Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a month already. I’ve certainly enjoyed the ride, and thanks again for your kind words.
Now onto this week’s challenge: “We’ve Got Your Number”. I was in an art journal sort of mood and decided to make my least favorite numbers – “age” and “weight” – cheerful, fun, and colorful!
For the background, I started by applying some gesso thru a Faber-Castell number stencil (from the Lettering Stencil set). I applied Dylusions paint (Bubblegum Pink, Squeezed Orange, and London Blue) with a blending tool over the gesso – I love how it gives a ghosted look. Then, I used the same paint colors and a few stencils to create some layered interest:
- The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils: Mini Tiny Circles (one of my favs)
- Dina Wakley Stencil: Mini Favorites
- Tim Holtz: Measured Stencil
Here’s a picture of my background at this stage. Truth be told, I wasn’t 100% thrilled, but I was determined not to give up on it (I do this too often).
I thought a silhouette-look would be fun, but didn’t have a stencil/mask. So, I stamped an image from a Dina Wakley stamp set on scrap paper and created a few different sizes with my scanner/copier, to use as a mask. I painted Dylusions Black Marble paint with a blending tool over my masked background. I then used my white gel pen to doodle and add in my words of wisdom :). Here’s a picture at this stage.
I decided my focal girl needed some friends, so I painted the other girls I had scanned/copied, dabbed on some paint, stenciled a few numbers, cut off their left arms (ouch), and adhered the girls to the journal. I also cut out some numbers on my Brother ScanNCut, painted them and glued them in random areas on the background. If you don’t have one of these machines, there are several excellent number dies in the SSS store (I like the SSS Big Numbers dies).
I created a bit of shadowing around the elements with a Distress Crayon in Hickory Smoke, and a black Sharpie. I also added some doodles and dots with white and black gel pens. To finish things off, I used my black Distress Crayon to create a smudge around the edges of my pages, and added white lines all the way around – to mimic a ruler/tape measure.
Here’s my finished piece, along with a few closeups of the details!
Show Us Your Number
Thanks so much for stopping by! Remember to link your “number” creations for a chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store (the happiest place on the web!)
Tools and Supplies
Here’s a listing of the supplies and tools I used in my project:
- Dylusions Paints: Bubblegum Pink, London Blue, Squeezed Orange, Black Marble
- The Crafter’s Workshop stencil: Mini Tiny Circles
- Dina Wakely Stencil: Mini Favorites
- Tim Holtz Stencil: Measured
- Faber-Castell Stencils: Lettering Stencil Set
- Dina Wakley Silhouetted Women Stamps
- Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Scissors
- Ranger Ink Blending Tool
- Signo White gel pen and black gel pen
- Distress Crayons in Black Soot and Hickory Smoke
- Dyan Reaveley Small Creative Journal