Monday, February 16, 2015

Mixed Media Beachyness..

Hello, hello! It's Monday and that means we have a new challenge waiting for you at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

This week, we challenge you to find a piece of paradise. We are dreaming of sandy beaches and the sound of ocean waves, of sitting down to read a whole book and of quiet relaxation. Whether you’re inspired by a tropical shore, exotic travels, or simply want to play around with a new technique and be in a crafter’s paradise this week we invite you to share your creations and be inspired from a blissful place. Your personal happy place and paradise awaits…

I pulled my inspiration from beach houses this week. Staying in a quaint little home is perhaps one of my favorite parts of being at the beach. So, I decided to work up a little mixed media collage...
But, I gotta tell ya... I am still trying to find my mixed media footing. I am pretty comfortable combining photo, story, and embellishments... but, when the colors and media is going to stand alone... I still feel like I haven't completely found my comfort zone yet.

That being said, this piece took me on quite the adventure. Let's see what happened, shall we?

After working up the above, I decided I just wasn't liking it. When that happens, I just take scissors to paper and cut things up! 
Then, I started collaging pieces of the first collage onto a new background... 
Adding some lines...
And I kept on going until I had this. As you can see, I even photographed it and decided it was done. But... I just didn't like it. It kept bugging me. 
So, new background cut and new stamps at the ready... 
And it got cut up again! Into little tiny houses... 
All in a row... 
Some new stamping... 
Some tiny wood pieces...
And there we have it!
A mixed media piece that I truly like... 



Full of lovely color and texture!





Yay!


Now, you might be wondering why I didn't just show you the final piece... Well, where's the fun it that? Ha! Actually, the truth is that I wouldn't have gotten to the final piece without the first two versions. It's all part of the process.

So, now it's your turn! Go have fun, enjoy the process, and link-up with us! Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.


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15 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the soft airy feel of the pieces (I loved the other steps along the way). Always inspirational and a lesson in the journey found here. :)

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  2. Wonderful creation! So fun seeing how you got there! I love the colors and the thought of these houses in a dreamy place to relax and just enjoy! TFS!

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  3. Oh my gosh!!!!!! Amazing layout!!! I LOOOVED seeing your process! The final page is STUNNING!! I'm in awe!

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  4. Ashli…your work is totally different that mine, but I love, love it…colours, softness and wonderful ideas…really stunning!
    Greetings from Slovenia

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  5. Ashli, you are one of my very favorite mixed media artists, top 3. You really are talented. Your collage is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your process. Michelle t

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  6. Such a fun layout Ashli! Lovin' the fun and whimsical vibe!

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  7. Gorgeous layout, Ashli. Love that you've shown us the way up to the final result! Hugs, Sandra

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  8. Thank you for showing the process. It is so helpful. It's also good to know that even ladies on the design team don't always get it right in the beginning.

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  9. Sometimes home really can be the place you want to be most! I like the idea behind this layout and the puzzle piecing!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  10. I love this!! I think the end result is something I'd frame!

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  11. Love your fun and beautiful layout, Ashli. Great inspiration! :)

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  12. I love the way you create your embellishments! you are unique! Beautiful layout as every time! Barbarayaya

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  13. Had to come tell you how lovely your light and airy beach huts are. So glad I did. I loved to see the process too. TFS.

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  14. I love this Ashli!! The row of houses and all the textures of the background are absolutely wonderful. All the different versions of the houses are so interesting.

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  15. This is fabulous, Ashli! I always admire the softness of your work and how you create such wonderful layers and embellishments ~ just beautiful! :)

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