Monday, January 8

Even Chameleons get the Blues

Welcome back creative friends! Are you ready for our second challenge of 2018? 
This week our theme is WINTER BLUES.

I decided to play more with the color blue than winter, thinking about how we often get the blues around my house during the cold, dark winter months.

The winter day I worked on this art journal page, it snowed from morning until night. Luckily for us it was a very light snow, because it was so cold - brrr!

Even Chameleons Get the Blues

I pulled out some watercolor paper, my stamping platform and Simon's black dye ink, and stamped out my images with the chameleon stamp, and two stamp sets by Birgit Koopsen - "The earth has music" and "Dutch Tulips." Simon Says Stamp has some very similar stamp sets from Birgit.

I smudged my Zen hybrid cubes over the leaves and flowers.

Next, I pulled out all the blues from my Peerless watercolors, I really like using these sheets. The colors are so rich, and you can get any shade you want with the amount of water you use. They are extremely portable if you are traveling - just add a water brush and maybe a pencil.

I wanted to use a lot of shades of blue on my chameleons, so they would blend in with their environment. I tested out colors right on the paper I stamped on as you can see.

I ripped around the Dutch Tulips large image and adhered this to my art journal. The one I am using here is similar to the one I put in the supplies, but a bit different in size.

Time to layer all of my stamped images that I fussy cut. I wanted it to look like they are climbing the flowers.

You can see the glitter from my Wink of Stella pen, and some of the dimension here.

I like this saying - "The earth has music for those who listen."
I can imagine the blues that would evolve if no one listened!

I must say, I feel less "blue" now after painting this fun page with many shades of blue! 

I hope I've inspired you to join us in our Winter Blues challenge - you might be thinking along the lines like I did, feeling the winter blues, or you might be looking out into that winter wonderland and seeing the many shades of blue. However you interpret it, we would love to see what you create!

Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 voucher to one lucky participant!



A great place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use hashtag #sssmchallenge.

Our fabulous design team has all kinds of creative ideas for you on the Winter Blues, so be sure to head on over and check it out!

I am honored!


  1. I love so much this journal page, Maura and the chameleon is absolutely adorable. The colours used are so perfect together...just great! Hugs xxx

  2. This is so cool, Maura! I love how you added the chameleons to the flowers and the colors are so pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Hihi the scene is so cute. Love your funny blue chameleons a lot. Lovely colors and the dimensions. Hugs, Macarena

  4. This is an awesome page! The chameleons are fantastic! Wonderful composition!!

  5. It is a fun page and made me smile!!! It's wonderful!!!

  6. Gorgeous art journalling Maura :-) the chameleons are fabulous and I love the colours and background, the whole design is awesome! :-)

    Lols x x x

  7. such a fun page and I love that sentiment too!

  8. Maura you never cease to amaze me, every week I wait to see what you invent! I adore your chameleon and the palette you used! Barbara

  9. Gorgeous project, Maura! I LOVE these chameleons! The zen palette fit your page perfectly! Also, I love the touches of sparkle!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. As always you create such fabulous inspiration, I love your chameleons! They look such fun blending into their winter blue scheme 😉. The background looks amazing with those stamps, colours and torn edges too! Thanks for your lovely comments and wishes on my blog, you are very kind! You guessed correctly, I did get my Big Shot for Christmas and even with my limited dies I'm currently creating a page using it for your Winter Blues challenge - which is such fun 😁. Thanks again and wishing you a great day, stay warm! J 😊

  11. Those chameleons are so cute. This is a fun page.

  12. This is really cool. Love the gorgeous colors, the cool chameleons, and the innovative way you put everything together!!

  13. What a fun page and I LOVE those chameleons, they are just so cool and you've bought them to life with your colouring! Just gorgeous... Hugs

  14. This is so cool! It took me a second to realize that chameleons were arranged there so perfectly on your flower stems! How clever you are and I've said it before: that imagination of yours has no bounds and I love that about your art!

  15. Love the fabulous colors and the beautiful chameleon images on this page, Maura. Such a wonderful design! :)

  16. love your fun take on the challenge Maura and wow you have coloured the chameleons beautifully...hugs kath xxx

  17. Such a fun page, Maura! Love the chameleons, the look amazing! Hugs, Sandra


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