Birds & Words

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Layering Stencil: Paint Resist


Challenge #31.  Thirty one.  Three.  One.  That is a LOT of art!!

Great technique challenge this time that lends itself to all kinds of mixed media applications.  I thought I was going to do a card then thought I'd do a tag.  I ended up doing an art journal page using my tag.

Page 47 of Compendium of Curiosities III is where you'll find simple instructions for this technique.  Inspiration Emporium is our sponsor this challenge with an incredibly generous $50 gift certificate.  The Curiosity Crew choice wins an awesome cache of crafting gear from Sir Tim Holtz and his able assistant, Mario Rossi.  Check out all the guidelines you'll want to know about to be eligible for to win on Linda Ledbetter's blog.  Be SURE to leave some love on my Curiosity sisters blogs!!  

I used Scattered Straw and Bundled Sage Distress Paints with Typo, Wildflower, Numbering, and Gothic Layering Stencils.  Victorian Velvet and Wild Honey are my Distress Ink choices.  And Vintage Photo.  Always Vintage Photo.





I was surprised and happy to find the Distress Paint resisted drips of Distress Spray Stain!!  I keep adding more and more touches of black, it looked great against the lighter, earthy colors.



I wrote my quote on an earlier version of right page and just blew it.  The stenciling made the background too busy and the writing got lost.  


This is the best, most funnest thing about art journaling to me.  You can gesso and paint over anything.  The mistakes often make the thing that you love the most, in the end.  I found this quote which I really loved.  I've been thinking about it for a while and really appreciated this chance to use of for an art journal page.  Dina Wakley's Fude Ball pens from Ranger are so great for art journaling, they write on anything!!  Very smooth and fluid.

I hope you have FUN with this tech!!  Go get painty!!

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Soooooo......  how was your week?

Mine was a little crazy.  Actually the last two weeks.  On June 8 my husband went out for a sort hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, which is about 15 minutes from our house.  I got a call from him that afternoon that he had broken his ankle and needed help.  The short story is the Park Ranger Search and Rescue team (heroes!!!!) searched for him for six hours.  Once they found him, it took them over eight hours to get him back to the trailhead where I was waiting at 2 am to take him directly to the hospital.  Surgery that afternoon and then home by 7 pm.

It is still so surreal!!  If you're interested, you can read about it here.


I didn't really get to comment on your art for the last challenge and for that I apologize.  BUT my huz is doing really, really well and will be back on the trails this year, I'm sure.  I'm getting my schedule back and I'm really looking forward to more studio time!!

36 comments:

  1. Hi Cheryl, I love the soft colours on the tag, they really give depth to the layers. It's great to see your thought process and how you resolved bits that were not quite right. Thanks for the inspiration. Jan x

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  2. Me again - hope your husband has recovered, what an experience x

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  3. Cheryl....you've had a harrowing last couple of weeks, girlfriend. I'm so glad that things are settling down and that Rick is doing so well. Your art journal pages are awesome! I adore your sentiment! A good reminder for all of us! Where do you find such lovely thoughts? Your layering stencils technique really looks wonderful on both of your pages...as the background for the actual page and for the beautiful tag.

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  4. First of all...SO SO glad that Rick is okay...whew! God was definitely with him.
    Second...I LOVE LOVE LOVE your art journaling page! You know I love quotes and Rumi is one of my favorites! I love your tag...it is perfect with this quote....I love that your art is one that makes me think...and see more then just the art! LOVE you sweets.

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  5. First of all...SO SO glad that Rick is okay...whew! God was definitely with him.
    Second...I LOVE LOVE LOVE your art journaling page! You know I love quotes and Rumi is one of my favorites! I love your tag...it is perfect with this quote....I love that your art is one that makes me think...and see more then just the art! LOVE you sweets.

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  6. Your journal pages are amazing. Love the colors!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. WOW ... that is some week ... I thought mine was
    eventful ... glad your hubby was rescued safely!
    Your tag and journal colors are amazing; love the Victorian velvet,wild honey, bundles sage scattered straw combos you've got here. The stencil choices rock !!

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  8. Your silhouette stamping and black written sentiment look beautiful on your softly colored background! what a terrible ordeal with your husband - sounds like he was lucky to be found!

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  9. First - SO glad your husband is ok! Second - love your art journal pages! The soft colors are beautiful and set the stage for your thought provoking quote. I also really appreciate that you show how to fix something that doesn't work right the first time. Thanks!

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  10. 1st- Glad your husband is ok!!! 2nd= Your subtle colors are beautiful and I love how your layering show through!!
    Last weekend we were camping in Lyons, right down the road from you.

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    1. How fun, Chary! Lyons is a great place, lots of camping right on the river. Hope you had a great time. If you make it back there again, shoot me an email, we'll meet up!

