Yes, I am back in my seaside themed comfort zone again - get used to it - I might be there until the end of summer!!! The background is basically a gesso resist with Distress Spray Stains - described in detail below if you want to know more.
Today's creation is going into a few challenges that inspired it (gotta love a challenge when you need some ideas to get you started).
- Art with Heart June Challenge - Summer with Sizzix
(I used three Sizzix dies - Cobblestones, Tattered Pinecone (foliage) and Sand & Sea)
- That Craft Place - Layers
(Many MANY layers - check out my info below)
And last but not least...
- Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge - Mist and Stamp
(I used Distress Spray Stains and Cosmic Shimmer Mists, plus a Prima texture stamp (Finnabair), and shell and quote stamps (Rubber Dance New Retro Beach set).
Here's a little more info about how I made it.
The background is layered up as follows:
1 Torn pieces of book page, Sizzix Cobblestones die cuts (torn into pieces) and net ribbon.
2 A loose coat of white gesso - the coverage is incomplete.
3 Distress Spray Stains in Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Salty Ocean and Evergreen Bough. I added a few layers, drying between. The gesso resists the ink and the book page is more absorbent than the background, so you get paler and darker areas of each colour.
4 Circles created with texture paste through a stencil (Tim Holtz), then painted over with a wash of Distress Paints in Salty Ocean and Evergreen Bough once dry.
5 At this stage I added a touch more spray here and there and stamped speckles around the edge in Potting Shed Archival.
The background is mounted onto torn corrugated card which has been lightly gessoed.
The decor was created as follows:
1 Seahorse: Die cut and sprayed with two colours of Cosmic Shimmer Mist - dried and then inked with Wild Honey and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. Then spritzed with a Distress Marker Spritzer and a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker to create the speckles.
2 Foliage: Cut from the Tattered Pinecone die, inked with Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress Inks and stamped with the same Prima texture stamp for detail. Glued only on the central stem to allow it to to be bent upwards to simulate movement. The chipboard foliage is Tando.
3 Sea Bed: Pieces of torn sandpaper, driftwood, a real shell and stamped shells inked to match the real one.
Many of the elements are glued with Pinflair for dimension.
Took a fair old while to make this but I think it was worth the effort :).
Thanks for popping in!