Sunday, August 9, 2015


How is your garden growing?  This summer we have had a cooler summer with lots of rain which means our garden is just flourishing!  My hubby really has the garden and does all the work.  The only garden I create is in my art.  The challenge this week at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Homegrown. 

I decided to focus on creating my own garden without the weeds!  I created a journal page celebrating the flowers of summer.
I started with placing a bunch of brightly colored paints in my journal after I gessoed the pages.  I poured the paint in the middle and closed the pages.  When I opened them I had lovely mix of colors.  I just laid a stencil in the puddles of paint and placed it around the edges to pick up the burlap effect from the stencil.
After that dried I decided to create my butterfly on a scrap paper. I cut it out and stamped it again on the journal page. 

I added my flowers with a hint of watercolor pencils in the flower.  I added shading around the flowers.  I then applied a touch of black embossing paste in the background along with some chicken wire stamped. 

I added some highlights to the flowers with a touch of white gel pen to make the flowers pop.

The butterfly received his own highlights as well.   This garden is a lot less work than the outside one!

Products: Stampers Anonymous Perspective, Ranger Dabber - Twisted Citron, Ranger Distress Dabber - Mustard Seed Ranger Dabber Paint - Ripe Persimmon, Signo - Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Burlap, Wendy Vecchi - Black Embossing Paste, Gesso, Darkroom Door Chicken Wire Stamp, Stampers Anonymous 2015 - Flowers, Stampers Anonymous - Live your Dream, Watercolor Pencils, Waterbrush,

Come join in and show off what you are planning this week  for a chance to win a Simon Says Stamp  $50 gift voucher!

Have a wonderful week!



  1. Hola Suzanne !! I love your page !! It ´s wonderful !! the stamps are great, love these flowers and the butterfly is fabulous!! Very beautiful garden yours!! I wish you a nice weekend, big hugs, Caty.

  2. WOW! The texture you created on these pages is incredible~

    Simon Says Stamp!

  3. love the garden of flowers. Best way to preserve the summer.

  4. WOW!! Fantastic background, and your flowers are just glowing. Beautiful page!!

  5. Gorgeous colors, layers and movement on this page! Love it!

  6. Summer! first thought in my mind ! your page is beautiful and so colorful! Barbara

  7. Love your beautiful journal page, Suzz. The flowers, butterfly and colors are gorgeous! :)

  8. Everything about these wonderful pages screams summer to me and these are just so wonderful and so beautifully coloured! :)

  9. So gorgeous Sue! The painted background is wonderful. Those white highlights on the flowers are wonderful and have such an impact.

  10. Such pretty pages! Love the white highlights! Hugs, Sandra

  11. Wow! How lucky are you to have a hubby who takes care of a real garden and lets you have your "art garden"? Love that! And love this page! What a great technique to splatter paint then squish the pages together. I shall have to try this while my husband is out doing real life weeding. ;)


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