Monday, November 20, 2017

My Other Creations: Art Journal Spread Using Donna Downey's Dandelion Pods Stencil

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is, "Tear it Up."  I went with a collage approach where I tore up some pictures and patterned paper, then did some painting and stamping and stenciling.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm not sure I love this end result.  I feel like it's a little too all-over-the-place.  But such is the battle with collage.  You add and add and add and even then, you sometimes don't quite reach the end vision you had in mind.  The part of this collage that I like the most is that record-player pic, which had nothing to do with me!

I started out by gluing some magazine pictures to the journal I made in my last post.  I don't know who to credit for the photos, which I love.  The white journal paper was cheap, so I ended up having to reinforce the pages by gluing them down on Strathmore Mixed Media paper when I was done.

Next I painted around the photos with acrylic paint (Dina Wakley and Prima Impasto brands).

It's kind of a blur from here-- I glued down some patterned paper, then sprayed on some Dylusions Ink Spray and added some Brusho crystals.  Things got drippy and messy and I wasn't liking it.  When it all dried, I stamped some circles onto it with Tim Holtz's Halftone and Rings stamp set and painted white inside them.

I wasn't loving it at this point, so frustration led me to cut off and replace 75% of the left page.  I patched in more patterned paper and re-did the painting and stamping to add that part of the page back on.  Then I stenciled over both pages with Donna Downey's Dandelion Pods stencil and black paint.  I painted the insides of the circles green.

I made a Washi tape collage and cut circles out of it and glued them into the centers of the circles.  That made it look better-ish.  I also stenciled some black pixel shapes on using Stencilgirl's Pixels stencil.  I tacked on some more Washi for good measure.  Here's a close-up of the left side.

And here's a close-up of the right side:

If nothing more, this project proves that we end up liking some of our creations more than others!  I do like some parts of this, so I'll take it as a win.

Here are the supplies I used (which I do love) that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm excited to see how you tear it up this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to earn $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store.

19 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this Andrea!! the step by step photos are fabulous, it is such a thrill to see your whole process :-) The whole design of this is so artsy and awesome!! GORGEOUS!! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. Colorful as always! Love this explosion of colors and the bold black stencil as a contrast. The background could have been made only by you :-) Hugs, Macarena

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  3. Great detail, color and layers!

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  4. Wow, it looks so dreamy. I loved each version! I was just thinking of doing a journal page with some old magazine photos from last year's Christmas of things I particularly loved! Thanks for showing me the way! I love the way it makes me feel when I see the whole layout and I am completely mesmerized but all the little details!

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  5. Andrea I love this! It all come together perfectly with the bold colorway and black. Being a vinyl collector and love of turntables this just spoke to me. Love how you used the circle as if they were tiny records.You've now inspired me to do a vinyl layout canvas. Love all the details. Super creation!

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  6. Yay for bright colors and dandelion pops!! Andrea, your collage came out so beautifully, and you always find ways to include words, of course! It's like the dandelions each show a glimpse into a little world. hugs, Maura

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  7. this is brilliant Andrea!! I am such a fan of your style and color play. Well done-again!

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  8. Wow, what amazing journal pages! They are so bright and cheery with all those beautiful colours and I loved seeing how incorporated the magazine images too - wonderful 😁. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

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  10. Andrea - my one word for all of your art and not just this piece - STUNNING - you have much patience in re-doing/fixin and such - I too like the record player added to your beautiful art - always a delight to stop by and view your work

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  11. Absolutely love the final result Andrea, your project is amazing! Love the dandelions and the pics you used are perfect ! Barbara

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  12. Your depth of colors are always amazing, Andrea! I love the dandelion stencil and the way you used it on your pages. This is amazing!

    Cathie ♥

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  13. Another bright, bold and vivid piece of art which is simply stunning! I absolutely love this Andrea...it's just a wonderful project! :)

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  14. I like the colors and circles...but I do see what you mean about "all over the place"... it's like your eyes don't know where to go or where to rest.

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  15. I think this ended up so cool Andrea. I love the vibrant colors and the circles, and the record player photo is really nice.

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  16. Love fabulous colors and the great patterns! Such a wonderful design, Andrea. :)

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  17. it's amazing as always, love the bright bold colours and so much to see..love all the different pics you added to draw the eye in...hugs kath xxx

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  18. These pages are stunning, Andrea! Love to see the creative process and how fun to use magazine pictures as a starting point for an art journal spread! Love the bold colors and use of black! Hugs, Sandra

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  19. I am absolutely in love with the way you transform things, you have the ability of turning GOLD everything!!!!

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