Sunday, June 16, 2019

Guest Designer : Tracy Sabella

Hello Crafty Souls...
Today we present a very beautiful Mixed Media Art made by the talented artist Tracey Sabella. She is our guest designer for today. So enjoy the blog...


Hello dear artists and followers of Mixed Media Academy! I am Tracey Sabella from the U.S. in the lovely state of Ohio. I live with my amazing husband in the countryside on a hilltop surrounded by forest and wildlife. We have four adult children and two sweet grandchildren. 

I adore creating mixed media cards, home decor pieces, and occasional scrapbook pages. I have been paper crafting since 2007 and currently am blessed to design for two fantastic companies: Little Birdie Crafts in India and the Polish company Studio75. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to India this past December to teach Master Classes for Little Birdie Crafts. You can find my work here:


Thank you Vidhi and the MMA team for inviting me to guest design this month. I am so honored and thrilled to design alongside such a talented group of artists. 

I have created a shabby mixed media heart to share with you inspired by the fantastic June Challenge "Pastel Summer" Mood Board. This board fits my style perfectly. I adore texture and these colors have been a dream to work with. I hope you'll be inspired to create a project and join this month's challenge. 

My Project


I simply adore altering found objects. Here in the U.S. we have yard sales, where you can find cast off items for a very reasonable price. Earlier this year, I went to a sale with one of our daughters and found this old metal heart. 


As soon as I saw this heart I knew it would be perfect to alter with mixed media textures, beautiful flowers, and lovely chipboard. You can see all the steps taken to transform this into a lovely decor piece in my tutorial below: 

Tutorial

Step 1


Start by brushing the heart with white gesso front and back drying between coats. It took 3 layers of gesso to get good coverage. I painted the back first, and then turned it over and brushed the front. 

Step 2

Even though the metal heart had a textured surface, I wanted even more texture. So once the gesso was dry, I used a palette knife to randomly cover the heart with crackle medium. I varied the thickness of the crackle medium, laying it on heavier in some areas and lighter in others and even left some of the surface with no crackle medium. A thick layer results in larger crackle while a thin layer will produce smaller crackle.

Step 3


Cut a piece of cheese cloth a little larger than the heart. Pull, stretch, and roll the cloth to pull the fibers into a disarray, then scrunch the cloth and adhere to the surface with soft gel medium. Set aside to dry.

Step 4

Once dry, mist the surface with water, then spritz with lime and forest green color sprays, allowing the color to seep into the cloth and crackled surface. Set aside to dry.

Step 5

Once the color spray is dry, dry brush the fabric and crackled surfaces with white gesso to highlight the textures. 

Step 6


I cut apart a vine chipboard piece and brushed them and the Faith sentiment chipboard with white gesso. Once the gesso was dry, I heat embossed with green embossing powder. 

Step 7


I selected beautiful Little Birdie Crafts flowers in the gorgeous challenge color palette, arranged them in the center of the heart, then adhered them with silicone glue. Around the edges, I adhered the chipboard vine pieces and a sweet butterfly at the top. 

Step 8

To fill in around the cluster, I used soft gel medium to adhere Prills and microbeads.


Step 9

I adhered the Faith chipboard sentiment across the flower cluster with more silicone glue. 

Step 10

Finally I tied pink, white, and yellow ribbons onto the loop at the top of the heart. 

More Close-ups



Thank you Tracey for the wonderful project...

For all our readers, do participate in our current challenge and grab a chance to be our next Guest Designer...!!!

Monday, June 10, 2019

May Challenge Winner

Good Morning Crafty Souls...!!!
We are so excited today to announce the winners of our May challenge. This challenge was hosted by our DT Ani Blumenthal and she also chose the main challenge winner.
We had a Moodboard Challenge last month and we had some fabulous entries too.
Thank you for playing


The winner for our January Challenge is Chaitali with this project:




Congratulations Chaitali !!! Please write an email to us at mmachallengeblog@gmail.com with your mailing address with Mixed Media Academy Challenge winner in the subject to claim your prize. Also we would like to invite you to be our Guest Designer.

