Monday, February 27

Based on a Book!

Hello Monday! Hello friends! Our challenge for you this week is "Based on a Book." I LOVE to read, and headed to my all time favorite books for this challenge - The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I can't tell you how many times I have read through this series, from childhood into adulthood.   I decided to focus on this one from the series for my art piece, and the scene when Lucy goes through the wardrobe into Lantern Waste.

It's been wonderful having Nicola with us this month as our Guest Designer, so please join me in thanking her for sharing her awesome creativity! I wish you the very best Nicola, and look forward to seeing what you create in the future! 

Let me share how I created my panel. I started by adding a thick layer of gesso onto the board, and swirling my brush across it to create texture. I also gessoed the frame.

While the panel dried, I started to add layers of color to my frame, starting with a solid layer of Antarctic, then dry brushing colors on top of each other. Later, I decided the frame needed to be darker for greater contrast and added in some Midnight.

I laid this great Crackle stencil by Nathalie Kahlbach and Stencil Girl down onto my panel after I had painted it with the Antarctic, and started sponging in the Pansy and Midnight.

Yes! I like that!

Let's tone that down a bit with the Buff, more Antarctic, and some Aqua Rose Opal Magic. I just buffed this in with my fingers, and wiped a bit off with a baby wipe. 

Dry brush a bit of Midnight down from the top, and sponge in the trees with Hyde Park. When I die cut the trees, I kept the negative to use as a stencil to make my trees.

I went in and added detail with Ranger Glacier White Enamel, and Frosted Lace Stickles. I really wanted to create a feeling of winter. 

I have had these Prima Victorian Lamps in my stash for awhile, so I distressed the lamp to make it look old, added a bit of Key Lime for the light, and some snow. This lamp is a bit fancier than the one in Lantern Waste, but I liked the dimension of it, so chose to use it. 

I had a lot of fun typing on my Mint WeR Memory Keepers typewriter onto tags for this.

Here is the original drawing by Pauline Baynes from the book. I love her illustrations! 

Well, I had typed up way more than would fit on my panel - originally, I was going to do a large double spread in my art journal, but then got inspired to go more dimensional. My tags describe the lantern in front of my home, that remind me of Lantern Waste when we have deep snow and it is lit at night and illuminates the evergreens. My other tag describes how much I love these books that have been part of my life since childhood. Then, when I looked at the saying about reading from the Darkroom Door Bookworm set, I had to add that, because that is so me. So, the back is finished too! 

I had some Julie Nutting Wardrobe tags in my stash, and cut one in half to put along the edge, to bring in the idea of Lucy going through the wardrobe into Narnia. 

I had so much fun with this, reminiscing about my favorite books and creating this scene, I hope you have enjoyed it too and will join us this week in the challenge! I am looking forward to seeing how you are inspired by a book! 

As always, Simon Says Stamp is offering a lovely $50 voucher this week! 



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I am wondering now how the rest of the DT approached this challenge. Be sure to head over there to see what they have created and get some awesome inspiration! 

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Sunday, February 26

Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit: Happy Easter

"Happy Easter" card made using the Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit. I used the stencil and Nuvo Mousses for this one. The Mousse is a cool product and has a nice metallic sheen. It looks like it is whipped and very light and easy to spread with a palette knife (which is included in the kit). I just doodled around the egg to make it stand out. 

Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit: Chickie

"Hey Chickie" card made using the Simon Says stamp March Card Kit. Fun, super cool chick with some egg shaped balloons. This is definitely a fun kit for spring and Easter!

Thursday, February 23

Wanderlust: Inspired by Clair Bremner

I really like Clair Bremner's style! She is inspired by the natural world and works in lovely colors. I just finished her class on Wanderlust 2017 and while I have a long way to go, I did have fun with this. I wasn't sure if I liked what I was doing for quite a few steps, but realized I had forgotten a few things along the way. In the end, I am much happier with this page for my Wanderlust Journal. 

I got playing and did not take many photos, but by this stage, I was getting happier with what I was creating.

I used DecoArt fluid acrylics and America acrylic paints in order to get a mix of opaque and transparent layers.

I had to hold back from going in with pens, but added some doodling with paint instead, and my final step was to balance all the blue/green/purple with a bit of orange. 

