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Friday 1 September 2023

Creative Artiste #97 September 2023

Already September and the little princess will be back at school next week. To say we've had a disastrous summer is an understatement. Following a phone call to say my wonderful brother had had a suspected stroke at the end of June, I headed 300 miles away from home to be with him. It ended with him passing away from a cancerous brain tumor last week. All so shockingly sudden! I've hardly seen the little princess this summer, but I did make it back home to celebrate her birthday at the weekend. It was a much needed relief to do something happy after our family tragedy.

And now, to keep moving forward .... 

 ....Welcome to a new challenge at

Creative Artiste is a monthly challenge blog for everyone who likes to mix their media. So, as long as you like to use various mediums on your creations, we'd love to see you enter the challenge.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered the challenge last month. Your projects were all wonderful and our winners have been announced on the blog.
Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
We have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for all our winners.

Due to the very upsetting couple of months I've had,  I haven't really had time to craft, but, I did manage to finish off a project I started at a Tando Creative Ministry of Mixology craft retreat in April 2017. This was started in a class with Kate Crane. The class involved a Divided Box, some tags and embellishments. The products are still available on the Tando Creative website.

The large square tag measures just under 6" (15cms) and is made from thick greyboard. It was supplied with the Tags Kit. I started with a thick coat of white gesso
*All the bits and pieces received a coat of white gesso to start with.*

I then used a Brayer to add the colours, starting with the lighter ones and finishing with black gesso around the edges. I used DecoArt fluid acrylics Cobalt Teal, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Green Gold. I sometimes diluted the colours with white gesso to get lighter shades. Finally, I stamped some text randomly over the tag and splattered with a white Posca pen.

The whimsical houses were from the Embellishment kit. I started this one with DecoArt Vermilion Fluid Acrylic. I then used DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle medium before adding a top layer of Cobalt Teal. I used my fingers to paint the smaller bits with Green Gold and ran a black Copic pen around the edges before sticking them on the tag with PVA glue.

I used the crackle step on the roof for the second house and finger painted the window and door with Cobalt Teal Hue and white gesso. The tree was hand cut from extra greyboard. I used Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Green Gold, then finger added some dabs of Quinacridone Gold. I edged all the pieces with a black Posca pen before adding them to the tag.

The cloud was hand cut from leftover thick greyboard. I painted it with Cobalt Teal Hue and finger added white gesso. Again I edged it with black before sticking in place.

Last was the arrow. It was part of one of the Tando Kits from that day and left all by itself in the box. I painted it with Cobalt Turquoise Hue and added dabs of Quinacridone Gold before adding the black edges and sticking it down. I randomly added some dots to the tag with a black Posca Pen to finish.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter our challenge as many times as you like. A full list of the rules is on the challenge blog. For more inspiration please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the fabulous mixed media projects created by our multi talented team.
And meet a new team member!
Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our 
September challenge. 

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  1. Andree, I'm soo very sorry about the passing of your dear brother. I know it's heartbreaking. Sending my love. The card is beautiful I love the whimsical feel to it and the extra touches like the crackle roof. Hugs my friend xxx

  2. (((Andree))) sending even more hugs your way as I know what a terrible time you and the family have been through these past few weeks, thinking of you all.
    I'm glad to see you had a moment to yourself to switch off and create this sweet tag, so rewarding when a project is finished no matter how long it takes. Such a fresh design, I hope you will soon have more time to yourself and delve into some arty therapy.
    Take care of yourself and each other Hugs TRacey x

  3. Condolences Andree, my thoughts are with you and your dear ones as you grieve. Hope your creative time helps with the process.
    Your tag is just lovely--the layers are so delicious, and the colors so soothing. I discovered finger painting recently--I find it a wonderful tactile experience with some unique results, and I love how you've used it in your project. It must feel so good to finish something that you'd started a while back!

  4. I love how this has come together Andree. So creative and such fun elements.A nice distraction to put the sad time to the back of your mind for just a wee while. Love it.


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