I've created this 8x8"sample for the Reader Art Quest: Beautiful Beach. You, as a UPA reader, are encouraged to create something beach themed in any type of paper craft or mixed media project and link up your unruly work at UPA between July 1 and July 25. Don't forget voting for the top five projects takes place between July 26 and July 31.
As I walk along the ocean front, I feel like I'm walking back in time. Does this place really exist or is it just a figment of my imagination?
A few things to explain my composition:
1) I created the marbled paper in a workshop and wanted to incorporate it in this piece because of the water technique used to create it--perfect for a water themed month. I chose this particular paper because the pink looked to me like rays of sunlight on an early morning summer day. The rest reminded me of white caps and ocean waves.
2) In selecting products, I chose muted colors to give a feel of a weather-worn beach retreat. I wanted the two images to evoke a ghostly quality--children of another era still appearing to play on the beach (if you squint really hard in the sunlight, you'll see them)--so I chose a pale color to stamp with--my new favorite, Crumb Cake. To catch the sunlight, I added a little sparkle and bling with the embellishments.
3) I kept the composition to a minimum in order to keep the focus on the design in the paper itself.
hand crafted Spanish marbling paper made in a Prairie Stampers Club workshop
Tim Holtz Alterations Artful Dwellings die
Adirondack Lake Mist acrylic paint dabber
Ranger Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass
Ranger Picket Fence Distress Stain
German Dresden Border Fleur BROWN (from Retro Cafe Art)
Sissex embossing folder for roof
Sissex Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder "wood" for the sign
Rogue Red Head Designs LLC Beach Babes stamp plate
Stampin' Up Crumb Cake Ink
Images and sign elevated with Stampin' Up Dimensionals (pop dot adhesives)
Unidentifiable Manufacturers products:
white corrugated cardboard (Michaels I think)
netting trim and rope fishnet from old scrapbook kits
German dresden fish, crystal sprigs, and specialty stamping paper all from Prairie Art Stamps store in Springfield, IL
pearl/crystal strip from a box store (Michaels I think)
If you'd like to learn more about paper marbling and see the process in action, you may want to check out this You Tube video. I couldn't find any information on the man (John) who taught our workshop, but came across this interesting video.
This project is my second entry in this challenge:
Craft Room: Friendship