I am so excited to share that I was asked by Sue Wojtkowski of Irreversibly Moi to create for her Art Journal Project Challenge. You can find out all about it HERE.
I was able to choose the topic “Just Beachy,” one of my favorite things, so I set out to create a page centered around that theme. I started with a page in my journal that aleady had some color and design on it. I always clean my paintbrushes and stencils off on pages in my journal. I have pages and pages like this, that have some color and shapes already on them. It’s an easy way to get past that “blank page” syndrome or to use a jump start to creating.
I used some Adirondack Paint Dabbers from Ranger. I like these because they have a sponge top on them, great for apply paint.
I used the Dabbers to apply layers of sand colors and rubbed them with a baby wipe. I blended in some wipe and then moved up into aqua and turquoise colors for the sky. I like the way the background shows through. Don’t spend a lot of time on this part – you could potentially rub on so much paint that you loose all the layers underneath.
I’m sure you probably get as many catalogs, magazines and junk mail that I do. Before I recycle them, I always flip through the pages and clip out anything that looks interesting. I keep them in a clear plastic box and pull them out sometimes for inspiration. I found these cute images in my box. I loved the fish, so I cut those out and applied with gel medium. I was going to cut out the crab too, but I decided to sketch him and paint him instead.
I started adding more elements — stamped images and other sketches. I had a really big open space in the middle of the page, so I added a beach umbrella. Perfect. Now all I need is some sun block and a pina colada!
Hope you enjoyed the challenge – thanks to Sue of Irreversibly Moi for including me! Be sure to stop by her blog to say hi!
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Beautiful page! I love the tips you included here. You make it seem so simple from beginning to end. . .well. . .with the exception of sketching and painting the crab. That looks awful difficult to me, but you did it beautifully!
Your crab is wonderful – are his tips hot from nipping toes or just sunburned? Your underwater scene is inviting.