“Always Dream”

This week’s #inspiby challenge started out as an idea in my head, but as soon as the paint got onto the paper, the theme quickly changed.  I love that about art,  its fluid, never set in stone and constantly changing. Sort of like the weather,  if you don’t like what you got, keep going and within a couple of minutes, it will change! 

I loved how Umut used the Brusho with the matte medium in our Inspired layout this week (see the previous post for details). I hadn’t yet tried that and was looking forward to testing out a new technique.  I started off with the idea that I would do a floral layout similar to hers, but once I started brushing the Brusho and matte medium around, I noticed that I was absent-mindedly creating waves.

One of the things that I’ve learned about matte medium, is if you add it a bit thick, it will give you some texture as it dries. (This is what I did, and it gave the waves a hint of a ridge.) Granted, it does take a bit longer to dry.. just an FYI.

I also added some Mother of Pearl texture paste to my layout.  It dries with this clear yet almost shimmery look to it,  just like the real mother of pearl! I will definitely be using this stuff again in future projects!

I recently acquired the whale stamp, which I love, from Unity Stamp Co. I colored in the whales with Dylusions spray ink, which I had put into aquash pens.  Gel pens finished off the whales with some added detail.

Of course, I had to use the Donna Downey word stamps ‘always’ and ‘dream’ because lately, I have been feeling like having a dream and setting out to follow it is so important for self-growth!

While this week’s layout ran into quick a few hiccups along the way, I never gave up and continued to push forward despite all the ‘mistakes’ I kept feeling like I was making. In the end, I was happy with the outcome and excited to have learned new techniques and ways to use my paints and products!

I thank you all for joining me this week and am looking forward to seeing what you all create this week and in the weeks to come and we continue on with the Inspired By Challenge.



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