Monday, October 23

Smashing Pumpkins!

Hello Monday, my friends! No, I am not smashing pumpkins around here, but hope I caught your attention! Our challenge for you this week is MONOCHROME (working in one color). I immediately thought of the color orange since it is fall and Halloween is just around the bend.

I knew I wanted to work in a fall theme, and the Ornate Leaves set from Simon's Stamptember release is perfect for me. I headed to one of my small art journals to get started.

I began with a variety of orange inks and a stencil to get the first layer down. 

Then, I went over that with distress oxide ink and spritzed it with water. (night photo and the color is not great, sorry)

In order to create a more cohesive background, I added some translucent paints. I painted a layer on, then wiped it down with a baby wipe so the stencil would still show through.

Time for another stencil layer, and I'm creating a medallion look with this great little stencil designed by Gwen LaFleur. I had the great pleasure of meeting Gwen on my trip to India! She is so talented and has such an artistic eye for color and design. It truly was an awesome experience spending a few days with her on our trip!

I used my stamping platform and inked up the stamps with a mix of these two inks. I wanted to get a variegated look with the color.

Laying it all out, after I edged the large leaves and pumpkins with Viva Copper wax. In my mind, I see copper as a shade of orange. I did step out of bounds with the monochrome with a touch of brown, but I did want my words visible.

Final step is a cascade of copper sequins, and a touch of Wink of Stella glitter.

So it's not smashing pumpkins, but maybe it is orange smash! I hope you've enjoyed my monochrome project and are inspired to join us this week! 
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  1. I love the beautiful patterns you used in your background, Maura! The design and colors are so pretty. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  2. Oh, you're right, the leaves stamps were perfect for this project and I love this warm autumn mood you have created. The stencil is amazing too. Hugs, Marzena

  3. Beautiful journal page! The layers of stencilling and stamps is amazing, you definitely smashed it - perfect 😁. Enjoy your week! J 😊

  4. What a great project and a great story behind meeting up with Gwen! You always do such a wonderful job of complimenting other artists and recognizing their efforts. I think it's one of your many superpowers!

  5. This has such warmth to it and is just beautiful Maura! I love the colours you've used and the layers of stencilling and stamping is fabulous...lovely work, as always! <3 Hugs...

  6. a beautiful autumnal art journal page Maura, love the layers of stencilling and stamping and those leaves are gorgeous...hugs kath xxx

  7. Fantastic work Maura, Monochrome it's not easy and you were able to create an incredible piece! Love the autumn feeling! barbara

  8. This is such a beautiful journal page Maura, Autumn is my favorite season and i love your bright orange!!!

  9. Such a beautiful journal page Maura! I love all that wonderful orange and the leaves are wonderful. Beautiful stencilling too.

  10. I forgot to write that the boys sat together on the couch this afternoon and admired their felt birds. They really love them and even Leo knows exactly which one is his.

  11. Love this beautiful journal page, Maura. The colors are perfect for Autumn season. :)

  12. What a wonderful art journal page, Maura. The pumpkins are very cute! Hugs, Sandra


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