Wednesday, January 24, 2018

2018 Year of Courage

Welcome to 2018! I am hosting the challenge at Frilly and Funkie this time around and I had challenged everyone to thing about their word for 2018!  I am calling the Challenge 2018 The Year of.

Here is how I described it on the challenge:
"I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art."

I had a hard time picking one word but I decided to focus on Courage.  For me it is focusing on what I can achieve if I don't let my fear prevent me from trying something or doing something.  As my daughter said to me "Don't let your fear be greater than your faith".

I created a series of pages based on this idea:
I started with a few sheets of mixed media paper that I completely soaked with spritzing water over the surface.

I then pulled out the distress ink sprays and sprayed areas of colors.  I then tilted and twisted the paper to mix and blend. I also used more water to make it blend with out any splattering from the sprays.

While the ink was wet I flicked white paint into the inky wetness which allowed the soft white highlight.

 I then dried/waited for my backgrounds to dry. I actually dabbed the excess ink up on one of my backgrounds and on the other I used a heat gun to help dry up quicker.

After that I added lines, circles, stars, rectangles in various places as well as cutting my pieces into different shapes and sizes.

I use this as a trick as if you aren't satisfied with something you can always cut the section that you do like out and keep it and use it on another part of a project.
 I pulled so many different quotes and stamps to make my collages which in itself was a good way to focus on my word.
 And finally I just pulled out some of my favorite stamps to use on the pages because I love them and they speak to me.

You still have time to join us in the challenge!

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us as a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Fabulous project and great word. Love how you did the blending of the inks and all the stamping finishes everything off so nicely.

  2. In a word, "juicy!" Love the strong contrasts which work so well with your powerful word choices. Great theme, too.

  3. Great collages in such beautiful vibrant colors. I've enjoyed this challenge theme and seeing your beautiful work. Hugs, Autumn

  4. WOOOOW, Suzz! Can I just say this is the most brilliant ink work I've seen in a very long time! Amazing technique and colors, and I love your butterfly. Did you stamp over the butterfly or use the kissing technique with a reverse script stamp! I need to know, and then I am heading to the Closet to give this a whirl! What a great word; I think I need to borrow it! Hugs! PS A very inspiring challenge theme!

  5. These bright, bold, vibrant colors are just perfect for your courage theme. Each little piece in this series is a jewel all its own. I'd love to see you incorporate these into some sort of vignette or canvas as they all flow together so well. Completely gorgeous, Suzz!

  6. Love the theme and the vibrant colors. Gorgeous!

  7. Oh boy don't we all need courage sometimes! Great choice of word for the year Suzz and a beautiful set of deliciously inky pages xx


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