Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer of Color: Mint chocolate chip

It's the second week of the Summer of Color hosted by Kristin at Twinkle, Twinkle. I had intended to get her fabulous Ice Cream image attached to the side of my blog, showing my participation, but sadly, I had a bit of trouble with Blogger this week. Thankfully I'm here, now.


This week was all about mint ice cream with bits of dark chocolate. I thought about my coffee stained background paper I had waiting in the wings, just begging to be used as a book page in a scrappy journal.


I fear I covered most of the "dark chocolate" with the pocket I created from an addition flash card I color washed with brown acrylic paint. I have the tags all ready to go, and might even add some fibers after they have been scanned. This is the outside page 1.


The center pages (designated pages 2 and 3) had various techniques. On the left, I used a brown wash to paint a doily, then attached it to a piece of National Geographic magazine image that was blurred by the use of turpentine (I suggest using something less smelly like Citra-Solv, but it was all I had at the time). To those pieces I added a wedge of shaving cream paper.

On the right I used mint green acrylic paint to dry brush the photo pass. Two rubber stamps complete the look of the page.


For the back side, or page 4, I started with a vintage image from a calendar. To that I added another doily, this time painted with mint green acrylic paint, as was the slide mount/holder. I dribbled dark brown paint on both the slide mount and the doily, but they look almost black in the scan. I even added some mint paint to the background of page 4 before I sewed anything to it.

When I saw Kristin's example, aside for the fact it made my mouth water, I thought it looked more turquoise than green. So that's why I chose colors that bordered on blue, as well as green. I really enjoyed this challenge and am looking forward to the next one. Thanks for offering this challenge, Kristin, and thanks for allowing me to play.

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49 thoughtful remarks:

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...loVe your take on the ice cream theme Mint Chocolate Chip its genius Elizabeth, super stitchery, your doily & NG picture have created a giant muffin too, loVe it...fabby pages!...perfect...Mel :)

helena said...

great piece - I particularly like the doillie and photo combo with the big stitchig

BJ said...

I love the way your artistic talent "goes with the flow". Wish I was more adventurous like you especially with my sewing machine. BJ

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Beautiful piece...so many elements and the stiching gives it a nice effect:)

craftattack said...

Great work, really flowing! Valerie

Fishcake_random said...

I would never have thought of something this creative!!! Well done
x x x

Shahrul Niza said...

Great texture on your beautiful journal pages. Love the stitches, the actual coffee stains and the effortless minty green :).

Mandy said...

OOOOWWWW...LOVELY...LOVE THE TEXTURE ON THESE...EXCELLENT USE OF ZIG ZAG...XXX

WrightStuff said...

It all looks soooooo yummy!!

Diana Taylor said...

These pages are all gorgeous - just love your images and use of ephemera and stitching and.... everything!!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Mint/Chocolate Chip is my favorite ice cream; and I want one now after seeing these pages. I love all of your elements and wonderful designs. The stitching is perfect touch! xxoo

Diane said...

The stitching is perfect for these--the icing on the cake--or in this case--the topping on the sundae (sorry--I couldn't resist :)

Healing Woman said...

The colors you chose for the mint and chocolate are perfect-muted and yummy looking. And...noone 'play's' better than you do Elizabeth. Your play turns into instructions and lessons for all of us sooooooo...play on!

Ritu Dua said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Danni said...

Beautifully done! I love all the different elements, the colors and the stitching!

see you there! said...

The colors you chose are perfect. I really like the second photo which to me has a rather abstract feeling.

Glad you are back on blogger.

Darla

Caterina Giglio said...

playful take on ice cream! love all your stitches... and the happy vibes.. x

Joyce said...

Great color and texture.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Sweet stitching really makes the pages jump, loving your mint choco chip goodness. xox

Dianne said...

I love this color combination, and adore the results you achieved! so pretty!

Margaret said...

looove this combo, everything about this page is fab, the textures and colours are wonderful!

BTW I changed my blog header a while back, I found some instructions on how to do it myself and that was the result, it'll stay that while for a while methinks, couldn't do it again if I tried!!

Mx

sandee said...

So sorry to hear you are still have problems, what's up with Kansas anyway? lol Love the mint green used on your pages, I am not sure I own anything mint green, will have to investigate! I hope you're having a great day Elizabeth! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

peggy gatto said...

these pages are little gems!!!
Love the details!!

