Sunday, December 15, 2019


I recently tried out for a design team and had to make a project specifically for the call. I got flushed, but it's all good because my project came out the way that I had pictured it in my mind's eye. I love, Love, LOVE when that happens, especially since most of my projects seem to take many left turns (maybe at Albuquerque) and/or take on a life of their own. OK. I admit it. My projects sometimes tell me what to do. I guess I really AM certifiable.

Here's my canvas.

Product List: 
Maritime 8x8 Patterned Paper Pad by 7 Gypsies
Media® Matte Medium by DecoArt®
Media® Black Gesso by DecoArt®
Media® White Gesso by DecoArt®
Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist by Lindy's Gang
Whale Watching, Tibetan Poppy Teal, Opal Sea Oats, Blue Hawaiian Blue Starburst Shimmer Sprays by Lindy's Gang®
Banff Blue, Polite People Purple, Beaver Tail Brown, Canadian Bacon Blush, Maple Syrup Bronze, and Oh Canada Crimson Squirts by Lindy's Gang®
Sidewalk Chalk Magicals by Lindy's Gang®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers: 
Skin: BV0000, BV000, E00, E000, E11, E21, E50, R20, 
Lips: E04, RV93, RV95, R32
Eyes: BG45, BG53, BG57
Beard/Mustache: C3, C4, C5
Uniform and Cap: B39, B39, Y23, Y26, BG53
Fish: YR12, YR16, YR18
Pipe: E47, E49, E55, E57
Copic® Multiliners
Compass Chipboard by Creative Embellishments
Assorted Charms
Thinlits™ Alterations Dies by Tim Holtz® for Sizzix®
Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Body Gel by Prima Marketing
On-Point Glue™ by Imagine® Crafts
Jute Ribbon by American Crafts™
Stamping Platform
Sanding Block
Foam Brushes
Misc. Brushes

  1. Gather supplies.
  2. Trim patterned paper to 6” wide and adhere to canvas board using Media Matte Medium. Heat set.
  3. Spray canvas with Blue Hawaiian Blue, Whale Watching Blue, Tibetan Poppy Teal Starburst Sprays, heat setting between each color.
  4. Using a Stamp Positioner, stamp Old Salt image onto white cardstock. Color with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edge with a black pen.
  5. Using the Journey die, cut grey cardboard, then spray the word with Burnished Brass Moonshadow Mist. Heat set, then set aside.
  6. Spray the chipboard compass with Burnished Brass Moonshadow Mist. Heat set, then set aside.
  7. Coat the anchor with white gesso, heat set, then paint with Maple Syrup Bronze Squirts, heat set, then spray with Burnished Brass Moonshadow Mist. Heat set.
  8. Coat the seashell charms with white gesso, heat set, then paint with the Squirts. Heat set.
  9. Adhere the image with Heavy Body Gel.
  10. Adhere the chipboard compass and the sentiment die cut with OnPoint glue.
  11. Using a palette knife, apply the Texture Sand Paste to the base of the image.
  12. Press the colored charms into the Texture Sand Paste.
  13. Add jute to the anchor charm, then adhere the charm with a glue dot. Secure the jute to the back of the image. 
  14. Let the Texture Sand Paste dry overnight. 
  15. Discover that the color from the Starburst Shimmer Sprays comes through the Texture Paste. Fix with a Sidewalk Chalk Magicals combined with Sea Oats Starburst Shimmer Spray, and a touch of Beaver Tail Brown Squirts.
Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this canvas into the following challenges:
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog: December 2019 Anything Goes
*Art*Journal*Journey Chalenges: Words and Numbers
More Than Words December Challenge: Rejoice and Anything Goes (I love the ocean and anything involved with it.)


  1. This is an amazing entry, Kathi. I think your entry is incredible. I love the little details you used, too. The fish in the pipe had me laughing.

    You have NO idea how many times I start out with something in my mind and my art decides it wants to go a different way. I can truly relate. However, this piece turned out just perfect in both your eyes and mine, too. Thank you for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey. I'm super impressed and delighted to "meet" you, too.

  2. Wonderful with all the details!
    A really beautiful page!

  3. Its a fantastic page. the scene you created with those super images, doesn't fail to inspire the imagination. I never know how my pages will end up looking that the fun of creating art. Thank you for joining us at Art Journal Journey and I hope you will join us again.

  4. I love that your projects take on a life of their own - that's awesome! This is such a great image. You're very artistic! Thanks for playing along at More Than Words.

  5. Wow a fantastic project. This is wonderful. Thank you for joining us in the More Than Words challenge

  6. with all the details a wonderful picture!!!!
    greetings Elke

  7. I find that's the fun of creating... when your projects take on a life of their own. But as a fellow "pre-planner" I like when they work out as I planned as well! Great job with the canvas! Thank you for joining in at our challenge at More Than Words!

  8. Oh wow! I'm speechless.
    Thanks for playing along with us at More than word challenge.

  9. Such a special and creative project! Thank you for playing along with us at More than word challenge.

  10. A fabulous canvas. Super depth in the background and a wonderful image.
    Thank you for joining in with our December challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  11. Fantastic project
    Thank you so much for playing along with More Than Words