Monday, October 13, 2014

Colouring Outside The Lines

A dear friend of mine, Sue Carrington, is involved in a wonderful new challenge blog called Artist Trading Post Exchange.  This is a mixed media challenge and it launched at the beginning of October so I thought I would play in their first challenge - Anything Goes.

I decided to make another page for my art journal and focus on the warm changing colours surrounding me.  I also decided to give it a pile of texture and that was fun.

I started by gluing two blank pages together to give it more strength but it still buckled a bit with all the texture which started with gluing some drywall tape, crumpled tissue paper, netting and gauze in random spots along with a strip of lace.  The next step was to add Golden Light Molding Paste in random spots through a Heidi Swap stencil and through the netting.

After the paste was dry I start wiping Smoked Paprika, Blood Orange, Pumpkin Soup and Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paints on touching up some of the missed spots with a paintbrush.

Next I pulled out some Prima and Recollections flowers, changed the colour of a few with paint and gave them a light spray with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist before I added buttons for centres.  Some of the leaves were stamped with Coffee Archival Ink from Ranger using the Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves set from Just Right and then inked with Scattered Straw, Old Paper, Crushed Olive, Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink from Ranger before they were fussy cut.

The rest of the leaves were cut from scrap card stock and embossed with a lace embossing folder and then inked with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The butterfly is a wood piece that I picked up at the dollar store and it was already coloured so I just inked the edges with some Vintage Photo DI.

The letters for the word "fall" are chipboard and I painted them with some Haystack Fresco Finish paint and then stamped some script with Coffee Archival Ink using a stamp from Recollections.  I gave them a coat of Mod Podge to seal everything.

Finally I made the rest of the text on the computer, inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and then added them along with a few beads for some bling.

I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:

Artist Trading Post Exchange - Anything Goes (mixed media)
All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a Card
Artistic Inspirations  - Anything Goes/Make Your Own Background
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Fall Leaves
Timbro Scrap Mania Stamping Challenge - Fall is in the Air
Stamping Sensations  - Autumn
So Artful Challenges - Leaves
Crafty Catz  - Autumn


  1. This is so pretty! I love your background, the blending is speculator! What a wonderful entry for our Soartful Leaves challenge , thank you or joining us!

  2. This is wonderful! Perfect for Artistic Inspirations Make your own background challenge. Just makes me feel like fall.
    Owner AI

  3. Wow Cec! Just incredible! So glad you walked me through your process, so I can see how you did that amazing background! This must be so shimmery in real life! Love your embossed leaves, genius! So vibrant and alive with the season, one of my favs, I think! big hugs :)

    PS...why am I still awake?!?! lol

  4. Beautiful warm Autumnal colours together with great texture Cec.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  5. Beautiful textures and colours! xx

  6. A fabulous journal page, the colours and textures are stunning. Thank you for joining our first challenge at the ATP Exchange Cec.
    Yvonne x

  7. Absolutely gorgeous Cec ! Love all the layers and the texture you've created and the colours are just stunning !

    Thanks for joining us for our first challenge at ATP Exchange !
    Sue C

  8. I just love this! All the fabulous color, texture and dimension. So fun! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week. Cindy-DT

  9. Wow! This is just gorgeous! I love those leaves and that wonderful fall color!

  10. Hi Cec. A beautiful autumnal make and it's lovely to have you share with us at ATP exchange

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  11. A stunning design. I love the result. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

  12. Magnificent rich color and a wow design!
    Thank you for playing in so artful!!

  13. How awesome! Love all the texture and thhe colors. Yoour page is fantastic with its beautiful flowers and leaves. Thank you for sharing your fabulous art with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

  14. FANTASTIC textured and coloured journal page. LOVE IT. Thanks for sharing how you did it.


  15. This page is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with the DT at The Cheerful Stamp Pad.

  16. Congratulations! You are the winner of my challenge on The Cheerful Stamp Pad. Contact me at and I will get you set up at GDT.


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