Hi everyone and welcome back to our challenge blog!
We're back with a brand new challenge! I have so much to share with you today, but before I do, I'd like to say a big hi to all our followers and friends! I hope you are all well and enjoying yourself wherever you are. A big thank you to all who entered the last challenge. As always, you knocked our socks off and we will have a super-hard time to pick our winners and favourites. That is something to look forward to.
This months' challenge comes with a Twist. Create Anything Mixed Media and for those who really enjoy a challenge... add something made of GLASS or IMITATES GLASS.
I recently purchased the new gorgeous Boho scrapbooking collection by Cocoa Vanilla and couldn't resist playing with it. I made an entire album and used all sorts of substrates including acetate (***hint hint***), plenty of glossy and glittery stuff as well as the gorgeous papers and die cuts from the collection. I had such a bad light here today I will re-take the photos and will post on my blog tomorrow so come back to check it all out HERE. I also took a video so I will share the tutorial with you soon! Stay tuned! But for now, here is the main image...
I was having one of those days where my 'creativity' was mad at my 'imagination' and my 'imagination' was not talking to anybody. If only I had an Idea Box to go to...
So I decided to make one, complete with the universal sign of a bright idea - the light bulb! And with it I had my project for this month's challenge, 'Use or Imitate Glass'.
The base of my project began as a faux marble and wood block made from resin that I had purchased to alter. I could hardly wait to cover up it's manufactured ugliness with some black gesso and brown acrylic paint! Next I added a light coat of crackle paste and set the block aside to dry while I worked on the embellishments for the box.
My embellishments were an assortment of purchased elements and my own makes. The purchased clock face, mason jar lid, letters, mini padlock and key were treated with texture paste and 'rusted' with acrylic paint. From a sheet of chipboard, I cut, textured and painted the brackets, arrow and caution sign.
Back to my box, I chipped away some of the crackle pieces before adding a stencilled number and paint. I then attached my prepared embellishments to the top of the block and on the four sides to complete my Idea Box.
I hope you get an idea or two from my little Idea Box. If you'd like to see additional photos and a product list, please visit my blog at http://www.artfordinner.gallery/blog. Let me know if you visit me there.
Because our new Challenge is 'Use or Imitate Glass' I put a glass lamp on a throne of my triptych. I also covered the three images with clear embossing powder, giving them a glass look.
It is all about glass this month! I decided to decorate a beautiful old broken window which I got some time ago from a garage sale. It wasn't even on sale but was put aside to be thrown away later. Never happened :) I turned the window into a tribute to one of the most interesting figures in Russian
history - Peter the Great. The dream of Russia's czar, Peter the Great, was to establish for Russia a “window to Europe” in the form of an outlet to the sea. This is how St. Petersburg was built.
So I decided that my beautiful window deserved its Peter the Great. I decorated it with patterned paper, alcoholic ink, seashell and real corals. The navy meant a lot to Peter! Besides the glass in the window, I also used glass bead texture paste and real blue broken glass pieces as topping. Glass balls, glass-like plastic beads, epoxy cabochon and transparent liquid drops complete the project.
My latest canvas is made by me and my 10 years old step daughter. This is a cooperative creation. :)
This month is all about glass so I used glass microspheres, microbeads, and small glass pieces to decorate the background. I also add some seashell that look like thin glass chips.
I'm sure you'll agree that the team rocked this challenge inspiration again! We can't wait to see what you will create!
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Good luck and stay creative!
Ingrid and the fabulous DT Ladies xxx