Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MMMC - Summer Days

Welcome back to another new month and a brand new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! Throughout the month of July we want to see your SUMMER DAYS projects!

Summer Days to me means beaches, the ocean, and sunsets. I had been wanting to do a big abstract landscape for quite a while, so this was the time! I got started in my art journal... the scene took on many different forms and took about 5 days to 'finish' it until I was finally happy.

This page has so many different layers of STUFF that the binding of my journal is pretty warped. It just looks very well loved :)

I started by gesso-ing the entire spread. Then I used a LOT of matte medium to add the layer of punchinella, so you can imagine that took a lot of time to dry. Then I added some Liquitex White Flakes for even more texture and painted it with blue and white acrylic paint. 

I added Liquitex Modeling Paste through The Crafter's Workshop "Chlorophyll" across the entire bottom. Once that dried I colored them with blue Gelatos.

I also added a variety of patterns from TCW "Impressions" with acrylic paint. For the 'sand' of my beach I globbed on a lot of Liquitex String Gel, then poured in a lot of Pollen Microbeads, Mica Flakes, and glitter. Annnnd let dry. This was day 3 of the journal process.

I ended up putting very watery acrylic paint at the bottom of the page (I started with darker blues on the bottom and lighter on top: Dina Wakley Lapis, Turquoise, and Sky). Then I turned the journal upside down and heavily sprayed the journal with water. This helps the colors blend and bleed to get an ombre appearance in the ocean.

Compared to the ocean, the sky is fairly simple. I used Liquitex Modeling Paste through a TCW "Believe Script" stencil. Once it dried I created a sunset with watered down paints the same way I did the ocean. I mixed a lot more colors to get the sunset how I wanted: Dina Wakley Blackberry, Violet, Ruby, and Tangerine. This was day 4 of the journal.

I finished the page with a heavy spray of Perfect Pearls mist in "Biscotti" to give it a wonderful shimmer. Finally I added the quote. I die cut the letters out of vintage Dictionary paper and adhered them with Deco Art Matte Medium. Finally it was finished on Day 5!

Now that it's finally finished, I almost wish I had made it on a canvas and now my art journal! I really like my abstract summer sunset.


I can't wait to see what summery projects you create! Make sure to visit the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog for all the details. You have until July 31st to enter! Remember to HAVE FUN :)

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  1. very beautiful - for me the quote describes my love for my daughters
    brings a smile to my face thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

  2. i absolutely LOVE this :) what letters are those? FAB piece!!

  3. Really love this! Great letters!!!

  4. I was going to leave a comment that it was so lovely to see such a simple page that works so well but now ive read your blog it wasn't at all simple. Interesting to see that so much work still leads to such a basic but beautiful result. I love the sentiment too :) I am inspired to create a sunset now :)

  5. This is an amazing sunset. Love all the colors and textures you've layered on and the Quote is fabulous. I can see why you would love to have this on canvas.

  6. That's absolutely great art journal spread!!!

  7. Wow Rachel what stunning pages - love the sunset and the quote

  8. I love the abstract and I love your creation,
    the Quote is fabulous.
    corinne de france

  9. Great textures, lovely summery colours.

  10. Beautiful colorful, textured layers! I love your quote and the coloring of these pages! Inspiring!

  11. This page turned out wonderfully. That kind of love is found in Christ Jesus alone, Sweetie! May he wrap His loving arms around you!!!

  12. Wonderful texture and colors on these bright summer pages!

  13. wonderful background...then i love art journaling :D thanks for sharing

  14. Wow! What stunning art journal pages !! You did a fabulous job creating an ocean scene and the quote is perfect for this project! TFS!

  15. Amazing textures and colours and that quote is just wonderful, thanks for sharing!

  16. At first glance your page looks simple, but with a longer look, so many wonderful layers draw you in. I love the quote cut from dictionary paper. Great idea!

  17. Gorgeous layers of color and texture! So perfect for Summer and fun!~kim

  18. Absolutely awesome journal all the different textures!!!

  19. LOL...I loved reading your tutorial, but the "annnnnd let dry" cracked me up. Seems like that's all I did for this challenge was wait and watch paint dry! Unbelievable the amount of time and thought you put into this fabulous art journal page. Hate to pour salt into a wound, but it would have been stunning on a canvas..LOL...BUT it's still INCREDIBLE on this too. Absolutely love that sentiment! Thank you for the inspiration.
    Lisa x

  20. This is gorgeous!!! I love it! Thanks for the photo tutorial!
    The Leaf Studio

  21. Wow - so much texture - what fun this is to see! I love that it's rather simplistic in some ways but there is such depth of design hidden in the background. The colors are so "summer"! Loved seeing this Rachel. j.

  22. beautiful project with so many layers and the textures are amazing, love the sentiment too !!

  23. An amazing journal spread. The colours and textures really kept me looking around the pages. Lovely