Today over at Practical Scrappers, we are sharing some projects inspired by posts seen on Pinterest. Are you on Pinterest? If so I would love to connect with you there. Here’s a link to my boards, you can leave yours in the comments section.
Pinterest has become a fantastic way to gather images that inspire you and share your own projects and products in the hopes of inspiring others. I admit to losing myself a little bit when looking for said inspiration! Things like a 15 minute time limit are excellent tools to remember when surfing the internet!
For today’s post I created an art journal page. I’ve been horribly negligent of my 365 to 40 Art Journal!! With my 40th birthday now only 2.5 months away … I’d better get cracking!! Here’s my page.
This was my inspiration (click on the photo to be taken to the original post).
I loved both the colours used and the painting that the colours were pulled from. I thought the painting would make a great background texture for an art journal page but you could also use this as a background for a layout or card. That would look awesome!!
To get started I printed off my inspiration piece and searched in my Gelato stash for matching colours. The gold one on the far right was a design choice. I hoped it would add a bit of shimmer to the page instead of going with a flat yellow.
The next step was simple to scribble all over my page with my Gelato’s – following as best I could the colour placement in the inspiration piece.
I knew I needed to blend the colours to get the soft look from the original painting. Instead of using a paint brush and cup of water, I pulled out a water brush (from my Stampin’ Up days), filled the handle and got busy.
It wasn’t giving me the soft blended look I was trying to achieve so I spritzed it with a bit of water to see if that would help.
I admit that at this point it looked nothing like the inspiration piece and I was a tiny bit disheartened but … not to worry! I found a fix!!
I wondered what would happen if I dabbed at the page with a piece of paper towel. Voila! The soft blended look I had been trying to achieve revealed itself!
I love to watch Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday videos and she will sometimes try something new to her, not knowing how it will look and when it does work – usually better than she’d hoped – she lets out this giddy laugh. It’s so much fun to listen to! Anyway, I think I may have let out one of those myself a couple times while creating this page. Once here when the paper towel magically gave me the look I’d be going for, and another later when I accidentally stamped an image on the page that I wasn’t intending to use but loved it so much I added it all over the page. Those would be all the polka dots I’m talking about!! 🙂
Here is a close up of the word ‘FLY’. I used a Post-it note to cover half of the butterfly stamp at a time so I could get just one wing on each side of the word.
I did more stamping – love how it’s all imperfect! I also punched some small butterflies out of some Crate Paper vellum to add more colour, texture and whimsy.
The last thing I did was splatter the page with some watered down white acrylic paint. I keep it in an old Mister Huey bottle and decided to try spraying it on the page this time instead of shaking it from the nozzle. It was totally messy and I did use my paper towel to soak up some of the excess but I love the added texture.
Here’s another look at the page.
Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out the other Pinterest Inspired projects at Practical Scrappers and then leave me a comment with your Pinterest user name so we can connect and inspire each other. Now I’ve got a more mundane canvas to paint – my middle daughter’s bedroom! She has chosen a very vivid blue … hope she likes it!!
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!