Introducing: A Mixed Media Color Challenge 53

Mona Pendleton | Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 5:55 PM | , , , , , , , ,

Hi there! If you have visited me before today, you probably know that I love to create mixed media projects. Well, I took that passion and with a lot of encouragement and support from my both my sweet husband, Scott and dear friend / design team mate ~ Sue Lelli and started up a new color challenge where other mixed media enthusiasts are invited to share their creativity! Without rambling on and on, I'm very excited to introduce to:
Here's the scoop: Basically, a new color combination will be introduced every other week on Thursdays at 11:59 PM Eastern and will run for nearly two weeks ending on the second Tuesday at 6:00 PM Eastern. A Featured Artist will be chosen by the DT and the sample will be prominently displayed on A Mixed Media Color Challenge

For additional inspiration from Sue and for COMPLETE details on how to join along, please refer to the MMCC site. ***Please keep in mind this is a MIXED MEDIA color challenge therefore we would like for you to COMBINE at least TWO types of MEDIUMS (ie: paints, markers, pastes, mists, inks, etc...), in addition to the "traditional" stamped / colored image to create your project. Let's get creative folks and Create Outside The Box!

For nearly the next two weeks, we will be playing with the following color combination: 

Scott and I will be celebrating our 9th year wedding anniversary this coming Saturday so I took this opportunity to create a little something for him ;) Once I painted and applied the crackle medium to the background, (how~to shown below), I randomly added the following products: MFT MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist, stamped checkerboard image from MPD Distressed Background Blocks and Ranger Distress paint (pink). 
I adhered a photo taken on our wedding day then surrounded it with lots of flowers and various embellishments. The silver heat embossed rose was made using the larger blossom from MPD Blooming Roses and die cut using the coordinating die from Die-namics MPD Rose Bouquet. The pink flower was originally a white flower from Hobby Lobby that I misted with homemade mixed mist made using MFT MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist and MFT Pink Lemonade ink (how~to video tutorial HERE) and the shimmery silver flower was also colorized using MFT MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist.
Close up, you can see the checkerboard design peeking out from under the embellishments which includes another silver embossed die cut rose that was stamped using MPD Blooming Roses and die cut using the coordinating die from Die-namics MPD Rose Bouquet.
I also added some texture using MPD Delicate Doily Stencil along with fiber paste:
I also made a card for Scott which features many similar items used to create the canvas with the addition of the pink paper used which was made using a Gelli Arts printing plate. I stamped one of the sweet sentiments from Clearly Sentimental About You on a die cut strip. 
For the card sketch inspiration, I joined along with Freshly Made Sketches:
In case you were wondering how I created the crackled backgrounds on both projects, I took a few steps along the way to share the creative process:

Step 1. Paint surface with acrylic paint color of choice (in my opinion, darker colors work best for this step). Allow to dry or use heat tool.
Step 2. Apply Martha Stewart Crackle Medium. Allow to dry or speed up the process using heat tool being careful not to overheat or it will bubble and burn.
Step 3. Apply lighter color of acrylic paint and watch the magic appear right before your eyes!
To colorize the flower, I misted it using MFT MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist:
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit ~ I hope I have inspired you to mix things up! Please hop on over to A Mixed Media Color Challenge for COMPLETE details on how to join in the fun and for some jaw dropping inspiration!
Be Sweet ;) 
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53 Sweet Comments So Far:

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE your canvas for Scott with the crackle, the FAB flowers, and your different layers! Your card is so GORGEOUS, too! LOVE the mini tutorial! CONGRATS, Mona, on having your very own Mixed Media products as well as creating this mixed media blog! I wish you only the BEST!

Mary Reidel said...

Wow, Mona, this project is absolutely incredible! Such beautiful technique and thanks for the tutorial! Really beautiful work! Congrats on your wedding anniversary! You two look so adorable together!
Also, very exciting news about your new challenge site. I'm headed to take a look now! TFS!

Lisa said...

How exciting! Happy for both of you Mona! Your canvas is beautiful and the card divine!!

Linda Callahan said...

Love the crackled effect! These are just gorgeous!

Jan Evans said...

