Hello, it’s the second Wednesday of the month, and that means a new challenge over at Words 2 Craft By. Check out the inspiration from my talented teammates and play along! This month’s words of inspiration are:
“It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.” ─ Mark Twain
I guess that means I’ve never seen the United States, but here’s my interpretation anyway:
Originally, I had envisioned a night-time scene at Mardi Gras with my characters in front of a crowd. I think this would have worked if I had the mini sets of the Crazy birds, cats & dogs, but I don’t. I went ahead and made my night-time background with sidewalk, but it ended up looking like the Northern Lights with a dirt road because I used some TH Grit Paste (which is awesome). I knew I just wasn’t going to be happy with that, so I ripped it out. This was the first time I used my art journal and it was right in the middle, so then the strings were showing…oops, what a mess. I used multi-matte medium to flatten them, and started over. I added some patterned paper and applied gesso, hoping some of the pattern would show through, but not so much. I could have just applied this over what I did originally…duh. The end result looks like wallpaper that’s peeling (oh well).
I used texture paste with my TH Gothic stencil and lined them up as best as I could over the 2 pages, and let it dry overnight. It didn’t look too bad but I didn’t think it through completely as far as color. I wanted Mardi Gras colors, so I started out using watered-down Wilted Violet distress ink, and applied to about half of the first page.
I colored part of the next section with Mowed Lawn and just didn’t like it (forgot to take a pic). I worked and worked and worked to get that color up, and then reapplied Wilted Violet to the remaining stenciled area. Of course, I was left with an area that didn’t look as good, so that’s where I placed my balloons (colored with Mowed Lawn). I added some fine Gold embossing powder (Ranger) here and there to my background, then inked around the edges with my Pitt Big Brush marker (Nougat) – shown in final photo, not below.
Next, I worked on my sidewalk, using a scrap of watercolor paper and Antique Linen and Pumice Stone distress inks, spritzed with water and wiped off color, etc., and adhered that to my layout.
I used various distress inks to color my characters and their props, all of which (with one exception) came from the Crazy Things rubber stamps set. I added an extra set of eyes for dimension, and covered in Glossy Accents.
I used a rubber stamp from my Julie Nutting “Bootiful” doll set for the masks, stamping them with black Stazon on TH gold Metallic Kraft-core paper, and used a punch for the holes in the mask. I added some Ranger green foil to the balloons for extra shine.
For my sentiment, I used the TH thinlit set, Alphanumeric (1″), except for the first letter of each word. For those, I used “Curlie Girlie” from Sizzix Sizzlits. My layout needed something else, so I made confetti out of a few letters from the TH dies, using metallic cardstock.
I think that sums it up. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave comments!
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