DT Favourite is Margarita Shkludova with this project

Congratulations Margarita Shkludova ... Please write an email to us at mmmchallengeblog@gmail.com with your mailing address with Mixed Media Academy Challenge winner in the subject to claim your prize. Also we would like to invite you to be our Guest Designer. 


We have some beautiful entries to feature this month...

They are...






All winners please take your badges from the Badges page that you can find on the top tab
Do play along our May Challenge and don't forget to follow our blog to be eligible to win a prize. You can find our current challenge on right side bar.


Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June Challenge

Hello Crafty Souls...
Thank you for participating in our challenge last month. It was such a fantastic month here in India, a month of long vacation, travel and tasty mangoes ...
This month our DT Manasa is hosting the challenge with this wonderful mood board and that means she'll be choosing the winner for the month.

June Mood board


Now over to our Design Team for their wonderful inspirations...
















Join our new challenge! 
We love to see your beautiful creations!
You have time to play with us until June 30.
Simply add a link to your work using the inlinkz tool at the end of this post. 
You can also enter our challenge on Facebook by posting the project photo in the comments of the challenge announcement post on our Facebook page.
On instagram tag us and add our challenge graphic on your post to participate.

DT Manasa will choose the winner this month and it's author will win goodies worth INR1000.
The second winner will win goodies worth INR 500 . 
Winner and features will be announced  on July 8th.

And our winner will be also invited to be our Guest Designer !!

                                                    Have a great day!



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Monday, May 20, 2019

May Challenge Inspiration - DT Ani Blumenthal

Hello Crafty Souls,

This month our moodboard was suggested by our DT Ani Blumenthal and she will be choosing the winner for the month as well ...
She created this beautiful moodboard "long Forgotten" and today she is here with a tutorial to inspire you all with her amazing creativity...
This is our moodboard 




Over to Ani now....
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Hi Friends,

Ani here and today I have a lovely tutorial to share with you all as the May challenge inspiration. I totally love old forgotten things and this theme is so close to my heart. So far we have received some amazing entries and I can't really wait to see what more you can create inspired by this theme.

So here's my project


Step 1: I prepared  the surface of this  metal Box with black gesso. Then made holes for a string, so I can hang it to the wall. After it dried, I added Brown Rust paste all over.



Step 2: I added 'found objects' as you can see a lot of them, glued them with gel medium
Step 3: Then I added color spray to the background and everything popped up



 Step 4: Now I added Red and yellow rust paste, and a layer of brass paint to bring the metal shine back. 
Step 5: I glued some dried moss here and there and after that i added the picture and some pieces of paper and my project is now ready...









Hope you like my project. 

Thank You.

          Thank you Ani for such an interesting tutorial and inspiration.
Join our new challenge! 
We love to see your beautiful creations!
You have time to play with us until May 30.
Simply add a link to your work using the inlinkz tool at the end of this post. 
You can also enter our challenge on Facebook by posting the project photo in the comments of the challenge announcement post on our Facebook page.
On instagram tag us and add our challenge graphic on your post to participate.

DT Ani will choose the winner this month and it's author will win goodies worth INR1000.
The second winner will win goodies worth INR 500 . 
Winner and features will be announced  on June 8th.

And our winner will be also invited to be our Guest Designer !!

      Have a great day!




Thursday, May 16, 2019

May Guest Designer Aangee Shah

Hello Crafty Souls...

Today we have the very talented and amazing artist on our blog as Guest Designer for this month and she is none other than Aangee Shah. 
She is here to inspire us all with her beautiful project for this month's challenge theme. Do visit he blog and leave some love. 
Over to Aangee...


Hello everyone I am Aangee Shah here and I am super happy to be Guest Designer here on blog today. If you know me than I am sure you will also know how much I love vintage shades and things. And this month's moodboard is just my kind of thing to work on. 

So here I have a beautiful canvas to share with you people. I have used very basic thing which any one can get in their craft room. The process is pretty quick and result is so beautiful. You can check video tutorial here.

Here are some of the snaps of the project.

Here are some closeup photos:





Thank you Aangee for this beautiful inspiration.
Wish you all the best.

Do not forget to enter our challenge this month and win exciting goodies.