Wednesday, February 22

Wanderlust: Inspired by Amanda Grace

I've recently finished a class with Amanda Grace of Pilgrim Soul in my Wanderlust journey, and wanted to share what I created based on her inspiration. 

Let me just say, this particular creative journey took a sharp turn in the road, when the first photo I tried the packing tape transfer method with did not turn out well - I think I was a bit overenthusiastic in my scrubbing. So, I had to find another printed photo and came across this one of my mom and two sisters and had a brand new approach.

I started by writing down some memories of this photo in large letters, vertically on my page, then covered them lightly with paint.

I was trying to create a tropical vibe to my colors, and after I had the base down, I dripped blue and yellow from opposite ends, and left some thick blobs in there for texture, that I went back into and did some inscribing.

Once that dried, time to stamp in some designs with black ink, using Seth Apter's new border stamps, and Birgit Koopsen's Punchanella stamp.

Time for some fluid acrylics over the stamped layer, blending with fingers and baby wipes.

Here is the result of my second packing tape transfer photo. Basically, you apply packing tape onto a photo printed on copy paper, trim it and soak it in warm water for about ten minutes, then start rubbing the paper off of the back. As you can see with this one, I think I still rubbed too much, but it is useable.

I adhered the picture with Ultra Matte Varnish, added in strips of masking tape, a bit more paint, and some stamped borders, as well as the stamped sun from Paper Artsy.

Wrote my thoughts in white, and added some white highlights, and thought I was done.

Final thought was to add in some vertical words, and I like that. Done!

It was great to think back to travel adventures I had with these three while my Mom was alive. Now, these sisters and I travel to a destination each year to get together, and remember our Mom.

Americana Acrylic Paints - Sunny Day, Snow White, Deep Turquoise, Shrimp, Pink Tropics
Fluid Acrylics -Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Cadmium Orange Hue
Mediums - Ultra Matte Varnish
Seth Apter Spotlights and Border Lines
Carabelle Studio Punchanella
Paper Artsy ETS01
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, brush, mister Dylusians 8x8 journal, white pen, baby wipes, packing and masking tape

Tuesday, February 21

DecoArt Blog today!!

My "Green Man" canvas and tutorial are on the DecoArt Mixed Media blog today!! I would love for you to check it out!

Monday, February 20

How About a Road Trip?

Hello Monday!! Are you ready for this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp? Our theme this week is "Transport It" - trains, planes, automobiles, hot air balloons...however you interpret transport is what we would love to see!

I have a road trip on my bucket list - I want to travel Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. one of these days, and stop and visit all of those iconic places along the way, and take lots of photos!  On previous road adventures, we have stopped in at some of the locations on Route 66, and it is like stepping back in time. 

So, in the meantime, I made this tag. When I came across Tim Holtz's Road Trip stamp set in my stash, it called to me and said, "hey, use me for this challenge!" I wanted to use colors that remind me of the Southwest and have a retro feel.

First steps are to stamp some images onto the huge tag with archival ink, and then start blending in the distress inks, and add some water splats.


Here I am in the midst of creative chaos! (looks a bit more organized than usual, lol)

I also stamped several images on the heavystock and inked those up to add later. I am not sure what model the car is, but I am imagining and singing "Pink Cadillac" - after all, why not!

I decided to add some journaling to the tag, both to get my thoughts down and to add another layer.

Next step - stencils and Grit Paste. Since you can't heat the grit paste, I had to be patient and let it dry overnight. (it doesn't take that long, but my patience needed it) My plan was to go in with distress crayons and add color to the stenciled images, but I liked it natural - some areas picked up a bit of the ink color. 

Let's add in some more texture with Black Soot and Picket Fence distress paints and the splatter brush.

Talk about finding the perfect embellies - an old Ford vehicle key, an American Tourister luggage key that looks like it is from that era, and the word travel. I dirtied up the keys a bit more with some black soot paint.


I wonder where your adventures will transport you? I hope you join us this week for our newest challenge, and look forward to seeing what you make! 

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I'm wondering what kind of transports the DT is coming up with, aren't you? Be sure to head over to get some fabulous inspiration! 

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