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Friday, 1 July 2016

A Vintage Journey - July Challenge - Monochromatic

Welcome to a our new challenge for July 2016. Our challenge this month is :
MONOCHROMATIC

"I love monochromatic themes in artwork; I love the balanced look it gives to a design. If you ever struggle with knowing what colours to use this should be right up your street, one colour alone or hues of one colour (plus black and/or white) - simple!"

Please just check that your entry is vintage, shabby, mixed-media, art journaling, industrial or steampunk to be in with a chance of being a winner or Pinworthy mention.

The Creative Guides have created a wide array of monochromatic projects to inspire you on your journey.

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Addicted to Art - Monochromatic Distress tags
It has been a while since I did a bit of 'Distress'! So for this challenge I went to a craft day with friends armed only with my blue distress inks, paints, sprays and stains and created a set of tags. There are lots of different techniques which I am showing today over at Addicted to Art.
Like Tracy, I love to work in Monochrome or in limited shades, and that most often happens when I turn to the neutrals.  So here's my monochromatic handmade nature journal in shades of brown.  It's ready for all my notes and observations on the natural world, and it's full of my favourite wildflowers and grasses.  Do come over to Words and Pictures for a proper look inside.
 
I love the neutral palettes and so I played with raw umber with some titan buff and white to create my mixed media background and there's contrast and interest with black stamping and stitching. I also played a bit with the ombre technique but after lots of layers and dipping it's not quite so evident. As always the process steps and more photos are at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you can spare a moment to pop over and take a look and I hope you have a great month of July. xx
For my Monochromatic project I have drawn inspiration from a couple of paintings by the Belgian Surrealist artist Rene Magritte and created a piece of wall art using some of Tim Holtz 2016 CHA products. I have remained true to my love of the classic monochrome palette of black, white and grey /silver . Admittedly my work is more 'real' than 'surreal' but hope you will be able to stop by my blog for more details .

Monochromatic is not something I do very often, as I usually love to use lots of colour. I have been wanting to ink up my Tim Holtz Sideshow set of stamps, so I created a trio of simple black and white cards with just a touch of red on each.  If you would like to see more please visit my blog!



As Summer has now officially arrived, I decided to create an ATB in multiple shades of green to house some tag journals I made so I can journal about our holidays and adventures this summer.  I have some step by step photos on my blog, hope you can stop by to see how I made it!

 I love this theme! It's so much fun to take a colour and use it in varying shades and levels of intensity. I was slightly worried about the pop of yellow/orange on her face but hopefully there's enough orange there to qualify! If you'd like to see how I made this altered notebook, please pop over to my blog by clicking here.

 Tracy Evans
I decided to create a canvas that developed over several days. I love adding layers to my design and I adore tactile pieces which resulted in me adding many layers and an old embroidery hoop for a quirky touch. Pop by my blog to see how to create your own monochromatic hoop garden!


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Thank you to all who joined us for our June challenge, we have all enjoyed visiting your blogs. We look forward to seeing how you are inspired with our July Monochromatic Challenge. 

Our challenge is a monthly one and a randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift voucher from our generous sponsor, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We also award our Pinworthy badges to the Top 3, chosen by the Creative Guides who are subsequently invited to join us on the blog as a guest designer.

You have until Thursday 4th August 2016 to enter and we will then select our random winner who will win a $25 voucher at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and our Pinworthies who we look forward to welcoming as guest designers. You can find all the Creative Guide projects, guest designers, pinworthies and winners on our Pinterest boards.

GOOD LUCK!
Tracy Evans xx



25 comments:

  1. My kinda theme! Love this one and all of the fantastic projects from the DT!!!

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  2. One of my favorite themes!!! The DT art is gorgeous! Great Challenge Tracy!

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  3. Great challenge theme and great inspirational projects from the team!

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  4. Fantastic chllenge and wonderful pieces from you all!!

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  5. What a great new theme and lovely work from you all. Happy July xx

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  6. Fabulous challenge theme and fantastic projects from you all! Hugs! Branka xx

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  7. Brilliant projects... on my way round for a closer look. Blog visiting? You betcha!
    Alison x

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  8. Such a wonderful theme Tracy and beautiful projects everyone! xx

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  9. A great theme and a wonderful set of creations! x

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  10. A Fabulous gallery of Monochromatic projects offering a wealth of inspiration Everyone . Fantastic Challenge theme . Have a great weekend everyone x

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  11. What lovely projects from the team - a great challenge Tracy! Happy 4th of July weekend to all of us in the USA! Julia xx

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  12. Fabulous inspiration by the team! Love them all!
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  13. Lots of gorgeous monochrome projects from the DT, very inspiring!

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  14. Amazing and beautiful inspirations from all of the Creative Guides as always, off to visit to see more and can't wait to see what our followers create! Deb xo

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  15. Fabulous samples hope to be back later to play

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  16. Well, ladies, I spent my free time today finishing up my visits each one of you at your inspiring blogs, and it has been a delight to see how these beauties came to be! Thank you for all your inspiration! Hugs!

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  17. Awesome DT pieces, had fun going monochromatic to play along!

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  18. Another fantastic challenge, love it. Brilliant DT samples as always. Happy crafty week, Angela x

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  19. The inspiration for this challenge is really stunning! Fabulous work by the DT!!!
    Coco xx

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  20. Great samples, love the theme!

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  21. Monochromatic is a fabulous theme and a real challenge for me!! Fabulous work by the team!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  22. Love the Design Teams projects! Stunning!

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  23. Wonderful inspiration, such a stunning variety!~kim

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  24. Beautiful samples from the team, so glad I found it in time to play along!

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  25. Please forgive my mass of entries, but it seems I only work in monochromatic schemes! This challenge was right up my alley. I need to go to color class for sure... Thanks for another great round, AVJ!

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