Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I was asked to be a Guest Designer for the challenge starting today at Try It On Tuesday.  The challenge is 1960's Retro and they want to see projects that depict the pop art/fashion/colours of the era.

During the 1960's I was in my late teens and early twenties, living on my own in a big city so I remember that time very well.  I look back at photos of me and wondered what I was thinking when I wore certain clothes so I decided not to go the fashion route with my project.  I decided to make an art journal page that combined the pop art and colour aspects.  I also decided to try my hand at Zentangle. 

I started by gluing two pages together and then painted it completely with Zesty Zing Fresco Finish paint.  Then I took a baby wipe and added some Smoked Paprika Fresco Finish paint in random areas.

I added some stenciling with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Archival Ink and a stencil from The Crafters Workshop called Mini Flower Frenzy.  Then I added a bit of second generation stamping with Wendy Vecchi Red Geranium Archival Ink and some sections from her Large Collage Background Stamp (I have cut my stamp into sections so it is easy to pick and choose which design I want to use).

Next I cut out all sorts of shapes and began to do the Zentangle using a Pigma Micron 01 pen from Sakura.  Confession - the peace sign was printed on the computer and already had some designs on it but I added a background of my own.  I tried doing my own but couldn't get a pattern in the narrow shape that looked decent.  I also printed the blank hand shape from the computer because I can't draw and then I added the Zentangle.  All the colouring was done with Bic markers or Copic markers.

I have to admit that I am a picky person so I destroyed quite a few shapes because the doodling wasn't as precise as I would have liked it.  It was time consuming and I don't know if I will tackle it again any time soon but I did like doing the colouring and considering how much I do in vintage tones, the bright colours were fun to work with.

Next I stamped some flowers with Jet Black Archival Ink using a couple of stamps from a Studio G set that I found in the clearance bin at Michaels, fussy cut them and coloured them with markers.  Finally I created some 1960's themed words on the computer using a font called Hippie Movement.

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

Stamps and Stencils - Anything Goes (must stamp and stencil)


  1. Wow this is so bright and vibrant, with a very groovy feel too, I do hope you try something like this again, you've done an amazing job xx

  2. So much fun Cec!! Wonderful colours and groovy patterns and shapes! Great take on the theme It's great to have you as our Guest Designer!! hugs :)

  3. I second Georgie!! Definitely try it again! This is beyond groovey baby!!!

  4. How nice to have you as our Guest designer. Your card is gorgeous with colourful figures and retro colours.

  5. Oh, Cec this is awesome! I love those vibrant colors and adore the doodling! Your background is fantastic! Great job, my friend! Bravo!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

  6. This is an amazing art project great to have you as out guest this time

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Wow! This really is "Fab, gear, rave!" as John Lennon would have said! You certainly have captured the 60's in this Cec! Colouring and zentangling does take time (wiles away a journey sometimes) but your groovy page is definitely worth the time spent! So glad to have you here as Guest Designer! Chrisx

  8. Fantastic journal pages, you captured the this era with those bright colours. The zentatangles look awesome as well, must have taken you hours to do. Thank you for being our Guest Designer at TioT's.

  9. back again with my Stamps and Stencils hat on, lovely to have you join us there as well.
    Yvonne xx

  10. 'Pass me my shades man! ' Fabulously vibrant retro art work. I love it you have really captured that colourful time in history. I was telling my sons that everything seemed grey before the sixties. Thank you for sharing this fab page with us over at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

  11. Fab and colourful page, great to have you with us as guest DT this time round at TIOT! Hugs, Valerie

  12. Hi Cec! Love your wonderful and colorful project. The design is really fantastic! Thank you for being our Guest Designer for this challenge.
    Hugs, Mar

  13. This is a bit more than 'trying your hand' at Zentangle Cec! This is a triumphant riot of colour in a fabulous design and SO retro! Jenny x

  14. Fab page and zentangle Cec! Perfect 60's feeling! Thanks for beeing our Guest Designer at TioT.

  15. Hi Cec this is a fabulous page so full of vibrant colours. It really captures what a fun time it was.
    Thanks for agreeing to be our Guest Designer for this challenge.
    Avril xx

  16. What a fabulous page Cec!
    Love this!

  17. A stunning riot of colour and pattern and I can't believe it's your first attempt! You need to do this again - very soon! I love your version of retro 60's! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils for our first challenge. Juliax

  18. This is totally groovy! Awesome job on trying the new technique and Zentangle. I always thought Zentangle was supposed to make you feel Zen like? :) I do love your bright colors and wonderful shapes! Awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki


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