I found out about the Mystery Build contest from a fellow artist, Leah Piken Kolidas, on her Creative Every Day blog. At first, after reading the rules, it appeared the contest was only open to U.S. residents. However, after posting a question on the MysteryBuild facebook page, Roger let me know that Canadian artists can participate too!

So what is Mystery Build?  You buy a MysteryBuild kit from their website ($49.95 for the silver kit; $69.95 for the gold), create your artwork using ONLY the materials provided, although you may add up to 6 oz. of liquid, like paint, as long as it isn’t used to structurally build the artwork.  The theme this year is “Your favourite movie”. Then you submit your photo of your artwork before the deadline, 16 Sept., 2012, to enter the contest. There are over $10,000 in prizes. You can save $5 by using the promo code: cezanne

Also, there is a Kids Mystery Build for ages 6-13. The cost of the kids kit is only $20, with cash prizes of $1000 and a entry deadline of 21 Oct., 2012. The theme for the KIds Mystery Build is to “create and invent an animal”.

This looks like a lot of fun!  I plan on ordering a kit for me, and a Kids Build for each of my daughters. If you’d like to join in the fun and enter the contest, you can order your MysteryBuild kits from the MysteryBuild website, and don’t forget to use the promo code, cezanne to save yourself $5.