Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Guest Designers Dots To Lines

Today we welcome are extremely talented and lovely Guest Designers Aditi Mahajan & Sunila Mahajan.

We are so excited with halloween project of ours. This is our work as a guest designer for Mixed Media Mojo October, 2016 The theme is Spookiness and the twist Bats.

So we created a mixed media canvas.


We prepped our canvas with white gesso and stuck die cuts of bats, some wooden pieces, hay, coconut shavings and a few dusty attic chipboards. We then covered all our elements on the canvas with heavy white gesso. Once dry we did the same with black gesso. We added crackle texture paste to the sides and in between our chipboard elements.


Next we started adding in colour with ColourArte pigments-green and gold. We added our highlight colours with Lindy's Stamp gang Rizzos Rowdy Red and Tears on my Pillow Tangerine. We built our canvas further using silks in red, orange and green. We also sprayed Lindy's Blazing Black to further our spookiness!



Once we were happy with our colours we painted a chipboard gate with the same colours and arranged our die cut elements. We coloured our elements with the same Blazing black spray and metallic acrylics.and adhered them onto our board.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Spooky Fun

Hi there Maria here today to share with you a page from my "junk journal".  I really shouldn't call it a junk journal I suppose though.  I have many types of journals from nice expensive ones to this composition notebook one.  You know the black and white marble notebooks?  I have to say though I was highly disappointed a few years ago to discover the covers were no longer hard back but soft and bendy.  But anyhow I still like to get them at back to school time when they are like $.50 each.

This year I signed up for a class by Joanne Sharpe called Artfully Inspired Life.  It's a year long class where each month she shares a fun alphabet, a mantra and some journalling ideas.  For this I used the recommended more expensive book but wanted somewhere to practice lettering.  My friend and I decided on a compo book and got started with decorating the cover and glueing pages together (Since the compo pages are rather thin) then adding washi tape around the sides.

Here is my front, very simple nothing fancy just paper and washi tape, then I used packing tape over it to protect the papers. (mind you this is NOT a journal I ever intended to share it was meant to just play around in and practice and not care if pages looked good or not)

All the pages in washi:

I was so addicted to getting all the pages taped up it was fun and I love how it looks!  So recently I created a Halloween/Spooky page and thought what the heck I'll share it.  There's something about this book that I just love.

The background was me just messing around with Recollections Color Splash Watercolor crayons and Distress Crayons.  Just want to test them out etc. I used some Unity Stamp Co stamps and the cats is actually a stamp from the Michael's dollar bin.  Tim Holtz Halloween Stencil and rub ons.  I just had fun messing around and playing with this and since it fits with our theme this month I thought I'd share.

This is great for those of you who are intimidated by making art or art journaling.  Take that inexpensive compo book and just play around with supplies you have on hand.  Start by going through your notebook and glue every two pages together that will provide some stability. I used a glue stick.  Then just get started.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to play along with our current challenge!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Bat Sitter Mixed Media Canvas

Hello, Deb here to welcome you back to another Mixed Media Wednesday here at Mixed Media Mojo.  Today I have a Halloween canvas to share with you for our current challenge, Spookiness with the twist of adding Bats.

I'd like you to meet Zebediah Zombie, he's currently bat sitting for his friend Vladula Von Peckering who is away visiting his cousins and here you can see Zebediah taking Vlad's bats for a walk (or is that a fly?!)

I had so much fun making this, grab a goblet of potion and read on to see how I put it together!

I started out by cutting Tim Holtz's Lost Zombie and Gothic Gate from manila cardstock.

I then cut the zombie 3 more times from some packaging and cut one of them apart to layer together for some dimension.

The manila zombie was coloured with Distress inks and cut apart so I could add the clothes to the layered zombie.

I coloured the layered zombie with Old Paper Distress paint before adding the clothes and added Distress Crackle paint to give a lovely zombie-like skin texture to Zebediah.

The Gothic Gate was embossed with black embossing powder and then I sprinkled on bronze, silver and a green embossing powders here and there for an aged patina.  I ended up die cutting another gate and embossing it in the same way to form a fence.

A 1 1/2" circle was stenciled onto a 6" x 8" flat artists canvas with various colours of yellow Distress inks and then the circle was stenciled again with the Speckles layering stencil and Hickory Smoke DI to make the moon.

The stenciled moon was masked off and the entire canvas coloured with various shades of blue and purple DI for the sky and shades of brown for the ground.

The colours were intensified with Distress crayons and then some creepy vines were stenciled along the bottom with the Twisted mini layering stencil and Ground Espresso DI.

Ground walnut shells were mixed with Transparent texture medium and applied along the bottom with a palette knife.  A couple of the 'extra' zombie bits were adhered underneath the shells :O)

The haunted house from Tim Holtz's Mini Halloween #5 was stamped onto manila cardstock, fussy cut and adhered to the canvas.  The house was shaded around the edges with Black Soot Distress marker.

The Gothic Gate was cut in half and one hinge on each side snipped so that the gates looked like they were broken and falling down.  The second gate was cut down and adhered to each side to form the fence. A couple of tombstone images found on the internet were fussy cut and adhered to the canvas along with 1/2 of a Tim Holtz Pumpkin Piece and a couple of his Boneyard bones.

I had one of these bats that a friend had sent me (it's a die cut but not sure who makes it, sorry) and used the one bat as a pattern to cut a couple more of varying sizes from black cardstock.  I adhered each of the bats to some thin rusted wire and twisted all three together.

The zombie was mounted onto some black fun foam for dimension and the bats positioned so he was holding their 'leashes' in his hand.  Here are a few closeups of the finished canvas.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my bat sitting zombie Halloween canvas!

Hope you have been inspired to join in our October challenge, can't wait to see what you link up,  Happy creating!

Deb xo

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Spooky Halloween Lantern

Today we welcome our talented Guest Designers Dots to Lines who have made this fabulous Halloween Lantern. They will be back on the 19th with another wonderful project and tutorial!




Saturday, October 1, 2016

It's Time to Get Spooky!

Happy October everyone!  It's time for a new Mixed Media Mojo challenge!!  We are getting spooky this month and our twist is Bats!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Be sure to check out what our amazing DT did:


I hope you will play along with us this month! Please link up below a new project created for this challenge and do not combine with more than 6 other challenges. Limit to 3 entries per person. You can be the next Mixed Media Mojo Diva!

I hope you will come play along!