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Take the Challenge with Mou, October 2013

Hi everyone, Mou here and welcome to the tenth 'Take the Challenge' of 2013!

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. The following Monday, we will pick TWO winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that week's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

October's here and many of you are surrounded by beautiful autumn colors. We don't get colors in Florida. Every fall I dream of being in a colorful place for a few days. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. But I crave for crunchy leaves, crisp breeze, pumpkin patches, apple orchards... an image I have in my mind from our Vermont vacation. This dream of mine is no secret. But I do have some dreams I don't talk about. Don't you have a dream or two like that?
October's  challenge is to create something that represents your cherished secret dream!

Here's my piece that I created with GessoGelatosGel mediumStamper's Big Brush pens, Stampers Big White Pen, PITT Artist's pens, and some patterned papers, cardstock, stamp, etc.


And here's a close-up


Now let me walk you through the steps.


Collect small paper scraps. Attach them to a piece of cardstock using Gel Medium. Seal the top with another layer of Gel Medium. Let dry.


Create a whitewash with gesso.


Add colors with Gelatos. Blend the colors with your fingers.


Add more colors along the edges with Stampers Big Brush pens. Blend with your fingers.


Stamp an image using the black stampers Big Brush pen. Let the ink dry completely.


Conceal the facial features of the stamped image with some gesso. Also draw some clouds and a scalloped border at the bottom with gesso. Draw raindrops with Stampers Big Brush pen. Use a PITT pen to create a face of your choice.


I found this text in a book page, cut it into strips and arranged it on the piece. When I was happy with the arrangement, I attached and sealed the strips in place with Gel Medium.


Once the medium dried, I added details with a black PITT Artist pen and White Stampers Big White pen around some of the text strips to finish.

 I hope you too will take this creative challenge!

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post at the Design Memory Craft blog  with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 10/18 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.

The prizes for this challenge are: Two sets of Gelatos® in the colors of your choice.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 10/21  to see if YOU won!

Good luck to all!



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Denise Sullivan

Mou, You can come to Portland Oregon any time. We have all the things you mentioned about Fall. The weather might be a bit colder than Florida. Thats the best part of Fall in Oregon, cuddling up with your favorite chunky sweater or warm hoodie. Plus we have loads of micro brewed beers and a gorgeous coastline and ZooDoo Donuts! lol
The card you made is very beautiful too.

Mou Saha

Thanks Denise :) I wish I could! I've been to Oregon in spring and I loved it. Very beautiful!

colleen mcginty


Buffy Esser Burnside

Fabulous challenge...I love the stamp you used! Here is mine...http://cherishedmementos.blogspot.com/2013/10/just-for-fun.html

Barb Housner

thanks for the challenge - I love your piece - here is my piece - it was great therapy

Melanie D

Fun! fUN! Fun! Thanks for the challenge! Here's mine:


Thank you for the challenge. Love gelatoes



This was a fun challenge! Here's what I created http://pelargonnia.blogspot.se/2013/10/take-challenge-october-2013.html


Un reto muy original y divertido. Me encantaría ser una de las afortunadas ganadoras. Gracias!!
A very original and fun challenge. I love to be a winner! Thank you.


Olvidé enlazar mi página. Mi sueño puedes verlo aquí: http://hechoamanoporisabel.blogspot.com.es/2013/10/vivir-en-una-casita-en-el-campo.html


Great theme Mou!
linking my art journal page here,


This was a fun project! Thanks, Mou! Here's my entry:


My take of this challenge- I dream Paris (with gelatos over the backgrounds)

Gloria Vivas

My interpretation of the challenge.

Thanks so much


This is my contribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pavla_h/10326789305/

tricia mcclintock

I have been experimenting with Gelatos and clay pots lately, and here's my dream pot-- it says 'my dreams travel to faraway lands and palm trees'


(I spent all afternoon trying to upload this photo, so I hope it finally worked!)


Thanks for the challenge! Here's my creation.



Thanks for the challenge!

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