It is Cec here with the winners of the Make It Masculine challenge. When I selected that theme, I knew there might be some who would say they found making masculine projects difficult but I also knew some would be up for the challenge. Needless to say I was pretty impressed that 77 talented people were willing to get their mixed media supplies out and create the most incredible masculine projects to inspire us. Of course they all brought their "A" game so it made choosing just two very difficult for me. I spent one day going through the entries over and over and then narrowed it down to a short list and then it took me another day to decide on a winner and a runner-up. I wish I could have chosen more but I know the rest of the team will have some fabulous picks as well.
I chose this project because it is not only full of wonderful texture but has a fabulous masculine colour palette. Art should evoke some sort of emotion in the viewer and this piece made me laugh. The sentiment is wonderfully cheeky and all the metal bits and pieces that were lifted from her husband's toolbox to spell out Google make this a very fun masculine canvas.
Congratulations!! Pamellia will be contacting you via email to send you your personalized winner's badge and details about being our Feature Artist for the next challenge.
I chose this piece because it is a great example of steampunk and is chock full of wonderful stamping and industrial elements that make it super masculine and very dimensional.
We have a special award to give out this month to a very talented artist who captivated the entire design team with her incredible techniques. Her project was filled with the most amazing textures and colours, and she explained every detail of her process so we could learn how she achieved such greatness. Congratulations Tracy, you have...
Now on to our DT Favourites
Samra's Favourite - #50 Lisa F
Well, there are so many reasons why this canvas stole my heart! One of them is such a superb color combination. All those wonderful clock gears and the fancy Steampunk butterflies made my heart sing with joy! Great attention to detail and such a beautiful design make this crafting gem stand out in my eyes.
Niki's Favourite - #76-Amanda
I love that Amanda has used so many wonderful techniques and created this crisp image of some lovely gents. The handmade details, and clean lines are what caught my eye. The use of salt on the gears is genius and so very creative for this masculine wall hanging. To know that this background could have ended up in the trash, but instead, was altered into this is awesome sauce!
Branka's Favourite - #45 Tracy Evans
This piece of art is a rusty heaven with such rich textures and perfectly chosen colours! I adore all those fantastic techniques Tracy has used here! Fabulous design, amazing dimension and phenomenal crackling! I just love all the metal embellishments she put there and that faux cracked glass little bottle is a perfect addition to this brilliant masterpiece!
Georgie's Favourite - #66 Irina R
I just fell in love with the gothic-grunge, dark style of this piece! The texture and use of masculine elements is just jaw-dropping to look at, and every time I see this there is something new drool over. Irina created so much depth and interest, with a gorgeous asymmetrical layout!!
Sara Emily's Favourite - #42 Scrumplescrunch
I had so many favorites, but in the end I chose Sue's card. I felt she put so much of her heart (no pun intended) into this amazing card for her husband. I also love that her card had humble beginnings as die cut negative waste, but WOW, such amazing colors and texture in the end!
Pamellia's Favourites - I had such a hard time choosing just one favourite, so once again, I went on ahead and chose two!!
I was sucked in to the fabulous layout of Candy's piece! Her splashes of yellow amid all the greys and blacks are so fabulous and her brickwork and harlequin textures create a wonderful ambience!
This piece just captivated me! There is such a an amazing depth to MARCH's piece. I love all those wonderfully blended colours and the white highlights just pop off the page! Incredible work!
Once again, there were just so many amazing projects that we decided to honour some addition works that stood out to us in style, structure and beauty!
There is still plenty of time to enter Samra's current challenge SUMMER ROMANCE! We can't wait to see what you come up with this time!
Hugs to all, from the 'Anything But Cute' Design Team