Often imitated, never duplicated                     Mixed Media - artwork using more than one medium.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

You Still Have Time to Play!!

You still have time to play in our March "Birds of a Feather" Challenge 

We would like to thank all our players for your support of our 10th Challenge. Our gallery is filled with beautiful and inspiring mixed media creations that follow our "Birds of a Feather" theme. 

We just wanted to remind you that you have until midnight EST on Tuesday, March 31 to play in our March "Birds of a Feather" Challenge.

Two random winners will receive a Gelatos Kit from our sponsor Faber Castell Design Memory Craft. Our design team will pick a winner and several honorable mentions who will be able to proudly display our graphic on their blogs. Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 5.

Our new challenge will start on Wednesday, April 1 and run through April 30.  Be sure to check back then to find out what our new theme is and who our new sponsor and guest designer are.

Also, did you know that we are on social media?? Here are all the places you can follow us for mixed media inspiration, techniques and challenge reminders. And, be sure to follow our blog!!

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mixedmediamc
Twitter - https://twitter.com/mixedmediamc
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbaaS2uV_xR-MR98X0N1upA
Instagram - mixedmediamc

We look forward to seeing your amazing "Think Pink" creations and having you join us for our 11th challenge starting Wednesday, April 1!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mid-Month Guest Designer - Ingrid Kristina V

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge is starting a new mid-month guest designer post! We'll be inviting some frequent players to come join us for the 15th of the month to share a new project and tutorial with us all.

Our first mid-month guest designer is INGRID from Ingrid's Craft Corner! We love what she created and we truly thank her for sharing her work with us!


Welcome, Ingrid!

Hi there, my name is Ingrid Kristina V. I’m in my early 30’s and live in London with my FiancĂ© and our two little girls. I have always been a crafty soul and enjoy cardmaking, art journaling, creating fine or mixed media art and more, which I share regularly on my blog Ingrid's Crafts Corner. My cardmaking style is clean, simple and contemporary, with bold and bright features, as well as artsy, grungy and fun. My art could be described as grungy, textured, vintage, but I also like to play with colours and visual textures. I have an enormous passion for mixed media and love the creative freedom it gives me. I also love to experiment and often develop new techniques that I share with excitement with my blog buddies. 
Winner of the UK national competition - The Card Designer 2014 - Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, also a Designer 2015 for the magazine.
Designer for GlitzCraft. 
Designer for Eclectic Ellapu challenge blog. 
Owner & designer for the Mixed Media World challenge blog. 


Firstly, I'd like to thank Rachel and her team for inviting me to guest design for the fabulous Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog. It is a great honour! 

I had a real fun creating my project for this post. I wanted my artwork to be textured (otherwise it wouldn't be me), I wanted it to have an organic feel and have soft pastel colours. I think I achieved all of the above. 

It all started with Gesso base on a grey board, followed by a layer of a site pretty lace trims to the left. I added layers of masking tape, tulle fabric and some torn natural twine arranged into organic patterns around the edges. 

The entire piece was treated with a bit of Gesso.

I formed a heart on top of my lace area using my Light Modelling Paste by Liquitex and let it dry. This was frustrating, you can't heat dry modelling paste as it will puff up. Or can you?!:) and so I did! I wanted to. It was nice and puffy when I used my fingers to pull the upper 'skin' of the paste to create wrinkles. Then I let it completely dry. I also added some of the White Crackle paste by Prima, covered some areas with the Glass Beads by Galleria and when dry covered all in a layer of Gesso again.

It was time to add colour to my project. I decided to use my beautiful Aquarelle Pencil set by Faber-Castell knowing they are very pigmented and the colour choices are endless. I'm proud to say I just HAD TO buy all 120 of them :) My name is Ingrid and I'm a Craft-a-holic! They are awesome! I chose these gorgeous shades of peach and pink. I wanted to highlight and shade only around the edges of the layered lace so the pencils were perfect for it. I thought about using my Big Brush Pitt pens by Faber-Castell, but the pencils did the job beautifully! I used my water brush to distribute the colour. 

