Monday, March 18

Tiny Houses

Hello Monday my friends! Hope you have had a lovely week wherever you are. We still have a lot of snow here, so it's fun to create a bright project. Our challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is - MINIATURE/TINY THINGS. 

I remember as a child, I would lay on the ground and look closely at all the living things hidden in the grass or leaves. I was fascinated watching the ant trails, or lifting a piece of rotten wood and finding all kinds of critters living in it. And then...I would let my imagination free.

I headed to my art journal with some of Andrea Ockey Parr's stamps along with a wonderful nature set from Paper Artsy to create my miniature world.

I started with a thick layer of opaque paint...

then closed the pages to get this lovely texture. I will admit it took quite awhile to dry.

Then I stamped in some dots.

Next layer, a mix of opaque and semi transparent in blue tones. I wiped some of it back with a baby wipe. 

Next, I stenciled the eyes in copper. I wanted it to look as though someone was peering down into this miniature world. I also added a few blobs of paint below, closed the pages to get some more texture. 


Meanwhile, I stamped and painted my images on watercolor paper, then fussy cut them out. I also stenciled on some leaves, again trying to create the feeling of the scene being tiny. 

BTW, are you as fascinated with the tiny house movement as I am? I continually find myself drawn to the maybe I could build one for an art studio, or a getaway for times I need to be alone, or as guest house. Oh, the stuff of dreams!

I was trying to create a sense of scale for the tiny house by adding in the mushroom and snail.

On this page, I couldn't resist adding maple seed wings to Andrea's bird.

Sometimes you have to look closely to see the hidden worlds!

Are you ready to create something tiny? I hope I've inspired you with my art journal pages to join us this week. One lucky participant will be drawn at random to win a $50 shopping voucher from our super generous friends at Simon Says Stamp! 


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The design team has gone miniature this week, creating tiny things, so be sure to head on over to get a wonderful dose of inspiration!


  1. Oh Maura!how cute is this!! I love this journal spread! the background and whole design of this is such fun! absolutely gorgeous! :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. I didn't notice the eyes until double looking!!! LOVE that! So fun with these houses, and colorful...makes for happiness!

  3. WOW! I love the eyes peeking into this magical world! Beautiful layers of dimension and design~

  4. Gorgeous journaling, Maura! I love the pop of bright colors! : )

    Simon Says Stamp

  5. Oh gosh, I see you got quite inky while making the background, right? But I think it was worth the effort cause the tecture is great. Love the scene and the giant eyes above. Hugs, Macarena

  6. What fabulous whimsical pages Maura, love Andrea's stamps (that roller skating bird always makes me smile!) and love the eye stamped at the top of the page, super detail! Thanks so much for sharing, Deb xo

  7. another awesome art journal spread Maura! you are rocking at these!!!

  8. Love your wonderful journal pages, Maura. The big eyes and those tiny images are fantastic! :)

  9. Maura-- I have to tell you! When I saw this, I wanted to reach through the computer screen and give you a great big hug! I feel so honored that you make my stuff look so dang good! Your imagination brings any craft supply to life and I would adore this journal spread whether you'd used my stamps or not. It is SO CLEVER. I didn't even notice the eyeballs at first (I was too busy being giddy about how many of my stamps you used in such cool ways) and then when I did see the eyeballs, I loved the concept so much of someone peeking in on a tiny world. It brought me back to childhood when I would read books about fairies and The Littles. Thank you again for giving me your support and for the joy of seeing how you work your magic week after week!

  10. a stunning project my friend, love all those colourful elements hugs kath xxx

  11. Wonderful pages, Maura! So fun and colorful! Hugs, Sandra

  12. Amazing pages! fresco paints are so fabulous and you use them for your wonderful background! thanks for step by step, so helpful!Barbara


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