Sunday, 3 November 2013

Wk44 3 Nov - Pan Pastel UK Challenge - Mixing with Mediums

Hello and welcome to another Creative Sunday!

Hi everyone! We have some more great inspiration for you today, but before we tell you the challenge let's first get the other business out of the way.....

Create and Craft TV Sunday 10th November at 2pm

Join Nikky with an hour of techniques and inspiration using all our lovely products including masks, stencils, pan pastels, mediums and a few new goodies too which we know you'll LOVE! 
If you don't know Create and Craft it is the UK's dedicated 24 hour Craft channel with live shows between 8 and 6pm each day (Sky 671, also on Freeview and you can watch online at  If you have any questions you can email into the studio and ask Nikky and also go in the spotty potty for a chance to win something she makes on the show!

Don't forget our Blog Candy which is up for grabs! 
Simply share our candy on your blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Mars and the Moon and back with a link to this blog 
and leave us a comment under this post and we will choose one random winner on 7th November to win this gorgeous prize which is worth over £120!! WOW - that is a LOT of stash!!
Don't forget to leave us a comment - we will check that the winner has shared AND FOLLOWED US to be eligible so don't try and bend the rules now LOL! ; )

HUGE thanks to everyone who has entered the current Week 43 Shades of Grey challenge - don't forget you still have an extra couple of days to enter as it doesn't close until Tuesday! 

So let's announce  our Random Winner for Week 42
...Big Congratulations goes to No 21 Rachel Fisher - woohoo!!
The team also choose our favourite Top 3 entries too, which are:
2 Carol Tadden, 20 Irit and 29 Claire
Congratulations to you all! 
Rachel please email here to claim your prize and please grab your badges from the sidebar to wear on your blogs! Your names will go in our hat and you may be asked to guest design for us next month!

Remember to join our Facebook group too, Premium Craft Brands, where we have daily inspiration and share some of our favourite makes & hints and tips every day, it's a great place to be. 

So let's get to the challenge!....


This week we want to show you some of the amazingly great effects you can get when you mix Pan Pastels together with other Mediums...many people don't really understand what mediums really are and how they can be used in your crafting projects so hopefully we can show you some great ideas this week.

Maimeri have a range of mediums which are just brilliant. There are many mediums on the market but not all are equal and when it comes to quality you need to buy the best you can afford because the quality really does make a difference. Generally, the cheaper the product, the more watered down it will be. A medium is a 'liquid'/paste material which is generally multi-purpose. Here are the Maimeri mediums and what you can use them for....

1. Maimeri GESSO...Gesso is an art medium which basically acts as a sealer and an undercoat. Traditionally, artists have always used it to seal their canvas so that the paint doesn't soak through the fabric too much. Think of it in the same terms that you would seal or undercoat your walls and woodwork at home before you decorate. Use Gesso as a base coat on canvas, mdf, chipboard, paper, card, wood - anything which is absorbent. It's a low cost product which will help you to save on using too much paint or ink which costs more money. It dries to a matt finish and can be mixed with Pan Pastels, acrylics and mica powders to colourise it. Goes on white and dries white.
2. Maimeri LIGHT MODELLING PASTE...this is fantastic! This paste is like a liquid clay - you can use it in lots of different ways to make texture and embellishments. Try adding it to silicon moulds and allowing it to dry overnight - you can make your own embellishments! It is really lightweight compared to clays and other mediums.
3. Maimeri GLOSS Gel....this is similar to Gesso but leaves a glossy surface. Goes on white but dries clear.
4. Maimeri Iridescent Paste...Again, this has the same properties as Maimeri Gesso but will give you a pearl, iridescent finish - gorgeous! Goes on white and stays Pearlised white.
5. Maimeri Glassy Gel....we all LOVE this! Once dry this gel is completely transparent and gives a high gloss finish - you can apply it in a thick layer to make it raised and give an embossed look...again mix it with pigmented colour to change the colour of it - it's great for making specific areas on a project really 'pop'. You can really get dimensional effect with this, great for applying little glossy drops, water effects etc. Goes on opaque and dries clear.
6. Maimeri Matt Gel...The same as the Gloss Gel, but matt. No brainer! Dries clear.
7. Retarder Gel...this extends the drying time of Acrylic paints and increases the brilliance of colour - so if you work in a warm area and your paints dry quickly you need a retarder gel!

We hope this helps you understand the Maimeri range and why we all love them so much on the Design Team - they help us achieve some fantastic effects!

So let's get on and see what the team have made this week! Don't forget, our theme is Anything Goes and you have until Tues 12th November to enter! We pick a random winner so everyone has an equal chance of winning goodies but also pick our favourite 3 entries too. Go create!...

Zoe: I've mixed Pan Pastels with Matt gel medium, check out my blog to see more.
Claire I've mixed Maimeri Glassy gel with glitter, let it dry and die cut it to create sparkly snowflakes to embellish my card. The gelli plate background was made with one of the gorgeous new masks from Premium Art Brands using PanPastels and Maimeri Iridescent medium. I've made a frost edge around the image and the background by mixing glitter, shaved ice and mica flakes with some more glassy gel. The image is coloured with Graph'It Markers.
Terry I worked on the background with Metallic PanPastels and Gesso with Iridescent Paste. On top another layer with Metallic Pans.and to finish the background I played with Crackle....the flowers were made with Versamark Embossing ink and white embossingpowder. The background I made with the Metallic Pans and water, I love the effect it gives. The butterflies were worked on with Metallic Pans and Iridescent Paste.
 Tracy - Hi everyone, today I have an idea for my Christmas cards to share with you all using Maimeri Iridescent and Light Modelling Pastes to which I added Pan Pastels and Metallic Pan Pastels. I love the textures and age it has added along with a beautiful pearlescent sheen. This idea has been created in my old book that I journal in with a list of what I have used on the opposite page, want to see more? Then please stop on by my blog here.
 So there is our inspiration from the fabulously talented Pan Pastel UK team this week!...
You have until Tuesday 12th November at noon GMT to enter below by adding your creation to Mr Linky below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! 

The winner of this challenge will be announced on Sunday 17th November here on this blog. 
Please check our rules for all entries: 
1. All entries MUST follow the challenge theme. 2. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the linky tool - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry. 3. No back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting.4. Please ensure you follow the challenge theme!

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  1. ooo thanks so much for picking me as the winner - off to mail you now xx

  2. Just uploaded my PP challenge entry hope PP's and Inks are enough to make it eligible


  3. I believe there might be an error in your Gesso description. Goes on white and dries white not clear.
    Have a great day

  4. Gorgeous DT makes...Fab candy. I have added it to my

  5. Thanks for choosing my card in the top three!! Have just put the badge on my blog :)
    Claire x

  6. Fab DT inspiration and thanks for another great challenge x

  7. Wow this looks like some great candy I would love to win! I have always wanted to try mixed media and this is just the candy to allow me to do that. I am your newest follower! See my side bar for your photo.

  8. Great DT cards and the candy is awesome...keeping my fingers and toes crossed x

  9. Hi Nikki - not heard anything from you - did you get my message? Hugs rachel xx


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