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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #11 - April Showers

Welcome to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #11
"April Showers"!

For the month of April, we ask that you create something having to do with rain. This could be umbrellas, rain boots, clouds, rainbows, etc.... use your imagination and get creative! Be sure to tell us how you incorporated something "rainy" into your project!

We are SO excited to announce our amazing April sponsor and prize! The generous people at DecoArt are offering fantastic DecoArt product prize packs to THREE lucky winners! We would like to thank the generous people at DecoArt who so graciously provided all the members of our design team with loads of fun DecoArt Mixed Media products to use on the projects they created for this month's April Showers Challenge. 

Here is a little more about DecoArt Media Products:
"Anyone can create beautiful mixed media art. DecoArt's Media program includes products formulated to work seamlessly together to create amazing mixed media art.
Included in the line are fluid acrylics, antiquing creams, misters, gessoes, mediums, crackles, varnishes, and textures. Made in the USA."
Each of our 3 Random winners will receive a prize package similar to this one filled with DecoArt Media Products!!! 

Meet Our April Guest Designer - Zuzu - A member of the DecoArt International Design Team

"I am a trained therapist who's hobbies are crafting, hill walking and playing musical instruments (see how i missed out addicted to the XBox despite me spending more time on that than anything lol) My dad was an oil paint artist in his spare time and for as far back as I can remember, I have always been creative too; making items for my Doll's house and taking up tapestry at the age of 10. I started card making about 11 years ago and soon got tired of it and slowly advanced through various papercrafts towards altered art and mixed media. My preferred style is "vintage, distressed, shabby, grunge".  I love texture and I love rust, but I do like to break away from it now and again and do clean bright colourful things." 

We adore Zuzu's "April Showers" project she created for our challenge using the awesome DecoArt Media products. We are so excited to let you know that Zuzu actually created 2 projects for our challenge, they are very different from each other. Check back on April 15th to see Zuzus' second take on our "April Showers" Challenge. Thank you, Zuzu, for joining us! And, I also want to thank Andy Skinner for helping us out so much with this challenge and introducing us to the amazing Zuzu!!

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

Donna used lots of DecoArt products on her project including: Media Fluid Acrylic Paints, Media Misters, Crackle Paste, Gesso, Americana Writer, Matte Medium, Craft Twinklers, Americana Birds Stencil (from Michaels)

Rachel used these DecoArt Materials on her canvas: Matte Medium, Media Fluid Acrylic Paints, Media Misters, Liquid Glass and Crackle Medium 

Lynn used these DecoArt products on her project: Matte Medium, Crackle Paste, Gesso, Carbon Black and Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic Paints

Melanie used these DecoArt Products: Fluid Acrylic paint, Crackle Paste, Gesso (White) and Interference Paint.

Karen used DecoArt Media Misters, Media Fluid Acrylics, Gel Medium, Gesso, Media Interference Paint, and Antiquing Cream on her project

Astrid used almost entirely all DecoArt Media Paints and 
Mediums on her project.

Debbie used DecoArt Crackle Paste, Media Fluid Acrylic Paints and 
Media Antiquing Creams on her project

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 "April Showers". 
* Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post
** Add a link to your direct postnot 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 April 30, 11:59pm EST to enter! Remember... TWO random lucky winners will receive a DecoArt Product Prize Package!!


  1. Lovely inspiration and theme for the month!!!

  2. Outstanding works of art from everyone!!! I'm so excited about the theme this month and best of luck to everyone and thank you DecoArt for such amazing sponsorship too!

  3. Super inspiration and what yummy prizes.
    Julie x

  4. Gorgeous makes everyone and such inspiration!!

  5. Inspiring projects. How can those without a blog still enter this challenge? I have no time to write a blog/maintain it etc but I LOVE crafting as a hobby. Hope you can make some accommodations for those without a website or a blog. Thanks.

    1. You can link up using an Instagram account or any other photo sharing website such as Picasa or Flickr. Hope this helps! - MMMC

  6. So glad I found you will define toy play along :)

  7. Gorgeous projects. Love this new fun theme for April challenge.

  8. yummy prizes. !! and Beautiful projects

  9. Does your entry have to be recently made or can you also post something you made in the past that has to do with this theme? I did post a new card I made but I also have a past project I could use also. thank you for the chance to win this wonderful prize package.

  10. Wow! What a diverse and beautiful line up from the Design Team! Hope my interpretation of April Showers is acceptable!

  11. What a lovely mix of April Showers! Wonderful and inspiring DT creations. Looking forward to playing!

  12. So glad I found your Challenge! Just what I was looking for! Great DT inspiration pieces, too. Thanks!

  13. je ne parle pas anglais :-( mais de belles inspirations !!!!

  14. I SO want to enter this but STILL can't work out how to link. I know I have mentioned this before & should have learnt by now. I keep trying but it doesn't work for me. Really frustrating. Luurvve Zuzu & her creative brilliance! Some great ininspiration here too. Tfs

    1. I'm not part of the team, but contact me at caponatbellsouthdotnet, and I will try and help you!

    2. I'm not part of the team, but contact me at caponatbellsouthdotnet, and I will try and help you!

  15. The projects are all so beautiful.

  16. Absolutely gorgeous work by the DT! Thanks for another wonderful challenge, see you again soon. hugs :)

  17. Wow! I just realized 3 lucky winners this time! WooHoo! And what a prize it is! Fingers crossed!

  18. Wow! I just realized 3 lucky winners this time! WooHoo! And what a prize it is! Fingers crossed!

  19. Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #11 "April" encapsulates the essence of the season, inspiring artists to interpret its beauty through various mediums. How To Improve Your Gaming Posture Helpful Tips This theme celebrates renewal, growth, and vibrancy.


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