Under the sea

The new challenge at Stampotique designers challenge blog is “under the sea” chosen by Arwen. So here comes my undersea world:

I chose Smushasha as my mermaid and Octopet as my favorite sea creature (both of them are designed my Daniel Torrente). Well my spread was beginning with an oops, some gesso poured out on my page (as last days of vacation kiddos are running around), so poured then I just smudged it around with a sponge.

Not a lot to see I know, but believe me it’s there. Next my mojo said I want some blue and some bubbles. So first I colorized my spread with pastel blue ecoline. Then I stamped on it with France Papillon’s design cube some bubbles and finally I had that blueish washi tape on my table, so why not a bit of a torn collage. And then came the “kiddo-action” again, pouring their pencil sharpener on top of the spread and while trying to cover-up smudging some colors from broken tips onto the spread, oops.

Sometimes oops are giving me more ideas, actually I am grateful for that. So I took Finnabair’s elemental bubble stencil and added some modeling paste. Then I colored my bubbles with pan pastel shades, tints and color, till they looked pretty dimensional.ย 

And as the page was already quiet grunge and smudge, I decided to color my paper with Lindy’s stamp gang sprays before stamping (used cafรจ au lait and yellow rose of Texas and splatters of autumn maple crimson). Then I stamped Octopet and Smushasha with archival ink and trimmed them.

For me a spread is not a spread without some stitches, so I added this time around it. I distressed the edge with broken china and stamped with France Papillon’s splattered mug around the edges. I added my text “under the sea” (using Alphabities ABC) and some more doddles with black gel pen. And:

I am sharing my spread with Stampotique designers challenge SDC 162. Hope you don’t mind for the oops, and like my undersea world.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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21 Responses to Under the sea

  1. mrsbeez says:

    More fabulous textures – the large bubbles are particularly spectacular. Love the contrast of the characters and the border completes it perfectly.

  2. Kay Wallace says:

    Your layering here is so good that it looks like this is 3-D, Ruth! Great detail and color make this perfect! Love how you colored your paper before stamping your focal images. Love this! So glad you are continuing to create for the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge!!

  3. Cute and funny and deep like the ocean!

  4. ejordan312 says:

    I love all of your pages, and it’s great to see the process, too!

  5. You know what Ruth, you just better stop it AGAIN!! This is just flippin awesome! I love that Stampotique Octopet! My sister is a octopus freak and I have been meaning to get that stamp and do some really cute creation for her! You have really inspired me with this one! Just fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • lerusho says:

      Oh Felicia Octopet is a must have, so much fun to work with it and if you already get Octopet don’t forget the mermaids, poor Octopet would feel so lonely in the deep sea ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I get no commission from Stampotique, I just love their stamps that’s all.) Have a great weekend my friend!

  6. massofhair says:

    Need the bubble stencil so much it is a fabulous design.

    Stunning journal pages Ruth, thank you for explaining your process, a beautiful and sensational piece of ArT:-) xxx

  7. Tracy says:

    Love those bubbles, Ruth!

  8. Erika N says:

    Great under the sea page!

  9. shilpa says:

    beautiful pages!!

  10. *Arwen* says:

    I love your undersea world Ruth! The bubbles are so cool!
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Design Challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx Arwen

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