Saturday, 30 March 2013

Anchors aweigh - I'm pushing the boat out onto Stampendoulicious waters...


Ahoy my stamping Friends! I hope you are all well and enjoying your Spring/Easter break. Time for another Stampendoulicious inspiration.

The project I'm sharing today is not perhaps immediately Spring related when you first come to think of it. But somehow it makes me want to wake up from my winter sleep, take a deep breath and fill my lungs with fresh sea air, have the wind blowing in 'my' sails, then explore and live life to the full! And if that's not a Spring-like feeling, then I don't know what is :).

You know that feeling of seeing something that ignites your creative flair, makes you visualise your next project, its theme, colour palette, textures...?

That's exactly how I felt when came across this photo of  a ship in a bottle. I actually have one at home myself but when you get used to things around you, after a while you just stop 'seeing' them. Do you know what I mean?
Inspiration photo credit

That photo immediately made me want to create something to reflect the look of a ship in a bottle, with seaside breeze, colours and textures, water bubbles and glass pebbles... And I truly hope I managed to capture it all in my mixed media canvas. The full instructions will soon be posted on the Stampendous blog near you :).


As it happened I had some perfect materials to play with: beautiful nautical set of napkins, stamps and embellishments. Another happy occasion that inspired my piece was this challenge on the Craft Stamper's blog which is all about the Faux Airbrushing technique featured in the March 2013 issue.


I used the Faux Airbrushing technique to create a 'cloud' of water bubbles that feature all over my canvas, in the background, sides and on the main foreground panel. For my bubbles I used a combination of Faded Jeans, Broken China, Shaded Lilac and Pumice Stone distress inks. I had a great time playing with this technique and I am sure I will play with it again quite soon! :).

The small bubbles were made with touches of Glossy Accents.


The stamps I used are Cling Navigateur, 'diamond like' border from Perfectly Clear Air Travel, beautiful sentiment Better Travel (all from Stampendous) and the bunting was a free stamp from July 2012 issue of the Craft Stamper.

I also couldn't leave my project without a touch of Frantage and I really pushed the boat out this time lol :). The main panel was sprinkled with Shabby White Embossing Enamel and the edges of the canvas embossed with Shabby Blue and Aged Marine Embossing Enamels. To add texture of golden sands and blue waves sparkling in the sun I added layers of Champagne, Steel Blue and Royal Blue crushed glass glitters and Powder Blue Colour Fragments.
The sentiment was heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder onto acetate.


Thank you so much for popping in - I hope you like this instalment of my Stampendoulicious inspiration. I'm off to see what you have been up to and catch up on leaving some love :). And if you'd like to let me know you've visited - it would just make my day! :)

Big Easter hugs to all



Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Quotable
Crafty Emblies - Anything goes
Craft Stamper Challenge - Faux Airbrushing
2 Sisters Challenge blog #137 - Sparkle N Shine
Totally Gorjuss #177 - Something Blue
Creative Corner Challenges #12 - Anything goes
Hotshot Craft Challenge #15 - Anything but a card
Tuesday Throwdown #140 - Something dimensional
WordArt Wednesday #73 - Anything goes

30 comments:

Joanna said...

Wspaniala praca. Tyle detali. Radosnych Swiat :)

Carol Q said...

fabulous Joanna. so much to look at with all the different elements that you've used.

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Such timeless wisdom on a spectacular card.
Thank you for posting with us at Word Art Wednesday; we love seeing your wonderful work and we appreciate you taking time to join us.
I pray abundant Easter Blessings for you and your loved ones.
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday

Yvonne Garner said...

Breathtaking Joanna! Your work is always impeccable. Happy Easter!

butterfly said...

An absolute triumph - I'd hang this on my wall in a heartbeat - beautiful images, gorgeous colours and texture, and those Glossy Accents bubbles the perfect finishing touch! Hope you're having a great Easter weekend.
Alison x

Anita Houston said...

What a fabulous piece Asia! I love the seaside theme, and these lighthouses are wonderful! The banner is excellent and the quote is perfect here! Wonderful wonderful! Thank you for using your words with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Rea said...

Awesome canvas, I love it. I would hang it on my wall in an instant. Thanks for joining us this week at WAW.

Claire said...

Gorgeous canvas Joanna, really lovely with the soft colours and so much attention to detail. Hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend
Claire xx

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful, beautiful work Joanna. Such fabulous details, colours and images. I love it.
Happy Easter Sunday.
Hugs Brenda xox

Jo Nevill said...

wow, this is just fantastic ! I love all your details and the clever way you have stamped the sentiment - must remember that one !

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week.

Happy Easter !

Hugs

Jo x

Candy C said...

Asia...your piece is stunning. There is so much detail on this. Everything so perfectly placed! I love your design. The soft blues and whites are perfect for a nautical themed piece. I love your lighthouses in the background. Very effective! The stamped bottles in the background are really a wonderful grouping and I love your clear pebble idea over the small ship. Very clever. All of the texture behind the stamped ship square in the foreground is so textural and a wonderful embellishment to this work of art. I also love the banner and small starfish at the top. Beautiful balance! Your quote is perfect for this piece! Love all of it. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Ros Crawford said...

Happy Easter Asia!! I am speechless seeing this canvas ... it has to be the best mixed media I've ever seen!! I am in awe .... Every detail is beyond description ... I really really adore this ... going to pin it and bookmark it ... Stunning work!!
Have a wonderful day!

Buttons said...

This is amazing Joanna!!! I have needed to scroll up and down the post many times to take in all the details. Love the idea of highlighting the little bottle too. Have a wonderful Easter, hugs Jenny x

Karen Letchworth said...

Asia: This is an amazing project. You've put a lot of detail and work into it, and it's just AWESOME! Thank you so much for letting us see this and for sharing it in our challenge. Your art is amazing, and we're so grateful to have you share it with us. Have a blessed week!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Daniele said...

this is amazing so many deatails and all perfectly complimenting one another, off for another look
hugs

katscards said...

Such a beautiful piece of art and so many gorgeous embellishments. I really love all the sparkle from the Frantage.
Thanks for joining us at Totally Gorjuss this week.
Kat W x

Joynana said...

Very pretty and dimensional. Thanks for playing with us at Tuesday Throwdown this week hope you join us again next week.

Suzanne C said...

Stunning as always! Gorgeous layers and so many fantastic details! wow! Glad you played along with us at SImon Says Stamp and Show!

craftyeyes said...

stunning creation thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Asia your piece is absolutely stunning, your details are fantastic. So many layers of interest. Beautifully embellished. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Fabulous Joanna
So many lovely details
I love this kind of stamps very much.
Greetings Janny

Busy Lizzie said...

That is a stunning card. I love all the elements you have used. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty-emblies
Liz (DT member)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a beautiful creation, great summer and seaside feeling.

mel b said...

absolutely love your work you have done here
thank you so much for sharing it at Creative Corner Challenges this week
Love Mel

Christine D said...

wow that is fabulous, so much to see, and so much texture, and the colours are gorgeous, I love it. Have never come across that air brush technique and will def try it, along with looking for napkins and making ships in bottles, and bubbles..... thank you so much this was a real treat and a great inspiration.

Crafting Queen said...

Really beautiful project, such lovely soft colours.

Trish Latimer said...

Wow! So much going on, and all of it gorgeous! Wonderful colours and so much interest and texture! Love it! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge!

Karen Willis said...

Stunning project, love all the textures. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty-Emblies Karen xx (DT member)

Terry said...

Pick me up off the floor! Joanna, I love that the ship in the bottle gave you such great inspiration! I love every inch and how clever with those glass pebbles! This is GORGEOUS! Happy Weekend!

Ewelina said...

Wow! It's stunning! I love it! Hugs xxx

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