DLP: Mosaic River

April Theme:

Color Safari (Paints & Inks)

April 11: Acrylics

Journal prompt: Cry Me a River

Acrylic paint is definitely a comfort zone for me. I know them. I enjoy them. To make this a bit of a challenge I decided to try a new brand of paint that I had been seeing all over Instagram. So I headed over to my local Target store and looked for the new collection they are selling.

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Limiting myself to 8 choices out of the rainbow of colors AND finishes was difficult but because my art studio is threatening to explode, I could not go crazy. In my area, the paint prices ranged from $1.99 to $2.49 depending on the finish. The brand is Handmade Modern.

(This is not a sponsored post. I bought these and the opinions are my own.)

Gelli-plating seemed like the perfect way to test these babies out. BTW, I bought their large paint brush collection and I liked those as well for budget friendly, soft hobbyist grade brushes.

Brushing on color has become my favorite way to load a gelli plate. I learned this technique from Paivi Eerole's blog and I love the results. Rae Missigman also brushes color on in a funky and fun way achieving a totally different look. (this is the 3 x 5 gelli which I adore!)

This is from one loading of the plate. Loving the way this is looking already.

More paint - more gelli plating.

Adding pops of bright pink made it more interesting to me. This background needed to say abstract landscape so I felt a bit of bright flower-like color was needed.

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This stencil rolled with a bit of white paint made intermittent texture lines in the background.

Collecting beautiful photos out of magazines is a fun way to recycle the magazines that pile up. I pulled out a beautiful selection of blue for a river to run through my abstract landscape. I sketched on a river flowing across the pages and started the fun process of blending little bits of color to form a river.  I was in my happy zone and could have done this for hours.

The river needed banks and some bushes growing along its banks. So out came the stabilo pencil, waterbrush and several rubber stamps.

Continuing the abstract theme.

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It was missing something so I found lyrics I liked and added them to the page.

And there is my abstract landscape with river. This page was FUN! I hope you have fun with your challenge as well.

Please enjoy the talents of  our Featured Artist, Ms. Blenda Tyvoll. I found her on Pinterest several years ago and fell in love with her art. Show her some DLP love!!

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