Did you know? with Rita Barakat
Dress it Up with Texture Cards and Gelatos

Take the Challenge with Mou, May 2015

Hi everyone, Mou here with the fifth Take the Challenge of 2015.

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 from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

My May prompt for you is SPRING. Create anything you like that relates to spring in some way. Here's my art journal page.
On this project, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents & Tools: Gesso, Gel Medium, Texture Luxe™ Gold, Whipped Spackle, Texture Cards, Gelatos Mist Maker Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Stencils 101 collection: Dots
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Colors: Blueberry, Cotton Candy (BLUE set), Margarita Mix (TROPICAL set)
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pens BLACK
Others: Sizzix Die Watering Can; die-cutting system; art journal, patterned papers
And here are the steps.
Apply a moderately thick coat of Gesso to prime the journal page. While still wet, color with Margarita Mix Gelatos color. Create a texture pattern using Texture Card # 8.
In a bowl, mix about 3 parts water and 1 part gesso. Add in Blueberry and Cotton Candy Gelatos colors by cutting a little off with the palate knife. Mix well.
With a drip dropper, drop a generous quantity of the above mix and let it travel around by turning the journal page in different directions.
Go back in with the same Texture Card to accentuate the texture further.
Apply Whipped Spackle through the Dots stencil. Let dry. Rub in some Texture Luxe Gold with your fingers around the page. When the page feels dry, drip in more of the liquid mix prepared above.
After the water dries, Add diecut watering can and some handcut water drops with gel medium. Let dry.
With PITT Artist pen, outline the elements, doodle and journal on the page. Again, drip in more of the liquid mix to finish.
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, 5/15 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.
The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Cards.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 5/18 to see if YOU won!

Good luck to all!


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Katherine Dizon

Hello Mou, This is to inform that I already receive the goodies I won (Feb 2015 Challenge). Thank you so much.

Your art journal page is so beautiful. I like the pattern paper you used for the watering can.

There is only 2 seasons here in the Philippines, hot and very hot season! :) March, April and May is summertime here so its very hot here right now.

Anyway, hope this page/entry will qualify http://countlessjoy.blogspot.com/2015/05/be-you-tiful.html

Thanks for looking.


Hi Mow.. amazing art journal page. I did some watercoloring on my canvas with some spring colors.. I love spring :)

Here is my entry for the May challenge

Karen Petitt

Hi Mou, first time I have felt brave enough to enter! Thank you and the rest of the DT for the gorgeous inspirations you share with us and a great challenge too!
Here is my entry for May:
Hope you have a great weekend Karen

Janice Carl

Mou thanks for another fun challenge considering it feels like summer here in the Tampa area. Here's the link https://www.flickr.com/photos/janicecarldesigns/16878886813/in/dateposted-public/

Kelly Tulk

Hi Mou,
I love the page you created. Here is the link to my entry art journal page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100003434615357507846/posts/hzwW4TLspoc?pid=6147647606289012914&oid=100003434615357507846

Jean Marmo

So pretty! here is mine

Yolanda Gonzalez

Hi Mou,
Love your page. Thanks for the inspiration. Here is mine http://ygcrafts.blogspot.com/2015/05/art-journal-page.html


your page is wonderful, thanks for the step by step instructions.Love this challenge, here is my entry http://laury55.blogspot.be/2015/05/spring.html

Janis in ID

Love the texture and colors on your page!!!

Here's my project: http://herpeacefulgarden.blogspot.com/2015/05/better-things-ahead-friends-with-flair.html
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Moira Sutton

I may be late for this but here goes this is the link to my piece


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)