Sunday, 12 November 2017

MMW#31: AMMG with Twist (Moodboard) + Winner of MMW#29

Hello!

I can't believe we're half way through November already! We just got Halloween out of the way and Christmas stuff went up in the hops literally the next day! No pressure then! LOL! Well, we have a lot to talk about today so grab a cuppa and let's get to it...

Firstly, thank you to all who entered our challenges last month and throughout 2017. Your makes are always so beautiful and I hope that you will continue to join the fun and share your artistic explorations with us. Check the bottom of this post for the winner of MMW#29!

As you know, all good things come to an end and this year has been rather challenging. It was the fabulous DT ladies who made a fantastic effort and worked hard on all their inspirational project for you all. I would like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart! THANK YOU! We will however be saying goodbye to two of them. Leslie is going to join us for the last time this month and Torsa is saying her goodbyes today! Please could you spare a moment and leave them a comment below or visit their lovely blogs. I'm sure they would love to hear from you.

We always take a couple of months off and, once again, there won't be any challenges in December and January. I will come back during this time to introduce new sponsors, celebrate 1000 members on our MMW FB Group so will have a #GIVEAWAY for sure, we will have announce a DT Call and more so stay tuned! We will be back with a brand new challenge and a revamped blog on 1st February 2018!

Let's get to what we have for you this month...

Prize: 3 images from Etsy

THE OLD DESIGN SHOP


Challenge Theme for this month.... 
Anything Mixed Media Goes with a Twist (Moodboard) 


And now, let's ooooh and aaaah over the beautiful creations the DT Ladies bring you thins month....

Hello everybody!
I made a mini canvas. On its creation I was inspired by textures on the banner, chipboards Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Prize Paska and magical powders Lindy's.











Oh how I love this month's mood board! Its inspiration images are among my favorites: old paper, handwriting and rust! Instead of creating my usual urban decay themed canvas (the brick image was so tempting), I decided to step out of my comfort zone and do a Christmas piece, albeit a rustic one.

Using DecoArt's Media mediums (Crackle Paste, Modelling Paste, Sand Texture Paste, Matte Medium and Ultra Matte Varnish), I began to apply layers upon layers, alternating with pages, pattern pieces, stamping, stencilling, pen writing and doodling. I applied muted tones of color using Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.


I decided to build my assemblage on a piece of cardboard that I treated with more DecoArt products.  I love how it has a look of old, weather tree bark.  When my background layers were finished and dried, it was time for a play with my found object stash.


Using an X-acto knife, I remove the negatives from a 35mm film strip and painted it with matte brown acrylic. Background and assemblage colors were next:  yellow-golds, sage, dark blue and purple that I sprayed, brush painted, dripped and splattered.


I finished my canvas with some die cut pieces, cheesecloth, excelsior and art stones.

I hoped you've enjoyed this First Light of Winter!  If you would like to see my product list and additional details, please stop by my blog at Art For Dinner.

Thank you,

Leslie

Maria
Our November moodboard contains several interesting textures. I was particularly inspired by the pictures of handwritten text and the brick wall, and created this neo-vintag layout. The photo is of my father dressed as a Hanseatic merchant :)








I prepared a mixed media project in vintage style. I used all my small tag leftovers for the background and then I started to decorate with wonderful chipboard fairies. The result is a romantic vintage canvas.







Whooohoo! I bet you are itching to run to your craft room right now after seeing all this! What an amazing selection of mixed media goodness! 

We shall look forward to seeing your entries and your very own creations. The twist is, as always, optional, but it would be great to see how you will interpret it. Good luck to you all! 

And if you need another doze of mixed media, here's the winning project of MMW#29... 



...and our FAB 3s... 





CONGRATULATIONS to you all! Your projects are absolutely stunning! Please grab the relevant badges from our side bar. Totally deserved! 

Please could the winner email me - ingridscraftscorner (@) hotmail .co. uk (please adjust the email to a correct format when sending your email) and claim your prize and confirm if you wish to guest design. Thank you! 

That is all from me and the DT Ladies! Have a great time creating! Bye for now! 

Ingrid and the DT Ladies xxx 



Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Guest Designer: Martina Stoycheva

Hello everyone!

I have a special guest here today! Martina won one of our challenges and is here with us today to share her gorgeous work and to inspire you further for our current challenge. Our current challenge is all about creating mixed media goodness with an optional twist of adding glass or something that resembles glass. Martina used some acetate on her project and it looks great! 

Enjoy Martina's post and don't forget to leave her a comment to let her know your thoughts... 


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Hello mixed media lovers!
My name is Martina Stoycheva and I`m from Bulgaria. I live in small city on Black sea coast named Burgas. I am a happily married wife and a mom to a 3 years old daughter. 

