Monday, December 9

Simon Says: Stars!

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome to our STARS challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Isn't this a great quote from Darkroom Door? I definitely follow this, looking for those rainbows and stars. 

I headed to my art journal for this week's challenge, and the black Dylusions journal seemed perfect. But, I did decide to work on watercolor paper with the gel plate and then put the pages in. I wanted to focus on the night sky in my journal, thinking of all the stars out there. Of course, you could interpret this theme in a totally different way!

I wanted to create a dark background for the night sky, but also include some metallic. I usually just blend my colors right on the gel press with the brayer. 

First pull off the plate...

Second pull...

Next, I mixed some metallics on the round gel press and used the sun stencil. 

I like how it looks against the darker background. 

I like to layer colors and designs, so on one side of the journal, I am layering over the sun stencil.

Then, I layered a compass rose over that. I was thinking of how we use a compass to find the stars, as well as thinking about the North star. 

 I stamped the quote and Cosmos onto watercolor paper and colored with Tombow markers and blended with a waterbrush. 

I made my own star patterns and cut them out of the metallic paper to add to the pages. 

Final layer, a sprinkle of Infusions over the pages.

Details, details, details...

So, be sure to look for both the rainbows and the stars! My son and I were standing outside one clear night looking up at the stars and Milky Way, and some meteors - talk about awe inspiring!

I hope I've inspired you to join us this week in our Star challenge! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 shopping voucher at their fabulous store. Could be you!


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I have to tell you, I truly feel like I am working with stars on this team! They are so talented and amazing! Be sure to see how they interpreted this week's challenge. 


  1. Goregous art journal pages Maura, the galaxy background is just fabulous! I love the colours and sentiment, so beautiful :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Your art journal spread is stunning Maura! I love all the shades of colors, stars and gold elements. That saying is great too. Hugs!

  3. Can't really add anything different to the other ladies, but I love the pretty grungy-ness of the pages and my favourite colours too xx

  4. Perfectly wonderful starry colors! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Your art journal spread is stunning Maura! I love all the shades of colors, stars and gold elements. That saying is great too. Hugs!
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