Now you will think I'm a bit crazy... My Mum certainly was when I asked her to pick some dry twigs there. She certainly thought I was bonkers when explaining I wanted to make a bird nest :) I elaborated further that being a mixed media artist means using various media and materials bringing them together into one masterpiece. Mixed media at least for me means an absolute freedom of expression and that's the way I create. That's why I love Mixed Media style. So to continue.. Now I had a half of a dry bush inside my kitchen, a great reminder of the fact my garden needs trimming (I wonder if this was my Mum's intention..), I selected a few tiny twigs and literally glued them into my project using my Mod Podge Matte. I simply left it under an acrylic block for a while. All covered in Gesso again, lightened up the heart too… 

Ok, the base was ready. Out came the Hazelnut Distress Paint and the Calypso Teal diluted Dylusions spray. I added a colour here and there diluting it and drying it as I went. When happy enough I added some of the gorgeous Rust Distress EP by Tim Holtz and the yummy Shabby Blue and Shabby White frantage by Stampendous to a few corners and edges. I love creating a contrast using glitter on top of my grunge. I personally came up with a name for this style - 'Glam Grunge'. Catchy, right?!:) 
I sponged around the raised areas and edges using the Archival Potting Soil ink and highlighted the raised areas in white Gesso. Added some Glimmer Glaze by Tattered Angels. 

I added my embellishments - the birdie, the cage (Tim Holtz die), these were inked with Distress Inks and crackled using the Picket Fence Crackle paint by Tim Holtz. I added a few buttons, some are vintage like the cute little round ones on the front. I 'rusted' a few metal buttons simply by embossing them using the Tim Holtz rust EP. Do not touch the metal buttons immediately after heating the powder. Guess how I know?! I finished the piece off with a few paper flowers by Glitzcraft and added some gesso on top. It needed a little extra colour to the flowers so I used the Aquarelle pencils taking the colour with a wet brush.. 
I added some half rusted metal rings from my stash and a self-made badge to the top left corner too. Masterpiece done!


Isn't her canvas GORGEOUS?! I love how she gathered twigs from her garden to create a bird's nest! Thank you to Ingrid for joining our March "Birds of a Feather" challenge as a guest designer! Make sure you visit her BLOG HERE to see much more from Ingrid!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR CURRENT CHALLENGE! Our sponsor and prizes are from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft!! You have until March 31 11:59PM to enter!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

February Winners

Please click here for our March "Birds of a Feather" Challenge

It's time to reveal our winners of our February "Think Pink" Challenge! We had such an amazing gallery of projects last month, it was tough to pick the winners! Thank you so much for joining us, we appreciate your support. Check out all of the January entries in our gallery here.

The winner of our February challenge is #11- Renee Stein with her stunning ART Journal pages! Renee, please grab you winners badge below!

Here are our February Honorable Mentions (in no particular order). Pick up your badge below!

Our random winner of the $25 Ellen Hutson store credit is sarascloset! Please email mixedmediamonthly(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your fabulous prize!

Thank you to everyone who joined in our challenge! We look forward to seeing all of your gorgeous projects in our March "Birds of a Feather" Challenge

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #10 - Birds of a Feather

Welcome to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #10

For the month of March, we ask that you create something that reminds you of birds. This could be birds, feathers, wings, quotes about flying, nests, eggs.... use your imagination and get creative!
Be sure to tell us how birds inspired your project!

We are SO excited for our amazing March sponsor and prize! The generous people at Faber Castell Design Memory Craft are offering fantastic Gelatos prize packs to TWO lucky winners!

One winner will receive the Mixed Media with Gelatos kit:
 And another winner will receive the Card Making with Gelatos kit:

Now for our March Guest Designer - Rita Barakat

Rita Barakat is a Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer, and Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites, and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte, and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. 

Rita also gives away a FREE mixed media class each month if you sign up for her monthly newsletter! You can find the Subscribe option on the side bar of her blog.

We adore Rita's Birds of a Feather project she created for our challenge. Please visit her post for details on how this gorgeous painting was created! Thank you, Rita, for joining us!

And now for some inspiration from our Design Team...

Donna used Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products in Glaze, Whipped Spackle, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Chalkboard Paint, Gelatos, and Stamper's Big Brush Pens

Lynn used Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Products in Gold Gelatos on her canvas

Karen used Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products in Gel Medium and Stamper's Big Brush Pens in her art piece

Debbie used Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos as watercolors in her layout

Rachel used Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products in Gelatos, Gel Medium, Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Whipped Spackle, PITT Pens, and Stamper's Big Brush Pens in her art journal page

Make sure you visit each designer's blog for step by step tutorials on how they created their beautiful projects! Be sure to leave some comment love for them... we LOVE hearing from you all!

We don't have many rules, but ask that you do follow the ones we have! 
* Mention in your post how your project was inspired by "Birds of a Feather". 
* 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 as many other challenges as you want.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

You have until March 31, 11:59pm EST to enter! Remember... TWO random lucky winners will receive a Gelatos kit from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft!