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Darianna Neko - July 2018 Guest Designer

Darianna Neko, that is our July Guest Designer, has won April Mixed Media Place challenge. She has prepared gorgeous layout with amazing colours and details! Take a few moments and enjoy her wonderful style!

Hello, dear readers of MixedMediaPlace blog!

My name is Darya (Darianna Neko in social media). I’m very glad to be the Guest Designer at Mixed Media Place - thank you for this opportunity!
I live in Belarus, Minsk and have two little daughters and lovely husband. I have been creating mixed media projects since the Spring of 2017 and so far no other direction of creativity has found such a response in my soul. I love to create canvases and layouts with the photos that inspire me.  Also I love to alter objects using mixed media technique. My love for gloom, gothic style, black color is easy to be noticed in my work.

Contrast, dark colors, darkened edges of works, gloomy subjects of works - this is what people recognize me for. Big thanks for choosing me! I’m happy to be the GD at Mixed Media Place!

July moodboard has so attractive colours. Orange and violet is a good combination!

I also decided to add blue and yellow colours. For this challenge I’ve created  the layout where the main characters are the fantasy mushrooms. Mushroom house is in the middle. You can also see mushrooms on the left and on the right of the LO.

Radial "rays" of circles, stars and other objects come out from the central part of the composition, and that is why I decided to title this project "Burst of the imagination". It turns bright and gloomy, fantastic, with darkened edges, and a little bit psychedelic :)

Let's see the details!

The base of layout is paper “Twilight” from 7 Dots Studio “Hazy Days” collection.  Also I used stamps and die-cuts from this collection. Wors Stickers "Stretch your imagination, professional dreamer" are from "Dreamscapes" collection.

I wanted to do a contrast, so I covered the chipboard with a bright embossing powder . The result was an ombre effect - the transition from black to orange and yellow.

I also added my favorite transparent plastic elements! They give work a lot of details and do not overload it. Stamps "Don't forget to fly" with butterflies from Finnabair and stamps of leaves helped me to do this.

To make this fantastic multicolored background I used magicals from Lindy’s Stamp Gang, stencils and black and white splashes.

As a finishing touch I added Art Stones and black microbeads from Finnabair and black glass spheres.

That's all!  No, I did not any eat mushrooms :) it's just a rush of creativity and imagination :)

Hope you like my layout!:)


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Mixed media firefly by Nadya Drozdova

Hello everyone! Today I`d like to share with you a tag that I made recently. I have created also a  video tutorial.

I chose violet and gold color combination with some shimmery accents.

It is always fun and easy to cover some embellishments with black gesso and than add some acrylic paints and waxes. Hope you like the process and wish you happy crafting!

Here is my video tutorial:

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Vintage shelf by Anastasia

Hello friends! Anastasia here. Today I want to show you how to create a kind of vintage shelf using Impasto Paints, metal embellishments and wooden box. You can collect memorabilia and use as a home decor.

For the basis I took a wooden 20x20cm panel. At first I applied here and there Art Alchemy Wax - Mystic Turquoise. I wanted to give the whole project a kind of vintage look. Then I started applying White Impasto Paint. When everything dried, I used a piece of paper towel to remove partially the paint. If the paint is sticky, dry it again and try to remove it again. If you like more contrast between paint layers use wet baby wipes after paper towel. For next layers I have used hand cream instead of wax.
I chose Snow White, Dark Chocolate and Jade colours but you can use other or more colors - it is up to you, what color combination you decide to choose.

As a decor I used piece of wood I found a few years ago and lovely gears and hearts from Finnabair Mechanicals sets. They perfectly matched the "old" painted texture. In order to give them more vintage look I used waxes and Mint-Green patina effect paste.

I prepared video tutorial and hope you will enjoy my idea.

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