Under the sea insomnia

I woke up at four this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep so I decided to partake in some challenges.  This one is for Take a Word challenge “Fish”.  I chose to take a different approach this time and document the process.  Here is the end result, followed by the step by step.IMG_0449I started by Gessoing my pages.  The yellow is bleeding through from the other page.  See previous post.  I had dropped some yellow india ink for some dimension on it – and wow – that is some powerful stuff!  I have a feeling I’ll be dealing with yellow in my backgrounds for a while now.IMG_0421Then added color with acrylic paint.  Several colors not shown here mostly greens and blues topped with some iridescence.  I would lay paint down, spray it for the effect the water gives on wet paint, let that layer dry and then add another until I got the right effect I was looking for.  I’m not sure the camera really picks that up very well.IMG_0423IMG_0426_2Collage elements added are K and Company.  IMG_0428I then mixed some paint with water and made a spray for the Tim Holtz stencil in top right corner.  I had a happy mistake happen here.  Since I was spraying on a nonabsorbent surface, the wet liquid was resisting and running up under my stencil, so what I ended up with was the reverse image of what I had intended.  But I absolutely love it and am currently trying different techniques to imitate it without destroying my stencil, which is what ultimately happened.  Apparently the Tim Holtz stencils can be melted with the Tim Holtz heating tool – who knew?  I wonder if he does?


Added dimension with a Hobby Lobby stencil, the only one I could find on the market that resembles kelp.  I’m going to have to make my own, because I’m really not a fan of this one. Here I am mixing my modeling paste and paint.IMG_0435


Everything gets a blue wash, and some paint splatters.IMG_0438

More dimension with some gauze that was previously painted with Lumiere paint.  I adhered with matte gel.IMG_0440

Now for some highlights with paint and Rubnbuff.IMG_0445Finished off with some white bubbles added with a pen.IMG_0448

Here is the finished image again.IMG_0449IMG_0456

Thanks for looking and feel free to leave comments!


About Sam

A lover of crafts and art trapped in the mind of an accountant. My dream is to someday be set free of the cubicle prison. Meanwhile, I craft and I create to set my mind free.
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5 Responses to Under the sea insomnia

  1. johanna says:

    fantastic result! love the gauze net!

  2. Marie says:

    This is a remarkable piece of art and it’s a pity that it arrived late in the week because it deserves to be seen by EVERYONE. The picture itself is exquisite and your story of your journey in creating it from beginning to end is amazing. A standing ovation from me.

  3. Karin says:

    wow this looks gorgeous!

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