I didn't quite get to last week's Sunday Stamper challenge, so I wanted to get mine in SUPER early this week! This week the lovely Hels' theme is - All Kinds of Everything! In my case, I combined lots of different techniques and products into one project. I spent some time this weekend exploring Donna Downey's blog, specifically her art *inspiration journal* pages, and I was completely blown away and totally inspired to try a project in this style. I'm sneaking up on the decision to start an art journal of my own - I like the idea of "playing" regularly, going with whatever mood strikes, rather than trying to fit my mood into whatever challenge I'm working on that week. I'll keep you posted....
Here's my first *inspiration* style page:
Started with a sheet of drawing paper, cut down to about 5 1/2" x 6 1/2". Used watercolor crayons on the entire background, with a night time sunset sky in mind. Used dark blue, purple, orange and yellow. Then dipped a paintbrush in LOTS of water and starting blending away! FUN! Added the Stampscapes stamps at the bottom. I've had these stamps for years and haven't used them in a LONG time - they're awesome! Click HERE to check them out!
Added some grungeboard shapes - wings, heart and stars. Painted the stars with pearl paint dabber and added diamond stickles over top. Painted heart with red pepper paint dabber, and the wings with pearl paint dabber (with dry-brushed black streaks over top).
Still needed some "oomph" so I splattered watered down white paint all over the piece (*and most of my desk, I might add*). Liked that look, but decided to go over each "speck" with a VIVA pearl pen, creating some shimmer and dimension to the "starry sky" look. Then framed the entire piece with the VIVA black pearl pen - never used this one until today - LOVING IT. Great dimension!
Added the "Reach for the stars" *inspiration*.... then matted the piece on a piece of red chipboard with the trim painted red, then mounted that on a brown paper bag primed with gesso and edges trimmed with pinking shears, then the whole thing on black cardstock. Added the twisty wire hanging with brads.
Hope you enjoyed playing along with me - thanks as always for stopping by!