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Thursday Challenge August 8, 2013: "SUN"

Thursday Challenge August 8, 2013:  "SUN"

Here is my layout for this week's Thursday Challenge using the prompt - "Nature and Me". Like last week, even though I created this challenge, I had a hard time making a layout! I finally found it easiest to follow my directions step-by-step exactly and after a while a layout started to emerge. :)
When I thought about my relationship to nature I was sitting at the town pool on a beautiful summer day with the sun's rays beaming down on me. I realized how much I like sunlight and that comes from my happy childhood summers playing on the beach on the hot sand in the blazing sun. So, my nature symbol is the SUN. And since I wanted to convey the warm, safe and happy days I remembered, I started creating a background using papers that seemed to show that. I put one paper over another, blended them and even cropped a few and arranged them all over the page.
Next, I looked through my stash to find words and elements to do with sun, put them on the background and played with blending and placement. After a while it became fun - I've never had so many layers on a page!
I hope you try an Art Journal page - you can find the challenge HERE.

For this layout I used:
BMU SS Paper Templates: Lighting Effects
KVE SS Styles: Starburst Pastels
BVA Dynamic Brush Set: Bokeh
BMU Autumn Jewel Collection Biggie
CED Good Day Sunshine Paper Special
SNU Happy Summer Collection MIni
SNU Jardin de Fleur Collection Mini
SNU Follow Your Bliss Paper Special
JZI Upon a Watercolor Sea Collection
SJO Awakening Collection Mini
SNU Fun in the Sun Special
BMU SS Embellishment Templates: Trinket Charms
BMU Dazzle Collection Biggie
BMU Coastal Collection Biggie
SG Refresh2 Collection

    Ooooh - good! Another art journal challenge and I love YOUR sun page! The brilliance is beautiful and brought a little sunshine into my otherwise rainy week! Beautifully done - I'll go check out the challenge!
    Marilyn this is gorgeous... the colours are so vibrant and warm... the brushwork like the suns rays are wonderful and I love the word art and 'turn your face to the sun'...I just feel all warm and golden looking at this!
    I love the artwork and colors. I really get the hot sunshine feeling when looking at your layout.
    WOW! This is sunshine for sure! It's bright and warm and... um... sunny (couldn't think of a better word) with its gorgeous colors and rays. You put this together so beautifully! It makes me happy just to see it.
    So bright and beautiful! Love the vibrant colors and awesome job on the blending! Super challenge, Marilyn!:)
    Wonderful page Marilyn! I love the fantastic colors and beautiful blending. Great word art/journaling too.
    This is so happy, Marilyn! Great sentiment! :)
    I love this, Marilyn! So Beautiful!!
    A wonderful page, full of warmth, sunshine, brightness and happiness!
    Wonderful blending, love the text!!
    I love love love the colors! So bright and lovely.