Are you ready for some fun in the sun? I know I am, so I was happy to see the mood board my fellow DT member Irena Stefanova chose for the May challenge at Mixed Media World. Sand and surf, sunshine and denim, this mood board will inspire you slip into your summer cutoffs and grab a tube of Cerulean Blue!
My memories of the ocean come to me in waves of sound, so I decided to create a piece called "Beach Music'. I began by laying down some background texture: gesso, shelf liner and modeling paste. I had just recently watched this video by the wonderful Keren Tamir in which she demonstrated stamping on modeling paste. Inspired by this technique, I used an old rubber stamp with various sizes of dots to press 'bubbles' into the 'surf'.
Color came next. I started with DecoArt Acrylics to establish the color base and then applied Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays and Paper Artsy's Infusions to the wet acrylic paint. While my canvas was drying, I began working on my embellishments. The frame was weathered using DecoArt products: Americana acrylic paint, 1-Step Crackle Clear Glaze and white Antiquing Cream.
I treated the tag and the cardstock for the 'Beach Music' title with Distress Oxides and aged the edges with Distress Ink. The cheesecloth, sheet music and art stones were tinted with the leftover oxides and inks on my craft mat. I tore a strip from some denim fabric and frayed the edges before gluing it around the outside edges. Jute was then wrapped around the denim layer and adhered.
Lindy's Flat Fabio in 'Sidewalk Chalk' provided the 'sea spray' to my denim sides and the top of the canvas. My goodies, including the beautiful seashell, were arranged and attached to the project.
One last detail: a tiny starfish relaxing on the beach...in a bottle cap.
I hope you enjoyed our little outing to the seashore. And also take a trip to YouTube and subscribe to Keren Tamir's channel by clicking here. Trust me, she has so many great tutorials to share!
See you next time!
DecoArt Americana Acrylics: 'Desert Sand', 'Vintage' Chalky Finish, 'Renaissance Brown' Dazzling Metallics
DecoArt Media: 'Titanium White' Antiquing Cream; 1-Step Crackle Clear Glaze
Paper Artsy: Infusions in 'Royal Blue', 'In the Navy' and 'Sleight Blue'
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays: 'Clam Bake' Starburst; 'Sidewalk Chalk' Flat Fabio
Ranger: Distress Ink in 'Vintage Photo' and 'Clear'; Distress Oxides in 'Vintage Photo' and 'Faded Jeans'; Adirondack embossing powder in 'Denim'
Prima: Art Basics Modeling Paste, 3D Gloss Gel and Art Stones
Ken Oliver Crafts: PEGz Stamp Set 'Uppercase Alphabet'
Canvas, white gesso, shelf liner, dots rubber stamp, denim, jute, cheesecloth, sheet music, fish net, frame, cardboard, cardstock, bottle cap, sand, starfish charm and a seashell