Friday, August 21, 2015

Under the Sea!

Good Friday all my crafty friends! It would appear that time between posts has gotten longer and longer!!! LOL Not due to "want," but simply due to work and kiddos back in school! I would love to be able to "art play" all day and "think about" doing housework "sometimes!" LOL, LOL! But that probably won't happen for another 10+ years! It's good to have dreams and goals though isn't it! LOL

Today I a going to share my tag that I did as a part of the Tag It Tuesday Link Party over on Sheri Whitfield's Blog, Cards and More by Sheri! I always love to see what Sheri's theme will be each month. Sheri noted that it was still hot in her part of the world, but it's STILL hot in Georgia as well Sheri!! Uggggh! LOL So with that in mind she picked the nautical/ocean theme! I am not necessarily an "ocean" kind of person (I love the mountains), but I thought I could still go there! I decided to put a whimsical/Mystical/Ethereal theme on it instead....if there is a such!! LOL


I loved doing this tag because I had an idea in my mind of this "Octo Under the Sea Woman" that I wanted to pull off. My sister LOVES octopuses and they really are unique and beautiful creatures, but I wanted an "octo lady!" LOL I think it worked out alright!

This tag was one that my friend Wanda Hentges gifted me with as well as the paints that I used, which are PaperArtsy. They are a myriad of beautiful blues, greens and turquoise colors which, unfortunately are retired. I simply started the tag with a layer of gesso and heat set it and then began randomly laying down the different hues with a cosmetic sponge. I also tried to paint bubbles here and there and then at the bottom painted something "seaweed looking." I then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Distress tool and Distress ink in Salty Ocean and Broken China and then rounded it out with Black Soot.

I found the sea creatures and that very ethereal lady's head online and then cut the dress out of a magazine. I adhered them all with Mod Podge and then shadowed with Faber Castell Big Brush Pen in Ultramarine and Cobalt Green. I had this cool octopus pendant that I got in the bargain bin at my craft store that I knew I wanted to use, but I wasn't sure how at first and then I decided to make the octo lady have an octo necklace! LOL Too fun! So I made her a necklace with some little gems  and added the pendant and gave her a pearl head dress. I tried to mimicking further bubbles by putting glass beads here and there. Then I simply added my sentiment with Tim Holtz Warn Text Stamp Set and highlighted with my white gel pen and the same Big Brush Pens.

Thanks Sheri for the theme, it was too fun!! Even though I am not necessarily a "beach person," I do love all of God's beautiful creatures "Under the Sea!" There are literally over some 230,000 creatures living under the sea and it seems like every day they find some new species or one they thought was all but gone! As a Christian I don't simply believe that creatures in this universe just "happened!" I believe our magnificent Father in Heaven created each individual creature great and small and looking at any number of them shows you the preciseness, amazing creativity and intent of our Creator to make all things unique, special and called it ALL GOOD! I am so thankful He did!

All that said and done, I celebrate my uniqueness and DEFINITELY know I am one of a kind...LOLOLOL, aren't you glad (I know my husband is)!!! LOLOLOL Celebrate YOU today! Have an AWESOME weekend! :)

Blessings

6 comments:

  1. What an amazing tag. Your seaweed thing turned out really cool!! My kids haven't gone back to school yet but I was really hoping that would calm things down. Are you saying its going to get busier???

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    1. LOL, Yes, that is EXACTLY what I am saying Dana! LOL At least for me anyway. I hammer down on my kiddos so it's usually homework and studying for "something" at least every night! That being said, my art has to take the back seat! *sigh!* I try my best to get a little in there somewhere, so we shall see! LOL Thanks, as always, for your sweetness! Good luck for the school year! LOL Blessings

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  2. This is a fun tag!!! You did a fabulous job of putting your idea together!!! So glad you are enjoying the tags and paints :) We do miss our arty time when things are busy but you are a great mom that loves God and one day you will have arty time and also be very glad that you kept first things first getting to that time!!

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    1. Thanks Wanda! LOL Yes ma'am indeed I am enjoying your loving kindness! I have all kinds of "stuff" floating around in my head! LOL That can be good....and bad! LOL Thank you for your lovely comments of encouragement Wanda! I continue to pray that I use my time wisely, I don't ever want to cut short His design and will for my life, so I have to be continually sensitive to that, in spite of my own will! LOLOLOL!! Many blessings to you my friend! :)

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  3. Wow, this is s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g! Love what you did with her hair! Your shading always makes your work look three-dimensional!

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    1. Thank you my friend! I had a ball making this one!! The hair was especially fun! I knew I wanted to try to do something with the "octo" thing, and it turned out pretty good! :) Thanks again! :)

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