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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Monthly Art Journal - Summer Sunshine

Hello friends!
I'm so excited to be back making my art journal pages again!  I didn't realize how much I had missed playing with my neglected stash and creating from a blank canvas and mixing media!  I am happy to be collaborating with my long time blog buddy once again too!! :)

**If you are new to my blog or missed my previous AJ posts:  I have joined together with my talented blog friend Asha from Sunny Summer Crafts to inspire each other through our Art Journal Pages and share them on our blogs on a monthly basis with you to maybe inspire our other crafty friends.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  We just want to share our love of crafting through this wonderful mixed media art form.  If you would like to see my past AJ pages, you can CLICK HERE to have a look at them all.**

We are in the middle of Summer where I live and during our Summer months, it gets extremely hot hot hot!  Although it is hot, I have to say that I just love all of the sunshine...not so much for bringing the heat, which it does, but also for what it does for your spirit, the growing of our flowers and plants as well as making us get a nice tan color on our skin and getting to pull out our stylish shades!  I especially love the the sparkle it gives the water dancing across the ripples along with providing us a spectacular sun set with a stunning color show right before it says good night.

These good feelings are what helped inspire my AJ page for today:
I am starting with a 6x9 Canson #140 coldpress watercolor, prepped with gesso that was punched at the top for a ring binding book I'm making.

I wanted the sun to be in the background, but to also be so large that it takes up most of the page because it is actually the entire reason for this idea.  I did not have any die or template for a circle, so I just went in my kitchen and pulled out one of my plates to create the large orange circle.  My plate wasn't a perfect circle as it had "ripples" in it, but I thought it looked pretty cool, so I just went with it.  I had some old orange colored patterned paper from my stash that I used for this, but I decided it wasn't quite the right orange color, so I painted over it.  Once dry, I embossed the background image from Designs By Ryn with some gold embossing powder.  I went around the edges of it and over it in various places with some copper Nuvo mousse.

I then took the circle and placed it where I thought I wanted it on my page without attaching it and traced where it was with a pencil and then set it aside.  I took my outline to measure where I would be putting down my painter's tape to create the "sun rays".  Before placing the painter's tape down, I covered the background area with a mixture of yellow and neon yellow paints and let dry.  After it dried, I placed my painter's tape where I wanted for my first color and painted some marigold for one set of rays, removed the tape and then repeated the process for another set of sun rays that I painted in a canary yellow color and removed the tape to let dry.  I then decided to add some gold embossing with the triangle border stamp for more interest along some of the sun rays.  I've also taken more of that copper mousse and rubbed it over various places in the background.

Here's a closer look at the top of the page:
After I heat embossed the triangle borders, I went ahead and attached the orange sun cirle over my traced outline for it.  I then took some black gesso and made some splatters over the background.  I used this same black gesso to paint over the "summer" chipboard letters as they were not the color I wanted them to be.  After they were dry, I went over them with some more of that copper mousse and attached them above the orange sun circle.  I took my Pitt Brush marker to go along the edge of the orange circle for a bit of dimension.  I also took a white gel pen to add highlights on the letters.

Moving further on down the page:
I actually have used a few items from a couple of older card kits for the elements on this page.
For the "sunshine" lettering, I took a word die from an older card kit and die cut it out several times in black card stock.  I also cut one out with some gold glitter paper.  I stacked out 4 of the black together and then offset the glitter one on top so that the black slightly shows behind it giving it a dimensional look.  I did the same with the die cut heart above the "i" letter.  I replaced the dot in the die with a heart.  Below the "sunshine" word, I cut out a banner with a quote I made from my computer and then outlined it with my black Pitt Marker.

Moving to the bottom of the page:
Again, I have used some elements from an older card kit which is where the sailboat came from.  I stamped it and colored it with my Copic markers and attached it to the page.

To achieve the "water" at the bottom, I took some embossing paste and mixed it with a blue colored Peal Ex powder.  Unfortunately, it looses some of that pretty shimmer that Pearl Ex powder has, so while it was still wet, I added some blue glitter to the mix and I just love all of the sparkle it has on it!  I simply mixed it all together with a palette knife and spread it out over the bottom of my page and tried to swirl it around so it resembles some sparkling water.

While it was still somewhat wet, I took some puffy fish stickers from an older card kit and pushed them into the "water" paste and let it dry.  Lastly, I finished out the page with some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and added some gold Stickles in the center of each one.

I love all of the sparkle on this and I have it setting on my desk right now.

I hope you've enjoyed my AJ page and got inspired!  Be sure to hop on over to Asha's blog and take a look at what inspiration she has with her Art Journal Page too!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine today!


1.  Art Journal Journey - Summertime Love

2.  Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (Mixed Media/altered items)

3.  Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

4.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Embossing (heat/dry)

5.  Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media - Texture


Margreet said...

