Friday, October 04, 2013

Mixed Media Challenge - anything goes

It's my turn to host the Mix-Ability challenge this week, and I've made it an easy one - as long as you use 2 or more types of art media on your project, anything goes! I'd love to encourage participants to create a mixed media project to send along to MD Anderson for our Hope You Can Cling To card drive, but of course that's entirely up to you.

I struggle with one-layer cards, so I wanted to combine a couple of challenges and ideas at once. This card fits Beate's HYCCT challenge to create a one-layer WOW card. I used Polychromos Pencils as well as an acrylic marker, so it's mixed media too. The stamps are from a recent Flourishes release called Picking Wildflowers.

Pencil coloring on an already-colored surface is fun and has its own unique challenges - the surface remains the medium tone in your shading, and you just add in deeper shades and highlights. For the lower area of the card, I used the side of my pencil to shade, then brushed OMS over the area to soften the strokes.

The white acrylic marker I used is found HERE -  I have really gotten fed up with white gel pens that skip or clog, and I LOVE this fine tip marker. The white is incredibly vibrant, and the design of this nib is different - it's plastic, and if it plugs up, you can wash it with a little soap and water - good as new!

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  1. Wow! outstanding! Beautiful! Elegant! What I mean is I love it! I must attempt this, and I even have that stamp set. Jean ~

  2. Stunning!!! Beautiful card!!!! Love that marker, thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Hi Dina,
    Such gorgeousness! I love how the white bounces off the card! I also appreciate how you used a dark, maybe charcoal or black color to distress the edges and bottom - ultra cool. I really like my
    Signo Uni-ball UM153 White pen. The rest of the writing on the case is in Japanese, so I don't know what it says. It works fabulously. Thanks for sharing about your marker. Much aloha, rosy

  4. This is a beautiful card! Thanks for the information on the white pen. I get tired of the white gel pen issues as well.