Digital art journal page using my Fond Memories Kit

This month's Mixed Media Challenge is to use items found round the house.
This is my entry

The house hold items used were: pattern from a rubber glove, a bottle brush to create border, a sieve for more texture and a funnel to make the sun's outline.
I used Dylusions: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise, Lemon Zest and White Linen to colour the card.
Then acrylic paints using the house items. Sunflower SparkleTwinkling H2O for the sun. Stencils: Imaginations Crafts (Wisteria stencil), Crafter's Workshop (Water Lilies)(Imagination Crafts) and Sweet Poppy Stencils (from The Craft Station) for the Peacock. Turquoise Sparkle medium from Imaginations Crafts on the Peacock.

A new challenge fb site...Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
This month's topic is Spray Inks
This is my entry

A quick 'how to'
Sponge white gesso over the Scalloped Circle Decor Plate.
When dry spray with water, and then Dylusions spray inks (Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Bubblegum Pink used here). Dry.
Place stencil (Crafter's Workshop) in centre of Decor Plate and sponge Lightning Black Brilliance ink through.
Ink open Cape Daisies stamp with Lightning Black ink and stamp around the edge of the plate.
Lightly stipple Espresso Adirondak ink around the clock face. Use Alphabet Curlz / Small stamps (please contact me for details) to stamp message with the brown ink. Use the brown and a fan paintbrush to darken the edges of the Decor Plate.
Sponge Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink through sequin waste on to the plate.
 Leave to dry.
Ink the Cape Daisies stamp with Versamark ink and stamp onto the plate, emboss with Stampendous Frantage Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. Continue, using the single Cape Daisy stamp as well, until there is a group of flowers. Sprinkle bits of the embossing enamel in random places and heat from below to emboss.
Place high tack glue in some of the flower centres and sprinkle with  Gold Frantage Crushed Glass Glitter.
The Decor Plates come as a pack of 2, with a hook for wall mounting and a stand for displaying your work on a table.

This month's Mixed Media Challenge is to use stencils and texture paste
This is my entry

This is the 3rd attempt!!!...a learning experience definitely!
Primed canvas board with white gesso.
Applied Dylusions sprays (London Blue, Fresh Lime, Dirty Martini and Melted Chocolate), making the inks run. Dried and then flicked with water and dried again.

Here's where the fun began! I wanted the texture paste (I used B&Q Flexlible Filler) to stay white when put over the Dylusions...but this didn't happen. So I tried Matt Medium to try and fix them, but that did terrible things to the colours and made them run!
Had to start again. Then I tried hairspray, then 3 coats of Windsor and Newton Satin varnish and then Matt medium over all that. The colour still leeched through.
Had to start again. In the meantime did a bit of research and found a spray to fix inkjet ink might work so ordered a couple of brands of that. One worked! Permafix (2 coats).
Stencils used: Blossom and branches from Crafter's Workshop, Dandelion from Peerless Designs.
I then brushed in the waterfall with white acrylic paint and a fan brush.
Then I stamped various ferns and leaves using Brilliance ink. Should have used Staz-On.
Stamps used: from CaroLines Creative Stamps, Sheena Douglass and Kanban (now closed).
I did think to spray with the Permafix, but the ink hadn't dried properly, so the colour started to leech into the paste. I found drying the paste with a heat gun helped slow the leeching down.
At this point I decided I'd wasted too many canvas boards so would have to paint over the paste with something that would hide the colouring.
I used Cosmic Copper Brilliance ink, followed by a light brushing with Lightning Black.

More texture paste mixed with green acrylic paint and a bit of the Copper brilliance ink for the leaves on the tree and then some  Luminarte Silks (Crafter's Companion) to add colour to the flowers.
Butterfly stamped with Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink.

I think maybe I should have coloured the texture paste with black paint and had a silhouette effect!

This month's Mixed Media Challenge is to use ribbon, twine or fibres.
This is my entry

A brief 'How to'
1.  Canvas board painted with white gesso and left to dry.
2.  Liquitex Acrylic ink (put in spray bottles) sprayed top and bottom. Board tilted so the colours ran down
     the board. Colours: Sap green and Cerulean Blue. While still wet water was flicked on to the board to
     add some texture. Dried.
3.  Leaves from my rubber stamp set Natural Elements (not on my website...contact for details) using 
     Brilliance Cosmic copper inkpad. Dried and then the canvas sprayed with Permajet Permafix to
     stop the ink running with following products.
4.  Masks used with B&Q Flexible Filler for the swirls and birds (Crafter's Workshop and Peerless 
5.  Matt Medium was used to stick the fibres, skeleton leaf and lace cloud to the board.
6.  When dry the canvas was sprayed again, this time with Moon Glow...Azure Sea Asters and Ponderosa
     Pine Olive.
7.  The edges of the board were darkened using Walnut Stain Distress ink and a fan brush.
8.  Fabric leaves were painted with white gesso and then Liqiuitex Rich Bronze and Bright Gold inks.
9.  The tree stencil from Sweet Poppy Stencils was used with Sparkle Mediums... Light Copper, Antique
     Bronze and Welsh Gold (Imagination Crafts). Sparkle medium was applied to the birds and swirls.
10. The windy swirls were made using a brush and water, blotted with kitchen towel.
11.Finally, the fabric and plastic leaves, sequin flowers and beads were glued to the board.


This month's Mixed Media Challenge is...April Showers
This is my entry

April Showers make me think of rain (obviously) and therefore umbrellas!
Canvas sprayed with Faded Jeans Distress ink and then drizzled with water. Water was then dripped on to the canvas and then stamped with one of my rubber stamps. The umbellas are die cuts, texture applied using embossing folders. They were then inked with Brilliance ink and sprayed with a gloss varnish. 'Raindrops' added using Glossy Accents.

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