December MMMC – Silver and Gold:

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And, once again, we’re being sponsored by IndigoBlu. This challenge runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31

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Silver and Gold is so perfect for this challenge and this month as it will really let your creativity fly. So many wonderful ways to use this prompt. I was able to use one of the IndigoBlu Stamps (Madonna and Child) and the MegaFlake in Winter Dawn (part of the starter kit). I also did a watercolor background and a side panel using a stencil and some Gold TextureLuxe™.

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I colored the image in very lightly using ArtGrip® Aquarelle Watercolor pencils.

I think that the December MMMC – Silver and Gold will be a very popular challenge and I hope that you all can join in. Here are the rules listed below:

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member’s blogs.
* Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post
* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog, a YouTube Video or a Pinterest Board
* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges.
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

Bloom Girls August Challenge

Hi! I’m so super excited that today brings the very first Bloom Girls monthly challenge. We’ll be posting an inspiration photo on the Bloom Girls Design Team Blog every month (the first of which you can see right below) and from that photo let your creativity SOAR!! You don’t even  have to use a Bloom Girls stamp!! (But, if you have any, please do…wink, wink.)

 

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So, for the Bloom Girls August Challenge you can see the gorgeous colors that Jamie chose and the stamp featured is “Free Spirit”. Isn’t she beautiful? Use anything that you see and get inspired!! :)

Here is what I created:

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She is soooo much prettier in real life. I’m fairly certain I need a different camera lens or SOMETHING to be able to capture all the loveliness in my canvases. It’s getting frustrating. There’s a lot of shimmer, shine, and depth that’s just not coming through. :( I hope you like it anyway.

Jamie’s stamps are amazing and they have so much detail.  If you’re into mixed media or coloring with Copics…they’re perfect. Make sure to check out the blog to see what the other designers have done! And play along. Most of the flowers are all part of Jamie’s line, too. So many beautiful things!

And, last but NOT least, there is also a wonderful prize package up for grabs from Jamie to one randomly selected participant so you will really, really, really want to play along!! ;)

Wishing you all a wonderfully creative and inspirational week…

Happy Easter – MIX63

I love it when my pal Tiffany from I Heart Art Blog asks if I’d like to create a card or project for one of her Mixability Challenges on Splitcoaststampers. I don’t even have to hesitate….YES!!! The challenges are so fun and so cool! They’re Mixed Media challenges and you don’t have to be an expert. In fact, it’s great for those who want to learn about Mixed Media. My other pal, Lydia, explains more about the challenges here:

This is a mixed media challenge, with the goal of teaching people how simple Mixed Media can be, and how you can get a range of looks with Mixed Media – Clean & Simple, Vintage, Modern, Abstract, Grunge and much more. 

A “medium” can be any of the following:

  • Pencils – wax, oil, watercolor, graphite/charcoal, chalk/pastel
  • Pastels – chalk, oil
  • Markers – watercolor, pigment, water-based, acrylic
  • Pens – ink, glitter
  • Pigments – Gelatos, watercolor crayons, metallic rubons
  • Paints – watercolor, acrylic, oil, poster, tempera
  • Inks – dye, chalk, distress, reinkers, pigment, hybrid
  • Powders – mica, pigment, chalk
  • Sprays & airbrushing
  • Dimensionals – embossing paste, gesso, fabric, found items, papers (collage, piecing) & ephemera, foils
  • Heated elements – encaustic wax, embossing

And a “mix” can be any two or more of these items or others.

Read more: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/mix-ability-challenge-f390/what-mix-ability-challenge-t567886.html#ixzz2yWvMpsVI

So, Tiffany’s challenge this week is Easter or Spring themed! And, I have tons or Spring colored stuff just oozing all over the place. But, I knew in the deepest part of my heart that I really wanted to make an Easter card. Not a bunny-foo-foo type of Easter card, either. One that celebrates the true meaning of Easter. So I combined the colors and florals of Spring with the wood and gold to represent the Church.  I hope as you look at the card you can see all the different elements that are there.

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Believe it or not, this whole card started with the patterned paper from Prima called Free Spirit. It’s really beautiful paper and I just cut random sized strips and stuck them onto typing (copy) paper using Gel Medium. Once the Gel Medium is dry then I used the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and Gelatos® to highlight and add contrast. I also used a stencil and Whipped Spackle to add a little interest. The cross is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die cut created from adhesive back wood paper from ARC Crafts. The leaves are called Dancing Leaves and they were cut out of vellum and colored on the back side with a Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and then wiped with a baby wipe.

It was just a little bit labor intensive. Maybe not a mass production card. ;) But, I really love how it turned out and it’s nice and flat, so perfect for mailing to someone special. (I know my folks will LOVE it!! ♥)

Wishing you all wonderful and blessed Easter! From Millan.Net

 

 

Penny Black Dancing Leaves Creative Die (EH|SSS)

 

Prima Free Spirit 6 x 6 Paper Pack (EH|SSS)

 

 

 

Bazzill 40 LB Vellum 8.5″ x 11″, 25 sheets (SSS|EH)

 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium (SSS|EH)

 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle (SSS|EH)

 

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board (EH|SSS)

 

Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist Sunflower Sparkle (EH|SSS)

 

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (EH|SSS)

 

Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches (EH|SSS)

 

 

 

Small Teflon Bone Folder (EH|SSS)

 

Vagabond Cutting Machine by Tim Holtz (SSS|EH)

 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso (SSS|EH)

 

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Gift Set (EH|SSS)

 

Versamark Watermark Resist Ink Pad (SSS|EH)

 

Faber-Castell Gelatos 34 piece Gift Set (EH|SSS)

 

The Crafter’s Workshop Tiny Circles 6 x 6 Template (EH|SSS)

 

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