Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #18 - Texture

It's time for a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month our theme is "Texture." Just make a project using some texture - easy peasy.

Our sponsor is the amazing online craft retailer IndigoBlu. They have given us a FAB prize package to give our random winner. Trust me, this is the month you want to play!! IndigoBlu was also kind enough to send the members of our design team an amazing box of goodies to play with. I have used many of them on my project today.

I made a Christmas plaque in non-traditional colors on a piece of MDF covered with burlap.

It took me awhile to get to the finished product and as can happen, things didn't go exactly according to plan. I took a few pictures along the way.

I started with the plain board and painted it with IndigoBlu white Gesso. 

 Then I used some IndigoBlu Christmas Stamps from the "Looks like Rain, Deer" 
Stamp set to start my background. 

Then I used a brayer to add some acrylic paint to my IndigoBlu Merry Christmas Sentiment stamps. I used IndigoBlu English Cottage Artist Acrylic Paint in Wimberry Pie.

After stamping the sentiment I decided to add some more texture by using the IndigoBlu Texture Stencil with modeling paste that I colored with the same paint. Then I used the left over paste to make a frame around the edge, something I really like to do. 

At this point, things began to go downhill. I decided I wanted the sentiment to be darker so I got a very thin paint brush and  began going over the letters. When I got to the "m" it all ran together and I could not figure out how to salvage it. 

Meanwhile, I had painted some paper with the English Cottage Paints in the Wimberry Pie and Townhouse Teal. I had stamped the leaf from the "Big Holly" Clear stamp set on Townhouse Teal and Wimberry Pie. I fussy cut the Holly in the Townhouse Teal and the berries in the Wimberry Pie and paper pieced them together.

This is when I quit taking pictures. Let me explain how I got the final product. I covered the entire front of the panel with a coat of the white Gesso working around the textured areas so the inside is lighter than the outside. Once it dried you could still see some of the purple sentiment through it, but I felt like it looked a little like a shadow so I didn't add any more Gesso. I stamped the sentiment again and made sure to press hard. Then I added some glitter to my holly and berries and all around the textured edges. Finally, I decoupaged the holly berries over the sentiment. I kind of like the final product - it's a little messy, but kind of pretty and very sparkly. 

I hope you will join us this month. I can't wait to see what amazingly textured projects everyone will create!! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow!!! I love it!! Fantastic job, the colors, texture, all!!!

  2. I'm so happy that you persisted! This is a beauty in the end, and such non traditional Christmas colors! This is what makes this so special to me! Well done! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Love your creative solution - and certainly couldn't tell from looking! I happen to love that sentiment stamp - and it looks fabulous in this amazing blue!! xx Lynn

  4. Donna,
    I so love that you went all non-traditional! love the palette you used!!
    Jackie ")

  5. Oh I just love watching your creative process, Donna! This card is even more delightful with being able to see how you actually created it!! I love the painted and stamped on burlap and fantastic color! It's brimming with wonderful texture and it's just fabulous!!! Thanks so much for sharing this holiday delight and your always awesome inspiration!!! :)

  6. So way outta my league and totally incredible Donna!

  7. I can totally relate, I've had many a project go it's own direction, but it turned out great!

  8. Interesting technique. The results are wonderful.

  9. Donna it's beautiful. So glad I popped over to take a closer look and the colours, the texture, the stamping, everything, is perfect and will be a beautiful Christmas home decor piece.
    I hope you don't mind me asking some questions if you don't want to answer that's not a problem.
    I have loose sheets of canvas, really lovely quality stuff, and I've been wondering if I can stamp, paint, and decorate it and then attach it onto a piece of chipboard or MDF and as I want to create stamp, paint, draw and decorate several beautiful Christmas presents for my family and my OH and I'm nervous and not sure completely what I am doing.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us: it's beautiful! Karen x

    1. Hi Karen, You should be stamp and paint on burlap. Just be sure to use the correct adhesive to put it on the chipboard or MDF. I purchased my panels with the burlap already on them. Let me know whenever you have questions. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Sounds like my projects - starting out in one direction, then taking on a mind of their own! I love the finished product, and I love the non-traditional colours you used.

  11. I love it! Beautiful colours and great textures!

  12. Love the technique! Beautiful.




  13. Great framing texture with those bubbles and I love the whitewashed burlap background.
    Alison x

  14. Gorgeous little textured plaque! Ruth x

  15. Beautiful texture on burlap , love your creation Donna

  16. Beautiful - I love the texture you created - wonderful!

  17. just love the colours and texture ..amazing

  18. A wonderful bright, contemporary Christmas canvas ! Donna x

  19. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I love learning new techniques and grateful for the instructions. Such a gorgeous project and the shadowing looks very creative x

  20. Fab christmas canvas, i like to use non traditional christmas colours too

  21. Amazing project. Great colors and lots of nice texture!

  22. Lovely work, simple & pretty ♥♥ love the texture ♥

  23. beautiful.. Love the colors <3


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