Tuesday, August 11, 2015

At the beach

I've created a spread in my experimental altered book for Moo Mania and More's latest theme which is the beach.  I had planned to join Julia for WOYWW this week, but I learned I'm having company in the morning and must be up by 6:00 am.  That's when I normally go to bed on Wednesday, so I have to bow out this week since life got in the way of internet visits.  Instead of showing my workspace, I found time to create a beach spread.

For my beach scene, I first painted most of my page with blue paint, then placed white tissue paper over the top.  While still wet, I added more paint over the top, which I hoped created the waves and foam I was looking for.

You might be able to tell I tried to stamp the shells on the sandpaper, but that didn't work out too well.  So of course, I had to stamp them on cream colored card stock and fussy cut each one.

After I assembled the beach scene, I cut off the excess sandpaper that extended on both sides.  In hindsight, I wish I'd overlapped one side because it's obvious that I pieced the sandpaper together in the center of the spread.

It's hard enough to read my writing when I'm not fighting scrunched tissue paper, but this made it nearly impossible.  It reads "waves, sand, shells at the beach."  I didn't want the words to overtake the "scene," so I kept them small.

Materials I used include tissue paper, acrylic paint, sandpaper, card stock, wood mounted rubber stamps, and a Zig ink pen, all in my altered book substrate.

Thanks as always for visiting and don't forget to check out the other lovely beach entries at Moo Mania and More.

12 thoughtful remarks:

Monica said...

You are amazing you create non stop. And you finis. Spent days making a page for someone and made it wrong size and could not get it the right size. Finally whipped up some thing , not what i intended. Ah well. Not posting today.

Monica. Sweating it out in 100+ degree weather.

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely idea with the crumpled tissue and sandpaper, love the texture you created. Makes a great page. Thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More, Have a fun day, and stay creative! Hugs, Valerie

jinxxxygirl said...

What a stroke of genius to use sandpaper! Beautiful! Hugs! deb

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh you created a fantastic beachy scene here..and I love your handwriting-
I don't know why no one likes his own handwriting??!!
Meanwhile I like mine and I didn't like it for a long time - I remember.
Thank you so much for the wonderful entry to Moo Mania & More!


Craftymoose Crafts said...

This is really, really awesome! The waves and foam came out great and the sandpaper was just genius! The shell stamps on the sandpaper actually added some depth in my opinion. Beautiful work!

Halle said...

I love this one!!! The water texture is wonderful and very realistic. And sand paper for sand!! DUH! That's a slap the forehead moment.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I like your beach, the water is bluer than mine here, we have lots of green and seaweed too. Today is a perfect beach day too! xox

~*~Patty S said...

Great idea for your sandy beach and that beautiful blue water sure does look inviting E!
Seashells are one of my favorite things at the beach ♥
You are making me itchy for our upcoming beach trip end of September.

sheila 77 said...

I always admire your lo-tech way of making art, and the great (and different to others) results you can get. The sea looks very sea-y and the beach looks very sandy, and the shells are fun.

Divers and Sundry said...

I like how you did the water. It turned out so pretty!

see you there! said...

Very beachy. You do such great things with texture.


pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! I love the movement in that sea! LoVe the sand and those beautiful shells! Chrisx