Wednesday, August 25, 2021

August Guest Designer ~ Marina Simon

 Hello Hello,
Today we have our JUNE challenge winner Marina Simon as Guest Designer.

 She created a gorgeous project for our July challenge inspiration.

Over to Marina


Hello!  My name is Marina Simon and I am very honored to participate as the mood board of the month seemed fascinating to me from the first moment I saw it, everything as a whole seemed wonderful to me, both the phrase "mental illusion", as well as the element to use, the key, the color palette and even the photographs. All this inspired me to alter one of my books, in which I wanted to represent the entrance to the illusion whose door is in our mind.  To open that door, it is each of us who has the key, it is only a matter of deciding and daring to do it, it can be surprising what awaits us there. 

Next I will tell you the step by step of my work:

I started by tearing the pages of my book one by one to form that kind of spiral. Apply a base of white gesso and then use stencils and modeling paste to create designs.


 When everything was dry, I was layering with washes of acrylic paints in different shades, between blue, gray, black and white, framing all the work in black as well as intensifying the color in the layers of my spiral. With a fine sandpaper, I was lifting the paint in part in order to achieve light sectors in the work. Pictures below:




I painted a sheet in the same shades, applied several stamp impressions that I later cut out and inserted them between the different sheets of that spiral along with a blue mesh fabric. Place four eyelets to pass through them the chain that holds the metal key and add a lock that I made with a mold and porcelain and then I painted with metallic acrylic paints and applied silver glitter.


 With the pieces of the leaves of the book that I had cut out, I made the different layers that I placed under the phrase, also adding between them pieces of another red fabric, which I also incorporated between the layers of the spiral and finally added the image of that huge red eye. Some close-ups of the project:                   



Thank you Marina for your beautiful project and this lovely tutorial. Hope to see you soon again in our challenge.

Hope you feel inspired. 
There is still some time left to enter our challenge. 
You can find the link by clicking on our Mood board on top right side bar.
Do participate and win fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors.
Thank you for visiting.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

AUGUST SPECIAL GUEST DESIGNER ~ VTK RANI

 Hello MMA Fans...
Our Special Guest Designer VTK Rani is on our blog today with a beautifully designed project for August Challenge Inspiration. This month we have a Dark and grungy mood board with a lovely theme. Do check out our challenge announcement post by clicking on the right side top tab. You can find our full rules and prize details with link to enter the challenge.

Here's our lovely moodboard

Our Challenge is based on THEME & COMPULOSRY ELEMENT 

MOOD BOARD THEME : MIND ILLUSION

COMPULSORY ELEMENT : KEY


Now over to VTK Rani


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Hello dears!!!!!
Hope you are fine. My GDT project with a magical theme is called"Make -a-wish". It is an art journal cover page theme and the style is a mix of steam punk and vintage fusion.

Step by step picture tutorial is as follows:

Step1: Paint the base of the art journal cover with bright blue chalk or acrylic paint  after adding cheesecloth on the base of the art journal cover page.
Step2: Create an abstract geometric  stencil pattern in the three corners of the art journal cover with an abstract geometric design  stencil and modelling paste.

        


Step3: Paint the main focal elements and other matching elements with black gesso.
Step4a: Paint the supporting elements with bright red chalk paint as the moodboard colours are bright blue  and bright red .

        

Step 4b: Apply metallic bronze wax to all the project  elements to give a 3d effect.
Step 5a: Arrange the elements into a single  composition after sticking the jigsaw puzzle pieces on the base  (these represent the fragments of the mind while it sees an illusion).Glue them with a heavy gel medium  onto the art journal page cover. 
(The tiny heart in the right hand corner of the page represents the  heart of the person which holds the key to open the lock of the mind. The large heart shaped lock represents the mind with a key hole).

        
Step 5b: Add mixed media mini decostones like a swirl shape (magic show symbol).
Step six: Add a quote"Make a wish" on the left hand corner on the circuit chipboard.


Step7: Add fine glitter of blue and red mix in different corners of the project to give a  sparkly magical effect.
Step8: Add blue and red sequins to give that extra effect .


Your art journal cover page is ready!!!
Hope it inspires you to create your masterpiece and participate in our magical August challenge!!!!

Thank you VTK Rani for this wonderful tutorial. We absolutely love your project.
Do participate in our challenge this month.
Thank you for visiting.







Thursday, August 12, 2021

AUGUST 2ND DT REVEAL !!!

 Hello and welcome to 2nd DT reveal for the month of August. For the challenge we have a compulsory element and theme based mood board as inspiration. All you have to do is follow our theme and make a project to participate .As always we have our amazing sponsors giving away fabulous prizes to our winners.

Our Challenge is based on THEME & COMPULOSRY ELEMENT 

MOOD BOARD THEME : MIND ILLUSION

COMPULSORY ELEMENT : KEY


This month's theme is Magic as Mind Illusion. You have to use "KEY" as the compulsory element. You may interpret key in any way you like. There is no particular colour scheme, however, it will be wonderful to try to be close to the colours in moodboard. 

