Thursday, September 19, 2013

eclectic Paperie Belated Birthday Bash

Welcome to eclectic Paperie's Belated Birthday Bash!  Today we're celebrating the (belated) one year anniversary of the store's new ownership! It's been an amazing year, full of inspiring projects, wonderful classes, and many, many new products!!  eclectic Paperie wouldn't be where it is today without the ongoing support of our customers and as a BIG thank you you'll have an opportunity to lots of great prizes!  eclectic Paperie will be giving away the following prizes!  You have until midnight tomorrow (9/20) to comment.

 
A full set of Tim's NEW Distress Paints
6x6 Paper Pad Bundle
Dylusions Stencil Bundle
A set of NEW Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks
Crafter's Workshop Stencil Bundle

 
To be entered into the prize drawing, please be sure to comment on the eclectic Paperie blog (you're starting point) and on each of the eTeam blogs.  Check out all of the thumbnail links below to view the rest of the eTeam projects!  Enjoy the hop!

Here's a bit more about my project...

 My goal with my birthday bash project was to embrace all of the favorite products and techniques that I discovered this year.  Then create a project to celebrate each and everyone one of them!
My first three favorite products?  The 9x12 Dylusions Journal (ADORE it!), Wendy's white embossing paste (can't LIVE without it!), stencils (I LOVE each and every one of them!) and GESSO!!

I started by applying gesso to both of my pages.  Once the gesso was dry I used the Dots & Dashes stencil and white embossing paste to both pages.
My next favorite product?  Paint!  My Adirondack Paint Dabbers have never seen so much action!  And my all time fav, newly discovered artists...Wendy Vecchi, Dina Wakley, and Donna Downey!  Seriously love each and every project from both of these wonderful and extremely talented ladies!

So...my next step was to apply a combination of dark and light blue paint to both pages...wait for it to dry...


 
Umm...and then I totally got engrossed in what I was doing and completely forgot to take any photos!  Yikes!  I actually saw a large painting at a furniture store that I visited a few months ago.  The painting was of these large flowers and I loved it so I snapped a photo.  That photo was the inspiration for this big 'ol flowers (along with Donna Downey's always beautiful flowers).  Now, when I tell you that when I started these flowers were about as ugly as could be...I believe my son said they looked like "alien heads!"  LOL!  But I just kept working on them...adding more and more paint, shadows, highlights...I wouldn't say this is ready for the art gallery but when I finally backed away from what I had painted...I was happy!  They were flowers!!  Just keep working...keep trying...keep experimenting...you will "get it!"

 Once my flowers were finished and dry, I used some white paint and the Cursive Alphabet stencil to add some text ('cause I can't live without text!) to each of the large flowers.  Once this step was finished, I still felt like something was missing...like in that lower left hand corner.  so I grabbed some left over Remnant Rubs and went to town!  Love all the words and numbers scattered over the page.  It was the perfect touch!
 
And then I just needed to add a sentiment...a great saying from Tim...and some hot pink paint splots because every girl needs a little hot pink in their life!  And now...take some time to check out the amazing blog hop list, below, that we have lined up for you today!  We have the eTeam, past eTeam members, previous guest designers, and even some special guests (aka Wendy Vecchi!!) joining us today...It's going to be an amazing hop!  Enjoy!!
 

59 comments:

Milla said...

Lovely, the texture is amazing! Congrats to eclectic Paperie!

Regina Hamilton said...

Fabulous journal page. I love the texture and colors.

Dorothy said...

The texture is awesome!!

joy said...

You used so many great products to create an amazing piece, Kim! Love the aliens!!

Tammy B said...

fantastic use of the stencils!

SusanK said...

yum, Yum, YUM! Love it all!!!!

Micki said...

wow Kim, the first thing that hit me was the gorgeous texture and then seeing the full view.... it's stunning. You've got to create a large canvas of this. Kim, with everything going on I didn't really express how much I appreciated you asking me to be on the DT last year. eP is near and dear to my heart as I was Daisy's Stampin' Up sister at the time she opened the store. Daisy chose the perfect person in you!!! She wanted someone that would take eP to the next level and you have definitely done that and more. Thank you for everything and a very Happy 1st Anniversary --- to many, many more!

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

So much fun. I love the texture.

Juel said...

Nice job!

Tracy Heaton said...

Love it!

ionabunny said...

Love the texture and the text and the alien head flowers. Kids, so perceptive and honest. Got to love em. They should all get a job as critics. My first visit to your blog and I love your style. Congrats on your first anniversary. Best wishes for many more.

