Monday, October 8

City of Rust

Hello Monday, my friends! We have a new challenge for you at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - CITYSCAPE. I decided to create my own rusty city.

Honored to have this chosen as a Splitcoast Favorites for the week of October 20th!!

I went with a rusty theme for my city, because in due time, much of the city will rust. Sometimes, they even design buildings to have a rusty appearance! 

I created a background paper for my buildings using watercolor paper and fall colors.

Next, I used Simon's Grid stencil and added grids in red. Cities are often built on grid systems, and buildings have grid layouts sometimes. 

I used a skewer and scribbled in some grafitti (intaglio) because after all, I bet we could find graffiti in any city we visited. 

I wanted to make it all darker, so rubbed on some distress ink (ground espresso) and spritzed it with water. 

Once the paper was completely dry, I started stamping with some of Seth's new designs, then cut them apart and laid them out into buildings. 

I used a couple of "junk" pages in my art journal. These are pages that at one time I cleaned off my brayer by rolling paint onto these pages. It is a great way to clean up excess paint, and have for future use. 
I laid out my buildings, then added some Rusty Car infusions which I let drip down. 

I added in some detail with a white pen - lighted windows and scribbly outlines. 

Rust Never Neil Young would sing. Cities never sleep, and would eventually rust away over time. (Not to worry, lots of time!!)

I had fun creating my cityscape by using stamps in a unique way. I hope I've inspired you to create your own cityscape, maybe using stamps, dies, stencils, paper...check your stash! One lucky participant will win a $50 voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp!


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  1. Fabulous journalling Maura!! I love how you made the houses, fabulous colours and textures!! A rusty city!! absolutely brilliant!! :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Oh my! This is a heavy industrial city on your pages. What a great rusty and rough look! Love the background looking like an almost night sky with rainy clouds mixed together with polution from the plants. Amazing scene! Hugs, Marzena

  3. This is just so awesome and genius, Maura! Love how you've put your rusty cityscape together. So imaginative and clever!

    Claudia xxx

  4. Very cool! I love the texture in the city scape pieces. I miss doing this stuff. I need to get back in the swing of things.

  5. You really are an eclectic artist! what I like the most is waiting to find out what you have created for our challenges every week! wonderful work with my favorite colors! Barbara

  6. love the gorgeous background and how you added so much detail to your rusty cityscape, hugs kath xxx

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  8. These are such fabulous journal pages, Maura. Love the beautiful cityscape you created, and the background is awesome. :)

  9. Wow, those buildings are so cool Maura!! I love all the different patters and the doodled details that you added. Beautiful!! Hugs!

  10. Fabulous page, Maura! Love the contrast of the background against the buildings! And the buidings are really amazing! Hugs, Sandra


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