Please remember to read the RULES before entering the challenge

- Create a NEW project 

- Use the COMPLULSORY ELEMNET  and take inspiration from the Mood board theme

- We DO NOT accept Cards, Tags, Postcards, ATCs.

- Mention our challenge in your post, share our Mood board and a link to our challenge on your blog. 

- If you do not have a blog, participate through Social Media and share our Mood board along with your project picture Tagging us (FB Or IG)

- Link your projects in the InLinkz tool at the bottom of this post with your Name and Country Name as Title

- Follow our blog, Instagram and like our Facebook Page

Now let's move on to check what our Design Team has created 

  DESIGN  TEAM  INSPIRATIONS   

I like movies about magic. That's why I chose the new page in my Art Journal to be about "The Prestige". It is exactly in tune with the theme "Magic" for our new challenge. I also really liked the colors on the mood board and wanted to use them.


Sometimes, our feelings are only an ILLUSION. We do something, what our heart suggests switching off our brain. For August challenge I prepared a layout on KEY-hole mdf base. I glued a sheet of paper on it and covered with clear gesso. I used stencils, modeling paste, powder paints, waxes, and other media, chipboards, transparent foil and paper elements. I also used the KEY-hole and KEY mdf elements.


This moodboad was very inspiring, but my ideas were quite difficult to channel...
So I really focused on the big key. Used a round eye support, faces, red and blue.
I used wings to give my key illusion to float in the air... My title ′′ Do no stop ", allows me to believe in my power in the mixed media world.




We don't see through our eyes, we see through our brain and if our mind creates illusion... what happens is we start imagining a world far away from reality. It's a complex theory and for me illusion is something that takes us away from reality and it happens to us sometimes when we want to stay detached.
My project shows how our mind splits in several thoughts and creates an illusion for us. I used some moulds and mdf pieces along with metallic paints. Tried to incorporate colours and essence of our Mood board. 



The color combination is magical and the theme on the mood board inspired me to alter the cover of this Art Journal book.
Mind is the illusion that which is not but appears, and appears so much that you think that you are the mind - by Rajneesh
I used compulsory element Key as focal point with a face and an eye mask. I hope you like it and that you are inspired to create and enjoy this month's challenge.



"The whole world is an illusion, but it an illusion which we must take seriously, because it is real as far as it goes." ALDOUS HUXLEY.
I was totally inspired by the mood board this month. I have used various keys in my layout which is a compulsory element. The faces and colors are also inspired by the mood board. I hope this inspires you all to join us this month.



This months theme is Magic and I was inspired by the different masks in the mood board and the wonderful colors. That’s why I chose to make a mixed media eye mask. I’ve used paints and waxes to make the surface. On top I’ve put different kinds of chipboard decorations and under a tread of pearls are hanging. As a focal point I’ve put a key in gold. Take the chance to show is your take on this challenge and make it magical!




"The distinction between the past and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."~ Albert Einstein
This month at mixed media academy brings the challenge of magic or illusion with compulsory element to be 'key'. I used the key as my focal point with illusion of butterfly wings. Hope you got inspired to create and will enjoy this month's challenge as much as I did.


Do you feel inspired!
Join our challenge!!!


 PRIZES 

We are giving away three Prizes to our Winners and we'll select one entry to be our Guest Designer for us. And we'll also select three Featured projects from the entries.

Our Design Team will choose winners and it's author will win 

$25 worth prize with from our Sponsor 


$25 worth prize from our Sponsor 


INR 1000 worth prizes from our Sponsor




 GUEST DESIGNER 

Our Design team will select the author among the entries and the author, 
will be invited to be our Guest Designer.

 FEATURED 

Our Design Team will select Top 3 Projects and they will receive FEATURED Badges.
All our Winners will Get Winner Badges as well to flaunt on Social Media.


We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes.
To learn more about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above. 
We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
 Challenge this month

Link up your projects using our Link Tool below by 31st AUGUST 11:59 pm IST.

READ ALL RULES on the Top Bar
1. Follow our blog.
2. Create a NEW Mixed Media project.
3. Use the COMPULSORY ELEMENT and THEME of  the mood board .
3. Link your project below with your Name and Country as title
4. Share our challenge Mood board  in your post.
5. Add a link to our challenge on your blog post or tag us on your Social media
6.No Cards/Tags/ATCs


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, August 8, 2021

JULY WINNERS !!!

  Hello and welcome to  Mixed Media Academy...!!!

We are back with our winners for July challenge. Thank you everyone who played along. We are so happy reviewing  amazing projects. They were simply fantastic. Due to less participants we are only announcing 3 winners this time and no featured artists. Remember we have changed our rules from this month onwards. Do visit our challenge announcement post to check all details and participate.

So let's find out our winners 

 WINNERS 

  JAYASHREE  with this gorgeous project.  


Congratulations ! You win $25 worth goodies from our sponsor 


Please write to us at mmachallengeblog@gmail.com with "July winner - Your Name" as subject and your complete mailing address and contact number to claim your prize. 

