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Take the Challenge with Mou, March 2014

Hi everyone, Mou here and welcome to the third 'Take the Challenge' of 2014! 

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
 
We are in the last month of the first quarter of 2014...already! I'm already starting to re-evaluate some of the things that I planned for this year -- what to keep, what to set aside for now, what to drop, etc. And one core theme that's guiding my thought process significantly is satisfaction -- that of doing a job well, living up to my own expectations, meeting standards, etc. and above all feeling fulfilled in what I do, how I do it, who I do it with and for, and why I do it. When those pieces fit, I stay motivated, curious, and creative. I find that the greatest everyday motivator for me is loving what I do and wanting to do more of it. So, my motto is "Do what you love, love what you do." 
 
What's your motto? Show us any project that captures the essence of your motto.
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Here's my take: I altered a small cutting board I had sitting new in my kitchen cupboard for a while. 
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For this project, I used;
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Chalkboard Paint Jar 100 ml (#770316)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium (#770303)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Art GRIP Color Pencils:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Perfection 7058 Eraser stick
 
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Here's how you can create my project:

1. Color the wooden cutting board with Chalkboard Paint. No need to prime with Gesso here: I found that letting the Chalkboard paint sink into the unprimed wood was a good choice for this project . Use a couple of coats of Chalkboard Paint to get a smooth even coverage. Let air dry. Using a heat tool might cause the paint to crack in areas where the paint went on thick.

2. Once dry, use White Art GRIP Color Pencil to sketch the ribbon strip on the cutting board. I wanted the word 'love' to be somewhere near the middle, so I don't have to write it twice. Write your quote/motto with the White Art GRIP Color Pencil. If you need to correct any mistake, use the Eraser stick.

3. Once you are happy with the arrangement of things, go over the outlines with Stamper's Big White Pen. You could even color the back folds of the ribbon with it.

4. Fill in the negative spaces inside the ribbon strip with Art GRIP Color Pencils.

5. When everything is dry, seal the piece with a top coat of Gel Medium

A variation of this would be use the piece as an actual chalkboard where you can easily erase and write new things with real chalk and duster.

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Here's a close-up.
 
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 3/14 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
 
The prizes for this challenge are: One set of 6 ct Art GRIP Color Pencils in the color of your choice and one Mini Journal Board.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 3/17  to see if YOU won!
 
Good luck to all !
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Very pretty.

Can I ask a question? To be honest I don't have the materials that you have. I make do with what I have. How can I do the challenge? I would love to do it. I am so grateful for you all teaching me because you all do help me to grow as an artist. Thank you!

That's a great quote, Mou!

Jessie, you can create with whatever you have at hand. We don't ask participants that they must use our products and we don't pick winners based on usage of our products. Of course, we love to see how everyone uses our products but that's not a requirement. We just want you to create. The challenge is a creative prompt and participation is an opportunity to win some of our products. You create based on your interpretation of the challenge and we look forward to seeing your creation :)

I love this project! Great quote!

Beautiful project I'll try my hand at something if I have time :)

LURVE!!!!!

My take of your challenge: every little thing is going to be all right is my moto and I used a lot of your products too.
http://iritshalom.blogspot.co.il/2014/03/gelli-plate-easy-tutorial-with-non.html

WOW - great motto and beautiful way to share it!!!

I have never joined your challenges before but I feel so inspired and now that I have a couple of Gelatos, maybe I will be able to get creative :)

Thank you for the inspiration!!!

Thanks for the challenge. Just what I needed to get me to complete another page in my swatch book.:)

http://scrapsavvycreations.blogspot.ca/2014/03/gelato-swatch-book-journaling-of-life.html

Please ignore this message, I'm just checking to see how much time I have left to get mine finished, photographed and entered, it is filled with firsts for me, so going a lot slower than my normal slow craft speed...

Hi Mou, your project always inspires me,and your challenge always make me think. I've created mixed media journal page for march challenge..link
http://nagaonkarshilpa.blogspot.in/2014/03/be-consistent-art-journal-page.html

I love your monthly challenges, Mou! Here's my entry:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100243454@N04/13159160913/

-snazzyjj

After much consideration, my motto is to LIVE and to LIVE creatively :) Details on how I came to this decision and all of the firsts associated with my project are included with the photo, including gold & silver metallic Gelatos.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35965272@N04/13159781434/

THANK YOU for the inspiration of this challenge!!!

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