It is time once again to run around the world via the Internet and take a peek at what people have on their desks. A great linky party hosted by Julia at Stamping Ground. If you are nosey like me..check it out :) Today I have nothing on my desk because I cleaned it off late last night after finishing one of my Lifebook projects for the week. The teacher was artist Violette Clark who gave us a tour of her very own magical cottage..her home. She challenged us to make a vision of our own magical cottage as it is..or as we wish it to be in our imagination. Here is my vision... it is most definitely from my imagination...you can't put an adobe in a tree! Although if anyone could it would be Pete Nelson the tree man from Treehouse Masters! I love that guy!
Warning: This project is much more involved then I expected so there are 10 steps!
I started out making a background with acrylic paints and a old credit card...scraping the paint around the page.
When that was all dry, I added some sponged clouds using a stencil I cut using a scrap piece of paper. I applied white craft acrylic with a cosmetic sponge.
Next I added some dimension to the clouds using a punchinella stencil and the same White acrylic. I also did some splatters right after this step but don't have a photo.
I set the background aside to dry and moved on to my 'cottage'. I made a sketch with pencil on some mixed media paper. Draw..erase..draw..erase..you get the idea :)
Then I painted my cottage using acrylic paints and a wet brush. After I was done I went over the lines with a black paint pen.
Now back to the background. One thing that I noticed on a lot of Violette's work was what I call a 'dental boarder'. I decided to add that to my page with a black sharpie poster pen. Then I went back in and touched up the white parts with acrylic paint and a brush. Finally..I drew a whimsical tree for my cottage to live in. I have wanted a tree house since FOREVER!!!
I painted my tree purple (my favorite color) and blended the face of the tree using a mixture of water soluble crayons and acrylics.
My tree was just begging to be outlined...so out came the black pen again outlining and adding details.
Now for some foliage! I used some rubber stamps and different colors of craft acrylic paints to add splotches, hearts, and stars as foliage for my silly tree. Then I glued on my cottage leaving the top part unattached to add my words.
The words were meant to be things we would want inside our magical cottage. I wrote them on some cardstock and cut them apart. Then I tucked them in at the top of the cottage.
My final step was to add some more details with my white paint pen. You know I can't help myself!
I hope you enjoyed my whimsical magical cottage.