Tuesday, June 30, 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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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Unity Stamps Thursday!

Another Thursday already?! This summer has just started but its already flying by way too quickly! But Thursdays are good because (as always!) it means brand new stamps and a brand new sale from Unity Stamp Company!

Unity is welcoming a NEW ARTISTA today; Graciellie Designs! There are a lot of new stamps that are just beautiful... you'll definitely want to get your hands on these.

She has also created some gorgeous botanical stamps (big ones!) that the rest of the team has made some wonderful samples with. Personally... I fell in love with the tandem bike :) They always remind me of when my hubs and I rented a tandem bike and rode it all over Catalina Island! That was the best workout I've ever gotten lol! Those things aren't easy uphill!

I made the bike a little summery by pairing it with the fun watermelon paper from DCWV "Melon Twist" and using a lot of yellow, pink, and sky blue.

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS SALE! A BOGO for the first time EVER at Unity! I'll be shopping!

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win. The winners will be announced Monday night on the Unity blog.

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Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop

It has been so so long since I last participated in a Papertrey Ink blog hop! The photo inspiration for this month MADE me play along, and I'm so glad I did. If navy stripes are involved, I think nautical. And if nautical is involved, I think I NEED THAT.

Can somebody make these in adult size 7 1/2 please? 

I started with the bold navy and cream stripe pattern paper from DCWV "Seaworthy" stack. I stamped a lot of flowers and leaves from PTI - Ruby Rose on some woodgrain pattern paper that came in the same stack. They were all fussy cut and set aside for an hour while I decided what to do next.

Then I remembered the Make in Monday Challenge was "bring the inside out" so I used that as even more inspiration. I die cut an off-set circle from the front of the card only. I also created a mask to lay over the inside of the card while I stamped the checkerboard pattern (from PTI "On the Farm").

The Thanks sentiment from PTI - Wet Paint Cuts was die cut 4 four times from navy cardstock. I stacked them all together for more dimension and adhered it to the checkerboard circle. I found the "so much" stamp hidden in my PTI - Mini Blooms set and stamped it below. I really love the end result, even if it took 3 attempts to get here!

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

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