I am starting to feel more comfortable in my art. One of the things that I think is helping is participating in the weekly challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I am not in there every week, but I seem to be able to find inspiration so I am able to make a contribution every other week. This week’s challenge prompt is “little critters”
I remembered once having postcards that featured cats of the Mediterranean. I loved the pictures of the cats sitting around on sun bleached buildings and the jewel colors of the sea. I wanted to do an interpretation of my memory of those postcards from long ago.
I got out supplies I owned already and pulled them around and played with them. I soon knew what I was planning on doing. I was going to incorporate stencils of bricks, some cat dies and some spray dyes that were so amazing. The rest would come to me as I worked along the way in my creation I was sure.
I created my own thick chipboard letters. I used Yes glue to paste a 3×5 cards I had used to clean Geli plates to some chipboard scraps. I cut the letters out using a Sizzix steel rule die. I cleaned up the edges with some brown paint. One of the last things I added was the burlap across the top that I used to highlight the letters. The original design did not show off the word and I knew to be successful I need to resolve that. I had a bow I had held onto from a gift that was burlap and raffia. I initially dyed it with some stain, but that ended up too dark and the letters faded into the background again. It was possibly worse than where I had started from. After attaching the letters to the burlap, I put some light cream color paint on it to allow me to show off the letters, and then added some dry brushed Prima Metallique Acrylic paint. I had lost my sunshine paint under the burlap and had to mix up some paint, molding paste and a stencil to try and bring it back as a focal point.
I cut a tag out of a used box that Amazon sent something to the house once again using a Sizzix steel rule die. I pulled some layers off of the cardboard to give it a more rustic look. I cut the cats out using a wafer thin die and scrap cardstock in white and black. I used Dylusions paint for the background along with sprays from Lindy’s Gang and some home made ones to get that sky jewel tones with some sparkle. I got out a couple of stencils and colored my molding paste to create some texture. I had recently got the Prima Rust set and used that on the brick stencil when it dried to give it even more and a different kind of texture than other items.
I was still puttering on this tonight it was hard to know when to stop. When would be too much if I added this? Would this paint make a good highlight or make it all wrong?Would this additional be the perfect addition or would I have to try to figure out how to correct it? I don’t think you ever know for sure, but I am hoping with time I will develop some instinct to know when to stop.