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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


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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!

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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!

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I love the artwork and colors. I really get the hot sunshine feeling when looking at your layout.

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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.

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So bright and beautiful! Love the vibrant colors and awesome job on the blending! Super challenge, Marilyn!:)

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Wonderful page Marilyn! I love the fantastic colors and beautiful blending. Great word art/journaling too.

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Beautiful, Marilyn! You colors are so vibrant, I can practically feel the warmth coming from the page.

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This page is so bright and sunny. It gives off heat of its own. I love the sun and its rays. Great word art and sunflowers.

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Your page makes me smile! I love the sun and all the different yellows and oranges you used. I especially like the rays spreading out from the middle. Great example and explanation for art journaling!

 

NOTE: I read someone else's comment who talked about a sunflower. I then realized the "rays" I talked about were really the sunflower! Very effective!

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Oh wow, this really exudes the warm embrace of summer sunshine. Love the mix of yellows, light and darker oranges and how the suns rays show from behind. Great word art, love the sparkle and wire together. Beautiful page.

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