Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy Place

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I took time during rainy weather this week to play in my craft room on several projects.      I worked in my Art Journal to create a "Happy Place" which is in my garden with many birds singing.  You will see in this fantasy garden there are rising bubbles, one of Design by Ryn's new water effects stamps.. love it !



Above is a cropped version of my AJ Page.

I started with a base of Gesso.  I sprayed Dylusions inks, but with Gesso underneath not as much colour gets absorbed so the result is a softer look.   Next I added some Acrylic paint to the top area.   I used stencils with Distress Inks & Acrylic paints.  All the stamping is done with Black Stazon ink and I coloured the flowers & bubbles with Tombow markers.    I added some doodling with a white gel pen. 

Stamps used:    -"Happy Place" is from Chocolate Baroque's fabulous Artistic Affirmations set
                         -Rising Bubbles from Designs by Ryn
                         -Wild Geranium by Unity Stamp Co

Stencils used:     Bird -Rubber Stamp Tapestry
                           TCW - Mini Fleur De Lis & Mini Cell Theory


And here is the full page:


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Shirley

37 comments:

  1. Wow this is beautiful Shirley, I love your Happy Place. I like the way the dylusion sprays are light when put over gesso and I love flowers and birds are gorgeous. Is's a bit of a wet day here today, but we live in hope of warmer drier weather:)

    Sue x

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  2. Very pretty Shirley~ love all those colours going on and those birds are outstanding....

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  3. I am really loving your creations this week Shirley and I think I just might need to buy those bubble stamps.

    B x

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  4. Wow, this is so colorful and amazing, love every detail, Shirley

    Have a lovely weekend

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  5. Wow,this page is so beautiful.I love all of it.
    Greetings
    Felicie

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  6. Hey Shirley, neat to read how this came together. Gives me ideas... I like the tip about using gesso as an undercoat. Beautiful page :) It reminds me of my grandfather's garden. Definitely a happy place for me too!

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  7. Beautiful AJ page, love the colors and how you used the rising waterdrops!
    Groetjes karin x

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  8. BEAUTIFUL Shirley, i love the colourcombination!
    Greetz Patricia

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  9. So beautiful a fantastic piece of Nature in your Art Journal. Marvelous birds and flowers.
    lovely greet and big hug
    Marja

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  10. What a great page Shirley! Such an interesting background and those birds are top! So nice in total..

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  11. Love how the colours work! Looks like a fresh warm day... Beautiful birds.
    If it is dry here, I hear the birds singing, but it is a rainy (and so I have a crafty week ...) Have a creative day, Gerrina

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  12. Love LOVE love this page in your journal, Miss Shirley! Gorgeous colors, of course, but what I really like is those artsy birds on those amazing flowers! Both textures and the combinations of the colors, and the way you have utilized them, are extremely mesmerizing to me. I LOVE this! Maybe it is the delicate images being combined with the bold colors. Whatever it is, I absolutely LOVE this page! hugs, de

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  13. Wunderbare Stempel und Farben und ein super schönes Cover. Die Wasserblasen sind großartig, dieser Stempel ist der Hammer!
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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  14. Wow Shirley this is so beautiful - the lovely colours, amazing stamps - everything just works so well together. Di xx

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  15. You really created a happy place!!
    Love the "rising bubbles"

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  16. I'm so glad you showed the whole page for those green stamped leaves echo your stencilled green background beautifully & I absolutely love the way those splashes of purple bottom left hint at the flowers above. This definitely looks like a very happy place.
    Paula (PEP)

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  17. Hi Shirley, such a beautiful AJ page and indeed it looks like a very happy place........just want to be there! Lovely vibrant colours and the rising bubbles are a great add! The mask is also great with it, warm greet Mirandaxx

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  18. Was für eine fröhliche bunte Seite, die macht richtig gute Laune.
    Wünsche Dir eine schöne Wochenende,
    Liebe Grüße Anja

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  19. As always, your colours are fabulous. Those bubble stamps amaze me, they look so real and I love how you work with stencils. I think your blog is a Happy Place !

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  20. What a wonderful page , dear Chirley, I love every detail of it, when I see all those beautiful pages, I feel the need to start my journal again, unfortunatly I have so little time, by making all my postcards!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  21. What a lovely page, inspired by a place that obviously makes you very happy. I love the background and colours, a lovely positive feel. Hope you have sunchine to enjoy the garden this weekend. Elaine x

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  22. Hi Shirley, WOW I love the gorgeous colours , your combinations are lovely! The bubble stamps are brilliant and aren't stencils just the best fun? You've used them perfectly! Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend, Gay x

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  23. Beautiful birds and background! Those bubbles are amazing!

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  24. This does indeed invoke a sense of "happy place". Birds & flowers, beautiful colors, all spell happy to me. Love these Ryn bubbles too. Thanks for your description of the how-to. I've never worked with Gesso. Maybe you'll do a tutorial one of these days? LOL...TFS & Happy weekend. Hugs

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  25. Just popped over to Ryn's site, tried to order a couple of the water droplet series. Didn't see a place to register, so not knowing if she sells to the public, I've emailed her contact info. You've whetted my taste for a couple of these water droplet stamps...you enabler, you!

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    1. Hi Mary, Yes Ryn sells directly to retail customers through her website. She has a shopping cart and checkout that accesses the cost of mailing. I'm sure she will respond soon to your inquiry. You will be very pleased with the high quality of her deeply etched stamps! Enjoy, Shirleyx

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  26. OOoh Wow,this is a georgus brilliant juornal pages,is so happy with the beautiful colors and flowers and birds,love it to much!!!

    Have a nice weekend :-) Greetings Jeannette

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  27. This is SO pretty, Shirley! Those bubbles are awesome, but my favorite part of the page are the flowers. They so REAL ~ just breathtaking!!

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  28. Wunderschön, liebe Shirley.
    Die Vögelchen und die Blumen sehen entzückend aus.
    Und ich liebe die Coloration.

    Umarmung und eine schöne neue Woche von Sophie xx

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  29. A beautiful piece of nature Shirley.
    Love every detail.
    Greetings Janny

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  30. Beautiful as usual Shirley! love those geranium stamps, very pretty! xxx

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  31. What a beautiful art journal page. I too love the birds singing in the garden. Wonderful!

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  32. Wow! What a beautiful Art journal page Shirley!! Love the Sweet birdies and hydrangeas! the purples looks os wonderful with the aqua's and greens & I love all the patterns! 8-)

    Hugs
    Shannon

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  33. Hi Shirley!
    What a beautiful AJ page! It certainly does look like a very happy place, I love it! I love the very cute birds and the great doodling! Beautiful beautiful flowers too and love the water droplets! The soft colours in the background is very nice too! Well done!
    Warm greetings, Marlene

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  34. This is just such a beautiful page with the birds and flowers and your wonderful background. Thanks for all the details on how you made it, that makes the finished picture all the more interesting.

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  35. Gorgeous Shirley! Love the contrast of the flowers and the rising bubbles at such a fabulous touch of whimsey!! Beautifully done! All is well here...off to garden in the rain. Hope all is well with you!
    Big hugs!
    Ellen

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