SSS Designer Spotlight: Hip Hop Collage

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It’s my second week as a guest designer for the SSS Monday Challenge.  Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement last week.  It is much appreciated!

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This week’s challenge is Hip Hop, and I’m going full-on BUNNY!  My first thought was to use the SSS March 2017 card kit – which I love.  The stamps, the papers, the mousse – everything was so great.  But, I made a ton of cards with the set already and was on cuteness overload.  I wanted something a little more freestyle…

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Funny Bunny


Have a mentioned I can’t draw?  Really, I’m rotten at just sketching something from thin air. But, I’m a great mimic, so to the web I went in search of funny bunnies.  I found a few I liked and voila! – my bunny is alive.  I have a difficult time drawing circles, so I typically use circle dies as templates – then I just connect shapes with a pencil.  For example, the bunny head is a circle with the bottom sort of truncated – and his nose area is an upside down heart. I didn’t think to take a photo of my work in progress (sorry).  Once I liked my basic sketch, I outlined it with a marker and erased all the pencil marks.  For this piece, I didn’t want a harsh black line, so I used a Distress Marker in Frayed Burlap.  I then colored my bunny with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut it out.  The images below show my outline drawing, and the colored image.

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Foreground Elements


To make the eggs, I started by scribbling some gelatos and wetting them with a paintbrush to get a base layer of color.  I did this on regular copier paper because I knew I would be layering the eggs and didn’t want the bumpy look of layered cardstock.  After heat setting the gelato base colors, I used a Tim Holtz stencil, Splatters, and some Distress Ink to add some painterly splotches.

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I used my Brother ScanNCut to cut egg shapes in a variety of sizes.  I felt a bit guilty about this, like I was being lazy, when I remembered – that’s why I bought it in the first place! If I didn’t have a machine, I would have used one of the eggs from the SSS March 2017 kit as a stencil.

Now that I had my eggs, I needed some grass.  I put layer of Distress Inks (Old Paper and Cracked Pistachio) on copier paper then hand cut (yes!  I said hand cut!) random grass shapes. To add some dimension, I used my Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens in Permanent Green, May Green, and Light Yellow to add some grass blades.

My funny bunny needed a sidekick.  I chose one of the cute little chicks from the SSS Stacking Animals set.  The chick has the perfect expression for this scene.  I stamped him using Ranger Archival Ink in Watering Can on copier paper, colored him with Prismacolor pencils, and fussy cut him out.  I think he really looks like he is saying “what the …..”.

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Background


For my background, I used a blending tool to lay down Distress Inks: Old Paper, Cracked Pistachio, Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, and Tumbled Glass.  I sprtized it with water and let it air dry.

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Collage Assembly and Finishing Touches


To assemble all my elements, I started with my Bunny.  I used my scoring board to score the portions of the bunny that would be in the fold of the journal before gluing him down with Distress Collage Medium. I then started layering the eggs, and a few sprigs of glass using the collage medium both underneath and on top of the image.  I finished up by adding my chickie and the large grassy area at the bottom.  Once everything was dry, I used a Faber-Castell big brush pen in Cool Grey to shade the areas where the eggs overlapped, and around the character images.  Because I used the collage medium, there was a little play time with the markers, and I was able to use a damp paintbrush to soften the shadows.  Don’t try this without some sort of medium applied – the ink in the markers won’t budge if you use them on dry paper.  I also used the green FC pens to deepen some of the color at the bottom of the grass.

For the sentiment ….. uggghhh…. what an ordeal!  I wrote out Happy Easter with a black marker directly on the journal page.  It looked horrible – the color was to harsh and my lettering was terrible.  Lettering is a skill I need to practice. A lot. I tried to remedy it with a white gel pen, but it still looked rotten. Gesso and white paint wouldn’t cover it, so I ended up cutting out some cloud shapes and collaging them over the writing.  Then I added layers of ink and a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Crazy Talk set. I’m still not in love with my fix  – but hey, it’s just an art journal!!!  So, it is what it is.  And, I am going to be okay with that.  Really I will. Eventually.

To finish things off, I added a paint splotch and drips at the end of the bunny’s brush (copier paper, prisma color pencils, and collage medium), added a few mini doodles with my white gel pen, and smudged some Distress Crayons around the edges of my journal pages (Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke).

This piece is a wrap!  Here’s a few close-ups.

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Thanks for hopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!

Your Turn and a Chance to Win


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Now it’s your turn.  Show us what you came up with for today’s Hip Hop Theme.  You could win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Supplies


Here’s a list of the supplies I used for my piece:

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16 thoughts on “SSS Designer Spotlight: Hip Hop Collage

  1. I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying your projects, Amy! This one put a huge smile on my face and made me giggle out loud. I absolutely love it! It’s so colorful and fun and that bunny is hilarious, cute and amazing!

    Cathie ♥

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  2. I absolutely LOVE this Amy!! The bunny is super cute awesome adorable and I love the background and the whole scene!! I am going to have to CASE, this, 😍❤❤❤

    Luv
    Lols x x x

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  3. Amy, this is amazing!! Love the bright colors and your bunny and chick are the best! Have to laugh at those bunny eyes, I think they could hypnotize. Gorgeous eggs, and thanks for sharing all the tips on how you did this – brilliant! Happy Easter! Maura

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  4. Wow! What an incredible journal page, this is fantastic and I adore the scene you’ve created and that bunny is just so, so funny…I love him! Happy Easter… 🙂

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  5. Uhhh, you can’t draw?? Newsflash! You are a fantastic artist!!! I love anything that involves sketching and you nailed this even if you call yourself no more than a copycat! I love the whimsy and bright colors. You did a remarkable job and this made me smile!

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