Saturday, 25 June 2016

Challenge #1 - Anything Goes at A Inky Mess

Today is an exciting day here in the world of blogs, a brand new mixed media challenge blog starts today over at A Inky Mess. The very first challenge is sponsored by Ike's Art, designed by a fantastic lady and the DT at A Inky Mess had a wonderful array of digis to choose from to showcase her work.

 I chose a fantastic image called Robot #1 from Ike's Art
I just had to do something a little futuristic and steampunk with this!

I adored working with this image!! First I printed it out on Daler Rowney Mixed Media paper twice,  and once on a piece of Kanban Metallica paper. I then set about colouring it in with my Distress Markers and waterbrush. Once that had dried, I added the eyebrow with Distress Stickles in Pewter. I took a piece of leather, the type you get attached to the tag on leather shoes when you buy them (mine was from my son's new school shoes) and cut it to the shape of the eyepatch. Once stuck down, I covered it with Distress Stickles in Vintage Photo. I cut out the hands on the second printed image and coloured those in with silver and gold pens from my stash and added Distress Stickles in Vintage Photo to the gold areas to match the eyepatch colour.

I fussy cut the helmet and chin strap from the image printed onto the Kanban Metallica paper and used my bone folder and the palm of my hand to break the fibres and add a curve and dimension to them. I stuck them down onto the first printed coloured image, and then stuck the hands I had cut out and coloured from the second print. I finished the image with shading with a Distress Crayon and added some bling from my stash and a mini cog from Dusty Attic I had heat embossed with Debbi Moore UTEE embossing powder then stuck to the eye patch.

The background is a mix of papers from Kanban Metallica and from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost and Found. I tore the papers up and stuck them to my Daler Rowney mixed media A4 page and added Liquitext Heavy Gesso in white in patches with an old credit card, and some mini and large cogs and the word Dream chipboard pieces from Dusty Attic that I had heat embossed in pewter and gold Debbi Moore UTEE embossing powder. I fussy cut the completed image and adhered it to the background, and added some washi tape to the background top and bottom to complete the piece.

Here are the materials used to create this piece:

Distress Markers (see pic 2 below for colours), Distress Stickles (see pic 1 below for colours), Distress Watercolour Crayon, Waterbrush, Kanban Metallica papers, Tim Holtz Lost and Found papers, washi tape from stash, bling from stash, Liquitex Heavy White Gesso, old credit card, silver and gold pens from stash, chipboard pieces from Dusty Attic, Debbi Moore UTEE embossing powders, leather tag from shoes.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my art journal page and that you'll join us at A Inky Mess to see what the other DT members have produced, and join in with our mixed media Anything Goes challenge. A Inky Mess challenges run from 25th of every month.

I shall be entering this project into the following challenges:

Michelle xx


  1. WoW !! That is amazing - I really love how you coloured and decorated her. This piece is just fabulous and I am so glad you enjoyed my image. It was a pleasure to Sponsor you :-D

    IKE xx

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    1. Thank you Ike - so lovely of you to say. So glad you like my interpretation of your image. Loved colouring her. Hugs, Michelle xx

  2. Outstanding work! Those hands are fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us here at Altered Eclectics!
    Chana, DT

  3. Wow!! this is awesome and you have coloured up Ike's image so well Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny DT for
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  4. Wow, you have done a brilliant job here with this creation, and I would have to say one of the best Steampunk projects I have seen. Your image is done to perfection and you have display your project so wonderfully on your blog. It is a true please to visit your blog and view your amazing work. Thank you.

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  5. Wonderful steampunk piece! Awesome details, so much to see! Thanks for playing along at Dream in Darkness!~kim

  6. Loving all the textures...and how you have used the image in your art..I keep those leather patches from shoes too,lol...
    A great entry for our June challenge over at Altered Eclectics...x

  7. Gorgeous details and love your choice of image, it's brilliant. Thank you for playing with Dream In Darkness, hope to see you again in July.

  8. Back again, and again super work.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  9. What a fantastic collage. Thanks for sharing at Dream In Darkness

  10. Gorgeous project and thank you for playing along with Things to Alter

  11. Fabulous piece of mixed media!
    Thank you for sharing with IKE'S WORLD Challenges!
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  12. Thank you for sharing how you completed this project I love it when there is a good explanation to go with an incredible project. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent and imagination at work. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  13. Fabulous mixed media! I love that you shared how you completed this project.

    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Wanda DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  14. Great creation
    Lovely card Thank you for sharing with us over here at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Susan DT for:-

  15. What a fantastic creation. Thankyou so much for sharing with us at SLS. Good Luck...Genny DT xxx


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