Saturday, 29 September 2018

Smile | Art & Soul September Challenge

Hi everyone!
Popping in today with an extra share for you - this one inspired by this month's challenge at Art & Soul Studio. As soon as I saw this mood board, I was immediately attracted to it when I saw "put a butterfly on it". (Those that know me know how much I love butterflies!)

Here's a look at the board...

The challenge criteria were to create an art journal page, a card or a scrapbooking layout. Use the mood board however you want but you must add a butterfly somewhere and as these challenges are sponsored by Art and Soul Studio please make sure that you use at least one product that is available from the store

I took my initial inspiration from the colours in the board, putting an emphasis on blue tones, with just enough orange for contrast. I also took inspiration from the flowers and tree branches, adding some floral pieces and leaves to my page. And of course, there are plenty of butterflies!

I started my page using a sheet of patterned paper from the 13@rts 'Until Dawn' collection. (I so love the blue tone of this paper - the fact it was wood grain was a bonus!)
I then added some acrylic paint to my background. I started with Flutterby Designs 'Arctic White' Flutter Colour paint, applied with a brayer. I then applied some Dina Wakley acrylic paints over the top - first 'Cheddar' using a brush, before adding a little 'Peacock' using my brayer again.  

Next, I added some Colour Blast 'Singin' the Blues' Colour Paste and applied it through my StencilGirl 'Urban Insiders Bar' stencil (designed by Seth Apter). I then went back with some more acrylic paint - this time Dina Wakley 'Night', which I mixed with water to make a watercolour, then applied some near the top of the page and allowed it to run down. I also splattered the excess around my page.

Now it was time for some stamping! I decided to combine some of my old favourites with some new stamps that were yet to get dirty. 
I started with the dash of colour paint splat stamp from 'Aall & Create set #28', stamping it in several spots around my page. I then used my Viva Las VegaStamps 'Gossamer Butterfly - large' and stamped it on either side of the page, (so that only half of it would be showing once I added my photos.) I also used my VLVS 'Butterfly Specimans' stamp and stamped it twice along the central line of my page. 

Next, I took a sheet of paper from the 13@arts 'Until Dawn' 6x6" paper pad. I fussy cut a floral piece from the paper, before using the remainder to stamp out some sketchy style leaves using a Dyan Reavley stamp. I then positioned the flowers and leaves on my page before adding some messy cotton thread and my photos on top. I added the Jen Hadfield 'Smile' puffy sticker directly onto my photo for my page title. 

At this point I decided my page need some more butterflies, so I pulled out one of my stunning new rolls of washi tape purchased recently from Chiyogami Designs. The one I used was called 'Wide Beautiful Butterflies 30mm' and I simply tore off individual butterflies and placed them around my page. I also added a few torn pieces of another washi I got from Chiyogami - a blue, grunge / mixed media style tape (no idea of style name, sorry).

I then stamped the chin up princess or the crown slips quote from Aall & Create set #41. (I thought it worked well with the selfie theme of the page - everyone knows chins up, right?)

The last butterfly I added was a random glittered sticker I had lurking in my stash (not sure of brand - it might have been from a cheap shop?) I also added some Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild at Heart' blue glitter enamel dots. 

To finish off my page I added some splatters of Colour Blast 'Barley' Colour Artist Ink and some Dylusions 'White Linen' Ink Spray.

Here is a list of products I used that are currently available at Art & Soul Studio (linked):

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you would like to check out all the details of this challenge, head to the Art & Soul blog HERE
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

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