Sunday, 22 June 2014

Summer of Color Week One - Snail Art!

Hi everyone,

If you haven't discovered Summer of Color yet, it's not too late to jump in! Every week for six weeks, the lovely Kristin over at Twinkle Twinkle will be giving us a new color prompt - this year it will be two main colours with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of an accent colour. The idea is to use this colour combo to create a project, then link up to share your work and be in with a chance of winning some fab goodies. Click on this link to see all the details ...


You can make anything you like - from art journals to beads to cupcakes, from nail art to origami to patchwork - you name it, anything goes! I wanted to come up with something a bit different for this year's project and inspiration struck when I spied an empty snail shell in my garden. Check out this post if you would like to see more details, but to cut a short story even shorter, I ended up with this collection of cute critturs all ready to be transformed with colour ...


The colours for week one were Aqua Blue & Yellow with a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Pink ...


Wow! What a brilliant kick-off! As well as the Snail Art, I plan to make an art journal page each week to try out some different media and techniques. At the end of the six weeks, I will use my Bind It All to make the pages into a little book.

Here's my first page, inspired by this YouTube tutorial by the talented Helen Allen ...

I used acrylic paints and Distress Paints with various stencils such as Tim Holtz Layering Stencils to create the background. The houses were cut freehand from scraps of patterned paper, then I used black acrylic paint and a brush to add the shadows as demonstrated by Helen - this didn't go completely smoothly, but I got the hang of it in the end and was able to cover my booboos by dry-brushing more aqua and yellow paint over the top! I added some detail with a journaling pen and some random stamping with Distress Ink in Black Soot for a bit of definition. 


I added a quote with Glitz Teeny Alpha Stickers in Tiffany Blue and wood veneer hearts by Studio Calico coloured with Distress Paint. But wait - I'm forgetting someone ...


.... look who crawled through my paint palette and came out looking gorgeous ...


... the lovely Doris is sporting a coat of acrylic in Aqua and Yellow stripes, with Liquid Pearls and some Stickles to add a touch of slimy glamour. Her luscious lips are coloured with a Viva Paper Pen and her heart is coloured with Distress Paint in Picked Raspberry. Here are some more close-ups ...


Isn't she lovely???


 Doris enjoyed her makeover - now she can't wait for her five friends to join her :o)

Thanks for popping in today, I hope you'll join us for SOC4 - it's so much fun and so inspiring to explore all the different projects people have created. 

See you again soon 

Annie :o)xxx

4 comments:

Sarah said...

Ooh love your journal page!! The colours are great!! I saw the snails the other day and was intrigued but Doris looks fantastic ... she's ready to party isn't she?!! lol!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love your art journal page, but those snails are going to be outrageously fantastic! Off to check off the other ones.
Rinda

Helen Allen said...

Wow Annie - I love it! Your journal page looks fabulous. I am tickled 'pink' to see your interpretation of my tutorial. Thank you for letting me know. Working with those zingy colours has just bought a whole new look and style to the techniques in my tutorial. I love the idea of having your lovely snails immerse themselves in your left over paint too. I can't wait to see what the next challenge inspires. As always thank you for sharing my links. If it is ok I would like to return the favour as you have illustrated wonderfully the reason I make my tutorials. Have a great week Annie X

TwinkleToes2day said...

Visiting via the lovely Helen's blog, but notice you're on my view list for SoC too! Awesome :D Your journal page is luscious. Fabulously done from Helen's tutorial; and the snails are simply adorable. I'm looking forward to the next 'instalment' as the snails take turns to get glammed up :o)