25 September, 2019

Arty Divas 24 September DT Project

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 5 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is Artsystamper
Artsy's Etsy Store

Since there is still a week of September remaining, I'm still using sketches which are the "product focus" of the month at Rediscover Your Stash as I have mentioned before.  Mojo Monday is a great place to start for cards.  I felt that I could make the current sketch work with the mermaid image.

I used Inktense pencils to colour her since I could get into small areas. The colouring looked better before I added the background in, but that's what happens sometimes! 🤷

I did want to colour the background somehow since the watercolour paper is a cream and the patterned paper (from Pink Paislee Summer Lights) I used is most definitely a white based pattern. 

Shimmer and sparkle reminds me of mermaids and I had a small pot of Finnabair acrylic paint in "Unicorn Hair".  Since it's very gold, opaque and thicker than I wanted, I diluted it with both water and a couple of shades of blue Distress Stain.  It did give a reasonably good oceanic greenish blue.  The different layers of shimmer in the paint is also nothing quite like I've seen before!  I diluted a little bit more with just water and splattered some with a paintbrush.  It looks and feels like molten metal! 😍

Overall, it's not quite how I imagined, but isn't that always the way with me? 🤣

I had to reverse the sizes of the circles to accomodate my larger (and more oval) mermaid image, but the smaller circle behind her seemed to be a good place for the sentiment.  This one by Reverse Confetti appeared perfect in size and shape as well as feeling  hoped to evoke.

The mermaid is adhered with Permanent Glue Dots to fun foam since the strong pull of even flattened watercolour paper tends to cause regular adhesive to come away.  I added more to the sticky side just for good measure!

The placement of the horizontal band is slightly different.  I had some sparkly ribbon in aqua, and I distressed the ends so they would fray and add some texture. 

Glue Dots to both sides of the bits of ribbon held it in place just under the circles.

Kind Heart Fierce Mind Brave Spirit Card

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you come back and participate in our challenge!

Love and shimmery stamping!