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  11. Simply beautiful! LOVE that you added it to your journal!

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  12. So glad hubby is ok. He was lucky to have cell service to get help.
    I love the colors of your pages, and that quote is wonderful.

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  13. I am just so amazed that you were able to get this challenge done with everything going on, Cheryl! Love all those soft colors and your choice of stencils! A beautiful addition to your art journal!

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  14. This is so simply elegant! Very victorian which I love!

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  15. First off, I'm still in disbelief over your poor hubby's accident and that whole ordeal. Thank goodness he's on the mend now. Your tag and pages are so very lovely, as is everything you create. I love that you shared with us your mishap with the busy background and how easy it is to fix. I really love the contrast of the soft subtle background colors and the black stamping and writing. Very striking. And that quote is THE BEST!

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  16. OMG! HOLY S*&%, Cheryl!! Thank God your husband's cell phone worked!!!! Holy Moly!! And soooo glad to hear he was found safe & is now healing and recovering!! Those Search & Rescue folks are Awesome!!
    And here you are sharing your CC3 creation with us--AMAZING!! These AJ pages are just lovely! So soft and gentle, like a beautiful sunset!
    XOXO-Shari

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  17. So glad to hear that your DH is okay and surgery went well. What an experience. Thank goodness for all the wonderful medics and first responders! This is a lovely tag journal page and so well put together. Love the color choices and quote! Awesome sauce! ~Niki

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  18. Well you had quite an ordeal and glad everything turned out OK for your hubby. How scary! Now your project is anything but scary, it is gorgeous! I love the way you worked the technique, so pretty!

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  19. Simply wonderful, Cheryl! Love thise soft dreamy colours and that vintage look of your great tag! Beautiful!
    Branka xxx

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  20. Omg...so glad your husband was found and is doing well. How scarey!

    Your tag is beautiful...the background is so elegant.

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  21. This is so soft and dreamy. The colours just go perfectly with the sentiment, beautiful
    All the best to the 'other half' they do know how to worry us don't they!

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  22. So dainty and subtle. This is wonderful.

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  23. Hi Cheryl,
    Great tag and journaling page. Very interesting background, The flower stencils are great and the technique is perfect. I like the way you combined the bird stamp with the background.

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  24. Glad you hear your hubster is okay; what an ordeal!

    Your tag is beautiful and I LOVE that quote - I may have to steal it!

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  25. Oh my goodness, what a worrying time it must have been - for both of you!! So pleased that he is OK now though... I do love your gorgeous tag, the quote is just amazing and it looks great in your journal. Anne xx

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  26. cheryl, I'm so happy Rick is safe and sound now...what a horrible experience! But God was watching over him, and He gave the search and rescue team the where withall to carry him back to safety.

    That being said, you artwork is simply amazing! I love, LOVE, L O V E your background using the technique...Vintage Photo, of course! And that black just pops from there! Gorgeous and a fab fix! Thank you for choosing my FD card as the Curiosity Crews Choice last time; I'm certainly honored, and so humbled that you all would choose my project from so many wonderful entries! Hope to be able to get something together for #31! Hugs!

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  27. Oh Cheryl, who knows what fear, luckily everything ended well!
    The technique stands out very well on these pages so delicate, very beautiful.

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  28. Wow Cheryl...so glad your husband is doing well...what a scary experience. Your art journal pages are lovely...so soft and vintage. I love the sentiment and how you were able to make it work.

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  29. Oh my gracious... how totally scary for all of you. So thankful hubby is alright. In your picture - where you are holding the tag with nothing but the background... I thought... don't put anything on it - it's STUNNING! Love that picture. And was happy when you kept it simple with the birdie - it's just soooo sweet and pure luxury to look at. Not to say that the entire creation is not wonderful - it is. And really enjoyed that sentiment. Thanks bunches for sharing such inspiration. j.

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  30. I shudder thinking of your poor hubby waiting for the rescue. Big hugs to you both. Love your sweet tag and the beautiful journal pages! Off to pin.

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  31. This is a LOVELY simplistic tag that shows the technique off very nicely!! It's mainly what my goal was also. The plain stamps add a bit of eye travel, too.
    AMEN: GOD bless those SAR ppl!!! Never know when they'll be coming to help YOU!!! And in this case...they DID!! My guy did Fire& Rescue for 26 yrs & just retired this yr. They give their ALL to help others. πŸš“πŸš’πŸš‘

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  32. the softness and colors of your tag are so beautiful! and I am so glad you husband is okay now! What a harrowing experience!! yikes

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  33. Your tag is so pretty and I just love how you added it to your book!

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  34. Gorgeous tag and book Cheryl! Happy your husband was rescued! So very scary!

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