Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenge Blog - Challenge #9

Happy New Year, my friends!
Can you believe it's 2016 already! I hope you had a wonderful winter holidays time! 
I am here today to announce our first challenge for 2016 at Anything But Cute and 
our fabulous Anne has chosen the theme Ring out the Old, Bring in the New!


To celebrate the New Year, we would like you to create a mixed media card or project using something 'new'. Perhaps you got some fabulous new craft item for Christmas or you have something new that you have not used yet - just remember to tell us what the new item is!

I created a vintage looking art journal page using some of my new art supplies I've got for Christmas. 
Here is the final result :)





These are some of my new art supplies. I also got some acrylic inks, markers, more paints, watercolors and such. 


I started with my old book and ephemera pieces. I also used pieces of paper from an old music note book and an old dictionary. Liquitex matte medium was used to glue down those pieces in creating some texture.


I put a coat of white gesso with my pallete knife.


To distress the edges I used distress stain in Vintage photo and I applied my new acrylic paint.


This is the finished look of my background.


I decided to use my favourite image from Paper Whimsy on a piece of canvas previously sprayed with some of my Distress stain sprays and Perfect Pearl mists. I scribbled around the image to add some interest to it and used my Golden Soft Gel matte on top of the image to achive more texture.


Distress stain in Brushed corduroy was used on torn pieces of masking tape to achieve an aged effect. 


I added a piece of corrugated cardboard treated with my Inka golds in blue tones. Also, I doddled with my fluorescent oil pastels. To frame the image I used my Faber Castell Gelatos in gold.


I attached some paper roses with my previously treated masking tape pieces. Also, I used some Tim Holtz stamps to add more texture.


A piece of an old handmade lace was distressed with Distress stain sprays and I added my handmade fabric flower. I used my Crafty Notions rust powder on that metal brad in the centre of my flower.


For the quote I used Tim's small chat stickers and I used my Inktense black pencil for journaling. 

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 talented mixed media newcomer. We all have to start somewhere, right?

Challenge runs until February 4th, 2016 - we can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! It means much to me!

Hugs! Branka x




31 comments:

  1. Wow Branka, seeing this page up close, I love it even more!! It's just so much fun to watch your process, I love the addition of the blue paint amid all the neutral tones! The lace flower...GORGEOUS!! The strips of paper you used to attach the flowers and such is a brilliant detail, so unique and wonderful...just like your work my friend!! What a visual treat! hugs :)

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    1. Thank you sooooo much, Pamellia! What a wonderful support from you! It means much to me! Hugs to you, my dear! Branka xxx

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  2. Branka, this is absolutely stunning work of art! Your creativity is mind blowing! Love those delicate flowers and how you arranged the beautiful vintage lady image.
    Hugs

    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear! I am glad you like it! Huge hugs! Branka xxx

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  3. Oh Branka, this page is so, so beautiful! I loved seeing your step by step, you make it so clear and easy to understand (I am not a journaler). The image is a wonderful choice and the big flower is stunning! I love all your new paints too!! Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. Oh, Anne, thank you so much! So sweet of you! Huge hugs! Branka xxx

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  4. Branka, I really felt like I got to be with you as you made this lovely journal page spread; your tutorial is fabulous and so easy to follow! I love the colors--my favorites, and your bits of masking tape are the icing on the cake in my opinion! And that layered background and that fabric flower are perfectly grungy; I'm so going to steal those ideas! You make the most amazing journal pages, and I love your artwork, my friend! Big hugs and lots of love!

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    1. Awww, how happy I am to hear that you like it since you are the master of grungy art!
      Thank you so much, my dear friend! Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

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  5. Nice to see the steps to creating such an interesting journal and to see your goodies being used straight away. Thanks for joining in Come And Get It challenges, Carol DT

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  6. What a GORGEOUS project Branka. My fav part is the way you held the flowers on with paper strips... what a wonderful "look". Vintage at it's best. Your background is just incredible and I loved being able to see how you did it too. Thanks bunches for great inspiration and HAPPY NEW YEAR. j.

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    1. Oh, Joi, thank you so much! Happy to see you here! Happy New Year to you!

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  7. This is absolutely fabulous, I like everything about it, Thank you for joining in with us at Allsorts this week, Good Luck
    Kevin xx

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  8. Fabulous!! I have not tryed journals yet but I may just try them after seeing yours! Thanks for sharing at Rhedd's Creative Spirit!!

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  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous pages. I love all the textures and colours, especially the little arrangements of flowers. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

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  10. This is such a fun page with touches of whimsy and lovely vintage inspiration.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  11. Hi Branka, this is such an amazing spread! That torn distressed tape thrills me!!! It is so beautifully attached to hold the flowers in place, such a clever detail. I just love this piece and your gorgeous background tutorial. Hugs, Autumn

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  12. Love your layers, beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely creation over at Allsorts;-))m

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  13. Lovely vintage layers, Branka - and such wonderful touches - I love the flowers taped to the page, and the way you've framed the charming photograph - it has a real feel of an old scrapbook belonging to a young Victorian girl. Wonderful!
    Alison xx
    Thank you for all your lovely comments over at mine too.

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  14. Wow, lots going on here. Lots of lovely texture and plenty of detail. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

    Dionne

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  15. Such a lovely journal page, Branka!

    I especially love how you fixed the elements to the background - those died and torn paper strips add so much to the vintage feel of your page!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia x

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    1. Thank you so much, Claudia, for such kind words! I am so glad you like it! Branka x

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  16. B, this is vintage beauty at its best! My fave part is the masking tape holding the flowers! Genius use of masking tape and it looks so wonderfully aged! Amazeballs! Your journal LOs always amaze me, you add so many layers, textures and details! What kind of journal do you use? I have a little one but am not happy with the way the papers warp after applying paints and sprays. Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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    1. Thank you so much, Niki, for such a wonderful comment! I am so happy you like it! I used an old book for this project but I have a lot of different art journals. My favourite is the Dylusions. Huge hugs to you, my friend! Branka xxx

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  17. What amazing details Branka and a wonderful design that has been so beautifully created. Thanks for joining in the challenge at That Craft Place and good luck.
    Julie x

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  18. Absolutely stunning pages...love your techniques...
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

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  19. Love the use of cardboard on this..my fav medium! Lovely colors and great picture tutorial for us! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! Nanette, DT

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  20. Hi there, what an amazing Journal page!! Loving all the different textures you have used to create such a Beautiful piece. Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place. Good Luck and hope to see you again next time.
    Hugs Amanda

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  21. I absolutely LOVE your work!! Vintage girls are often in my work so when I see others...I LOVE it!!! I just found the Anything but cute challenge blog and can't wait to create something to add to this amazing blog!!!

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  22. This spread is so gorgeous!!!
    I love both pages, fabulous inspirational pages Branka.
    Thank you so much for the great step-by-step, and your lovely comment on my own entry for the Anything but Cute challenge, it's a pleasure to join in! :)
    Coco xx

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  23. Wow, I love your pages very much…beautiful collection of mixed media. Thank you for sharing your creative process and thank you for playing with us at Our Creative Corner!
    Best wishes from sLOVEnija

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