Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Under the boardwalk...

The boardwalk played a big part in my summers when I was young.  I grew up in the heart of Southern New Jersey and so summer meant long weekends at the beach.  My family spent most of our time in Ocean City, New Jersey, which is a little south of Atlantic City.  But, we also went to Atlantic City.  My mother and her best friend, with me tagging along, would go down to AC for the day during the week several times over the course of the summer.  There was blanket room on the sand during the week!  You could eat on the beach back then, (I know I'm dating myself!) and my mom would pack a picnic lunch and we would head on down the road for a day on the beach.  It was a glorious, carefree time for me and I have great memories of it.

At the beginning of this summer I found that Linda from Frilly and Funkie Boutique had an Artistic Outpost stamp set that had vintage images of Atlantic City that I just to have!   I also have a set of stamps with vintage beach images from Alpha Stamps.   Add to that the fantastic summer paper collection from Authentique and I knew I had to do some thing to celebrate Atlantic City and summers past!  This is what I came up with.

It's a canvas that I painted and sprayed and used some beachy napkins on and then collaged with all the things that reminded me of Atlantic City in it's glory days.   That building in the lower left  is the Steel Pier on the boardwalk.  I have to say that the image predates me because I don't remember that cupola on the top!  It probably got washed into the ocean during one of the many hurricanes that hit the coast in the '30's, '40s and '50s.  Yep, Sandy wasn't the first!!  I particularly love the Atlantic City tokens and the Steel Pier tickets that are part of the stamp set.  Along the bottom of the canvas I used layers of Distress embossing powder because of it's sandy look and I glued a vintage Lucite shell bead and some sequin shells in the "sand".  The finished canvas really makes me smile every time I look at it!  Here are some close ups.
The Steel Pier in it's glory days!
Those Atlantic City tokens
And the Steel Pier tickets along with an Art Deco sign telling everyone to relax at the shore!
The vintage shell bead and some sequins and beach "stones"!
 I had such a great time creating this collage.  I've decided to take the leap and enter it in the Frilly and Funkie challenge whose theme is Summer. 
I hope you're having a great summer.  I know some of you don't like the heat, and it does get to be a bit much, but it's a happy time of year when we can relax and not feel guilty!
Thank you all for visiting.  I really appreciate it.  And, welcome to all the new visitors.  Have a great day!


  1. Stunning! What a fabulous collection of elements, love it!!

  2. Absolutely Fabulous Maryanne. The colours are awesome. I love the painted sea shells. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxx

  3. This is wonderful! Absolutely beautiful coloe palette!! As you were describing your summers on the beach in New Jersey, I was reminded of one of my favorite movies with Bette Middler...Beaches. Though I am not positive which beach they were at in the movie, your artwork and your memories brought the movie back to life! Best of luck with your entry!

    PS: I am one of those people who hates the heat, especially this week! ugh! Am headed down to the Outer Banks, NC for a family vacation on Saturday and I will be taking lots of beach walks...early in the morning or late at night anyway! But...definetly no boardwalk...unfortunately!

  4. How fantastic is this Maryanne! Love that as a result of you using the scalloped edge along the top it feels like you are looking out from a stall over the view of the boardwalk. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with this. Hugs, Jenny x

  5. This is beautiful - the colours are so sunny and it has a wonderful 'carefree days of summer' feel to it - perfect!

  6. What a wonderful collage of all the things that remind you of the summers of your youth. The colors are so summery and reminiscent of the beach. Thanks for sharing your memories and your project with us at Frilly and Funkie.

  7. How wonderful to have you playing along with us, MaryAnne! I'm so happy to see what you made with the Boardwalk set! Your mixed media collage came out fabulous. I especially love how you stamped on the patterned paper! Super summery colors and your shell embellishments are the perfect finisher! Thanks so much for sharing it with us forr our Summertime challenge at Frilly and Funkie!


  8. What a wonderful piece Maryanne!! It's such a lovely representation of the Jersey Shore. I just love the summery yellows in this one. That gal on the "relax at the shore" tag is fantastic. We're headed to the shore in a couple weeks...this just got me jazzed up for that!

  9. great summery colours and love the use of the shells at the bottom! thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time x hugs x trace x

  10. Hi Maryanne, love your piece! Like you, I grew up vacationing at the Jersey Shore! Atlantic City was our vacation spot for over 30 years. What a genteel place back in he day. We dressed up at night and walked the boards! Thanks for the memories!


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