Orange has never been a color I liked. I wouldn't use it in decorating, and I would certainly never wear it! Even when orange lipstick was in vogue, I wouldn't buy it!
However, while on the Design Team at the popular "Let's Scrap" scrapbooking website, I was forced into using it in a monochromatic layout! My head spun, my eyes glazed over, my knees shook, and my hands trembled.
Near this same time, my husband and I took a day trip to New Hampshire to one of our favorite wineries. As is usual for us, the camera went along. Once inside the winery, I began to notice all the oranges and started clicking! I will show you the layout I created, but first I want to show you my most recent art journal page. And, yes, I got over my displeasure with orange and have used it happily here!
For the background (after laying down a coat of Gesso), I used 3 shades of homemade mist created from Perfect Pearls (for shine), distress re-inkers (for color), and water. I then used the circle stamp, followed by the numbers stamp. I wanted to try to "drip" technique, so I used an orange shade of distress re-inker right out of the dropper, stood my page up and let the ink travel where it would. On the left side, the ink from the stamped image began to travel with the re-inker, but I actually like the outcome! I used ModPodge to adhere my "art" (cut from a museum brochure and unidentified). The last layer is the "life is art...." stamp--one of my favorites!
Just in case you are curious about my Design Team challenge, here's how it turned out:
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