Monday, January 11

Pirate Dream

Welcome to Monday! Gray days, snow, chilly weather getting you down? Well, I have a "cure" for that - a glimpse into a pirate's tropical dream full of color. Color can do amazing things to your psyche!

This week we are all about stenciling. There are so many fabulous stencils and techniques you can use with them. It's fun to spray, ink, paint, emboss and then see what you have created! Stencils are great for backgrounds or focal points, and you can even make your own stencil! We are looking forward to seeing what you will create.

We have had a long string of gray days where I live, so when I started to think about working in my art journal, I found myself pulling out the bright paints. I also knew I wanted to work with my N*Studio stamps and stencils by Nathalie Kahlbach.

So, let's dig in to my process.

First step, embossing paste and stencils to get some dimension on the page.

Next step, paint over the page with some lovely bright colors.

Stamp some random designs using paint, adding another layer.

Add another stencil layer with metallic inka gold.

Tone it down a bit with some white paint.

Brighten it up again with a layer of bright turquoise paint and stamps.

This background is making me happy!

I found some old Graphic 45 papers (On the Boardwalk and Tropical Travelogue) in my stash with these great vintage bathing beauties. I like that they are in sepia tones against the bright background - it makes for a good contrast. Add a parrot, pineapple, some feathers and a bit of shine and doodle, and this is when I started thinking of pirates, beaches and the tropics.

One bathing beauty just wasn't enough, and this mischievous girl looked like she needed wings. Is it a pirate queen and her fairy helper? Is it a roguish pirate captain's dream of the next port? Well, I am going to leave it up to your imagination.

I had so much fun layering stencils, stamps and paints creating this! I am looking forward to seeing what you create with your stencils. Be sure to share it with us and you might be the lucky winner of a $50 voucher from Simon Says Stamp!



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  1. Gorgeous journal pages Maura! the colours and textures are awesome and the bathing beauties,,, beautiful :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Love the pictures and bright colours!

  3. Wow! Such an amazing journal spread, Maura! LOVE it to bits!

    Claudia xxx

  4. Stunning background!! Love the vibrant colors!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. What a fabulous layout and the background is amazing ~ this is a stunning piece of artwork, Maura! :)

  6. Amazing background and beautiful and fun image! love how you use bright colors! BArbarayaya

  7. Stunning pages, Maura! Love the color explosion and the girls look fabulous. Hugs, Sandra

  8. Hi Maura, I am in love with how you made this page!!! Colors are great and the whole composition is superb!
    X Zoey

  9. How charming and whimsical! The images are so quirky and fun and the colors and textures a perfect setting!

  10. Your journal pages are awesome, Maura. Love the great texture and beautiful colors. :)

  11. Pirates in the tropics? Ha ha haaaa! I'm so glad I'm not the only one to have fabulously random thoughts! And wow- what a great piece of art that resulted from your "pirate dreams." So clever and it really takes me to a whole different world. LOVE these colors and the whole thing is stunning!

  12. The colors and dimension are so fun and the idea behind it is quite imaginative!

  13. Such a fun idea Maura!! Love the vibrant textured background and all the wonderful colours.


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