July Challenge – Recycle

by | Jul 2, 2018 | Monthly Challenge

Welcome to our Make It Mixed Media Challenge! Get messy with us and create mixed media marvels – you could even win a prize! Recycling is not only good for the planet, it saves you money and it’s a heap of fun! Show us how you’ve reused something worthless or upcycled trash into treasure!

The prize winner will be chosen at random, to give players of all experience levels an equal chance. The Design Team will also choose our favourite Project of the Month.

This month’s theme is: RECYCLE

HOW TO PLAY:

  • Create a piece of work using the theme – your piece must be mixed media.
  • Use the comments below to submit your entry – add a photo of your work and in the comments tell us how you interpreted the theme (click the little camera icon to add your image).
  • If you have one, add a link to your project (e.g. if it’s on a blog or YouTube) – direct links only please as we don’t have time to search through.
  • This challenge is open to everyone – newbies and international entries are very welcome.
  • Closes midnight GMT 31st July 2018

Winners will be announced here and in the Mixed Up Mag Mixer Group – so you might want to consider joining us there!

July Prize!

Our randomly selected winner will receive this amazing package from our wonderful sponsor Artful Days. This month’s prize contains lots of goodies from the Artful Days Treasure Trove, plus Prima and Scrapinec products.

PLUS a free month’s membership to Mixed Up.

Design Team Inspiration!

By Rizwana Farooq-Hassan

By Rizwana Farooq-Hassan

This month I transformed a wooden bowl into a little jewellery holder, by removing the interior metal part and sanding it. Then I painted it and used gilding wax to highlight the beautiful floral design already carved around the bowl. Can you guess what it was used for in it previous life? To find out, hop on to my blog!

Blog: https://cherish-designs.blogspot.com/2018/07/up-cycle.html

By Fiona Potter

By Fiona Potter

Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of messy, painty fun upcycling something that was destined for landfill? For this project I have upcycled a coffee jar to create two easy projects, a water pot and a tealight holder. Everything in the project was a leftover from other projects apart from the Powertex and pigments. Pop over to my blog to see how I did it.

Blog: https://fionapotterqd.blogspot.com/2018/07/upcycled.html

By Neil Walker

By Neil Walker

I love giving things a new lease of life. I spend more time browsing junk shops and charity shops and love to find little treasures. I have given this simple container a total refresh just by using paints, Embossing Enamels and wax. If you would like, do pop on over to my blog to see the process in more detail.

Blog: https://neelzexpressionz.blogspot.com/2018/07/recycling-for-mixed-up-magazine.html

By Stephanie Eaton

By Stephanie Eaton

I always love finding a new use for old items I have lying around. I’m a planner girl and since I am slowly transitioning to digital planning I have a ton of these Happy Planner discs leftover. I just can’t throw them away so I decided to make a few magnets for my fridge. I covered both sides of the discs with washi tape. The green one I filled half way with Glossy Accents and some peridot chips and let dry. On the other I glued a stamp and a few pieces of Nuvo star confetti glitter, covered it with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. I glued a laser cut chipboard clock to the back of the cat disc to add a little fancy edge around it.

Project link: https://wp.me/p9wMkZ-vO

By Jennifer Gallagher

By Jennifer Gallagher

Plain gift packaging is such a bore. This month I have jazzed up a plain kraft gift box and transformed it into a package that needs no wrap. Imagine the possibilities for gift packaging using just a few stencils and a little bit of time. Head over to my blog to see more.

Blog: https://papergeometry.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/upcycling-fun

By Marianne Allitt

By Marianne Allitt

So what do you do with old used hairbrushes and combs? Simple….add them to a canvas. For this piece I used white Powertex as my glue base for covering and sticking the items together. Once it was dry I sprayed the piece with shimmer sprays from DecoArt and added some silk flowers.  I decided the stencil words didn’t stick out as much as I wanted so I painted them over the top with a fine brush using Pebeo gold gilding paint.

July’s Mixed Up theme is Upcycle/Recycle and we have some amazing projects coming for you!

Why not join us at Mixed Up for inspiration from designers across the globe! We add new tutorials every week.

Show us what YOU made!