Today I have another page for Eileen's Inspired By challenge at Art Journal Journey Chris and I are hosting this challenge in memory of Eileen.
With summer not too far off and covid still an issue, I was thinking about doing things outdoors. I liked this TH photo of the 3 boys, and when I was thinking about what boys would do outside, camping crossed my mind. They even look dressed for this big adventure.
I used a background I had made at Christmas time but never finished. The watercolor paper base was painted green and had some Christmas tree paper scraps glued to it. I added the acetate map over it, not only the for map details but to make the background not seem so holiday like. If you look carefully you can see a few tress with a red star on them. But since this has a camping theme, they work.
The tent, tree, bonfire and canoe are from a very old set of dies I have. I'm not sure if the company that made this set is even in business anymore. I was glad to use them though, since I haven't used them in such a long enough time it was like having a new set of dies. I painted directly on the acetate and added details to that paint to turn that into the log, as the boys needed a place to sit.
I stamped the quotes right on my page. I stamped the lantern and flashlight (from the same clear set as the quotes) on acetate scraps, added color and then, after fussy cutting, glued them down onto my page.
And there you have it.
I did go out and meet my walking friend one day last week. The tide was high so we met at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth. I've brought you here before, but thought I would still share a few photos as it was a beautiful day to walk outdoors.
Pussy willows past their prime.
And some still with those soft little tufts still showing.
And since tree cutting has been on my radar lately, this big tree piece caught my eye.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you are enjoying your day. Maybe there is even a bit of great outdoors in it for you.