Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Other Creations: January Blues Collage

Welcome back to our active challenges for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!  And what better theme to start off with than "January Blues"?  LOVE the color blue in all of its variations, but the post-holiday sense of blah-ness that sometimes comes can be quite a downer.  So I thought, why not explore a true "blue" feeling with this week's piece?  So here it is, expressing a sentiment that is true of me all too often:


I started this piece with an 8x8 white canvas which I painted with black gesso.  This was my first time using black gesso and I found it perfect for this project!  After I'd gessoed it, I covered it with horizontal swipes of blue acrylic paint.  Then I went to those fantastic go-to inks from Dylusions: Black Marble, London Blue and Calypso Teal.  I sprayed them across the top of the canvas and let them drip and get messy.  Note!  Be sure to put your canvas on top of something that will absorb the dripping ink.  I used an old rag that I put on top of aluminum foil.  While the canvas was still a bit wet, I wiped some of the acrylic paint away to reveal black gesso smudges underneath.  Here's a close-up of some of those delicious drips:


When everything was dry, I added some black raindrops with black ink and a stencil.  I stuck on some white alphabet stickers to spell out my sentiment, but they looked a bit stark against the dark background.  I rubbed over the edges of the letters with a little Black Soot distress ink that I applied with a sponge so they'd blend a bit better.  To finish it off, I added a scraggly piece of black yarn to the left side that hung down to resemble more rain.


For me, it's easy to memorialize light and whimsical things to keep me edified.  And that is good!  But it's also nice to just put the truth out there sometimes, too.  And this is one truth that I will look at often to try to help me improve on it.

I made this piece with these dandy supplies from Simon Says Stamp:




So what will you come up with for this week's theme?  I can't wait to see your geniusness in action, so be sure to enter the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for your chance to win fifty big bucks to spend any way you want at Simon Says Stamp!50dollar_voucher_600px

15 comments:

  1. Very cool piece Andrea! Great black and blue background.

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  2. awesome contrast! love those drips!

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  3. Andrea...your blue canvas is awesome! I love the runs of different hues of blue that you've achieved on this piece. The sentiment really works well on this and I think you and I are cut from the same cloth when you say that this sentiment sums up your feelings about yourself a lot of the time! <3 Candy

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  4. Awesome project!
    This really hits me on many different levels. Aesthetically, it’s hauntingly beautiful. But it’s that sentiment that really packs a punch. Yes, sometimes you have to tell the truth. And sometimes it’s difficult. I think you’ll find that your words ring true for many people. (myself included!) Thank you for braving saying what so many others feel. That itself is beautiful.

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  5. Properly bluesy in look and in sentiment - deeply fabulous!
    Alison x

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  6. Hi Andrea , love your canvas, using black gesso in the background works so well against the blue and I love the drips too. It has quite an ethereal feel to it which I love. Gorgeous. Tracy x

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  7. Wow, this is gorgeous! Especially the meaning behind it! Love the black Gesso with the blue on top. So dramatic, really fitting for the feeling you're creating. Hugs, Sandra

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  8. Cool canvas & I love the sentiment!!


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  9. This is beautiful and great sentiment. Its inspired me to paint over black and see what happens!

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  10. Love the underlying black! The design is perfect for the shades of blue and your sentiment! Sometimes the fears(black) sneak through.

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  11. Such a gorgeous creation, Andrea. I love the beautiful color blending on the background and the great sentiment. :)

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  12. Totally cool! Great use of dylusions inks!!!! BArbarayaya

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  13. Gorgeous Andrea! Love the beautiful shades of blue!

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  14. This is an awesome canvas

    peggy x

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  15. Yes ... that was never good :) Wow! Love the drips ... a very visceral piece. -- Mary Elizabeth

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