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Sunday, June 17, 2012

one little word. june.'s mostly been a good thing that this is my second year doing ali's one little word class. I'm comfortable with the process and know that the end result will be more than worth the effort. but I wasn't looking forward to june. june is the "get creative and get messy prompt". the one I opted out of last year. I've actually been dreading it. but a few weeks ago, I saw julie balzer's watercolor cards and thought those might be very cool for illustrating my word shine. that simmered for a bit and I found myself starting to get excited about watercolor. and my word. and getting messy.

so this morning, I made time to watch the videos. the first ten minutes was a great introduction. ali closed with a parting thought to "take a creative risk and step outside [my] comfort zone". (well duh, anything that involves paint is outside my comfort zone!)

I finished the second video at 5:15 this evening - parting comment from my journal "I'm going to DO THIS NOW!"

...and I did. I chose yellow as my color, along with white, and cream and a very pretty pearl white (one of several happy surprises in the bins and boxes that comprise my "scrapbook stash").

I cut nine 2-1/2 by 3-1/2 inch squares.

and painted. and gesso'd. with stamps. just like ali showed. and about 30 minutes later I had nine little canvasses ready to dry.

while they dried, I practiced watercolor on the pages of my journal. and realized I had no idea how to make those cool drips. or really anything that remotely resembled those cool julie balzer cards. I embarked on plan B. do like ali.

I added ink. and white rub-ons. and words. and embellishments. all stuff I'd been hoarding (it was very fun to use it!).

and then I had a happy accident. I boo-boo'd one of the cards. what the heck, it was ruined already, so I scribbled on it with my watercolor marker. and then stepped over to the sink to spray it with water. oh my. I had drips. and lovely soft colors. I then scribbled with intent - as in layering colors.
using stampin up watercolor markers in the bold brights  - yellow, orange and hot pink
spray. drip. dry.
love how the texture from the paint shows through
the cards are still propped up to dry completely and I plan to stamp them tomorrow when they're dry. simple words to add another plane of dimension. grace, giving, peace, sharing.
214:365 one little word - june. my one little word. shine.

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Blogger Sara said...

very cool! sometimes getting messy is fun, right?

Monday, 18 June, 2012  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

Those are very cool and creative!

Monday, 18 June, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very cool! and so creative! i love the one with the white flowers!

Monday, 18 June, 2012  
Blogger Lydia said...

great color scheme. haven't even started except for reading the prompt. hopefully this week?

Monday, 18 June, 2012  
Blogger Donna said...

I love how that accident turned into something really beautiful! I love the way the colors blended.

Monday, 18 June, 2012  
Blogger Kym said...

I think that you can never really go wrong . . . with Messy-Creative! So nice, Mary!

Monday, 18 June, 2012  
Blogger Beth said...

Good for you to step outside your comfort zone! They turned out great!

Monday, 18 June, 2012  
Blogger Honoré said...

Kudos! For jumping that hurdle. Your cards really do shine.

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012  

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