Here at Anything But Cute we love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional artists, and you just never know when we might be giving out something special to a talented mixed media newcomer.
Make sure to put 'newbie' after your name in the linky so we know who you are.
(new refers to 'new to mixed media' NOT 'new to our challenge')

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Feature Artist for Mixed Media Makeover - Welcome Nataly!

Hello Everyone!

Samra here and I am so excited to finally get the chance to introduce you to our Feature Artist for September. She was the winner of my "Summer Romance" challenge in July. Welcome Nataly  of My Scrap Dessert!!

Nataly is an amazing crafter. Her work brings so much inspiration and attention to detail is immaculate! Textures that she creates in her projects are out of this world and color palettes she uses are so captivating...

I think you will all agree that Nataly is a creative force to be reckoned with and I am so proud of the project she put together for our current challenge "Mixed Media Makeover"! Feast your eyes on this!! What a breath taking work of art!

Hi! My name is Nataly and I was honored to be the featured artist at Anything but Cute. It's the inspiring place where people create the most beautiful things, isn't it?
A few words about myself.

 I'm from Ukraine. I live in Kharkiv with my husband and my cat. I'm a teacher with the heart of an artist. My craft experience started a couple of years ago. I love creating everything: albums, tags, cards, notepads, layouts. But my favourite style is Mixed Media with no doubt! I love playing with texture pastes, paints, sprays, embossing powders, stamping... You're welcome to visit my blog where you can find some more information.
For this challenge  I pulled out a photo frame I  didn't want  to complete for a long time  because I was not happy with it at all)))))))))) I didn't like the way it had turned out to be...
Here it is
Looks not very nice, isn't it?
I made up my mind to give the second chance to this photo frame.
Would you like to see how it looks now?

Looks quite different and now I can say I'm completely happy with my new photo frame!!!!
Here're some more close ups:

And now I'd like to share some pics of the process in case you'd like to give the second chance to your old photo frames))))
Are you ready? Let's get start it!
Firstly, remove all embellishment and then apply a thick coat of texture paste. The next step while the texture paste is wet take the wide brush and move it gently on the surface of paste making the texture of wood. It's very easy!

When the texture paste is completely dried, paint it with acrylic paints. I usually use more than one color.

Let the paint dry completely. The next step is to cover with one more layer of paint of contrast color. Wait only for 3-5 minutes. This time don't let it dry completely.

Using the baby wipe, gently remove (wipe out)  a bit of  wet paint so you can see  the wood  texture begins to appear.

 After the paint is dried, I randomly sprinkled the embossing powder here or there and melted it.

Now it's time to play with  Magicals from Lindy's. And It's my favourite part! Play as much as you want to achieve the color you will be happy with.

Then add a bit of stamping and decorate the frame! Give the final touch by splashing randomly white paint over your project.  So the project is ready!

I hope you feel inspired. Thank you! You still have time to join the challenge this month
I hug you all, Nataly

WOW, is about all I can muster! My vocabulary escapes me ...Just as I said earlier, the textures and color palette she uses in her work are out of this world and so captivating!

I hope that seeing Nataly's wonderful creation will inspire you to join me for our current challenge... Mixed Media Makeover!

You have until the 4th of October to play - and you'll find all the challenge details as well as lots of inspiration from the brilliant Anything But Cute design team by clicking on the challenge link.

Happy Crafting


  1. Looks gorgeous Nataly! The colours are just dreamy beyond comprehension, such texture and vibrancy, I can see this taking pride of place on a mantlepiece x

  2. Beautiful frame Natalia !!!
    Thank you for inspiring masterclass))))

  3. Beautiful project Nataly! Very well invented!

  4. Welcome, Nataly! It is so good to learn a little more about you here, and I think your kitty is just gorgeous! What a fantastic makeover you've done for us of an already beautiful frame! I'm loving all that texture and now I must put those Magicals on my long wish list! This is just amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely piece with us! Hugs!

  5. Big warm welcome to you Nataly! Your kitty is prescious! So happy to see your makeover oiece and what a piece it is! Thank you so much for sharing the before so we could see the makeover transformation. Your use of the brush storks for textures is awesome sauce! I do so enjoy your layering process of the paints! Such a beautiful transformation and frame! I love the old age feel to this and the picture is the perfect compliment to the design. Wowzers! You rocked this challenge theme girlie! Hugz to you dearie! ~Niki

  6. Wowzer - gorgeous re-altered frame - what fabulous textures!
    Alison x

  7. Seriously gorgeous alteration! Great tutorial too. Congrats on being Feature Artist. Nicola x

  8. BEAUTIFUL remake Nataly. Love the wood texture. Thank you for all the great photos. Very inspiring! j.

  9. BEAUTIFUL remake Nataly. Love the wood texture. Thank you for all the great photos. Very inspiring! j.

  10. It is beyond beautiful and so inspiring it makes me want to search out an old or new frame right now! Awesome job!

  11. beautiful!! Got to give that a try!