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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mid Month Guest Designers - April Showers

Welcome back to another Mid-Month Guest Designer Post! We have two amazing projects today: one from our April Guest Designer, Zuzu and one from a frequent MMMC player, Georgie!

First let's take a look at the gorgeous piece that Zuzu made using materials from DecoArt. She actually created this art piece using the BACK of her original April Showers canvas!

This is what Zuzu had to say about the meaning behind her reverse canvas: "It's what came in to my head when we were told the April Showers theme. I did nesting birds as it's April. I added rust because showers in the garden make rust, and the crystal drops are representative of the rain drops and drips you see in the garden after a shower."

I really love Zuzu's reverse canvas, it's such a fabulous idea and also just plain gorgeous! Thank you to Zuzu and DecoArt for being with us throughout the month of April!


Now let's look at the lovely Project and tutorial by our frequent player, Georgie...

Hi there!!

Before I start I’d like to say how honored I am to be invited to guest for this amazing challenge blog – thank you so much for having me.

When seeing that the theme was April Showers, straight away I knew I wanted to use hot glue to invoke the pattern of rain, and of course the quote ‘April Showers Brings May Flowers’ kept buzzing through my head. But I wanted to go a little abstract and modern rather than shabby chic.

It’s no secret that I love up-cycling and will take the opportunity when I get the chance, so I thought creating a vase from a glass bottle wood be perfect for my ‘May Flowers’.

Firstly I dripped hot glue down the bottle.

Then painted over with white gesso.

Next I used micro beads, as I just love the texture these give, which I thought just suited the feeling of rain.

Then I flicked up black gesso from the bottom to ground the bottle.

Next came a really fun part, using some Lindy’s sprays and pure dripping madness!!! I started with darker colours of greens and turquoise…

Finishing up with oranges and yellows…

(…And some Silks, Twinks and Treasure gold – sorry forgot to pic those parts, I was sooo lost in creating that the camera just lay abandoned)

I hit the raised areas with the treasure gold so it would have some extra sparkle.

Next I gathered some ‘bits’, and played with the layout. When I found the set up I liked, I used blue and gold paint to ‘tint’ the items. (I didn’t end up using the flowers as I they didn’t seem to fit with what I was going for in my head.)

Here you can see the colours and the drip/rain effect loads better. I had to use my camera phone for the other pics in a room with not very good lighting.

The last thing was just adding the dew drops

I’ll finish up here and I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions please do give me a shout and I’ll be happy to help.
Have a lovely day


Thank you Georgie for being our Mid-Month guest and thank you Zuzu for creating two amazing projects! 

CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR CURRENT CHALLENGE: APRIL SHOWERS! Our amazing Sponsor and Prizes are courtesy of DecoArt! You have until April 30, 11:59PM EST to enter! Good luck and have fun :)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

March 2015 Winners!!

Please click here for our  "April Showers" Challenge

It's time to reveal our winners of our March "Birds of a Feather" Challenge! We had so many amazing entries last month, it was really difficult to pick the winners! Thank you so much for joining us, we appreciate your support. Check out all of the March entries in our gallery here.

The winner of our March challenge is #84- Arnoldo L. Romero with his stunning ATC! Arnoldo, please grab you winners badge below!

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

Our random winners of the Gelatos Prizes offered by Faber Casetell Design Memory Craft are Mayoori and Julie! Please email Rachel at rwkrafts(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address 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 "April Showers" Challenge

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!!