Third Quarter Challenge :)

New Quarter Challenge

How times fly’s 🙂

I was unsure what to do with this next quarter challenge and as most of everyone here are felters or fibre artists I was having a lot of trouble coming up with a challenge that would be fun

So sorry but naturally I choose mixed media and I’m really hoping that you will give this a go

I’ll kick it off with my latest project and we’ll go from there



This was made on a canvas that I wanted to look like an old bit of wood, so I first gesso’d, then used modelling paste and heated it up, (heaps of fun)  followed by a couple of light washes of burnt umber paint, highlighted with a greeny blue paint  to represent mould and white gesso, I attached some old rusty wire then  cut out some fabric for flowers and leaves.  I then made some felt stems which I  paverpoled to stiffen,  painted the flowers and leaves after I laid them all out on the canvas,   added some silk spiderwebs and secured them with a spray adhesive and couple of metal spiders that I gesso’d black, can you find them lol being black their very hard to see but trust me, their there lol



Im really happy with the way this turned out and I was thinking that this quarter it could be a mixed media piece using a combination of things and making it 3D, if everyone is up for it 🙂

So the challenge is to create something on a background using at least one element from the 3 different catagories. It has to be on a background or canvas or anything else you can come up with and include

         1 –  Felt, Fibre, Fabric, Yarn , threads ect,

 2 –  Metal, wire, mesh, rusty bits  ect

       3 –   Paints, gesso, modelling paste, paverpol, or wood glue ect

I hope you’ll find this a fun challenge and be happy to play along xo




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16 Responses to Third Quarter Challenge :)

  1. Liz says:

    I’ve never heard the term “paverpoled” used to stiffen the stems of the flowers. Could you please explain. I’m relatively new to felting and am still learning the terms. Thank you.

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Liz, its a liquid hardening not unlike good old wood glue but much stronger, its sticks to everything except plastic so its uses are huge, it dries rock hard and can be used on lots of different materials, including felt, its great for fabric. here’s a link for you, I love the stuff lol

  3. Marilyn says:

    Karen, as always you are so creative .and an inspiration to all of us.Thanks.

  4. Well, lucky me. I have all these things on hand. And even more. lol

  5. ruthlane says:

    Wow – what a fun challenge. I will have to think on this one. Your piece is wonderful. Did you make an extra spider for my tree? 😉

  6. zedster66 says:

    That sounds like an interesting challenge! Your piece looks really good, Kaz 🙂
    I’m still not sure I believe that isn’t real wood, though 😉

  7. This will take some thinking. It will be a challenge for me. I have never done any mixed media. I may have to drag my kids into this they are the painters and sculptors. Great challenge Karen

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