Welcome back friends to a new week and a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is IN MY GARDEN. I do dream of my gardens in the winter, and start planning things in my head, pull out the gardening catalogs to peruse and collect ideas.
This week is Stacy's last week with us as our guest designer - she has shared some amazing projects with us. I know I have been inspired by her work and will be looking forward to more in the future. Be sure to pop in and say hi if you haven't had a chance to do it yet.
Art is my Winter Garden
Last night I had finished the background, and the blossoming woman, and set everything aside to dry. I knew I wanted to write something on my page, but hadn't come up with anything when I went to sleep. It came to me in the middle of the night, and I had to write it down so I wouldn't forget it by morning. Maybe this is why I keep reaching for the bright colors in the winter.
I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and set them aside. The stamp platform really helps me to get a "perfect" image.
I wanted to create a green background for the page, since it would be like my foliage in the garden. (I had gessoed the page previously.) I used a mix of Paper Artsy greens in both opaque and translucent greens to create some depth.
The Bo Bunny Mandala Garden stencil is quite thick and gives lots of texture, so I decided to mix the texture paste with my paints. I mixed the Fairy Wings with the paste for the large mandala, then added in some Opal Green-Gold and added the leaves.
Here you can see how thick it is. This, I definitely let dry overnight.
Here you can see the detail once dry.
I love the bright vivid colors in Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers! They are so fun to color with.
I played around with the blooms and earring trying to decide just how I wanted to lay her out.
I also decided to add a bit more green with a sprinkling of Dylusions ink spray.
I hand wrote my thought using Jane Davenport's Paint Over Pens and a white pen to make it pop a bit more.
So, what's in your garden at this time of the year? I hope I've inspired you to join us this week in our challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing how you interpret In My Garden.
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Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see the wonderful interpretations of our theme by the design team!