Sunday, July 1, 2012

Find your style

Every well-established artist will tell you to find your own style.  I never envisioned myself doing grungy stuff yet I look back at my work and it's full of that influence.  Brights aren't my style either, but seeing Dyan Reaveley's work makes me want to at least try them out.  I can see them popping up in my work every now and again so maybe they're not so bad after all.

I'll share my version of grungy brights with you in this art journaling page I created for the 45th MakingArt challenge on the EverythingWendyVecchi Yahoo group.  Looking at Wendy's 3rd book, page 17, Lori (our uber-talented list owner) challenged participants to use the color blue and some green dots in our art.

My journal page was blank except for the Dyan Reaveley alphabet stencil in the middle.  I believe I smeared translucent Dreamweaver's stencil paste on it.  When dry it was shiny and raised.

I used the direct-to-paper approach around the edges with the new Salty Ocean summer distress ink.  Shaded Lilac (spring distress ink) was applied in the same manner to the center of the page.  I lightly misted the page to make the colors more blended.  I smooshed Chipped Sapphire distress ink onto my craft sheet and picked up the color with a dry sea sponge, dabbing it lightly on the corners.  Heat set the page.

Mowed Lawn, another summer distress ink, was applied to Wendy's bubble background.  The stamp wasn't on a block so I was able to roll it on the page haphazardly.  I like the random look of this.  A black Pigma Micron pen (Sakura) was used to draw half circles around some of the bubbles/dots.

I stamped Wendy's leafy branch in Ripe Persimmon (fall distress ink) then stamped again, slightly off-set, with Monarch Orange archival ink.  I used a waterbrush to wash the color across some of the leaves and stems.  The stamped images weren't perfect which is the look I wanted.

A page was torn from my journal so that I could stamp the flowers, leaves and text on it.  The large flowers were stamped in Deep Purple archival ink; the smaller ones were stamped in Chrome Yellow archival ink.  I smooshed Picked Raspberry (summer distress ink) on my craft sheet, spritzed the ink with water and placed the flowers in it, swirling them every so slightly.  Again I was going for a random color pattern.  I highlighted the dots with White Enamel Acccents, edged the outside edge of the flowers with the black pen and the inside border with a white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura).  The smaller flowers were swirled into Squeezed Lemonade (spring distress ink) and outlined with the black pen.  The dots were colored with Black Enamel Accents.  The leaves were stamped in Sap Green archival ink and colored with more Mowed Lawn distress ink.  I used the black pen to draw around the leaves.  The edges of the flowers and leaves were aged with Antique Linen distress ink.

The grass and flower stems were painted on the page using Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Paint in Landscape Green and Sable Brown.  I curled the edges of the flowers and leaves and applied them to the page using Claudine's Multi Medium (matte). 

The text was stamped in Jet Black archival ink and cut apart.  I rubbed the edges on the Ripe Persimmon pad and spritzed the blocks with water.  Heat set.  Inked around the edges with the black pen; more Antique Linen distressed the edges.  Again, Multi Medium was used to adhere the blocks to the page.

Studio 490 stamp sets:  Dreams of Art, Fashion Style and Art, Ticket To Art

Take the time to experiment; you never know when you'll find your style.


  1. Susan you really know how to combine all of these great products and techniques into one fantastic project.

  2. What a great journal page!

  3. Gorgeous fun and bright!

  4. Wow, Susan, this is FABULOUS!!! I just love how you are incorporating Wendy into art journaling! Really fantastic! (and, it didn't hurt a bit, did it? lol) Thanks so much for joining the rock!

  5. This turned out really nice. I love the bright colors and the flowers are really pretty. Nice job!!

  6. I so enjoy your talent. I have those rusty safety pins. You can get them at Country Whims. I'm placing another order today. thanks for sharing, Susan.