Monday, June 1

Create Your Own Background

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome to a new challenge with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND. I love to do this, as you can use any color and texture to create your own unique piece. I even explored PINK this time! 

We are showcasing Paper Rose, a company from Australia, so if you have any Paper Rose products in your stash, we would love to see them!

I am super excited to introduce you to Sandra Rupp, our guest designer this month!! She is one amazing mixed media artist, and I know you will love her work as much as I do. Sandra, I am thrilled to be working alongside of you - welcome!!!


There is nothing quite like the bond of friendship between women. I am doing my best to stay in touch with friends, but I can't wait until we can truly get together again, give each other hugs, and catch up... like these lovely friends. 

As I went through my pack of Paper Rose Grunge Texture paper, trying to decide which one to use, I thought why not choose a color I don't work with very PINK!
I added texture with two stencils and glossy texture paste.

Now comes the fun part, mixing and blending colors, where I surprised myself by blending in Olive with pinks. But it works!


Now to blend in some Peacock. I usually use cosmetic sponges to blend my paints, and sometimes blend further with a baby wipe. 

I added some more to the circular area with the Hud stencil and Rosy paint. I like a bit of shimmer and metallic. 

Let's go for more pink with Are You Cerise Infusion. I spritzed around the circle area with my water mister, then sprinkled on the powder, blended a bit more, and dried it with my heat tool.

As I was edging the piece, I decided to go over some of the textured areas with the black ink also. 


Time to add in the paper dolls, gears, butterfly and words.

I glued my paper into the Dina Wakley Media Journal, and like how it looks against the burlap. 
And here we have...two friends dwelling in possibility. 

I hope you've enjoyed this journey through the creation of my art journal page and are inspired to join us in this week's challenge! Our super generous friends at Simon are sharing a $25 shopping voucher to one participant chosen at random. 



A GREAT place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

Be sure to check out the awesome backgrounds from the design team!

Copper Treasure Box

Hello friends, and welcome!! For Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges I've made a treasure box with a copper patina to share this month. 

What kind of treasure do you think you would find inside the box? 
It could be a Pandora's box...would you open it? 
Was it found in an old shipwreck and dragged up from the ocean depths?


 I started with a small box, and covered it with grey Chalky Gesso, then added on some chipboard from Boozybear Chipboard, and a molded panel (Stamperia) on top that I had made a while back. Then, I added a second layer of the gesso. 

I decided I wanted more texture on the sides, to added some modeling paste with a palette knife. This also helped to merge the top with the sides of the box. Let that dry. 

I started by splatting on some black ink, let it dry and added the first paint coat of Quinacridone Gold.    From this point, I added multiple layers of the gold, Payne's Grey and Cobalt Teal Hue with the fluid acrylics. I dabbed it on with a brush to create the mottled effect. 

Final steps were to use the matte Decou-Page on the box bottom so it won't stick, and to smudge on some copper metallic to create some highlights. 

Below you can see the four sides and the depth in the layers of paint to create a copper patina. 

Here are the materials I used, plus a couple of brushes and some glue. 

I hope you have enjoyed my steampunk style treasure box and will join our challenge this month! I do love seeing what everyone is creating!

Many thanks to the wonderful support from DecoArt and Boozybear Chipboard!

Stay well and be creative! Maura




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