Sunday, 1 February 2015

Darcy’s February Calendar Challenge

Time for more fun over at Darcy Wilkinson’s Blog with her February Calendar Page Challenge.
Darcy writes:
So the rules for February are..
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - Paint effect caused by using cling film or bubble wrap
3. Add some corrugated card
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from Feb 1st 2015
My image for February is a hand drawn face i made last year in my learning to draw journal, took a picture with my phone then played with it using the Pixlr-o-Matic App adding a filter on top of the image, emailed it to myself and then printed it out onto a calendar page using software from my computer
by printing off my own calendar image instead of buying one the paper i have used is copy paper which makes for interesting and unexpected outcomes.
Used bubble wrap and Snowflake Fresco Paint from Paper Artsy to cover everywhere except the face, i cut out a large circle from the Tim Holtz movers and shapers circles die to protect that area.
Went over two of the corner areas with DecoArt Quinacridone Gold, then used more bubble wrap technique over the top. Tried the cling film technique but wasn’t successful and left me with the colour being removed from the face and surrounding areas.
The image looked terrible but decided to go with it’s imperfections as it added a little more interest to the page.
For the corrugated part of the Challenge i had some pieces from cutting out some of the Tim Holtz on the edge die Pennants.
Coloured the corrugated pieces with Quinacridone Gold and Turquoise DecoArt Media paints then stamped over the top using the Zendoodle Filler stamps by Lindsay Mason.
I drew the lines of the face back in at this stage as i really did want the face to be the focal image.
Went over the top of the corrugated pieces with Treasure Gold in a few different colours, added the February 2015 to the frame and then added the page to my textured backgrounds journal.
February page in the journal all finished.
Thank you Darcy really enjoyed this months Challenge and will be working on March’s very soon.
Thanks for dropping by, looking forward to your lovely comments.


  1. Oooh love how you've framed the face, looks great and of course your outer colour is a fave of mine xxx

  2. Loving the frame and texture of it too, love a bit of corrugated card. It's a great journal page xx

  3. Excellent use of all your elements. I love the finished piece very much :D But then green is my favourite colour, hehe :o))

  4. Oh my done & dusted so brilliantly and on day 1 too xx

  5. Loving that you are making your own calendar pages from scratch too. Great "grunging" :D XXX

  6. This is fab,Mo and well done you for drawing it too ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  7. Genius use of bubble wrap Mo!! Love the frame you made with all the fabulous stamps, it created so many different textures on the corrugated cardboard! Love it! hugs :)

  8. I love your face and I'm so pleased that you are still practicing and using them in your art. Like the others I love how you framed your face. Xxx

  9. This is lovely Mo, love how you've used the corrugated card as a frame. I must get mine started soon or Feb will be over! X

  10. Ooh MoH this is fab, I really like your frame and the bubble wrap stamping xx

  11. In the end, after adding back the line for the face, the effect of the bubble wrap is good, it creates an area of "hair" and one of shadow. Very good page!

  12. This totally blows my mind, Mo! How you used the corrugated cardboard is especially genius! You never cease to amaze me, my friend!

  13. Thanks for your comment on my calendar post MoH, I enjoy the colour removal technique too.
    I appreciate your visit and do hope you are feeling much better ((hugs))

  14. Mo, this is stunning. First, I simply ADORE what you did with the face, even if it wasn't what you expected. I've used cling film to color my background before, but never over the focal image. I give you two big thumbs up for trying, which I believe is what these challenges are all about, anyway.

    Your choice of colors for the corrugated cardboard was unexpectedly beautiful. They made an excellent frame, especially the way you positioned them. Great job.

  15. This bubble wrap technique is amazing Mo! Lovely creation!
    Suchi xx

  16. Wow, some great ideas on this, Mo! Sorry I'm so late in commenting, but there don't seem to be enough hours in the day lately! Isn't corrugated card wonderful? I love how you used it for the frame. Also love what you did with the bubble wrap. I really like also that you used your own artwork and altered it digitally. There's so much to enjoy here. Darcy has some great ideas for challenges and you really took off with these.

  17. Love the way you made that frame! So clever to use your own art work! I'm finding it a real challenge!!! Chrisx

  18. Wow! Absolutely love this! Great techniques! xxx

  19. Fab technique, very creative indeed! Gorgeous work xx

  20. I love your hand-drawn face, and I think the disappearance and re-drawing has added to its mystery and beauty. Loving that corrugated frame!
    Alison xx

  21. i actually love the area on the face that was removed, it seriously looks cool.. it looks deliberate, bet you couldn't replicate it if you wanted to. A very happy accident, which added to the page brilliantly.

  22. I love your face, and the distortions on there are like the ravages of time! She has a mysterious quality and I love it! Xx

  23. Wow wow really loving your main feature face, I love the fact that it accidentally got hidden, it looks so cool. The corrugated edging looks awesome. Stunning. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx