Monday, April 17

Simon Says: Splash it On!

Hello Monday! Welcome friends to a brand new challenge this week - Splash it On! We are all about water, using water, splash it on and share with us! 

I chose to play with water in my big art journal this week, and have been waiting for the chance to use my new sea turtle stencil from Stencil Girl. 

To start my pages, I decided to use this page in my art journal I had started long ago and finally finish it. Lots of layered paint, stencils where I rubbed the paint out, and lovely drips where I thinned the paint with water and dripped it down. 

If you are stuck on inspiration, sometimes it helps to just create some backgrounds in your art journal, play and have fun...then they are there when you need to pull something out!

I experimented with mixing a bit of Dylusions spray with texture paste to get the green for the sea turtles, rather than going in and painting it once it had dried. I only added a few drops which was plenty, I don't think you would want to add much liquid or it would become too "soupy."

Two sea turtles done with the texture paste and strips of Media Tape I tore and added to the plant stencils at the bottom. 

Colored up the strips with a few Distress Crayons.

Stenciled in some bubbles with the Simon Says Stamp Ring Cluster and Turquoise. 

I also used texture paste and the Tim Holtz Splash layering stencil at the top of the pages. Once dried, I colored them with the distress crayons, and then added Inka Gold to that area and the turtles.  It's easy enough to rub in with your fingers, but a sponge could be used also.

"every day is a chance to change your life" - I came across this quote (unknown) and loved the positive message. 

Working at my desk and adding in the finishing touches - white pen around the letters to "pop" them, a sprinkle of 28 Lilac Lane Rainbow Unicorn sequins, and outlining the turtles with a graphite pencil, then going in with a brush and some water.

This week we celebrate Earth Day, and I love that our theme this week is water, since most of the Earth is covered with it. I've been thinking a lot about the Earth lately and that we share it with so many unique and diverse forms of life...such as the sea turtles...

...and going along with those thoughts, I wanted a positive and hopeful message, because each day we do make choices that have an impact on ourselves and all species we share this planet with. 

Happy Earth Day! 

Now it's your turn to splash in the waters of creativity! I hope I've inspired you, and you are ready to join the challenge and share your work! I am looking forward to it.

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Wondering what all that splashing is over at the challenge? Me too! The DT is splashing inspiration and creativity, so be sure to check it out!


  1. Your underwater background is beautiful, Maura. I love the elements of purple you used. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  2. What a gorgeous journal spread Maura!! I love the background you started out with and the green turtles are wonderful. All the extra touches and textures, such as the sequins look amazing. And I love the white outlining of the letters.

  3. This journal spread is fantastic Maura, I love the quote and the color you used!
    You rock my friend!! x

  4. This underwater scene is fantastic. I love your brave and vibrant background and the light rays which seems to be a sun going through the water. Great effect. Hugs, Marzena.

  5. This journal spread is beautiful, Maura….

  6. Gorgeous, Maura!! Love the colors and sequin bubbles and sentiment :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Gorgeous underwater scene Maura 😍❤️ I love the shimmmer and colors, so pretty 😍

    Lols x x x

  8. Love your beautiful journal pages, Maura. The colors on the background are fantastic! Love the awesome texture and the great sentiment, too. :)

  9. Fabulous vivid colours and that gilded turtle is wonderful!
    Alison x

  10. You've achieved such an amazing vibrancy to these wonderful pages, Maura and the texture and detail looks fantastic! I just love everything about your project and the sentiment, well...that's perfect! Hugs <3

  11. amazing project Maura...gorgeous colours and I love your texture paste turtles...hugs kath xxx

  12. Your background is absolutely stunning! I'm in awe! The turtle is superb and I love how you used Simon's stencil Ring Cluster, now it's on my wish list! Barbara


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