My journey with mixed media started almost a year ago and since then I`m totally in love with it! The inspiration for my layout came as I was looking for challenges. I love to be challenged and this one grab my eye. Kraft, black and gold is soooo cool combination! It goes great with my black and white photo. 



First I ripped the paper for interest. Added a coat of clear gesso to prepare the page and then added texture with stencil and black gesso mixed with texture powder. Then came the fun part. I started putting pieces of paper, chipboard, twine, acetate stars and all kind of different things until they find their places.





I always like to add some pieces from old jewellery or old clock. I think that every piece of art looks different with some metal element in it. 




I want to thank Ingrid and the design team for the opportunity to be a guest designer.

Wishing you all endless inspiration!

Martina



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WOW! What an amazing layout! Thank you for creating this beauty and sharing it with us, Martina! We hope to see more of your beautiful mixed media art via our challenges and all the best for the future! 

Thank you all for stopping by today! don't forget to check out the current challenge and join the fun! 

Have a great day! 

Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

MMW#30: AMMG with a Twist (Use or Imitate Glass)

Hi everyone and welcome back to our challenge blog!

We're back with a brand new challenge! I have so much to share with you today, but before I do, I'd like to say a big hi to all our followers and friends! I hope you are all well and enjoying yourself wherever you are. A big thank you to all who entered the last challenge. As always, you knocked our socks off and we will have a super-hard time to pick our winners and favourites. That is something to look forward to. 

This months' challenge comes with a Twist. Create Anything Mixed Media and for those who really enjoy a challenge... add something made of GLASS or IMITATES GLASS. 


I recently purchased the new gorgeous Boho scrapbooking collection by Cocoa Vanilla and couldn't resist playing with it. I made an entire album and used all sorts of substrates including acetate (***hint hint***), plenty of glossy and glittery stuff as well as the gorgeous papers and die cuts from the collection. I had such a bad light here today I will re-take the photos and will post on my blog tomorrow so come back to check it all out HERE. I also took a video so I will share the tutorial with you soon! Stay tuned! But for now, here is the main image... 



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I was having one of those days where my 'creativity' was mad at my 'imagination' and my 'imagination' was not talking to anybody. If only I had an Idea Box to go to...
So I decided to make one, complete with the universal sign of a bright idea - the light bulb! And with it I had my project for this month's challenge, 'Use or Imitate Glass'.
The base of my project began as a faux marble and wood block made from resin that I had purchased to alter. I could hardly wait to cover up it's manufactured ugliness with some black gesso and brown acrylic paint! Next I added a light coat of crackle paste and set the block aside to dry while I worked on the embellishments for the box. 
My embellishments were an assortment of purchased elements and my own makes. The purchased clock face, mason jar lid, letters, mini padlock and key were treated with texture paste and 'rusted' with acrylic paint. From a sheet of chipboard, I cut, textured and painted the brackets, arrow and caution sign. 
Back to my box, I chipped away some of the crackle pieces before adding a stencilled number and paint. I then attached my prepared embellishments to the top of the block and on the four sides to complete my Idea Box. 






I hope you get an idea or two from my little Idea Box. If you'd like to see additional photos and a product list, please visit my blog at http://www.artfordinner.gallery/blog. Let me know if you visit me there.
Thank you,
Leslie

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Because our new Challenge is 'Use or Imitate Glass' I put a glass lamp on a throne of my triptych. I also covered the three images with clear embossing powder, giving them a glass look.





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It is all about glass this month! I decided to decorate a beautiful old broken window which I got some time ago from a garage sale. It wasn't even on sale but was put aside to be thrown away later. Never happened :) I turned the window into a tribute to one of the most interesting figures in Russian 
history - Peter the Great. The dream of Russia's czar, Peter the Great, was to establish for Russia a “window to Europe” in the form of an outlet to the sea. This is how St. Petersburg was built. 

So I decided that my beautiful window deserved its Peter the Great. I decorated it with patterned paper, alcoholic ink, seashell and real corals. The navy meant a lot to Peter! Besides the glass in the window, I also used glass bead texture paste and real blue broken glass pieces as topping. Glass balls, glass-like plastic beads, epoxy cabochon and transparent liquid drops complete the project.








My latest canvas is made by me and my 10 years old step daughter. This is a cooperative creation. :)
This month is all about glass so I used glass microspheres, microbeads, and small glass pieces to decorate the background. I also add some seashell that look like thin glass chips.






I'm sure you'll agree that the team rocked this challenge inspiration again! We can't wait to see what you will create!

Enter by linking your projects below for your chance to win a Guest Design spot and a £15 voucher from our sponsor... 

WILD ORCHID CRAFTS

Good luck and stay creative! 

Ingrid and the fabulous DT Ladies xxx