The month is nearly over, but there is still some time left to participate in Viva Las VegaStamps august challenge. I let myself be inspired by these words from their inspiration post: bold, bright, intuitive, strong, women, feminine, artsy, splatter, script, polka dots, pink, teal, lime green, white,black, stencils. Last month I also ordered a bunch of stamps through their anniversary sale (free shipping and discount = me ordering 5 plates and some loose stamps!) so I have no excuse not to participate in this month's challenge as well ;)
I chose to do a spread in my mini art journal and I knew for the august challenge I wanted to use the Whimsical Lady Grey stamp from the last release a design by Mary Vogel Lozinac with a few from the Mixed Media plate from the april release. A full list of stamps and materials I used are listed below. Lady Grey looks like she could be starring in Bojack Horseman which I have been watching episodes of recently. Such a fun show! Anyhow, on to my art journal spread...
The size of my mini art journal is about pocket fieldnotes/moliskine size, but I chose to work on A5 size paper (120gms smooth project paper from Paperchase) on which I had already stamped the Artemio Silhouette flowers with Heroarts Ombre in neon pinks. I gave the flowers a bit of shadow and also stamped them with Staz-on Dove grey. I stamped lady grey, colored her in with letraset promarkers and masked her before adding more interest to the page with mixed media stamps and dylusions sprays and stencils.
I got inspired by the circle and handwritten text on the inspiration post so I wrote some "she was a dreamer, a champion and courageous" around the circle and paired it with the sentiment "she was a wildflower" text stamp. I also added some ink spatters with Liquitex inks in White and black on the edges of the page.
Time for the big reveal and I took off the mask from Lady Grey! I always love this part, and it doesn't look to shabby! I traced the sentiment with my faber castell Pitt artist pen and also underlined it. Then it was time to place the page in my journal!
After I sized up the spread, cut and glued it into place, I took out my distress crayons to give more interest to the page. I drew more circles around the circle stamps with pink, colored the plants with teal and green and added some grey accents near Lady Grey's feet so she looks a bit more "grounded". I also used white and grey crayons to try to make the wildflower sentiment pop out a bit. And then I decided I should actually put a wildflower on the page.
I thought that the Whimsical Seed pod from the same plate would make an excellent addition. Colored it in with Letraset promarkers in pinks, to make a contrast with the green and teal and adhered it to the piece. I use sticker paper for this so I would not have to use glue and that always works like a charm! To finish the piece I used the stitching lines stamp as a border in memento black. I'm really happy how the spread turned out and I'm loving the format/size of the mini journal a lot too :)
It was absolutely amazing and encouraging to have been chosen one of the VLVS July challenge winners! I am excited to see what fun stamps are in the grab bag they sent me :) Of course I hope to win again, but it's really fun just to get inspired and create something! I hardly use pinks in my work so this was a fun step out of my comfort zone. Here's the inspiration board and if you want to join in, just click the picture and add a link to your work on the challenge page :)
Artemio Silhouette Flowers
Stamppads: Memento black, Stazon eden green, forest green, cherry pink, black cherry, dove grey and stone grey, Heroarts Ombre pinks and greens
Dylusions sprays: turquoise and lemon zest
Stencil girl Starlight stencil
Liquitex INKS! in white and black
Distress Crayons: white, teal, pink, grey and green
Letraset promarkers to color in Lady Grey and Seed Pod
Faber Castell Artist Pitt Markers with Black India Ink.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!