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The Sea is Calling Mixed Media Artwork

Hi Everyone it's Danie back again with my second project for October using products from Art Anthology.  I was sent a beautiful bird stencil and some of their Embedibles.

I initially started out creating this idea on a large canvas which I was happy with but I decided it would look better done on watercolor paper with allowance of some white space around the edges.  This is a look at the process and my trial run.  I will then be recreating it once more on my better quality watercolor paper in the hope of framing it.

Here's how it came together.

I started by masking off the edges of my A3 piece of Watercolor to frame my painting.

I then took my pointy circles stencil from the Crafter Workshop and using gesso created some texture to the bottom of my project which would become the water/sea.  I also smeared some gesso around the top of my project just to add some interest with a plastic knife.  Some blue came off the stencil given I hadn't cleaned it from when I used it on my canvas.

Next I layered a coat of gel medium across the top section, to adhere some of the Art Anthology Embedibles.  These are a light chipboard shape (hexagon's in this case) so I sprinkled them on a bit like confetti.  I then took some punchinella and Gesso and smeared it over the areas with the confetti to add further interest and texture.

Then using some blue toned Gelatos (light for the sky and dark for the water) I made a color wash and brushed over the entire background.  I dried very roughly with a heat gun.

Next I used some Spray Inks and sprayed a blue over my sky and a turquoise over the water.

After dabbing it dry with a paper towel I took my Art Anthology Bird Stencil and some black ink to add some birds to the sky.

I added a lighthouse (I used a stamp but Altered Pages has a Collage Sheet with a variety of lighthouses you could also use) to one side of my project.  Using a brown Gelato I colored in and expanded on the rock formation.  I then took some Fairy (Green) Dimensional Crystal Paint from Art Anthology and blended across where the water and sky meet.

To finish I took some punchinella and added some white to the water, making it look like the water was a bit rough and crashing over the rocks.  I also added a touch of the punchinella design in black ink around the edges for a bit of interest.

Remember I said this was a trial run, you may have noticed where the masking tape took some of the cheaper watercolor paper with it.  Having tested the process and being happy with how this has turned out I am going to do a couple of different seaside inspired prints using this stencil and play some more.  This one will probably end up in one of my journals.  

Now Day 22 of the 31 days of Halloween!!!
The Altered Pages Design Team is also  participating in the Smeared & Smudge's 31 Days of Halloween month long blog hop.  There are hop prizes to win.  Go HERE to read all the rules on how to win hop prizes... it isn't too late!!!  Have fun and Good Luck!  Be sure to check the side bar for the blog roll!!!

Today Lyneen has a Halloween card, TRICKS & TREATS!
Altered Pages Collage Sheet Antique Halloween
Art Anthology Bubble Stencil (for background)
Halloween Edges (Pumpkins)
Graveyard Black
Small Tag


  1. What a cute card! I love the black cat leading the pumpkins in a midnight sonnet :)

  2. Love Dannie's seascape and Lyneen's Halloween card! Great job ladies!

  3. Aww cute! Love the vintage image and matching die cut pumpkins. Amazing texture on the seascape, too. xxD

  4. Love the die cut pumpkins, so sparkly good! Lovely card, vintage is always a favorite! Great canvas above to, so peaceful! Love the stencil and texture paste work!

  5. Adore the retro feel and love, love the little pumpkins! Wonderful layout and ribbon is fantastic touch!! Awesome card!!

  6. I had forgotten the term punchinella. It is not something I keep in my stash. I so appreciate someone came up with a use for this byproduct.
    The pumpkin card is a Happy Halloween feeling. The ribbon and pumpkins are beautiful additions to the image.

  7. Your seascape prototype is beautiful, Danie. I can see having lot of fun trying different techniques while making more. It would be beautiful to hang, too. TFS the process.

  8. Love your seaside painting. The Halloween Card is adorable. Love the vintage image you used.

  9. I am loving the seaside painting♥ Lighthouses are near and dear to my heart♥

  10. Love the seascape and lyneen's card is perfect. Love the vintage card and th e pumpkins.

  11. Very pretty - tranquil. ;-)

  12. Danie, I love this journal page. It would look fantastic with a weathered wooden frame!!

  13. Fabulous creations! Love the vintage style Halloween card and that seascape is gorgeous!

  14. Wow Danie - it turned out lovely!! So pretty for an experiment...I'd say more more more :)

    Great card Lyneen! Super cute.

  15. That is fabulous, I love it!! I am so into the seascapes right now. Thank you for the inspirations.

  16. Wonderfully beautiful seascape, and such a cute Halloween card! I love those old vintage postcard images!

  17. Adorable Halloween card, your seaside project is lovely.

  18. Cute Halloween card! I love those old vintage postcard images!

  19. Nice job on this card! I too like those vintage images! and what you've done with it! Keep up the good work!

  20. Really love your seascape and how you created it! thanks for showing the steps you used!


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