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

Monday, August 25, 2014

You Still Have Time to Play in our August "Stencils & Modeling Paste" Challenge!!

First of all, we would like to thank everyone for your support for our new challenge. Our gallery is filled with beautiful and inspiring mixed media creations. 

We just want to remind you that you have until midnight EST on Sunday, August 31st to link up to our challenge- Stencils & Pastes.

Our random winner will receive a $25 gift voucher from our sponsor Eclectic Paperie. Our design team will also choose a winner and honorable mentions who will be able to proudly display our badge on their blogs. Winners will be announced on September 5.

Our new challenge will start Mon
day, September 1 and run through the month of September so be sure to check back next Monday, September 1 for our new theme, sponsor, and guest designer!! It's going to be an AWESOME month!!

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 creations using "stencils & modeling paste" and having you join us for our fourth challenge starting September 1!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

July Winners!

It's finally time to announce the winners from our July challenge! Once again, it was incredibly difficult to pick from all our wonderful entries. We were all completely amazed at all the talent our players showed this month. The inspiration in our July gallery is amazing. Please take some time to peruse our July gallery, I know you will be filled with inspiration.

Now, onto the winners of our July Challenge.  

The winner of the the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #2 is Sylwia from TandiArt with this gorgeous canvas! (Sylwia please grab your winners badge!)

Our Honorable Mentions are listed below (in no particular order). Please pick up your badges for your blogs:

And, finally, our TWO random winners who will each win a prize package from our awesome sponsor DCWV. Please e-mail rwkrafts@gmail.com with your mailing address.

Prize Package #1

Prize Package #2

Congratulations to ALL our winners. We hope you will all join us for our August Challenge

Friday, August 1, 2014

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3 - Stencils with Modeling Paste

Welcome to the third Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Stencils and Pastes!

We are thrilled to have you with us for our third challenge!! We are so lucky that the awesome store Eclectic Paperie is sponsoring our challenge this month. They are generously offering a $25 gift card for our Random Winner!!

Here's a little more about the Eclectic Paperie: 

"We create and craft because we're seeking to express ourselves, to capture some of that inner fire and put it out into the world, and through that expression we unite with others. The spirit of eclectic Paperie grows out of this principle; we're committed to not only delivering a wide range of paper crafting products for mixed media, stamping, and scrapbooking but we support and encourage the greater importance of providing education, inspiration, and creative growth. Acquiring your craft materials from us becomes just another flowing step in the process of creation - we want to not only supply the raw materials of your creativity but to actually encourage and participate in sharing your creative acts. We view you not only as a customer, but as a partner."

Hello, Lynn K. here to welcome you to the August Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. For this month I’m challenging you to use thick mediums or pastes through stencils to add texture to your art. You can use modeling paste, gel mediums, super heavy gesso, texture paste, embossing paste or any thick medium that will add dimension to your work.

I started with a 6x6 canvas and used a stencil and modeling paste to create a dimensional, textured background. The stencil I used is one of my favorites by The Crafter’s Workshop. It’s called “Art Is” and it measures 6x6 – perfect for my canvas. I scraped modeling paste through the stencil with a palette knife – the thicker you apply the modeling paste the more dimension you achieve and the longer it takes to dry!

Next I applied a combination of blue and white paints keeping the shading lighter towards the middle. The paint enhances the stenciled background.

I then painted on some circles and lines and applied some green paint with a credit card.

I stamped a bird image onto watercolor paper and painted her with bright, cheery colors. I then glued her to a branch I created from corrugated cardboard and attached it to the canvas.

And here is my finished canvas

We are also excited to introduce our August Guest Designer - Karen Crossen!! Karen is an amazing mixed media artist who is also on the Eclectic Paperie Design Team. 

Guest Designer - Karen Crossen

Hi! My name is Karen Crossen and I live just outside Atlanta Georgia with my husband and 3 girls!!  I absolutely love creating mixed media art and experimenting with (and buying) art supplies!! There aren't too many days that I don't have some paint or glue on my fingers or clothes. Just a couple of years ago, I would never have thought as myself as an artist or even thought I had an artistic bone in my body.  But after finding mixed media and the freedom to create what I want and how I want - I realized how much I enjoy creating!
I have been super lucky to work on the Faber-Castell Design, Memory, Craft Guest Design Team, Linnie Blooms Design team and of course, the wonderful Eclectic Paperie Team!!  I hope you enjoy my beach bird - when I saw him at the beach this summer, I just knew I had to get him down on canvas!!  

Now more inspiration from our amazing Design Team!

We don't have many rules, but ask that you do follow the ones we have! 
* Mention in your post how you used Stencils with Modeling Paste
* Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post
* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog
*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!