Being Inspired, The Weekly Challenge.

As you know, we’ve embarked on the #inspiby challenge. You saw Karen’s amazing layout creation yesterday (Don’t forget to check her out on Instagram @deeillustra) and today I’ll show you mine! Now, the first thing you will notice is that it looks NOTHING like the challenge layout and that’s ok! If you find yourself inspired to create, whatever the outcome may be, then you’ve succeeded as that was the original goal!

When I first saw Vicky’s video, I knew I wanted to work with the hexagon shape. I had just recently received the  Scallop Hexagon Dies from Pretty Pink Posh and was itching to try them out. I die cut a bazillion of them, ok not a bazillion but quite a few, using the Ranger Media Paper. I Glued them all down into my Donna Downey Inspiration Journal and then just went to town!

I’ve been loving this journal lately as it has little inclusions throughout the book. These small pages/envelopes/tags force me to think beyond just one two page layout (As if art wasn’t enough of a challenge! haha!).

Here’s a closer look of the front of the inclusion page. I loved cutting the hexagons to fit over top of the page to make it seem like a continuous shape. I played with some graphite Finnabair Graphite Texture Paste adding it through some stencils. This stuff is so gritty and black. I love the scrapping sounds it makes! Reminds me of childhood and getting down and dirty in the sandbox.

Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray in the color witch’s potion purple is dabbed all over the top of the texture paste and gives it this kinda crystally effect. I dunno maybe it’s just me, but glitter and sparkle make me SUPER happy!

[The flip over of the inclusion page] I darkened the entire area to set it off and bring your eye to the

I darkened the entire area to set it off and bring your eye to towards the middle. My boys called it “going to the dark side” as the front layout is a bit lighter. I love the smudgability of both gelatos and the distress crayons.  Why use only one when you can use both!

I just love using the Tim Holtz word strips. (One day I’ll just use my own handwriting, but for now, when ya got ’em- use ’em!) The Finnabair Metallique paints are my go to paint at the moment. They offer this, sheen, this gorgeous metallic almost looking sheen, it’s just amazing and hard to describe. I used the Opal Magic Pink Blue on the hexagon frames and while it’s hard to see in this picture (Because the more I worked the black gelato, the muddier the frames got) the paint is pink on top darker colors and blue on lighter colors. It really lives up to its Magical name!

The stamp sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co. As you can see, I pushed too hard and got part of the outline of the outside of the stamp. But Guess what? I’m not going to let it bother me. I went with it. It had a great curve to it and at the end of the day, art is art right? I did outline The hexagons with a white Posca pen, similar to how Vicky adds white gel pen accents to her page. I love that she does that! I also added paint splats, I love paint splats! They don’t just add interest to your page but they are super fun to create and their randomness reminds me that not everything has to be perfectly placed.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s challenge and if you haven’t finished it yet, then perhaps now that you’ve seen my submission you’ll trust your creative gut and just let the art flow!





Supplies used:

Donna Downey Inspiration Journal/Distress Paint in Weathered Wood/ Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique paints: Emerald Green, Deep Waters, Rich Turquoise, Light Patina and Opal Magic Pink Blue/Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray Witch’s Potion Purple/Distress crayon Black soot/Gelato: Squid Ink, Earl Grey/Art Extravagance Graphite Texture Paste/TCW384S stencil/Unity Stamp Co Insightful Meadows Stamp/Tim Holtz Small Talk and ChitChat Stickers/PrettyPinkPosh Scalloped Hexagon Dies/BoBunny It Is Written stamp set/Posca Pen White/Faber Castell Pitt Pen Black/Leftover Tape roll for stamped circles/Black India Ink/Hampton Arts Ultra Washable Ink Pad Hot Pink/I’m sure there is something I am leaving out, but once I get creating I just grab what I need and forget what I used :S

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