I am hosting a swap with my art group, and now that I am finally done with school and it keeps raining and raining, well...it is the perfect time to work on that and the Simon Says challenge. I have challenged my art group to alter 10 playing cards following a travel theme - places around the world, means of travel, traveling through time or imagination...definitely open to interpretation. Since it is anything goes for the SSS challenge, well let's pull out the stops!Being in a playful mood, I decided to alter mine following all the travel theme ideas - why not? Start with a layer of gesso on the cards to create a base, and I wanted to keep it thin to leave hints of the playing card underneath.
Next I went over the base with distress paints, and discovered a nice surprise! I got this fabulous texture - I think the gesso acted as a resist in some areas. I love it!
Since this was going so well, and I do love color, why stop here? So I tried layering on some distress stains and mists, and started getting effects like this - even better!
A bit of stamping, and then let everything dry through the night...remember that rain, well it's been humid, so everything is taking longer to dry.
Rainy day to play, so I did...stamping, layering, ribbons, gears, anything goes! Here are the altered playing cards that I came up with.
First, traveling through time and my imagination, and of course you can see that steampunk theme I so love.Next, the great road trip I have to take some time following Route 66 - from Chicago to L.A. Then some inspirations for Italy and France. I certainly could have gone further on my travels.
So, which one is my favorite? I guess it would have to be this one...spirit of adventure, traveling through the imagination, gears, that suitcase he is carrying, and a hot air balloon - what could be better?
Some of the creative aftermath...
Ready for some traveling, be it the good olde regular travel or a voyage through the imagination? I know I am!!