Saturday, March 14, 2015

Saran Wrap???

Yes, Saran Wrap!  I remember a LONG time ago, I got to repaint the kitchen in our first house...our house...And I did the walls (there weren't a lot, and most of it was cabinets...using a wad of painters plastic to apply my lighter color over my darker color. I loved how it turned out!!  This prompt reminded me of that, and I had a LOT of fun creating my background...then I had some more fun throwing stuff down on top of let's get to it, shall we???

I opened up my journal to a pair of pages that I had just glued map scraps and strips down on....that was it....just map pieces...covering all of the two pages!  Then I pulled out my Dylusions paints in Fresh Lime and Mowed Grass and got busy...I balled up some saran wrap and started getting messy, putting Fresh Lime down thinking being, that Lime is pretty bright, and my overcoat of Mowed Grass will temper it a bit....and it did!

As usual, I got caught up in creating, and forgot to take pics until I had the background itself finished, but you get the
I had to work fast and still make sure not to get too much in any one place.  Here are a couple of closeups....

I came back at it with some Liquitex Basics in Titanium White and Brilliant Yellow Green and just used my fingers to smudge some around...Just to break things up a bit...So, while I waited for that to dry, I ran the steam cleaner, fixed myself a snack, and pondered what to do

Texture!  It needed more I grabbed a piece of plastic canvas and the Vibrant Turquoise and went to work...

Visible, but not overpowering...then I grabbed my roll of drywall mesh tape and laid a piece out onto my craft mat and used a makeup sponge to paint it with the Mowed grass...then I just picked a random spot, using the "hover it over the page" method, moving it around until it "fit", and put it down.

I loved how it gave some added dimension without being too glad I got me a roll of that awesome'll be getting used again soon!

So next, I used my Vibrant Turquoise and a brayer to roll some paint out over a piece of patterned paper, then cut out 3 circles which I glued down.  
One of my circles before I did "more".

So, I went around the circles with china marker and smudged the hell out of it with my fingers....I did NOT realized getting a china marker to smudge when you WANT IT TO was so damn hard!!!  Gah! Talk about an awesome arm workout!  But after a little work and a lot of elbow grease, I got it smudged to my satisfaction!  But now I was stuck I had a smoke, played a game on my phone, then came back in and stared at it for a minute...marks!  Stamps!  More turquoise!So, I grabbed some paint and put down a couple more circles...just freehand, or should I say free-finger, since I only used one finger to paint the extra circles?  While one of the circles was still wet, I used the handle of a palette knife to "write" in it.  The other circle was dry so I "wrote" on it with a pen.
this is the one I used the palette knife on....I like how it turned out!
Then I dug out some script stamps and stamped all over, although part of the stamps are hard to see head on, and here's why.......

A pale, shimmery blue Brilliance stamp pad...I love sneaking that in there, so that it is only seen from certain a hidden treasure.  I then used my black archival pad for some more script, but sparingly....I didn't want it to take over my page.

Next I dug out my handcarved stamp bucket and started pulling out stamps...then went to town with them....but still, it looked I added the "Laugh, Live and Love" to my circles, and BAM!!!!!!!  it was done!

Here's a shot of the finished spread!

And there you have take on Paint it Green using a paper bag or saran wrap!

But, while I've got you here, lemme show you what else I did this week!

This spread was created using a brayer to lay down Dylusions blendable acrylics in Lemon Zest, Squeezed orange and Bubblegum Pink...I then did a tip in using the cover of the Anthropologie catalog I got in the mail.
Dylusions ink sprays in Polished Jade, Mowed Grass, Vibrant Turquoise and Calypso Teal...I splattered water on it before and AFTER it was dry, then did a little ghosting with the Dylusions Bubbles stencil...I do good splatter, but my ghosting needs work, I

Dylusions inks in Squeezed Orange, Tangerine, Bubblegum Pink and Funky Fuchsia...Ghosting done with my new Dylusions small flower stencil

Same color combo as the spread above, with water splatters before and after the spread was dry.
But on this one, I used modeling paste thru my Bubbles stencil in the corners for a little added

And then there's this spread....I love this spread!  It's great!  Almost!
See, I did a lot of scraps underneath the paint, including glossy magazine pages.  Normally this isn't an issue for me, because the papers I use aren't too glossy but these were, and now the paint sticks and peels away from the magazine scraps when I open it...I had to stick a piece of parchment paper between the pages to keep it from getting totally ruined :(.  Note to self...if that under paper is slick put some gesso on that shit before you paint it!)
Here are a closeups of each side of the spread.....

So there you have week in a nutshell (almost...but some stuff has to stay a secret until it reaches it's

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look...leave me a little love, would you please, so I know you were here?  Thanks, y'all!


  1. Great work as always, Melody. You made me laugh with your "breaks". But did you forget to add the final, finished spread image? jus' wonderin' ! ;-)

    1. Why yes, I did! I will have to remedy that in just a moment....smh

  2. Love your work Melody, always bright and vibrant. Think I will have to get more dylusions sprays and some paints. Your pages are gorgeous!

    1. Thank you Vivien, for stopping by and for the kind words! You will love these paints....Promise!

  3. you make this look like so much fun. Going to have to get some of those paints and get started. the colors are great.

    1. Thank you Annmarie! It was a blast! And you will love the paints!

  4. I am liking all you did this week. Awesome stuff as always.

  5. omg how beautiful is this? Just stunning!!!

    1. Thanks, Tamie! I was very pleased with how it turned out!

  6. Your use of colors is fabulous. Dyan's ink and paint surely make that part easy. Enjoyed your blog post. Art on!

    1. Thank you Kathy! Her colors do make it easy to get bright and eye grabbing spreads!

  7. Melody, love seeing your beautiful creations!

    1. Thanks so much, Lissa! I enjoy making and sharing them!