  Feona Lapshina for this project


Congratulations! You win $25 worth prize from our sponsor


Write to us at mmachallengeblog@gmail.com with "July Winner - Your name" in subject line with your complete mailing address and contact number to claim your prize. Also let us know if you would like to be our guest designer.

Vaishali Doshi for this project 

Congratulations...! You win INR 1000 worth prizes from our Sponsor


Please write to mmachallengeblog@gmail.com with "July winner - Your Name"
in subject with complete mailing details and contact number to claim your prize.

All winners please take your badges from top bar of the blog.


Do participate in this month's challenge and stand a chance to win some fabulous sponsored prizes.
Thank you for visiting...!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2021

AUGUST CHALLENGE !!!

Hello and Welcome to AUGUST challenge with us at Mixed Media Academy.

 We have made certain changes to our Mood board  and rules starting from last month. Please read all rules mentioned below before you enter our challenge As always we have our amazing sponsors giving away fabulous prizes to our winners.

Our Challenge is based on THEME & COMPULOSRY ELEMENT 

MOOD BOARD THEME : MIND ILLUSION

COMPULSORY ELEMENT : KEY


This month's theme is Magic as Mind Illusion. You have to use "KEY" as the compulsory element. You may interpret key in any way you like. There is no particular colour scheme, however, it will be wonderful to try to be close to the colours in moodboard. 

Please remember to read the RULES before entering the challenge

- Create a NEW project 

- Use the COMPLULSORY ELEMNET  and take inspiration from the Mood board theme

- We DO NOT accept Cards, Tags, Postcards, ATCs.

- Mention our challenge in your post, share our Mood board and a link to our challenge on your blog. 

- If you do not have a blog, participate through Social Media and share our Mood board along with your project picture Tagging us (FB Or IG)

- Link your projects in the InLinkz tool at the bottom of this post with your Name and Country Name as Title

- Follow our blog, Instagram and like our Facebook Page

Now let's move on to check what our Design Team has created 

  DESIGN  TEAM  INSPIRATIONS   

Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated…..Always stay on the bridge between the invisible and the visible…I was totally inspired by this months challenge theme “Magical Illusions” to create this mixed media canvas and including the key element “KEY” Hope u too enjoy this inspiration and do take time to participate in this month’s challenge. Looking forward for your beautiful creations. XOXO


"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence"
I don't know the author of this quote but yeah these words really inspires me.. This month we have amazing compulsory element i.e. KEY and I have used this element as my focal of the project.. For the composition I have used MDF Scraps and I love the way this project turns out to be..
I hope you guys like it too❤❤ If this project inspires you to create, do share your creations with us by participating in our monthly challenge..
Love


Perfection is an illusion.. reality is beautiful.. 
try to be real.. not perfect.. that's the key to feel content



Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.
                   - Aleister Crowley
I created a Magic box full of ilusiĆ³n


There is magic in words, and like all magic can be more or less credible, more or less real, but there is something that words and magic have in common, they are capable of opening doors to other worlds, to impossible destinations and places, wonderful, unreal, but at the end of the day, tied to this your reality through your eyes.


For this month's project I opted to go with the Compulsory element Key as my base. 
I took a base shaped as a key and created on it. Life can be a pretty illusion, we have to know where we need to go and find our ways. I used a lot of mixed media elements here. Hope you are inspired.


Illusion is a state of mind and we can feel it in our day to day life as well. I tried to create a magical illusion scene of night where my imagination took shape of an illusion. I used lots of beautiful moulds and metallic waxes.
Hope you are inspired.


Hi friends! I want to share my mystical work. I associate the theme of illusion with the fairy tale Alice in Wonderland. Deception, mirage, strange creatures - all this is exactly Alice. It provides an endless source of inspiration for creativity.




Do you feel inspired!
Join our challenge!!!

 PRIZES 

This month we are giving away three Prizes to our Winners and we'll select one entry to be our Guest Designer for us. And we'll also select three Featured projects from the entries.

Our Design Team will choose winners and it's author will win 

$25 worth prize with from our Sponsor 


$25 worth prize from our Sponsor 


INR 1000 worth prizes from our Sponsor




 GUEST DESIGNER 

Our Design team will select the author among the entries and the author, 
will be invited to be our Guest Designer.

 FEATURED 

Our Design Team will select Top 3 Projects and they will receive FEATURED Badges.
All our Winners will Get Winner Badges as well to flaunt on Social Media.


We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes.
To learn more about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above. 
We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
 Challenge this month

Link up your projects using our Link Tool below by 31st AUGUST 11:59 pm IST.

READ ALL RULES on the Top Bar
1. Follow our blog.
2. Create a NEW Mixed Media project.
3. Use the COMPULSORY ELEMENT and THEME of  the mood board .
3. Link your project below with your Name and Country as title
4. Share our challenge Mood board  in your post.
5. Add a link to our challenge on your blog post or tag us on your Social media
6.No Cards/Tags/ATCs


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter