Just Creating, Mixed Media

Keeping It Simple – Live

Hello, Crafty Internet!

Today I am sharing a simple panel I made to put in a photo frame. I wanted something with pretty colors and an encouraging sentiment to have for times when my broken brain gets the better of me. Crafting is my form of therapy that helps me work through tough times when my mental status isn’t the best.

The ingredients:

I started with some white watercolor paper and stamps from Penny Black and Bo Bunny. The watercolor set is a cheap one I found on Amazon that works wonderfully for me and my limited set of skills. 

I used Archival Ink in black to stamp a wall background on the paper. Toward the middle and top I used second generation stamping. I liked the look of it.

Using the watercolors and a brush water pen, I colored the background in shades of blue and burnt reds.

At this point I wasn’t sure if what I had in mind was actually going to work. I liked the background well enough to think about what I wanted the final result to be.

Then I went ahead and did it anyway.

I stamped the image onto my background and again on the other piece of the paper to paper piece the flower. In the corner you can see where I was trying to decide what color to use. Also, you can see a piece of the color wheel I used to help. If you struggle with colors, a color wheel can make choosing colors for your project easier. At least it has for me.

Once I had everything colored and dried, I pieced together the flower onto the panel. I used a glue pen for the little flower buds and matte medium for the larger blooms.

So here I thought I had the panel finished but the more I looked at it the more I felt that something was missing. It just didn’t look finished to me.

So I added a hand drawn border and filled it in with my black Copic marker.

The panel size is 4 x 6 so finding a photo frame won’t be an issue. I probably have one laying around in a drawer somewhere. This project didn’t take long to put together and it was very relaxing for me to just make something pretty and not think on it too much.

When I started my next project, I found a theme I had not intended on or even thought of so I went back to this piece and made a change to it. This project was inspired by Vicky Papaioannou and a journal page series she did on Youtube. You can visit her blog here.

I took some letters I cut from a Sizzix/Tim Holtz set, popped them up on some thin foam pieces and adhered them to the bottom of the panel. I loved it and it worked so well with my next project. I will add the link to it once the post is up.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah

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