Monday, April 30

Time Out

Hello Monday, my friends! We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - TIME OUT.  Share with us anything time related! 

I know you have enjoyed our guest designer this month, Paula Roomer! be sure to stop by her blog and leave her a note. It's been wonderful having you with us this month with your awesome creations, Paula. I wish you the best, and look forward to your creative inspiration.

I headed to my big Dylusian's Art Journal for this challenge. I wanted to combine images of time, like fossils (Joggles), clocks (Visible Image), infinity (Seth's Spinner circle stencil) and build layers for my Time After Time spread from the Past to the Future

I started with a junk page in my art journal. I often will add leftover paint, inks, or sprays to a blank page, and come back to it for a future project.  I think I was using these Frozen Fractals in the winter, but they will work here too.

I started with a layer of translucent paints over the page, so the fractals would also be visible.

Next layer: Simon's Grid stencil and Guacamole which I sponged in randomly.

Now, time for Simon's Medium Dot stencil and Caribbean Sea. Again, I sponged this into random areas of the page.

I have this cute little ATC stencil, but I made it work on this large page, by sponging the design, and going back in with part of a fossil and matching it up to finish it. 

Many layers of paint and images...

I needed a contrasting color, so headed to orange, and stenciled several of these Spinner unity circles on the page.

Next, I laid the stencil back down over the dry image, misted it with water, then sprinkled Infusions over the stenciled area.  I added a bit more of the infusions randomly on the page.

I've left a large area open in the center for my stamped images.

Next up is stamping. Black archival ink works well, and I just hold the stamps and press them down, no need for blocks.

I decided I wanted the stamped areas to stand out more, and brushed in a bit of Terracotta paint to add some contrast. I also used a white Posca paint marker and went around areas I wanted to draw the eye to. 


Falling through time from the past to the present, time after time...

Are you thinking about your idea for our Time Out challenge now? I hope you will join us in this week's fun and creative challenge! Remember, one participant will be randomly drawn for the generous $50 voucher from our friends at Simon Says Stamp!


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  1. Fabulous art journal page Maura :-) I love the background, the colours and colour layering are gorgeous and the couple falling through time are awesome! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Great to see how this came together. Love how the infusions look and the color combinations really pop.

  3. Neat project, Maura! I love the green & blue color combo and all of the layers of texture!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  4. Love how the rust pops against the vivid blues and greens - this is so cool!
    Alison x

  5. I love the colour combination of this project, those blues and greens with the pop of rust are just perfect, creating a wonderful project full of details to look at! Hugs xx

  6. Beautiful page! I love the green background with the rusty elements you created - amazing 😀. Wishing you a happy new month! J 😊 x

    1. I hope you don't mind if I add you to my Inspirations list on the sidebar of my blog? Many thanks J x

    2. I would be honored Jo!

  7. Such a cool page with so many layers! I love how you used the Infusions together with the stencil here, and the fossils in the background look amazing. Hugs!

  8. Love this journal page Maura! Gorgeous grungy layers!!!

  9. Oh, Maura! I once again wish we were neighbors so we could borrow each others' products! Every time I see the clever things you do with a certain stamp or medium, I put it on my "acquisitions list"! I really like how you used the Seth stencil here and as usual, I admire your imagination and mastery of colorful grunge!

  10. Love your fantastic journal page, Maura. The colors and patterns you created are awesome. :)

  11. amazing art journal page Maura, love the colour palette and that man falling through time is a genius addition, hugs kath xxx

  12. Stunning page Maura! The way you use Seth's stencil is outstanding! love it! BArbara

  13. This is cool, Maura! Love the vibrant background and the rusty looking spinners. Hugs, Sandra

  14. The way you use those paints everytime amazws me!!! Love this page Maura!!


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