Friday, June 5, 2015

Shade Tree of Love

Here's my project for the Mixed Media challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge is to either use a hole in your project or to make something beautiful out of an "oops".  I chose Option #2.  This page is from my Art Journal.  I worked on this awhile ago.  It started out as my mixed media projects usually do...a little of everything.  The circles on the left where punched out of a baby shower invitation.  I was making a stencil but thought I'd use the circles too.  So I adhered them and then painted over them.  Sprayed some distressed ink and then drew circles around them.  The right side, I adhered some paper tickets that I had laying on my desk.  I didn't know what my plans were but it just seemed random enough to be cool.  Well, I was wrong.  I regretted it almost as soon as I put them down.  After throwing some paint, ink, sprays, stencils, etc, I still did not like what was happening.

I did however love the left side circles.  With the pink background it sort of looked like balloons in a pink sky.  I loved that and wanted to keep that side.  Now what....

Sky = tree now the tree idea.  So I cut out a "fluff" for the tree and adhered it.  Then I used a brown ink spot to just spread into a trunk.  I cut some branches and put them in the tree...hated it!  So then I decided to use punched hearts for the "leaves".  I grabbed my green scraps and punched away.  I glued the hearts within the tree.  Then I painted a watered down green acrylic paint wash over them.  Used a baby wipe to remove some of the paint to show the patterned paper.  Charcoal pencil for shading everything!

Then I grabbed some small stamps and started randomly stamping shapes as flowers on the bottom.  Used a doily as a stencil and randomly painted white acrylic.  I added some teal ink right above the "grass area" to add some blue to the sky because before that it was all pink.  I added the K+D in the heart on the tree trunk - FUN!

After all that, I decided it needed something on the left side.  I added the house.  The base is an old book page; roof is scrap paper and the red door.  Again, used charcoal pencil to shade.  I want to add a quote but I'm not sure what yet.  Oh, before I forget...I put the moustache down at the same time of the tickets.  I thought it adds a little humor and kept it there!

All ink is Stampin' Up!
Heart Punch is also SU!
Acrylic Paint is assortment
White Pen is Sigma (geez, is that the name??)


  1. This is great! I would never have thought to paint over something like the tickets, but it looks fantastic!

  2. This is so beautiful!! I love the amazing texture and the scene you've created!! It looks so gorgeous!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts


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