This is awesome Vicki...love your eye for detail!
xxx Margreet

Asha said...

Oh, my!!! This is a stunner! You have captured the spirit of summer. Looks like both of us had the same idea in mind ... what can I say... great minds and all that...! I live by the sea where seagulls and sailboat are what summer is all about. I'm totally loving the texture of the sea and the colour is simply gorgeous. This is THE summer AJ page for sure. You're back with a bang my friend! I'll try and stay on top of things for our next collab... that's the plan for now! LOL.
HUGS, Asha

Linda Simpson said...

Wonderful summer card Vicki, love the design and cute boat.
Linda xxx

Kim said...

This is gorgeous! I've not done art journaling but really should make time and give it a go.

decp8nter said...

This is awesome. So much texture and movement.

Let's Art Journal said...

What a fabulous summer sunshine page! The texture you created with the embossing paste, paint effects, embossing powders and stencils is amazing 😀. I enjoyed reading the process you followed too. Nice to meet you at AJJ and wishing you a great week! J 😊

Carol L said...

This is art journaling at it's finest! What a gorgeous summer presentation! I'm taken with all of the wonderful details and colors! Amazing!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

An absolutely ADORABLE page Vicki! I am thrilled about it! Thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey!
Happy week for you!
oxo Susi

Donna said...

This is just amazing esp. when you see the close ups, so glad you showed those.

Monika Reeck said...

wooow Stuuning Art Journal Vicki
I am so in love with the bright color of the yellow and the blue is so rich of texture
Love love it
and I am soooo sorry miss Vicki
I started my new job at 3 July and no time to making cards of blogging
I am soo tired after work and go to bed earlier than before..
I hope you dont mind..
I will try to visit your lovely blog once maybe in in a week

Donna Ellis said...

Gorgeously vibrant, with a fabulously inviting sentiment, Vicki. I'll definitely be meeting you there, and enjoying every moment as much as I've enjoyed your creation! Wonderful, right down to the highlights in the words. Hugs, de

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I apologize for being late visiting today. I'm hosting a party tonight and just stopped by AJJ to see if anyone had posted. I simply adore your wonderful page. I am SO impressed with the way you painted and embossed the rays on the sun. It's a gorgeous page and simply SHOUTS summertime love. Thanks beyond belief for joining us at Art Journal Journey today.

Patti J said...

I'm so impressed! This is amazing! I'm such a chicken.....lol! Thanks for sharing!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, I love your page.

Bastelkueken`s Kreative Welt said...

Hi Vicki... your card is wonderful... summer feeling... great
Hugs Anja

Debra K. said...

What a fantastic summer page!! This is making me feel the warm from here :). An absolutely wonderful page design. I really love your sparkling sea and 'sunshine'. Amazing! Debra x

Fiki said...

Love this gorgeous card!
Have a nice day

Lynda Hall said...

Such incredible detail. This really made me smile and think sunny thoughts. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Good luck
DT Lynda x

Heidi Stamps said...

This is incredible! So summery, so much texture, it is really awesome. I think it is my favorite art journal page you have shared here.

Lori Kobular said...

Wow Vicki! This looks incredible! I love the sentiment and the sun beams!

Sarah said...

This is AMAZING!! The attention to detail is incredible Vicki and I can feel the heat from here!! xx

Lola said...

So pretty and so much detail. Wonderful summer spread.

Tammy said...

WOW this page is stunning Vicki!! I love the bright colors and all of the textures, awesome sun rays too!
Hugs, Tammy

Pia S said...

Oh, what a fantastic and summery page you've made, full of sunshine and shimmer! So fun looking and you've used some great techniques to get this result.

JD/ Jill said...

Awesome Journal page! All those neat details! I can't image how much time this took. (Well worth the effort!)

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous journal page Vicki love the hot sunny colours and textured water
Carol x

aussie aNNie said...

Wowzer, lol, what an awesome page, just stunning.xx
Have a lovely weekend.♥

Sandra Wright said...

Fab journal page..so seasonal..love the bright vibrant colours...a wonderful entry for our challenge at Altered Eclectics...x

Dt at Altered Eclectics
Owner & Dt at Rhedd's Creative Spirit
Owner & Dt at Go Tag Thursday.

Sharon Fritchman said...

WOW, Vicki! Your work of art is so gorgeous! I love the bright colors and the amazing textures here. You captured summer perfectly!!!

geistige_Schritte said...

wonderful this Journal page i love this so summer!
Happy Day

Bożena Adamusińska said...

My jaw still lies on the floor !!! This is fantastic! So much is happening on your card. I would love to see a movie like you made this card !! I love the texture, colors and every detail of the card. Wow, wow, wow !!

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