Have you seen the challenge board over at Mixed Media & Art? OMG - it's gorgeous! That delicious blue and gorgeous rusty colours really caught my eye. And then I realised I had the perfect photos for it.
Here's what I made:
This is what the challenge board looks like:
The Blue Cave, in Kastellorizo, in Greece, was simply sensaional! I haven't tweaked this photo, except to increase the brighness because it was a little dark. I was in a cave after all! That really is the colour of the water and it reflects onto the cave walls turning them blue as well. There aren't enough superlatives to describe the almost luminous colours. Here's another photo without people in it so you can see what I mean.
I used heaps of elements from the challenge board. I used the sketch and that stunning, rich blue of course. Because my photo and background were both so blue, I needed other colours to contrast against it. I love the rusty copper and gold colours in the challenge board photos so I ran with those. I used Dusty Attic chipboard leaves and painted them with copper and gold Jo Sonya's paints.
I added a number of metallic elements, painting them all in copper and gold.
To make the second word in my title, I coloured chippe alphas with Gelatos and coated them with Clear Gloss Varnish.
I added some book paper behind my photo, taking my cue from the top photo in the challenge board. I love book paper!
I bought some Wood Wool the other day and included it on this layout. It's looks like fine string but I think it's made from shreds of wood. I coloured it with sprays and tucked it under and around my leaves. It 's really messy stuff. I ended up with it all over my scrap room!
I also added beads in among the elements. One thing I liked about the Wood Wool was that it was strong enough to support beads so I added some onto the actual strands for more depth and for a bubbly effect. (If you look closely at the photo below you will see them.)
I had fun making the circular frame. I used a chippe frame as a base and distressed it with inks, paints, book paper and Metallic Melts. I then wrapped a coated wire around it and painted the wire with copper paint. I added flowers, metallic shapes and beads to finish it off.
If you want to join in the challenge there's still heaps of time. You can find all the details here.