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January 14, 2012

Voyage of Discovery!

Have you ever felt like you completely lost your mojo and have wondered where it went? Well, that was the funk that I was dealing with for the past little while it seems. Life throws some curve balls and after dealing with it all, you just seem to lose interest in the things that once brought enjoyment. Well, after playing around with stamps and a new techinque using artist's canvas I am once again excited about creating. It really is funny how something new will really bring you out of that funk that one can sometimes experience. I really had a lot of fun creating this canvas and encourage you to give it a try as well. You will be surprised at how easy it is and you can follow my tutorial from yesterday to create it!

I so love how this turned out because, I am more of a warm colors sort of gal! Now this can have even more layers of color by adding distress inks and by adding embellishments. I so love the Hero Arts Flutterbies Digi Kit and just had to use it in this project. I decided to use various sizes to focus on the depth and nearness of the butterflies and tree. This creates the impression that the tree is further away and the larger butterfly closer. The project was created using STAEDTLER Pastel Chalks, Triplus Markers, and watercolor pencils. These can be created in 4 pieces for the 4 seasons. This is a spring piece and I am working on the others to share later. I am so happy that I thought to give this new technique a try on canvas because the texture was great to work with. Why not give canvas or some other fabric covered surface a try and you will be surprised how fun it can be! I sure was and I am happy to have my mojo back again! Lol.

This is a close up shot of what the butterfly looks like and the colors that were used to bring this it to left. It was colored with Tri-plus markers first and then shaded with watercolor pencils. Highlights were added with the white watercolor pencil, which I did not add water to because I wanted to keep the highlight bright. Also, white gel pen was used to add highligts to the body of the butterfly.

Be sure to check out 2 Peas in a Bucket for all of your digital kits. Hero Arts really does have a great variety of kits there and the possibilities are endless. Remember this card, it is the same butterfly has the one above, just increased in size and colored with STADTLER watercolor crayons.

Why Not Hop Along With The Hostesses For Your Chance To Win!

Thanks so much for popping in for a visit. I greatly appreciate it. Come back tomorrow to see some of the Hero Arts stamps that I won from their previous blog hop. Why not check out their current blog hop for your chance to win some of their just released stamps. I trust that all is well in your part of this crafting world and wishing you lots of scrappy moments.

I like to leave you with the words of the sentiment used in this project." The Real Voyage of Discovery consist not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes!"  Life can give some ups and downs but it is only how you look at it! So true.




Barb said...

Dana, this is beautiful! the colors are so saturated...love it. i love your designs and am happy that your mojo is back! i can't believe it was ever very far away :) thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving the encouraging comments you do...all while you're so busy yourself. xx

Judy1223 said...

Dana, this is quite amazing! Such gorgeous colors...I love how warm and cheerful it is! Just lovely!

Maureen Morton said...

Oh, this is just lovely! Such rich colors and what a nice sentiment. You are always so sweet and your work is so special. Thanks for all you do! Welcome back to your mojo, but I think it is always there even if it is hiding a little.

Robin K. said...

Oh Dana! I absolutely loved this piece when I saw it on flickr!!! I completely understand about the whole mojo thing and will remember your words about trying something new when it happens again. Hugs, Robin :)

Auntie Em said...

Your card is beautiful Dana! I love how soft the colouring technique looks and the pretty butterflies popped up.
Glad to see you are getting your mojo back. It's so nice to see your work again.
Thanks for sharing! :)

RTitus said...

Love this Dana! I love how the butterfly stands out, and the colours are so vibrant. Looks like something I'll have to try someday really soon, maybe you can give a lesson some time when you're not busy.

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful Canvas and wonderful tutorial! Love the scene you created!

Anonymous said...

The canvas is stunning! I love the effect you created with the chalks and watercolor pencils!!

Donna said...

Wonderful card Dana, so very pretty!!

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