Wow, what a beautiful canvas, Mona! I love the background you created (thanks for showing your steps) and I love the cluster of flowers and embellies! So elegant! Congratulations on your new challenge blog and your wedding anniversary!

GinaB said...

Gorgeous technique, Mona! You are so wonderful to share your techniques with us! Hope your challenge is a big hit!

Maria said...

Huge congrats to you Mona for starting the mixed media challenge with Sue...how exciting! Your creative ability with mixed media inspiration is amazing! Love your informative tutorial and your gorgeous canvas! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

Courtney said...

Huge congrats on your new Challenge! The blog looks great and I'm sure all the "mixers" will love it! Perhaps this will stimulate me to finally give mixed media a try! LOVE your canvas! Amazing details! A perfect keepsake!

Alina said...

This looks like such a cool challenge! It's so cool that you started it! I'll definitely try to take part!

Sandra said...

Stunning, just stunning Mona, what a beautiful layout with a gorgeous photo.

Pauline said...

Wonderful card and an amazing canvas Mona, this challenge sounds perfect for all the mixed media artists out there, congratulations on your new venture!

Christine L said...

Oooh... as always.... both creations are soooooo stunning Mona! The photograph in the layout is beautiful.... and those flowers.... WOWW!!

Hugs
Christine x

Constance said...

Amazing canvas, Mona, and that card is so elegant! I love them both! The crackled bg looks amazing and thanks for the tutorial! So neat to see that you are starting a challenge for mixed media! Can't wait to see all the beautiful designs! TFS!

MeredithS said...

Wow, Mona, you are so neat!!!! This looks like this will be an awesome challenge! Better get my paint and brushes ready!!! LOVE your pretty canvas! What an inspiration and what a beautiful keepsake for your anniversary!

Jill Norwood said...

Happy Anniversary Mona! Your layout is so beautiful! I am excited to try this challenge out! It will be fun to try something a little bit different! Thanks to you and Sue for the lovely inspiration and challenge! :)

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely stunning!! Happy Anniversary to you both ... Scott will adore these creations I'm sure ... The challenge sounds really fun too!

Kerry said...

Lovely canvas and card, Mona! Such beautiful embellishments and I love how you did the background! Thanks for the tutorial! Congrats on your new challenge! I know it will be a hit and happy anniversary!

Mirna said...

Lovely duo, Mona! Love the beautiful mixed media technique and love seeing how you did the background! Thanks!

Mirna said...

Oh, I forgot to congratulate you and sue on your new adventure!

AimeeOh said...

Oh Mona, I want to wish you and Scott a very happy anniversary!!! What a wonderful photo and it is made even more special with your gorgeous surrounding canvas of flowers and embellishments! This is absolutely stunning! I also love your gorgeous card! Truly inspiring! I think your new challenge site will be amazing too! TFS!

Julia Aston said...

Just beautiful Mona! love the techniques you used on your lovely page and sweet card for Scott! happy 9th anniversary - Kent and I are celebrating 16 yrs on the 21st - time sure flies - I've been dabbling in different mediums (inspired by YOU!)so I'm off to check out your fun new challenge!!

Kim Price said...

I saw this layout on facebook and loved it immediately. Beautiful creativity

Heidi said...

Beautiful project once again, Mona! Very inspiring and visually pleasing! I'm intrigued by your new challenge! It's about time to give this mixed media stuff a go!

Stacey Pembroke said...

Wow, these are such gorgeous designs Mona! What a perfect inspiration for your new challenge site! Congrats!

Melody said...

Your canvas is beautiful!! So many beautiful details and I love the crackle effect. So excited about the new challenge. I will be playing for sure!

Laura said...

Gorgeous and so elegant! Love the cutout photo of you and Scott! So sweet; you two are beautiful! The crackle effect in your background looks amazing and thanks for the tutorial! I will definitely be giving this a try and perhaps join you in your new challenge! TFS!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Gorgeous canvas and card, Mona! Love all the intricate details and wonderful textures! Your new challenge sounds like a lot of fun!

Linda said...

Such a beautiful card.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

I am sooooo happy and excited for you and Sue! Your new adventure is gonna be so much fun! Your projects today are so pretty and romantic! Congratulations!

Denise Price said...

Great idea for your new challenge! Your anniversary page is beautiful.

