Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mix-Ability - Monochrome

Kyra's Mix-Ability challenge for us this week is to dive into one color, and create a monochrome project. We are in the final stages of packing for our move to the States, so I had the added challenge of working with extremely limited supplies... thankfully I hadn't packed my watercolors YET, and I'm leaving my acrylics here with the fun prospect of updating my collection. I had a stray piece of drywall tape and some chalk inks out too. Most of the chalk inks ended up making the 'take' list because of this project - there was a fun little resist effect going on that needs some more exploration... The Lilac stamps hopped into my suitcase as well. (Hahaa!! What was I thinking?)

I stamped the blooms and leaves in a yellowish brown ink, then spritzed some water and worked wet watercolor paint into the wet areas and around the background. When everything was dry, I used acrylic paint on a "scruffy brush"  to dab in more detail to the flowers. The next layer of color was done with chalk ink again (Colorbox Fluid Chalks), stamping text randomly, and adding texture through the drywall tape.

We're getting to the stage of 'lasts' over this weekend, and up to our departure date Wednesday. I've spent quite a bit of time walking in circles and staring at things! This is such a hard move in many ways... we know the timing is right, but there are so many unknowns otherwise.

I'll be in touch when we get things set up on the other side... but don't be surprised if you see a few more scheduled posts while we're on the move!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Dina, for having about everything packed you sure did a fantastic card. It's interesting to see what can be done with just a few things. This card turned out very well. God be with you on your journey back to the states. I will be praying for and your family.
    Hugs and God Bless,

  2. Beautiful card, love the lilac. Good luck with the move.

  3. So very beautiful! I love lilacs. That's one thing I do miss with living in the south. I'm continuing to pray for all of you each day. God has you in the hollow of His hand. Hugs!!!

  4. Done so beautifully. The purple is really striking. What a mess to move. I'm moving into an apartment in a month and don't look forward to packing the studio. Good luck with your move.

  5. Just love what you did with this card! I will have to pull out my chalk inks again! Beautiful!

  6. Very beautiful card! I am impressed that you created this with what was not packed yet.
    Safe travels!

  7. Dina, where are you moving to? And when do you expect to be unpacked and ready to do more of your amazing work?

  8. Hi Dina! I'm new to your blog and I love this purple card. It's just the kind of card I would choose at a store or from a Hallmark card program before I started stamping. I love water color and the debth you achieved. It's such a beautiful card.

  9. Francie in Montreal4/01/2014 7:16 AM

    What a lovely card! A feast for the eyes. Good luck with your move. I can't imagine how difficult this must be. Courage!

  10. Oh Dina!!!
    Every time I scroll through your Art work, this just continues to take my breath away. Lilacs, one of God’s greatest flowers. Do you sell this in a print?

    1. I don't have a print of this one, unfortunately! (My lilacs are getting ready to bloom - I'm so excited! They have been hit or miss the last few years.)

  11. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Many thanks