We love seeing your #SplashofColor Challenge entries! (Have you entered to win $100 of Graphic 45 goodies? No? What are you waiting for? Find out how here!) Today, our Design Team members show incredible Mixed Media ideas to jumpstart your inspiration. Watercolor, canvases, beauty - it's all here on the blog for you today! See Elena Olinevich and Einat Kessler make incredible projects! First, Elena shares a jaw-dropping'y stunning layout:
"My daughter didn’t like to read fairy tales when she was a little girl. Now she decides what book to read, however she still doesn’t like everything about the princesses.
So I had an idea how to create something with her photo using the Enchanted Forest collection. It has so many fairy heroes and the colors of it is a kind of miracle. And I decided to draw an enchanted castle using the watercolors , to make it more translucent.
I filmed the process of my watercoloring, but I need to say that I am not a professional one, it’s just my attempt to sketch something.
What I would suggest you is to start drawing with watercolors, it’s always easy to change something, if you think you are wrong by adding more water or making the background more blur. Everything you need is only your courage and inspiration." ~Elena
Tip: while mixing the color, to avoid creating a mess just pay attention to the colors of the papers or the embellishments you are using. They will determine your choice. Actually you don’t need to mix all the shades of them, but start with 2-3 of them.
Damp the background first with the water. It helps the watercolors not to be absorbed into the paper so fast, and you still have the time to direct them and to mix, and even to remove with the wipe or a dry brush.
I also added the flowers . I wanted to create a spring feeling, as the photo I used was taken during last spring. That’s why mostly all of my flowers are light pink or light yellow. They added the air to the finished composition.
Now, Einat shares a show-stopping canvas! We love her incredible use of our Metal Staples! You can learn how to make one yourself below:
"Mixed media is one of my favorite ways of creating. It’s very forgiving and there is no need for accuracy or fussy cutting. You just need to build layers of color, texture and add a focal point. This project was so much fun to create! I hope you’ll give it a try…" ~Einat
Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to use your fingers! Sometimes it’s much better to feel your project and add the paint or any other medium with your fingers. It’ll give you much more control than a brush.
Tip #2: Use little items to add texture like 3D balls, strings, sandy modeling paste with a stencil or even beads.
This week we are giving away a prize pack full of bright paper and some Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes and Tag Staples! This just puts a smile on our face. This prize pack is worth $40! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!
Thank you so much for joining us and we hope you join us in the #SplashofColor Challenge this month!
Happy Mixed Media Making,
The G45 Family
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