Hello Again!! Happy February!! Are you ready for a game of Tic Tac Toe, Our Creative Corner style? I have to admit, I’ve not played a game of creative tic tac toe before, but our challenge host for February, Julia, gave us such wonderful options to play with, I could keep playing this game for days!! 😉
OUR CREATIVE CORNER TIC-TAC-TOE CHALLENGE BOARD
For February’s challenge, choose one line from the OCC Tic-Tac-Toe board above. You can move horizontally, vertically, diagonally, but you must ALWAYS have the middle square of ‘Stamps’ in your creation. What you make is up to you, but make sure that all three items that are within your move, are clearly visible in your creation. When you join in for the challenge, remember to tell us which move you made and inks, stains, sprays, etc can be used as necessary on your project. Oh, and don’t forget this–
–The February challenge is being sponsored by Tando Creative with a generous prize package awarded to one randomly drawn entrant! So, come on over and play Tic-Tac-Toe with us!! I’d love to see the moves you make in your creations! 🙂
My Tic-Tac-Toe move was center horizontal; Paints-Stamps-Stencils.
I used this challenge theme to start creating in my first art journal!!
This is my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal that I’m working in and I knew upon receiving it, that I’d be using the quote that’s on this sheet of ready to use goodness, in one way or another. Considering this is my first art journal and a new (for me) form of creating, I am trusting the magic of just beginning!
I have decorated the outside of the journal and it now looks like this-
Time to get the inside looking Artsy Fartsy, too!! 😉
I wanted to keep in play with the colors of the decorative paper, but I changed the green to my favorite color, yellow! I used Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and a swipe of Crushed Olive DPs to finger paint the entire surface.
I gave the page a good spritzing of water and let gravity do its thing–I love those distress paint streaks! When I was happy with the streaking, I set the page with my heat tool.
I’m really wanting to use my small collection of Stampotique images more this year and I couldn’t think of a better way of doing that, than by using Mela as the first image you see when you open this journal. I stamped her into place with Jet Black Archival and I also stamped her onto mixed media stock that I water colored and fussy cut for later use.
Isn’t Mela lovely? I love the little swing in her dress!! Here she is stamped onto mixed media paper and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Black Soot & Barn Door. I applied a little bit of Diamond Glaze to the heart on her smock, let dry and then fussy cut her. She’s a bit smudged because of me and my inky fingers–but it’s just that kind of imperfection, that I now love!!
I applied pieces of tissue tape here and there and added the outlined stars onto my page using the Dylusions Stars stencil and a black gel pen. I painted them with a little Dusty Concord DP and a mini-detail paint brush.
This ‘new, creative’ me doesn’t even mind that I painted outside the lines or smeared my ink splatters!! Oh, yeah-that! I spritzed the page with my air art tool and my Black Soot DM, but I didn’t heat dry it–DUH!! I started mounting the words and Mela and saw all the smudges–Embrace Imperfection & heat dry!!
Oh, I was hoping that the shimmer would come through in the picture! I used a couple of spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle PPM over the stenciled rays to add a little bit of glint to the entire background. And those blue & yellow circles? A paper straw dabbed into my DPs and randomly pressed here and there on my page.
Before fussy cutting the words, I brushed them with a light layer of matte gel, then mounted to my page with more matte gel and heat dried. Mela was also adhered with matte gel. I took a piece of wax paper and laid over the page, then closed the journal and pressed between heavy books for a bit to set and dry. After drying, I used my Black Soot DM to outline each word band and smudge with my finger. Page 1 of my first art journal DONE!! That was FUN!! 🙂
I hope my creative Tic Tac Toe move of Paints-Stamps-Stencils has inspired you to make the same move, or one of the others! Take whichever direction you want, but include that middle spot of Stamps! The February OCC Tic Tac Toe Challenge is open until February 28th at 11:59pm (GMT). Hope to see you there! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Surfaces: Inky Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
- Stamp: Mela (Daniel Torrente/Stampotique)
- Stencils: Rays LS (Tim Holtz/Stamper Anonymous); Stars (Dylusions/Ranger)
- Distress Paints, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Dreamweaver Stencils); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
- Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Gel Pen; Paper Straw
- Matte Gel (Liquitex); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Paint Brush; Palette Knife