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Nadya Drozdova - March Guest Designer

Today we are happy to show you the project created by our this month Guest Designer - Nadya Drozdova. Nadya is the winner of our January challenge and it is an honour for us to have her as our Guest at Mixed Media Place. If you also would like to have a chance of being our Guest Designer for upcoming months, play with our challenges.

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Hi everyone! My name is Nadya Drozdova and I am so exited to be a Guest Designer. Huge thanks for invitation, it is a big honor for me. 

The mood board is very rich and magic so I decided to make a canvas with black background and bright accents. I was inspired by ethnic theme and palette. 

To make background I used bits and pieces of Dusty Attic chippies and black gesso with different paints. Dream catcher is UmWowStudio chipboard. 

To make my creation brighter and metallic I covered it with different colors of Inka gold. I wish you all good mood and a lot of inspiration!

Hugs and kisses,


Candy box makeover by Juliya Tirskaya

Hello dears!
It's my first project for Mixed Media Place and I'm a little worried. I created an altered heart using plastic packaging from candy.

Heart of two halves

They are joined by strips of thick skin. Which I attached with brads.

Heart keeps a photo of my grandmother.

This photo grandmother gave my grandfather, when he was taken into the army. And he kept it in his documents all his life.

In the second half, a window with acrylic

And a little technical part))
Glue tissue paper on both halves with a 3D Gloss Gel..
Dried. Then outside I put on both halves Texture Paste White Sand. Again, I dry the layer.
Then cover Heavy Gesso Black. And at the finish is a white Hesso.
Now I can connect the halves.

For the window, I cut out a heart from acrylic sheet.

Apply the Texture Paste Clear Crackle  through the stencil.
Inside we make a composition.

It remains to Texture Paste White Crackle,  paint and add toppings and stamps.

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Blue Without You by Denisa Gryczova

Do you realize how lucky we are living in such peaceful times? I know it´s not like this all over the world  and lately there have been some awful terrorist attacks all over Europe but I´m happy to say the place where I live doesn´t struggle with such disasters (so far). Looking back to the history of my country it wasn´t always like this.

In my today´s art journaling episode I was dealing with such cruel times a lot of families experienced during WWII in Central Europe. Many families were separated with no mercy. Desperate parents sending their beloved kids over the ocean to foreign places, just to save their lives. Knowing they might never meet again. Just a thought of such terror sends shivers down my spine.

Here´s a brief description how I made the spread. I started off by applying a random coat of heavy gesso on the paper. When dry I did some stamping with archival ink and glued down some bits of tissue paper using soft matte gel. When dry I painted the entire surface with heavy gesso again and let it dry.

Now comes the fun part. I grabbed ecolines, mists and various sprays just to drop the paint on the paper , spray it with water and let the drippings do their job. Do not forget to dry the piece after each colour used. As I was adding more and more colours, stamping and stains, the spread got its desired depth.

I wanted to illustrate the long distance between the poor family members so I went for tiny city stickers and glued them down. When I was happy with the background I attached two focal points. These are the vintage pics of one torn family. The wire I used symbolizes the family bonds and the damaged circle stands for the broken family one.

Hoping to make you stop, think and realize the luck we all have and bring some inspiration for your art journaling.

Happy crafting!

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