Tuesday, January 16

Creative Jumpstart: Inspired by Rachel Greig

I was inspired by Rachel Greig (Darkroom Door) and her class on Creative Jumpstart 2018. I pulled out my Dina Wakley Media Journal, some mediums and papers, and some of my Darkroom Door stamps. For me the books and the saying are connected.
Background for the page and tag, using similar elements.

I had this card I'd made for a class in my stash, and trimmed it down and tucked in a cut up stamped image behind it.

I echo'd the same colors on the tag.

Thanks Rachel for a great class!

Monday, January 15

Birds of a Feather Stick Together!

Hello friends and welcome to our newest Monday challenge - "Birds of a Feather." 

I hope you had some creative fun with our Winter Blues challenge last week to help get rid of the blues that winter can bring. I don't know about where you live, but last week brought us a string of subzero days with windchills down to the -40F, and dark days. This week I had to head into bright colors!

I pulled out several fun bird stamp sets and a feather die, along with bright papers and paints, and headed to my art journal.

Birds of a Feather Stick Together! 

I stamped out my bird images on watercolor paper, then colored them with some markers and Peerless watercolors and a water brush. Once they were dry, I went over them with clear Wink of Stella to add some glitter.

I had to work on my page in stages, letting things dry. I started by collaging vintage paper and some of the Pink & Main Beach Babe in strips. Next, I brushed a thin layer of Antarctic paint. Once that was dry, I began to layer the stencils, beginning with Simon's Ring Cluster and Caribbean blue, then  the Irregular Dots and Orchid, finishing with the Leaves stencil and a mix of Limelight and Green Patina. 

I wanted to add some more pops of color with Dina Wakley's scribble sticks, so added to the leaves and went around some of the circles.

I thought I'd share a view of my working area - aways messy, not very big, but I have a fantastic view, my mini aquatic garden and dancing Hula girl to keep me motivated! 

I punched large and small circles out to put behind my birds, and each of the birds share the same types of feathers. I went around them with a scribbly stick, and sprinkled some 28 Lilac Lane sequins down the page (Rock Princess).

The birds might look different, but they are birds of a feather!

Thanks for visiting! I hope I've inspired you to join in our fun challenge this week! I'm looking forward to your creations!

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