Over the past weeks I have enjoyed playing the Mixed Media Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers. These challenges are designed to make mixed media simple and approachable, and to inspire stampers to experiment with medium from their stash.
A "medium" can be any of the following:
- Pencils - wax, oil, watercolor, graphite/charcoal, chalk/pastel
- Pastels - chalk, oil
- Markers - watercolor, pigment, water-based, acrylic
- Pens - ink, glitter
- Pigments - Gelatos, watercolor crayons, metallic rubons
- Paints - watercolor, acrylic, oil, poster, tempera
- Inks - dye, chalk, distress, reinkers, pigment, hybrid
- Powders - mica, pigment, chalk
- Sprays & airbrushing
- Dimensionals - embossing paste, gesso, fabric, found items, papers (collage, piecing) & ephemera, foils
- Heated elements - encaustic wax, embossing
- A "mix" can be any two or more of these items or others.
Challenge: Hand cut (no dies!) circles from paper, fabric or anything else and make them into flowers and then add glitter to make them sparkle!
I swiped several distress pads across the card base to create the background. The flowers are created with texturized paste paper I recently made. The stem and leaves are recycled security envelope liners. Lots of tearing, scrunching and folding paper. This was so-o much fun!...pure playtime!
MIX12 Soft Landings My Friend
Challenge: Add a POP of color from across the color wheel. I also challenge myself to pull out a couple stamps I had not used before.
I used distress inks to stamp and color the feather and then clear embossed. Highlights were colored with Inktense pencils and then wet a paintbrush to create a watercolor effect. Wow that yellow Inktense did give a pretty pop of color. Highlighted the feather's spine with a Signo white pen.
I covered moth and feather with gel medium and let it dry. Created the background with blue and green distress inks. I swipped inks on craft mat and moistened. Card stock was placed face down in ink and repositioned a few times. Dried with heat gun.
I tested several other methods of creating the floating skies and could not achieve any as effective as the distress inks. I was pleased with how the gel medium protected the images from the background ink.
These stamps are large! I had to create a 4x7 base to achieve the floating effect I desired. But it will be well worth making a special envelope.
MIX 13 Challenge- Use 2 mediums and include some hand drawn doodling on your project