Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer of Color 4: Exotica

Hi, everyone!  Welcome, I'm so happy to have you visit.  It's an exciting day for me because it's the first post of this year's Summer of Color4.  Hosted every year by Kristin, it's a challenge that I had a great time with last year.  Every week for six weeks there is a new color prompt.  You can make any thing you want using those colors.  This year the prompt will be two colors with a splash, splat, or pop of another color.  This first week the colors were aqua and yellow with a bit of fuchsia.  Be still my beating heart!!!  I love aqua and yellow for the summer.  Sun and sea...what more can you ask for!  Last year I did a variety of projects, from tags to mixed media to jewelry.  This year I'm going to try to stick to tags.  I'd like to have 6 tags that I can then make into a book or wall hanging.  We'll see how it goes and where the muse takes me.  This week it took me in a different direction than I expected.  Here's what I started with.


 


 
I started with a large tag from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I covered it with a piece of yellow dotted paper and then dry brushed Sunflower and aqua Silks over the middle of it.  I then used the top from the jars of Silks and printed circles and took my brush and splattered some of the Silks over the background.  I sprayed some Dylusions through a piece of mesh to add some more texture.   I collaged some yellow and aqua papers over the background and thought I would be going towards a summer afternoon theme!  Wrong!  Because this is where I ended up.
 
 
 
 
 
Exotica!!!  At least that's what I think of when I look at what happened to my rather sedate background!  I colored cheesecloth with some yellow Dylusions spray and some yellow Perfect Pearls.   Once it was dry I arranged it on the tag.  Using one of my favorite punches I cut yellow and fuchsia papers.    And some how or other one piece of the leftovers found it's way to hang off the side of the tag!  That set the tone for the rest of it.  I did some stamping with one of Wendy Vecchi's background stamps and added another piece of the leftovers to tack down the cheesecloth on the bottom.  I used some paper and fabric flowers in my stash for the focal and added a Spellbinders mask die cut to the side with a part of one of the flowers under it. Since I had already decided to name this Exotica I let it peek out of the flowers and cheesecloth to add some mystery to the theme.  This tag was definitely going in its own direction.  To finish it off I used the little centers from the punch to scatter around the background and made a label from a Spellbinders die.  I covered it with the punched motif and printed the Exotica label on the computer.  I inked it with Squeezed Lemonade DI and put the whole thing together.  To balance out the upper edge I placed the label off the opposite bottom edge. 
 
Here are some details.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So, there it is.  My first SOC4 project.  Even though I didn't end up in the direction I thought I was going to go, I love where it took itself!! 
 
 
Thank you so much for visiting today.  I'll be back next week for week 2!
 
 
 

 

17 comments:

  1. So cool! The colors are fantastic and vibrant. And I still say it's perfect for World Cup in Brazil :)

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  2. I agree with pocketsize. Fantastic and vibrant.:)
    gloria

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  3. Fabulous tag!! Loved the background but the exotic touches of fuchsia and those stunning flowers, really added some zing to the whole piece! The end result looks fabulous, - what a great mixed media tag!!

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  4. This is wonderful, Maryanne! And... congratulations! You're the winner of my giveaway for the "A Vintage Journey" surprise package from Studio L3! Please email your shipping info to me at linda(at)StudioL3.com and I'll get your goodies in the mail ASAP!

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    Linda

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  5. stunning!! tag for the SOC challenge-wow!

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  6. WOW Maryanne!!! I just love your beautiful tag! Exotica for sure!!!! I love how you used your background and then all of the fun embellies to make a wonderful work of art! and you used the SOC colors beautifully!!!!

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  7. Wow, love your project, lots of layers to draw you in.

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  8. Exotica, indeed! The turquoise color, those couple pink flowers, and the cheesecloth all top it off in a great way. This is beautiful!

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  9. oh yum! these are deep, tropical, oh-so-summer colors! what a wonderful piece!

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  10. When I saw your first photo, I saw something quite different from what you've created. I love what you did, and the tag is warm and a bit mysterious.

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  11. I really loved this, it was so bright and fun!!

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  12. Art has a life of its own. And your photos are great! Very nice use of mixed media crafts.

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  13. Lovely! Lots of layers and textures and all those gorgeous colours!

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  14. Lots of lovely layers! Nice use of the colours.

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