JPScraps said...

Fabulous pages! Love the texture.

ParkNSlide said...

I love the bit of added spice those dots of bright pink add to the composition. great hop. Thanks.

Shari Czerwinski said...

The texture is fantastic!

Laura Turcotte said...

WOW--great job!

Dana D. said...

This is gorgeous. What wonderful art you create!!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is fantastic! I love your favorites and you brought them together is such a great way!

Suzan VonEssen said...

Awesome layers and textures! Happy bday EP!

Andiepants said...

I love all the texture behind the painted image Kim. So inspirational. Congrats on a wonderful year and here's to many more!!!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is fab, Kim, I love it!

Lucy x

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

fabulous layering and texture!! I have got to get me one of the Dylusion art journals soon!!

Kelly said...

Love the texture of the pages. I'm just getting started in Mixed media and I now have a few more items on my list to buy. Thanks for the tips. Hugs x

Godelieve said...

Wow Kim, those flowers are stunning!!

lastdoorstudio said...

Amazing texture - lovely close up as well..

Thanks you for sharing your journal..

Karen said...

Beautiful page and amazing hop!! Dylusions and Gesso, are my favorites too . . . but I am going to have to try Wendy's embossing paste . . . so excited!

Sue Lelli said...

Happy Birthday to YOU!.....LOVE your pages! So many textures and layers and FAB products! Your flowers are GORGEOUS and those pink splats are the icing on the cake! LOVE!

Toula Makris said...

Yippee! Another art journal page. Love the textured background.

Tracy said...

Oh me oh my Kim....swoooon...inspirational pages..how gorgeous they turned out!!
Hugs
Xxx

Loretta said...

I love all the textures!

Loretta said...

I love the textures!

Starla said...

First: I love all the texture on this canvas!!
Second: I've soo enjoyed coming back to eP as a guest designer! Daisy always encouraged exploring new ideas in creativity and I think you have taken that goal and added gold highlights!!
Congrats on year 1!!! (in sing song voice.....) aaannnd maaaany moorrrre!!

Rea' said...

What a fun way to celebrate your favorite products... love what you did ... I'm inspired ( I've got new journal and inks ( Dyan and Tim kept me excited this past year)!
Like the white lettering, and the rub ons ... just so fun!

Carol McCready said...

Love the stenciled texture and those poppies.

Lisa Reynolds said...

Very cool mixed media journal page.

Mickie said...

Love the texture and your creation is delightful!

Sandra said...

WOW! This is fabulous!
Sandra ltb

Iris said...

Love all the texture.
isoscia@aol.com

Denise Bryant said...

Cool texture! Happy Birthday to EP!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

so much fabulous texture!

Kathy Harrison said...

Very nice, great textured background.

seahag said...

Isn't it funny how things emerge that you never planned for? Very interesting and edgy!

Steampunk Suzy said...

Wow that looks like you've painted on metal. I just love it.

Lynn Hardy said...

Great journal page! Congratulations on EP's birthday!

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous - love the alien flowers! Happy Birthday.

GA said...

I also love Donna's flowers! And you have done your own interpretation, which is so beautiful!

Lieve said...

Your "alien heads" turned out real well !! And I love the use of letters and numbers too (doing some calligraphy courses, that's why) !!

SandyD said...

Happy eP birthday! great pages my all time favourites too

SandyD said...

Happy eP birthday, love your textured journal pages .... not sure if my other comment went through ! x

Jeanann said...

Great texture!

Kyle4143 said...

Congratulations! The blog hop is amazing! You have a very impressive team! I love the texture on your page and the flowers make quite an impact. Here's to many more birthday celebrations and plenty of inspiration and fun products along the way!

Candida said...

Great texture and contrasts.

Ellie Knol said...

What a gorgeous background!

grace day said...

Thanks for sharing your creative process. I feel so intimidated right now, but I enjoy learning more and more. I just love the colors you've chosen.

Kim Lemear said...

fun texture and colors thanks for sharing.

Janis said...

Glad my son isn't the only one who makes snarky comments on his mom's art.....although mine can only be loosely termed "art"! Ha.

Love how your project turned out. The addition of the text and such is wonderful.
<3 J

Linda Carson said...

Beautiful textures, beautiful colors and fabulous creativity!

Nancy S said...

Such beautiful color and texture!

Erin Smetak said...

Love your pages, Kim! The texture and colors work so well together!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so AWESOME, Miss Lady!! Thanks for the invite!!!! :)