Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #16 - Photo Inspiration

It's time for another challenge over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog. This month we have an inspiration photo. We ask that you take some type of inspiration from the Inspiration Photo like the colors, shapes, textures, etc... and create a mixed media project.

Our guest designer is the amazing Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Be sure to head on over to the MMMC Blog and check out the awesome art journal spread she made using our photo as her inspiration.

And our sponsor this month is Angela Magnuson, owner of Unity Stamp Company. Angela is a teacher at the new Brave Girls University and she is giving our lucky random winner a one month subscription to Brave Girls University!!!!!

For my project this month I was inspired by the colors and circles in the photo. I made an art journal page featuring the word "enjoy." If you look closely at the inspiration photo the bench on the bottom of the photo says "Enjoy!"

Here's how I did it. 

1. I started with a page that had some random paint on it.

2. I covered it with Tim Holtz Newsprint Tissue paper and Decoupage. 

3. Then, I added a thin coat of green paint (not quite as dark as the green on the wall in the photo)

4. After it dried, I used some yellow paint with a Crafter's Workshop Stencil.

5. Then I added some red paint circles with a stencil and I stamped with a light blue paint using a Dina Wakley round stamp.

6. Then I added some smaller blue circles using a Dina Wakley stencil and some greenish/yellow circles using a lid.

7. After adding the yellow/green circles, I thought they looked too much like the first small circles from my step, so I colored over the yellow with a green Stamper's Big Brush Pen. 

8. Next, I added some paint to some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Glass Bead Glitter Gel. But, I wasn't ready to use it yet, so I put it in a little container. 

9. Finally, I covered some chipboard letters with the Glass Bead Glitter and adhered the letters to the journal page. 

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  1. Hi Donna, LOVE this, so inspiring and I am going to try your technique....I hope my entry is appropriate with the colours I used....they come out darker than in real life.... {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}

  2. this is such a happy page! I love the shiny colours and the circles you made. Beautiful!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Lovely colours and I so enjoyed reading how you did it! It was a great tutorial and a great project! Cx

  4. Lovely colours and I so enjoyed reading how you did it! It was a great tutorial and a great project! Cx

  5. Woohoo this is fabulous. Looks a bit like when I have my coffee cup while crafting but this looks so much better he he!! What inspiring work!! Must try this technique to see what I come up with!

  6. Hi Donna, you left a comment re my entry to the MMM challenge, I have now deleted other non necessary entries....http://thejourneyisthestart.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/midnight-waiting.html

  7. Lovely project - I love the layering. Thanks so much for sharing your creative process :)

  8. what a a happy page! Lovely colours !Thanks for sharing your creative process !

  9. The layers on your project is intense and fun. Love the brightness of the word, enjoy.

  10. Lovely colors....Nicely explained with pictures. Thank you !

  11. Great interpretation of the inspiration photo. The background is very creative and loving the glass bead glitter on the sentiment. Thank you for the instructions, very helpful and inspirational for newbies like me, thanks x

  12. Great interpretation, It is a beautiful and cheerful page.Thanks

  13. Great interpretation, It is a beautiful and cheerful page.Thanks

  14. There is something that is so very appealing to me about circles and bubbles and this is another one of the times where my immediate thought is I want to be able to create and layer colours and textures just like that! You have been so brave with the colour and I love that, I get very nervous of over adding colour and making my creations gaudy. The stencil - what is there not to love?! It is a round stencil full of lots of lovely circles and bubbles and I have got to get me one of those! Thanks so much for sharing how you created it too - it's great for someone like me as I'm still learning. Karen x

  15. What fun! Love all the layers!


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