Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #24 "Butterflies and Blooms"

Welcome to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #24
"Butterflies and Blooms"
***please remember to add this graphic to your blog post***

Our May Guest Designer & Sponsor is  
Ken Oliver!!

Throughout his education, Ken Oliver studied art and design, but ultimately followed a career path in sales and marketing that took him literally around the world working with clients and factories in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States. His experience in sales, marketing and product development actually led him back to arts and crafts industry. Ken is an accomplished artist who specializes in watercolor, paper crafting, altered art, mixed media book binding and craft projects. Ken lives in Newburgh, Indiana on the banks of the Ohio River.

Check out this FAB project Ken made for our May "Butterflies and Blooms" Challenge. 

"For this project, I wanted to do a "coloring" project with a bold graphic illustrative style, like you'd find in the adult coloring books that are so popular right now. 

In this watercolor photo frame, I used one of my 8x10 Mixed Media Photo Mats, a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and Color Burst.  The surface of my Mixed Media Photo Mat is covered with smooth watercolor paper, so it's the perfect surface for coloring with watercolors, markers, inks and colored pencils.

To create the background, I simply traced images from the stencil over the entire front of the Mixed Media Mat. Then, colored with a brush, water and Color Burst. I love the bold graphic's very fresh, and it's a project that is perfectly suited for artists of all ages and skill levels. 

And, coloring with Color Burst is mesmorizing!  The colors blend so well." 

Ken is now selling some awesome products he created including: Color Bursts, Stick It, Best Ever Craft Mat, and Cut & Color Dies and Coordinating Stamp sets.

Ken is offering our random winner a set of Caribbean Brights Color Burst and a Best Ever Craft Mat!!

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




Make sure you visit each designer's blog and leave some comment love for them... we LOVE hearing from you all!

Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member's blogs. 
* 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 up to 4 other challenges. 
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

You have until 11:55 pm EST on May 31st to enter!


  1. Gorgeous examples from the DT! Thanks so much for the inspiration! And glad to get to know Ken a bit better.. love my color bursts!

  2. Stunning DT projects off to have a closer look great challenge for May

  3. Great inspiration works, thanks to you all!

  4. Wonderful inspiration from the DT and Ken Oliver!

  5. What fun, colourful and vibrant inspiration from the DT...Thank you x

  6. I love Ken's work, and the Color Burst paints sound AMAZING!

  7. Love the inspiration from the Design Team and Ken! Thank you for the chance to participate :)

  8. Wonderful inspired works of art!!! And thank you for the challenge, lovely theme.

  9. Wonderful to see Ken Oliver here as Guest and what fabulous inspiration throughout the post! I hope to get around to see everyone at their blogs! What a fantastic prize for a lucky winner! I goofed and bought the Liquid Metals, without realizing I needed the other Color bursts! So it would be wonderful to win these! Hugs!

  10. I love the inspiration from the team - but this time I just played! Chrisx

  11. gorgeous cards, very inspirational! I might just make something for this challenge, I have so many blooms I can use :D (FIY the card of Melanie links back to the april challenge :)

  12. Fabulous projects from the design team :)

    Hugs Erin xx

  13. Fabulous projects from the design team :)

    Hugs Erin xx

  14. Thanks Astrid for alerting me that I had failed to add the MMMC #24 graphic to my blog post. I fixed that :-) Beautiful inspiration ladies!

  15. Fabulous work by everyone and very inspirational !


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