RobinH said...

Fabulous card and canvas, Mona! What a neat idea for a challenge! Sounds like alot of fun!

Carol Reisner said...

Wow, this is so beautiful Mona! Love the layout of your canvas. The crackled paint adds so much interest to the blank areas! This is the perfect inspiration for your new challenge blog! Looks like it will be lots of fun and hopefully will convince lots of us (me) to give mixed media a try! Also, wishing you a very happy anniversary!

Kelli Burnstein said...

Huge congratulations for starting your new challenge site with Sue! I'm sure it will be a big hit for all the mixed-media girls out there! Your canvas and card are incredibly beautiful and inspiring! And hope you have a very happy anniversary!

sandi said...

Wow! Mona these are fabulous! Your lo is so dreamy looking! Congrats on your new adventure....great color combo!

Kim R. said...

Stunning canvas, Mona! Love this style and you have made it even more fabulous with your amazing background! Thanks for the tutorial on how you did it! Also, congratulations on starting your new challenge site! Looks like lots of fun!

Linda R said...

Your page looks awesome. I love the crackled finish.. And I also am loving your card. I just might have to join in on this challenge.

Hugs~

Jennifer Pratt said...

Wow, I'm so inspired by your beautiful mixed media work! Thanks for showing how you created that wonderful background!

PapierGirl said...

Absolutely stunning - love the crackled effect, and Congrats to you and Scott on your Anniversary and for your newest endeavor - I know it will be a hit! :)

Penny said...

Such a beautiful canvas, Mona! I love the background you created with the crackle paint! The tutorial is very helpful! Happy anniversary to you two; love that photo! And congratulations on your new challenge blog! Looks like it will be fun and perhaps an opportunity for us all to give some of your beautiful techniques a try!

Christine Fontenot said...

Beautiful creation! What a perfect way to remember your anniversary! Thanks for showing how you created such a beautiful background. Your Mixed media techniques are gorgeous! Thanks for starting a challenge dedicated to it! Looks like fun!

Ashley said...

Stunning canvas and card!!! WOW, that bg is amazing!

Fiona said...

Absolutely mind blowing Mona! So incredibly beautiful! Both the card and the canvas are truly inspiring! I love that crackled background! Great use of these colors! Congrats on starting your new challenge site! So much fun and happy anniversary!

Cindy Hall said...

Wow! Incredible art! These are way more than "just" paper crafting! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Pamela_U said...

WOW and OMG, Mona! Both of your creations are so stunning! What great inspiration for your new challenge site! Congrats to you and Sue and happy anniversary!

HeatherCz said...

Stunning canvas! Love the techniques and your results are magnificent! Also, that cut out photo is a wonderful idea; love that photo too! You two look so in-love! Thanks for sharing and thanks for starting a new color challenge site! Looks like a lot of fun!

Davi said...

Fabulous page Mona!! I love the colors and beautiful flowers to go with your pic :) Congrats on the new challenge, very enticing ;)

GabrielleH said...

Wow this is a gorgeous canvas, Mona! I really love the crackled background! Your tutorial is so clear and helpful! Thanks! Congratulations on your new endeavor! I know it will be a success! TFS!

Vickie Z said...

Fabulous!! Love the colors....LO is perfect...and Scott will adore his card....guys adore things-they just might be slow to admit it!! Now I have to pop over and see what Ms. Sue created!

Yesnir said...

Wow, what beautiful projects! Amazing! So neat that you have started a mixed media challenge! Sounds like lots of fun!

JennyGerber said...

Stunning card and canvas, Mona! Love the crackled finish! Really gorgeous embellishments! Thanks for your wonderful tutorial too!

Lisa S. said...

You are the reason I ever attempted to do mixed media so I am SO excited about your new challenge. WooHoo! Congrats on 9 years of marries bliss Mona. Your page is beautiful and thanks for including the steps. Love it! Can't wait to play along. :)

Allisa said...

Stunning, love the texture! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Deborah Frings said...

This is a stunning canvas - I do like that crackle finish and all the lovely flowers. Belated congratulations on your anniversary - hope you had a fab time.

I missed this when it started (home visiting family), but I'd like to wish you and Sue great success with this new challenge.

Hugs, Deborah xx


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