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Virág Reti - April Guest Designer

Our Guest Designer this month is Virag Reti - hungarian mixed-media scrapbooker, that won our previous challenge. Virag has prepared tiny but beautiful project with a story behind. Grab your tea or coffee and enjoy today's post.

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Virág means flower in Hungarian. I work as a chief of marketing on weekdays, but my passion is scrapbooking. This is not just a craft activity for me, it is my real holiday and time for relaxation. My scraproom is a calm island in this busy world. I started scrapbooking 5 years ago, but last year when I met with mixed media scrapbooking techniques in an American YouTube video I felt that I found my style, the technique I was looking for. I am a coffee lover. I love singing loudly, but my voice is horrible. And I know, I am a bit crazy, because normal is boring for me. :)

I am so happy to be here with you on Mixed Media Place blog. This is the biggest honour in my scrap life. I would like to show you my latest project. There is a story behind, I tell you... This weekend we bought a flea collar for our dog to prevent him from ticks. It was packed in a tiny metallic box that inspired me at the first sight. I decided to prepare a memory box.

I covered the box with white gesso and than I started to color the background with mists. I used crackle paste on the horizontal surfaces inside and outside.. As you may see the embellisments are stickers, mechanicals and paper flowers on the top of the box. I really like to use lace so I glued a strip under the whole composition.

Doily Lace is one of my favourite Scrapiniec collections and it perfectly fitted into the box. I scattered tons of mika flakes and beads to the bottom of the box. I covered it with the photo and the chipboard, but it is a great vintage effect round about the focus point.

 I hope you like my project. 


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Splash in the rain by Juliya Tirskaya

Hello everybody! Today I would like to show you my new project for Mixed Media Place.
I created a canvas using the reverse side. I really liked our inspiration board and wanted to use the cosmic colors in my work.

The basis is kraft paper. I crushed it and unevenly glued it with Soft Matte Gel.
Then I added the sisal with Modeling Paste Opaque Matte.I really love this paste, it is smooth after drying, elastic and perfectly tolerates all experiments with painting. And also remarkably fixes sisal and fabric.
I wrapped my heart in a cloth, just on this paste!
After, added small elements: beads of different sizes, crystals and melange.
All three layers I carefully painted the Heavy Gesso - Black.
Then came my favorite moment !!! It's Rust Effect Paste.
And only then paint and waxes were used. And a Mica Powder Pink. I just rubbed it with my fingers, and the canvas began to play with colors!
It's amazing how the colors enliven the black and show the texture.
And in the finale glued flowers, cut letters from a sheet of paper from 7dotsstudio - Writers Block
The word sticker is also from 7dots))

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Personal Inferno by Denisa

Welcome! It´s Denisa here with a bit dark art journaling today. I chose quite dramatic contrast and strong reds and blacks to express a crucial issue in the contemporary society. The topic no one really dares to talk about.

Lots of women and kids suffer from constant violent behavior in relationships. Thinking they deserve it. But remember you are worth nothing but pure love, tenderness and respect. Search for help and stop it as soon as you can. You need to live your life and bring up your kids in a safe environment. But you have to do some action to get there and be happy finally.

Here´s the quote of my AJ: He Was Her Personal Inferno

Now just a few words about my creative process. The very first thing I did was applying a random layer of heavy gesso onto my checked background. I decided to have the focal point on the top.  I did some archival ink stamping there then I grabbed some chippie left over painted it with gesso and black archival ink. I also applied some modelling paste over the stencil and let it dry.

Next I added some red wire to the chippie. Then I did some splattering. When I was happy with the result I glued on the chippie. I punched a hole in it to glue the pic from the other side. I also sprinkled on some glass glitter and beads. To emphasize the texture I applied some shiny waxes with my fingers here and there.

Hoping to get my message across to any of you who might feel trapped in life. Wishing you the strength within your soul and heart.

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