Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer love

I have a love-hate relationship.  I'm loving summer right up until NOW!  Arizona summers seem to last forever.  We will be entering "monsoon season", which admittedly can be fun with beautiful skies.  However, with added humidity and temps on the rise to 115 plus, the outdoors is not to be enjoyed for too long.  My love-hate Arizona summer feelings gave inspiration for this mixed-media piece.

Stampotique's Mela and Little bird are featured in  this journal page.    I began with a light application of gesso, applied with a credit card.  I smeared Gelatos into the gesso and intensified the color with an additional layer of Inktense brushed roughly with a stiff damp brush.  My sweet  husband bought me Posca pens which led to my doodles.  I loved how they took the surface.  My signature scrap bits and stitches complete the background. 

I used a white wax crayon to work around the edges of the images to create the intensity of the summer sun.  I made Mela's heart a little larger with some scrap paper to accent "summer love."


  1. I think Mela is my favourite Stampotique person !! Did you see she is on the front cover of Stampers' Sampler, summer edition ! I couldn't believe it when I saw it.
    Love your journal page, but then I love everything you make !!!
    Corrie x

  2. She is beautiful, I love the rainbow colours you have going on in the sky.

  3. Stunning Janet. You captured the feel of what it must be like in Arizona for me! My daughter is out there now, I hope she is applying lots of sun cream!

    True sentiment too... love your artwork xx

  4. Great page - love the background and the white highlights around the images! Gorgeous Stampotique Gal!