Monday, August 14

Simon Says Nautical




Happy Monday, my crafting friends! Our challenge for you this week is NAUTICAL at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. 

Don't forget our Summer Vacation Kids Challenge this month!


I thought of the ocean when I saw Nautical and headed to my big art journal. I was thinking about the deep ocean and the creatures that live there, that we sometimes find kind of scary. I wanted to make the bottom in dark colors to reflect that, while making it bright and happy closer to the surface.
"Who knows what lurks in the depths?"


I used the same colors to paint my backgrounds, both on the watercolor paper and in the journal. I stenciled in some texture by removing some of the paint with a baby wipe. 


I remembered this great fish fossil stencil and thought it would make a great border, as well as incorporating it into my piece. (Perhaps I remembered it because my son and I had a fossil hunting adventure yesterday...) I mixed the Inky Pool paint and the Texture Paste together to get the dark blue.




Time to pull out the MISTI to get great stamped images.


I used Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks to color. I wanted my deep sea creatures in dark (and kind of ugly) colors.


Time for some fussy cutting...and the octopus was a challenge! 


Laying the papers together...


I added the deep sea creatures with 3D Matte Gel to hold the heavy watercolor paper onto the background. 



Then I added the bright surface mermaid and critters and added some sparkle.


Life can be very different on the ocean's surface than in its depths, I imagine!


I hope you've enjoyed my Nautical take on this week's challenge and are ready to join us in the fun! 

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Let's head on over to the challenge to see how the rest of the team has interpreted this week's challenge!


Monday, August 7

Celebrating Mondays!



Happy Birthday to us!! We are celebrating the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, and I bet you can guess how many years! Yes, 7!!

Please join me in welcoming Simona Rebecchi, aka Ginny and the Sheep as our Guest Designer this month! I know you are going to enjoy her creativity!! We are so happy to have you with us, Simona!

If you have kids, grands, nieces, nephews, neighbors between the ages of 2 and 16, we have a special summer challenge just for them this month!



Can you believe it?! 7 years - I think that is exciting!! I decided to make a celebration card.


I started off by stamping the Kaleidoscope Background stamp from Simon's new release - Encouraging Words. Next, I added Distress Oxides and spritzed it with water. I let that dry and then went back in and blended a bit more. I also used the oxide inks on the ruler ribbon. As you can see, I did a bit of stitching too!


And here is why you should ALWAYS check what your word looks like before you add ink and stamp!! LOL!


I dug through my stash and found as many sevens as I could and arranged them in a cluster along with my words. I added some Rainbow Unicorn bling from 28 Lilac Lane to finish it off. Aren't these colors luscious?


I stamped the MONDAY to the bottom in pink, and then added a secondary stamping of blue to make a shadow. I'm not sure if it looks like a shadow, or double vision!


So please come join us in celebrating our 7 years!! Think Happy Birthday, and show us your Simon Says Stamp products if you have them. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make!

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Be sure to head on over to the challenge to see the wonderful creations by the design team!




Saturday, August 5

Art Retreat with Elizabeth St. Hilaire



I recently had the pleasure of meeting and taking a workshop with Elizabeth St. Hilaire, sponsored by Ooak Artisans Showcase in Syracuse NY. What an awesome weekend with a wonderful group of women!

Honestly, when I signed up for this, I had my doubts about being able to do this collage and keep up with the other students, but my fears were quickly laid to rest. Elizabeth really explains each step and supports us as we work. 

I had homework to do before I left home, and I really felt for my students and the homework I used to assign them!  We had an image of an apple and had to do an underpainting to bring with us. 


My workspace before I started....


I think I packed every DecoArt Fluid Acrylic I had and brought them all to play with! Lots of great colors to choose from.


Here's a sampling of papers I made or altered with the fluid acrylics to use in my collage. I used my gelli plate for a lot of these, and I am loving that tool more and more.



At the end of a long and messy painting day, I just caught the sunset and admired those gorgeous colors!


The "easy" part was collaging the vertical wall design...notice how I got rid of those dots I'd painted!


Then, I started to collage the table and apple's shadow, and began to work on the apple.


Just for comparison...remember my clean work area at the beginning of all this? Well, it was definitely not like that by the end!! I really am a messy artist, and I think it took me a few days before I got all the paint off of me too, lol!


My finished apple collage! I am really proud of how this turned out, especially as I had a lot of self doubt when I began the process. I am thinking I just might frame this one! 


I can see myself making some more papers with my DecoArt Fluid Acrylics and creating more collages, as I really enjoyed this!





Thursday, August 3

A Murder of Crows


I'm sharing a tutorial on creating this piece over at the DecoArt Mixed Media blog HERE

Tuesday, August 1

Simon's Summer Vacation Kids Challenge!



Welcome to another of our annual Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge where we host a special challenge dedicated to our young designers.

ANYTHING GOES WITH SPARKLE

It is time for all you crafters to let your children loose in your crafty corners for a few hours. Just close your eyes and set them free to explore their creativity. You are allowed to hide your Copic Markers and extra special papers and you are allowed to help just a little bit if necessary, but we really want the children to 'DO IT' themselves as much as possible.

This challenge is open to all children aged between 2 and 16 inclusive

We have not 1, not 2 but  3 surprise parcels of crafty goodies, hand picked by Simon





Challenge is open from August 1 through August 31, so it's time to SPARKLE!

Lightbulb Moments!





Hello and welcome my Steampunk friends! For the summer, we are having a two month challenge - that gives all of us plenty of time to create and to play and enjoy everything summer has to offer.  

I came across this metal stand I had in my stash and decided to alter it in a steampunk/industrial theme. I jot down little notes to myself all the time when I am working. Ideas seem to come when I am creating and if I don't write them down, they disappear. So when I saw this, I thought why not after it and keep it handy to store those notes on, rather than digging through piles on my desk? 


I don't know why, but for some reason I had been saving this awesome piece of BoozyBear chipboard, and it was starting to get a little worn. So the AHA moment came when I thought - ideas... like the lightbulb turning on, and this is the time to use it! I glued it down, and also glued gears onto heavy duty magnets.


Next step, cover it all with DecoArt black gesso.


I got this lovely Decoupage paper (Olde Worlde) from DecoArt and Matte Decoupage to try out. I love them both. The paper is so smooth and adheres beautifully and the sealer worked so well with it. When I saw the letter keys, I thought it was perfect for my Notes theme. 


Now comes the fun part for me, and that is adding layers of paint. I wanted the letters to show through and had to rub some of the paint off with a baby wipe and as you can see, I rubbed a bit too hard in one area and took the paper off. Probably because I was impatient and didn't let the decoupage dry completely first. But, you'll see how I hid the problem in a moment.


I chose greens with a bit of gold and yellows - DecoArt Americana Margarita and Reindeer Moss Green, some Festive Green Dazzling Metallic, and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide Fluid Acrylic.


Spritz it all with Carbon Black Mister, then dripped Green Gold fluid acrylic down before it had completely dried. 


For the magnets, I used the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics, starting with Pyrrole Red, then Payne's Grey, and finally Quinacridone Gold. Final touch - rub on some Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre. 


I highlighted the chipboard with Gold Rush Metallic Lustre to add some shine.



A bit of Q. Gold on the chipboard Noted (Tim Holtz), and my magnetic board is ready to hold my notes.



I'm looking forward to using my Lightbulb Moments board! Time to start digging into my work area to look for all those bits of paper I wrote ideas down on to stick here. 

I hope you'll join us over the summer months in our steampunk/industrial challenge! Have a wonderful and creative summer! 

Thanks to our sponsors who keep the gears turning at SASPC!

 

 



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