Joanna said...

LOVELY mixed media collage!

Anita said...

Love the flow in your work... it seems so random, but comes together so wonderfully... and, btw, I live 100 miles west of you in Greensburg :) Small world...

Molly said...

very pretty. the mint color works perfectly with the vintage theme of your pages, especially the last one.

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Great pages Elizabeth, I love the colours
Anne x

Terrie Purkey said...

Okay, I wrote this nice chatty comment, came back to add something and it's gone. Sheesh. I don't know what's up with your ongoing blogger problems - I rarely have any issues at all. I know how frustrating it is when computer stuff doesn't work - wonder if it's connected to your provider or Kansas or what? Here's hoping you can stay online for awhile! I love your minty folded booklet - it's such a great exercise in color, composition, techniques and even stitching (still haven't got my sewing machine out to try it). Very cool project.

Kristin said...

xo!

Jo Murray said...

A most interesting layered and textured response to the challenge.

Dawn said...

Hi Elizabeth, thank-you so much for taking the time to visit my AB pages, I really appreciate your kind comments and encouragement. Isn't blogger playing you up my lovely!! It may be worth you trying google chrome (free to load as far as I know?), I had to change over as the other browser I was using no longer supported the blogger because of it's recent updates and most of my friends on blogger have had to do the same thing.
Tee hee, in answer to your question ref acrylic ink, it is something I stumbled on during some research into the gorgeous ink sprays on the market(e.g. dylusions, ranger, inkadinkadoo). I wanted to see if there was something more cost effective I could use to make up my own sprays as and when I needed them. The acrylic inks are an acrylic based, pigmented, water resistant ink and come in 30ml ish bottles with a dropper top. Companies such as Liquitex, Daler Rowney and Pebeo make them. Granted they are probably not as vivid as the dye based ink sprays you can get but they are less likely to fade over time.
Hope this helps?
Hugs
Dawn x

Dawn said...

OMG! How useless am I!! I meant to start my comment by saying how gorgeous I thought your mint choc chip pages were. I love the freedom you express through your art and can only aspire to such myself, one day hopefully I will be able to truly let go and find some sense of my own style.
Hugs again x

AnnieC said...

Wow! looks like you've had so much fun with these - I love how you've used all the different media - gorgeous!

voodoo vixen said...

Love that mint colour... it makes me hungry!! (OK... the banana bread in the oven that smells delish is also making my tummy growl like a brown bear)!!
I had no idea I didn't allow anonymous comments... now I will have to investigate and see if I can rectify the situation... I may be a while!!

Lesley said...

Wow love your take on this week's colour prompt. I am stil trying to get around to see other artists work.
The colours are so delish.
Lesley♥

Terri Neggers said...

Wonderful sense of freedom and play - your pages make me wish I had a sewing machine, I just love the effect.

Elisabeth R said...

These are so much fun! I love the stiching! :)

Jenny said...

Gorgeous pages... love the beautiful images... the wonderful stitching... and such a fabulous mint coloring... lovely work...

Hugs
Jenny x

Caz said...

What a really lovely page!!

Sandi said...

Thanks for sharing the process! I do love knowing how a project comes about :)

ashton elaine said...

This page is so beautiful! Love the stitching. How inspiring. :)

sugar Creek said...

THis is beautiful. I love journal pages and I love them stained with coffee!!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

Have to say you have embraced and nailed mint choc chip... these pages are just perfect, and I love the vintage feel of them... we used to get lots of things wrapped in a butcher's paper that was that shade of green, so I am now thinking of visits to the greengrocer with my Nan and armfuls of flowers wrapped in that soft green paper... wonderful memories brought on from a gorgeous set of pages...xx

Virginia said...

Oh that's fabulous love what you've done with the colour scheme!

Carolyn Dube said...

Your stitching just grabbed my eyes! All your rich layers and elements- love the flash card!!

Kathy said...

What a fab piece... love all the texture and interesting bits.. beautiful colors...

Daniele Valois said...

oooh, yummy! Like mint chip ice cream yummy!

JansArtyJunk said...

Love what you did with this weeks theme...and LOVE all the bits and pieces you have used and the fab stiching!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Love your booklet! I actually saw this post while I was still away on one of the rare days we had a minute and free wi-fi at the same time!

This looks like such a fun challenge, and I hope to keep it in mind if she runs it next summer!