Monday, July 4

Red, White and Indigo Blu!

Thanks Barbara for the cool tag for our challenge!

Hello Monday! It's time for another challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, and this week we are celebrating the beautiful stamps of Indigo Blu! We are also working in red, white and blue, which ties in beautifully with our holiday here in the USA - Happy Fourth of July to all who celebrate it! 

Please join me in welcoming our guest designer for July, Aida Haron! I know we will all love to see her creative takes on our challenges this month! Welcome Aida!

I've been thinking about freedom here at home and in the world, and the challenges we all face to find and keep our freedoms. One of my freedoms that I treasure is free speech, whether it is spoken or written, and I know that was on my mind while creating this page. The Indigo Blu Plume stamp set works beautifully for my theme.

Today, I worked in my big Dylusions Art Journal so I could spread lots of paint around.

I started off adding red and blue Dylusions paint on top of a gessoed surface, then laying the stencil down (I used the 12x12 stencil for this) and taking some of the paint off with a baby wipe.

Not content to just leave that as my background, I went in with more paints, this time Paper Artsy and white and stenciled with distress ink, and stamped around the edges.

As I looked at this, I really didn't think my stamped images would stand out, so I went back in with a lot more white and red and even used my finger to mark around the edges with red. The stenciling faded out, so I went in again and this time used the Archival Jet Black ink to get more contrast.

I inked behind the area for my feathers to give it some depth, stamped on the Tim Holtz French Industrial paper and Terminology Tissue Wrap and adhered to my page. then misted with black.  Next I went in and added white dots with a fine acrylic paint marker.

Details, details...

I tried my Ranger Texture tools out for the first time, and I like the lines of texture it created.

Not quite satisfied, my final step was to go around the feathers with a water soluble pencil and my water brush to make them stand out more. Now, I am ready to say I am done.

Does that ever happen to you? You start working on a piece and are dissatisfied with it so keep trying different things and sometimes just are not sure when to say it is done. I guess that is really working through the creative process. 

I hope you will join us for our red, white, and blue theme, and if you have some Indigo Blu stamps, we would love to see them!

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  1. Mixed media and you really make a great "couple", Maura! Again a stunning mixed media piece with loads of texture and awesome depth! Love it!

    Claudia x

  2. Gorgeous journal page Maura! the colours and whole design of this is absolutely fabulous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Absolutely AMAZING! I love the crazy background! I wish I was so brave and try to make such a crazy and beautiful base for the rest of the project. I absolutely adore that. You rocked it. And yes, feathers = freedom for me as well so they match perfectly to the assumption. I truly love everything about this project. Hugs, Marzena

  4. Amazing piece, Maura! I think this is my favorite project of yours! The background is gorgeous! Love the feathers! Hugs, Sandra

  5. this is amazing many beautiful details all coming together perfectly...hugs kath xxx

  6. Very cool page, Maura! Loving the collage aspects!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Love reading your process! The difference when you went back in with the Archival Black is amazing!

  8. Such a beautiful creation, Maura. Love the pretty background you created. :)

  9. Wow! This such a cool grungy-ish take on the colors and I thought it turned out beautifully! Love the gritty bits of black you added and how the whole thing has a great inky vibe. Made me think of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, though I bet they never had paper this cool!

  10. The background to this is just stunning and I love how those little white dots, just draw the eye in to that explosion of colour ~ gorgeous work, Maura! :)

  11. Maura, your background is so beautiful! I love all the layers and depth of colors.

    Cathie ♥

  12. Fabulous work Maura! To see the creative process of your background is fantastic!Love the stamp you used and all the layers of colors you've created!Barbara

  13. Fabulous work Maura! To see the creative process of your background is fantastic!Love the stamp you used and all the layers of colors you've created!Barbara

  14. This is truly a STUNNING piece. Blessings!


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