Southern Girls Challenge · Team Trace

Autumnal Sunshine

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk 
On a winter’s day

                                                               “California Dreamin’ “

Mother Nature seems to have skipped over fall and sent us right into winter…it is 28 degrees in central Louisiana this morning! I haven’t even had a chance to enjoy the cool, sunny fall days that I love. I will be taking advantage of the warmer temps next week!

There’s a new challenge up on the Southern Girls blog and the theme is to use inks or sprays. The sponsors for this challenge are Neat and Tangled 252415gc-01-01and A Day for Daisies topbanner-adfd. Each company is generously offering gift certificates to our randomly chosen winners, so be sure to link up your inky creations for a chance to win!

I created an autumn themed art journal layout for my design team project. I found a quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne that sums up exactly how I feel on beautiful fall days!

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I used three digital images from A Day for Daisies in my design, A Barrel of Blossoms,SGChallenge November 2018 002E2  Catching Leaves,SGChallenge November 2018 002E3 and Joy. I love the versatility of using digital images in my designs! I created my design in Photoshop Elements, printed on mixed media paper, and used Gansai Tambi watercolors, distress inks and Prismacolor pencils to color the images.

I can think of so many fun techniques with inks and sprays, but I chose simplicity for this project.  I added some background spatters with an OLD bottle of metallic copper Memories Mist. I haven’t used it in years and it still works! The spray mechanism was clogged, so I just took it off and used it to flick droplets onto the background. I also added some water droplets to lift some of the distress ink from the background for added interest. All of the different mediums worked well together. I even blended the colored pencils with Gamsol and didn’t get any lifting from the watercolors or distress inks. This is definitely a combination I’ll use again! SGChallenge November 2018 002E4

Be sure to visit the Southern Girls blog for more inspiration from the Design Team and link up your “inked and sprayed” creation for a chance to win one of our prizes or be one of the Southern Girls’ top 5!

I’ll look for you in the gallery! wendy-signature

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