Sunday, July 23, 2017

What the Summer is Meant for

The weekend has wound down. A new week of summer and the living is easy.
I have another journal spread for Elizabeth's summer love challenge at Art Journal Journey.
This spread is from my ocean journal. I started by using an ocean themed napkin. When we went to Maine at the end of June these napkins were in the cottage we rented, and I took one home with me. It worked perfect for a base in this page.
I then stamped these 2 ocean themes quotes several times and used white painted to form my big escape word. Once dry, I outlined it with a Stabilo pencil, which I then softened the edges with a wet paintbrush.
Finally I added one of these handmade postage stamps. I bought a package of some postage stamp paper awhile  back. I added paint, some stamped images and some die cuts and ended up making a whole cool sheet of postage stamps with an ocean theme.
Once I tore the stamp off the sheet I added the postage amount and then added some postmarks. I love the idea of making some customized stamps for a particular project.
That's all for me.  Almost time for Game of Thrones.
Happy new week, and thanks for visiting.


Jeannette said...

wow,love your amazing beach pages,love the grid and how you take the seashells and seastars over,really,really love this,the second page is georgus too.
have a happy new week.

hugs jenny

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in awe of your escape. Like you, I often take napkins home I like. But now I'm getting so many, I may never use them all. I really like the ocean theme, though.

I was taken by you making your own postage stamps. That one you chose for the spread is perfect. I don't know how you did it, but I sure like it.

Thanks for sharing your escape with Art Journal Journey tonight. I think this is fabulous.

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous sea-page, love the colours. Enjoy your Game of Thrones! Hugs, Valerie

CJ Kennedy said...

Can't think of a better place for a Summer escape or any escape as the ocean. Those stamps are so cool. I really like the chadburn image. Wasn't that an exciting Game of Thrones episode? I didn't see that coming!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I am thrilled about your wonderful spread and I am in awe of your beautifully made customized stamps --- they look amazing!This one stamp is the perfect finishing touch of the whole spread!
Great entry for Elizabeth's Summertime-Love theme!
Thank you very much!
We have wonderful drizzling rain the whole day and it's great for nature-- I love it!
oxo Susi
Happy new week dear Erika!

Meggymay said...

Fabulous journal pages and I really loved the idea of home made stamps.
The napkin you used was great for your ocean spread.
Yvonne xx

nanskidrewski said...

I love sand dollars. It is always a bit of a thrill when I see one. Blue and white is the perfect summer color combination. Great ideas on your pages.

Sandy said...

You do and I watch ---- I love to see what you are working on - are these all different journala?
Sandy xx

Jeanie said...

I love both of these, Erika. They express summer so perfectly. I think the postage stamp one is particularly interesting with the blue and all. Really, really nice!

Caty said...

Wualaaaaa Erika,, this spread page is fantastique !!! Love it all! the colours, the stamps, I can smell this so beautiful world you have created. :D
I wish you a very nice day, big hugs,

butterfly said...

What wonderful summertime pages - capturing the windswept joy of the beach and the sea. Love the colours across the gridwork of the second page, and great layered stamping. Lovely organic shapes in the shells and sand-dollars.
Alison x