Happy Monday, my crafting friends! Our challenge for you this week is NAUTICAL at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Don't forget our Summer Vacation Kids Challenge this month!
I thought of the ocean when I saw Nautical and headed to my big art journal. I was thinking about the deep ocean and the creatures that live there, that we sometimes find kind of scary. I wanted to make the bottom in dark colors to reflect that, while making it bright and happy closer to the surface.
"Who knows what lurks in the depths?"
I used the same colors to paint my backgrounds, both on the watercolor paper and in the journal. I stenciled in some texture by removing some of the paint with a baby wipe.
I remembered this great fish fossil stencil and thought it would make a great border, as well as incorporating it into my piece. (Perhaps I remembered it because my son and I had a fossil hunting adventure yesterday...) I mixed the Inky Pool paint and the Texture Paste together to get the dark blue.
Time to pull out the MISTI to get great stamped images.
I used Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks to color. I wanted my deep sea creatures in dark (and kind of ugly) colors.
Time for some fussy cutting...and the octopus was a challenge!
Laying the papers together...
I added the deep sea creatures with 3D Matte Gel to hold the heavy watercolor paper onto the background.
Then I added the bright surface mermaid and critters and added some sparkle.
Life can be very different on the ocean's surface than in its depths, I imagine!
I hope you've enjoyed my Nautical take on this week's challenge and are ready to join us in the fun!
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Let's head on over to the challenge to see how the rest of the team has interpreted this week's challenge!