Saturday, 5 September 2015

Mixed Media Makeover challenge at Anything But Cute

Hello, crafty friends! It's time for our challenge #5 at Anything But Cute mixed media challenge blog! Our talented hostess Niki has chosen the theme 'Mixed Media Makeover'.


Pull out an old card, tag, project, masterboard or embellishment that you weren't completely happy with or never completely finished. Niki wants you to recycle it. We all make "mistakes" with our art right? Now's your chance to fix it. Redo it, hide the mistake, make it bigger, make it better, make it more beautiful or rip it apart and use the pieces! Give it a mixed media makeover! For this challenge you will need to include a before picture so we can see what you started with.

Here is what I started with:
Some time ago I created an art journal page which I never liked. For this amazing challenge I decided to finally recycle it.  


After applying one coat of gesso I started to build layers using ripped pages of an old book. 


Another coat of gesso...


To add more texture I used ripped pieces of canvas paper, some laces and threads...


Then I started to play with my distress ink sprays, Lindy's sprays and Ecolines. I used my LaBlanche and Finnabair stamps to add more details. 


Here is what I came up with:


The framed old photo is from Tim Holtz's vintage photo strip set which I colored a bit with my distress markers and I added a word 'blessed' from his Big chat stickers. To add more texture I used one of my stencils with acrylic paint in antique gold. Also, I added some self adhesive gems in gold and copper here and there.


The quote is from Tim's small talk chit chat sticker set and I outlined it with my black Derwent inktense pencil. 


I put one of my metal corners painted with black gesso and Inka gold in blue tones.


A closer look showing the texture:


I hope you like my makeover art journal page and I encourage you to visit our Anything But Cute mixed media challenge blog for more inspiration and ideas! 

At Anything But Cute we just love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional projects and artists. You just never know when we might be giving out something special to a lucky mixed media newcomer. We all have to start somewhere, right?

Challenge runs until October 4th - we can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving sweet comments!  

Happy Crafting!




25 comments:

  1. Fabulous textures and colours, gorgeous!!

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  2. Wow, Branka, you knocked my socks off with this FABULOUS makeover! I'm so happy to see how you work your journal pages--your post made it seem as if I were there watching over your shoulder. I love all the texture you've created by first using the textiles, threads and papers, and then more texture and depth with your sprays. This is such a beautiful vintage AJP--I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! big hugs, my friend!

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    1. Awwww, thank you so much, my lovely! You put a BIG smile on my face, as always!
      Huge hugs and lots of love to you! xxx

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  3. PS. It looks like a couple of our Blogger's slept late this morning! Ha! Ha! Not sure what happened,but I checked to see if it posted, and saw your lovely comment!:):) You made my day, dear! Hugs!

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    1. Haha, yes, lazy Saturday morning :)
      Enjoy your weekend, my dear! Hugs!

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  4. Branka dear, the transformation on this LO is extraordinary! What an amazing process and such a fantabulously different end result! I am so thrilled that you embraced this challenge and rocked it! Your use of different fabrics to create texture is amazeballs and so awesome sauce! You give me hope for adding to my AJ. Lol. The stencils pop off the page and your sprays are yummy! Big hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Niki! Your sweet comment made my day! Sooooo happy!
      Hugs! xxx

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  5. That's a fabulous turnaround. The old pages were fun, but I completely love the new ones... colours, textures and stamping - really stunning!
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you so very much, Alison, for taking the time to visit my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! Hugs! Branka xxx

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  6. Oh wow, what an amazing make over!! The newer version just looks incredible (the old one was fine but....). Love, love, love the colours you used, just stunning!!

    Sorry for my lack of visits, but I had an almost 2 month break from blogging, and though I meant to visit, life just kept getting back in the way... Things should get back to normal now...

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Astrid, for those very kind words! You made my day! I am so thrilled and happy you like my AJ page! Hugs! Branka xxx

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  7. I think that original was just fabulous, too bad you did not like it...but the new version is simply breathtaking! You put so much work into your projects, and they all turn out so fantastic!
    Hugs to you my dear!
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear! You made me happy! Huge hugs to you! Branka xxx

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  8. wow Branka, I am so in love with all the textures and inky details, brilliant journalling. Thanks also for joining in the challenge at That Craft Place and good luck.
    Julie x

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  9. I loved your funky before page but I am in love with your beautiful vintage transformation. The laces and threads look wonderful with all the inks and sprays you added.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  10. The sprays over these torn strips of lace - OH MY!!! I just love this! Such an amazing concept!

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  11. Stunning. You did such an amazing job. Love how everything changed into something so pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at MMW

    With smiles
    Laine K
    MMW DT

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  12. Forme the before page was already cupercute. Why didn't you like? The after page is absolutely wonderful.

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  13. Beautiful project. lovely designs. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again son. Judy DT

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  14. Oh wow. Brilliant makeover! LOVE the textures created by the lace!

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  15. Well, I actually rather liked the original, but you certainly gave it a complete make-over.
    I very much enjoyed the way you described the process with sprays and text and texture, and your final lovely artwork is so different and original.

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  16. Lovely alteration although I rather liked the original too! Gorgeous colours and textures! Thanks so much for joining my challenge at Our Creative Corner. Julia x

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  17. This transformation is like night and day Branka. Your new journal page is just amazing - so much to see - so much texture - such rich colors - just lovely. I love the sentiment and totally love the word blessed all by itself. VERY VERY SPECIAL creation. j.

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