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

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!


  1. Wow! All these projects are soooo inspiring! Love this challenge and hope to play for sure this month!

  2. such a fun challenge and lovely DT inspirations!

  3. Beautiful projects! I'm looking forward to playing again, this month! I LOVE Eclectic Paperie products! Thank you :D

  4. Beautiful projects! I'm looking forward to playing again, this month! I LOVE Eclectic Paperie products! Thank you :D

  5. Lovely challenge and awesome DT inspirations! !!

  6. Oh Lynn I just love your canvas! I just bought that script stencil and am excited to use it. Love the colors on that bird too!

  7. Such beautiful creations, and I absolutely love Lynn's step-by-step photos. Thanks so much for sharing, and for another fabulous challenge!

  8. Stencils with Modeling Paste ce que j'aime le plus ! de belles réalisations

  9. Oh what a fun challenge! I LOVE every one of your glorious samples!!! My wheels are turning and I can't wait to play! :) Thanks so much for mixed media challenge #3--another fantastic choice!!!

  10. This sounds like a fun project! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  11. Stencils with Modeling Paste ce que j'aime le plus ! de belles réalisations

  12. whoa! the design team and guest designer really out did themselves this time!! these projects are AWESOME!!!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous mixed media projects by design team. I love them all!!

  14. Fantastic DT projects and a great challenge!

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  16. Loved this challenge! I have made a mixed media canvas inspired by Leanne Bishop and Finnabair. I used several Tim Holtz stencils and used mod podge+gesso (quite a thick paste) as a medium.

  17. Hey, Glad to be here!!! Lovely inspirational projects using Tim Holtz stencils:)

  18. I'm so excited to play along with you for the first time!! I'm just learning the art of mixed media and I love to have a place to share! The DT creations are simply amazing and I am completely inspired!! Wonderful challenge, thank you! Hugs :)

  19. Is there any way I can link via Instagram? or does it need to be a blog post? I have posted a pic there of my project and put your tag (#mmmc) but not sure if it's enough.
    (IG "Arteyotrasaventuras")

  20. Great inspirational pieces by the DT. Blessings!

  21. So GLAD I found this challenge! LOVE the GORGEOUS DT creations! Amazing!

  22. Wonderful inspiration from the Design Team!

  23. Hello
    I just discovered your challenge blog - so happy that I did!
    Love what I am seeing on here.
    I just entered my first project on here.

  24. Just discovered your blog and challenge! Such creative pieces - love them all!

  25. Love this challenge have just added my 2nd piece

  26. Love all the gorgeous creations from the DT! Thank you for all the inspiration and the great challenge!
    Nancy :D

  27. I've been wanting to play along with one of your challenges since the first month...so glad I was able to sneak one in this time! So many amazing entries and your DT is amazingly talented and inspiring!! Only a few more to reach your goal of 100! Thanks for the chance to play along ladies. xx ~Donna K

  28. Thanks to the DT for such inspiration! This is my first entry here and I will become a follower too.

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