Thursday, May 21, 2015

Deep Sea Journey

Its a busy work week for me. I am trying to get all kinds of things accomplished before the school year really goes into wind down mode. And that will start to happen next week. But I am looking forward to the long holiday weekend coming up here in the US in just one more work day.
So this journal page started with a piece of water color paper that I had been using up all my extra paints from other projects on. It was rather a hot mess  so I added  a Gelli printed deli wrap sheet to the background. I thought this made the page a little more ocean like with the big spiral and the net looking background.  I glued down these seaweed die cuts (Sizzix) and little turtles.  I thought the seaweed just blended in too much with the background so I rubbed some black ink over them and now they stand out better.  It also darkens the bottom of the page a bit, kind of like the bottom of the sea would be, and I like that effect. Then I stenciled in the travel words (Tim Holtz)  and added some word stickers (also Tim Holtz). Finally I stamped and painted some sea creatures (Chocolate Baroque) and scribbled in a border just because the page needed something to hold it all in. 
Maybe it just needs a mermaid now.
Hmm, I could fix that easy enough.
 I am linking this page at Art Journal Journey as this month the theme is the sea/das meer.  I've been having a blast squeezing in some ocean journal pages.
If you haven't joined in yet please do.
And as always, thanks for visiting.

10 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

I love your under sea world, where so much is going on, just great. Soon the big vacations will be there, and you will have more time to do all the things you want to!Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is a WOWSER Erika! I love all about it! Great Mixed Media Page!
Happy you have so much fun with us at Art Journal Journey!
hugs
Susi

johanna said...

your Journal page turned out beautiful, so many Details to see... i fully understand the stress of the last days before school´s end - i had it for over 30 years and feel so free now... hope you can fill the time with lots of creativity!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Such a rich piece ~ in color, texture and expression. Enjoy your busy-ness (I can relate!) and have a GREAT holiday weekend!

~*~Patty S said...

What a beautiful and rich underwater world you've created.
Fabulous!

Karla B said...

Gorgeous under sea page!Love it!

sheila 77 said...

What a lovely complex underwater page. I like the seaweed and the little swimming turtles and the border does finish it off very well.
Glad you are having a happy time making art for "The Sea".

Margik said...

Hi Erika! Love your fabulous page and all details, especially the little turtles and the great effect of the seaweed. The background is amazing too.

Margik said...

Hi Erika! Love your fabulous page and all details, especially the little turtles and the great effect of the seaweed. The background is amazing too.

Zafaran Art Gallery said...

Love the water world you have created with so many wonderful textures!