Friday, May 29, 2009

Plum Star Search Week #3 challenge (bling!) - Every Artist

(Voting begins today!! Please private message your vote for this layout at THIS LINK.)

For those of you who haven't been by before, I'm participating in the Vintage Plum Star Search 5 week challenge to find their July guest designer. This is week #3 and the challenge is "All That Glitters." For some reason this challenge threw me for a loop. I didn't want to end up overdoing the bling. It took me until Wednesday to identify my subject matter and then another day to figure out the direction. This one's been slow going but I think, in the end, it came out pretty cool.

The ideas began with a quote I happened upon: "Every artist was first an amateur" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. My daughter has recently been watercoloring with purpose (ie making pictures instead of sloshing muddied colors onto paper) and this was a current fav of mine:

So, I thought I'd build a layout around this pic. Well, as you can see, ideas evolve and the process of painting that picture became the focus of the layout. I am sure the artwork pic will make its way onto a layout of its own for the facing page in the scrapbook soon.

I felt it was only fitting that my background for the layout be watercolored. So, I dug out this Rusty Pickle Pop Star paper (below) and the Crayola waterpaints, and my daughter and I sat down for a joint watercoloring session (in which she created a gorgeous multicolored "sunflower", but that's a pic for another post...).

I wanted the quote to mimic the lettering already on the paper so I freehanded it as best I could and then included a couple swirls, too.

~flower detail~

Of course, the challenge was to bling a layout so out came the Stickles. I also included a Heidi Swapp bling flower and blinged up the Making Memories mini bulldog clip.

Finally, the fancy frame was cut using my Quickutz Silhouette machine on white paper. I brayered it with some Ranger Distressed Ink, doodled a border like the one on the paper, and then blinged that up, too, with more Stickles.

~frame detail~

I'm hoping I didn't go too far with the bling as had worried me to temporary inaction.

If you like what you see, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME beginning Sunday, May 31 through Monday, June 1. I'll post the link where to vote on Sunday morning.

Details: Paper - Rusty Pickle, The Paper Company; Crayola watercolors; Ranger Stickles & Distress Ink; Quickutz Silhouette die cut; Cricut die cut (photo corners); Making Memories bulldog clip; Zig Millenium pens; Heidi Swapp Bling; K&Co rhinestones; foam squares.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by, taking a peek, and for all the great feedback. I hope you'll keep coming back!


p.s. I apologize for the less-than-stellar qualilty of the photos of the layout. I intended to try to get a few more shots of it in morning daylight tomorrow but unfortunately the layout fell victim to a shifting chair and a flying cup of coffee. :o( It's still in tact but with a few extra "splashes" of a non-coordinating color and the fancy frame got ripped a bit but I glued it back together. Guess now the layout has an "antiqued" feel (and coffeehouse smell) to it.

1 comment:

Rebekah Doak said...

I popped in the check out HHH, but I am LOVIN this layout- it's gorgeous! Just enough bling.