Monday, September 01, 2014

September Rick St. Dennis Progressive Challenge

After a summer break, the Rick St. Dennis Progressive Challenge begins again today on the Rick St. Dennis Sparkle and Glitter EDT blog. The first month, which is September, features a theme and any Rick St. Dennis image is allowed as long as the theme is followed. For those who play along in the September Challenge, the free image will be given to them for the October round of the challenge. If you don't play in September, you will still be able to enter October's round, if you purchase the October image. This month our theme for the Progressive Challenge is Anything Goes with an RSD image.

I created a mixed media art journal page featuring Screaming Me! Me! who seems to depict exactly how I have been feeling lately. You know when you have too many screens open on your computer and it gives you that message about too many files open? Well, my head sometimes feels like there are too many files open and this is a fun way to remind myself to focus on one thing at a time. I coloured Me!Me! with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut him, and matted him with black cardstock before placing foam dots on the back. I wanted him to really stand out from the page.

The background started with a gessoed double page spread to which I added scribbles of pink, orange, and yellow Neocolor II crayons. After activating the crayon with water, I let it dry and repeated the process. next I took gelatos in the same colours and deepened areas, spreading the colour with a dry finger. Red gelato was added to the outside edges followed by Black Soot Distress ink and Black Big Brush pen.

Pattern and texture was added with black gesso through TCW's Mini Netting stencil and with white gesso through TCW's Harlequin Circles stencil. Text was randomly stamped using Jet Black Archival ink. File folders were cut from manila cardstock, inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink, and labelled with a black pen Some were adhered fully open and others had foam dots inserted between the layers so that they would still appear open once folded. The word Focus was printed on a Dymo Labeller and added to one of the file folders. Me! Me! was adhered over the left pile of folders.

The large letters, Ransom Alpha Parts, were adhered to the top and side with Glossy Accents. An arrow was cut to create movement and white paint pen dots were added to both the arrow and the letters.

The other sentiment was computer generated onto cream cardstock which was then matted in black and popped up with foam tape. Drywall mesh was cut into chunks and added to both pages to add still more texture. In order to bring the blue colour over to the right hand page, Salty Ocean Distress ink was pounced through a stencil across the spread. To repeat the pink from Me!Me!'s mouth a button flower was threaded with white ribbon and added to the lower right corner. The final touches were some doodling with black pen and the addition of a zigzag border to one edge of each page.

I love the way that Screaming Me! Me! turned out and how he helped me turn frustrating feelings into a positive reminder...that makes me laugh. Rick's images inspire me and frequently spark an entire journal spread like this. To check out other fabulous projects from some of my talented EDT teamies, please pop over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog. We would love to see you play along in this month long Anything Goes challenge. There will be another set of EDT projects posted  on September 15 just to remind you to please join us.
I am entering this spread in the following challenges:
Anything But a Card ~ Use 5 (colours on BG, patterns from stencilling/stamping, peaks on border)
Through the Purple Haze ~ #56 Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room ~ HIMCR#163 freestyle
Open-Minded Crafting ~ Office Supplies or Job Related (file folders)
Left of Center Creative Challenges ~ #43 LOC (creepy, dark)
Sweet Pea Stampers ~ Lots of Layers
Southern Girls Challenge ~ It's All about Texture

Life is good; so is art.


Unknown said...

VERY CUTE!!!!!!! Love the card, you did an awesome job on this.
thanks for joining us over at HIMCR for the challenge

Sylvia Anderson said...

This is brilliant & so unusual, Great colouring & the sentiment is perfect.
Thank you for joining in our challenge (TTPH) Good luck x

Sue Jones said...

ha ha great card!Thanks for joining in with the Sweet pea Stampers challenge. Sue x said...

What a wildly wonderful Journal page you have created! I love how the orange tones make your blue image POP! Thank you for joining us at Anything But A Card 5 challenge.

butterfly dream cards said...

Fantastically weird....and super.

Fiona DT

DYMO Support said...

What an awesome card! We are glad to see you find the Dymo vintage tape useful for your craft time. Congrats! ^CP

Unknown said...

My gosh!! This is WONDERFUL!! Loe all the file folders!! Just stunning!! So much to look at!! I LOVE it!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

- Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
{Scrap A Thousand Words}

JMC Creates said...

Jeez Bonnie what can I say but WOW WOW WOW your work never ceases to amaze me!!! How you fit everything in & to the same standard is nothing short of AMAZING Jacqui DT Open Minded Crafting

Unknown said...

I just love this.. so awesome! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Pea Stampers. We wish you good luck and we hope to see you again. Sylvia, DT-member

Julie Reed said...

Fantastic, love the bright colours and the fun wording, thanks for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun.
Julie DT

Unknown said...

Brilliant, love your composition. Thanks for playing along with us at
Through The Purple Haze Challenges Hope to see you again next week
Hugs, Teresa DT
Ceesa's Card Creations

maureenjscott said...

This is awesome Bonnie!!! I always love your journal pages and this is a fabulous example. I love the black highlights and the labels and files, just love it!! Thanks for sharing at LOC and Open-Minded Crafting fun Challenges, Mo xxx

Crafting Vicky said...

I totally adore your journaling!!! The colors and all the elements as well as all the words and of course fabulous digi. Just looooove it!

Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky. I have a giveaway you need to check it out at 600 followers giveaway

cass said...

Wonderful! An amazing Art Journal page,the colours, the textures, beautifully crafted, thanks for joining us at Open Minded Callenges.

~ginny said...

What a tickle! I love the message, the file folders, the Me!Me!, the concept! And obviously so did the Open Minded Crafty crew - congrats on your top pick Bonnie!

Micki said...

LOL, ok saw this and it immediately brought a chuckle up. Love this cute monster and love how your pages turned out. LOVE!