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Be Adventurous

An adorable little girl chasing butterflies in the garden - welcome to the Magical Mixed Media World created for us today by talented Athanasia!

Hello, dear friends!
Spring is here and I'm in a great mood these days - I want to make colorful projects and paint a lot of flowers and butterflies!
When I was looking for a photo to suit my mood, I found a beautiful one with my daughter we took about 2 years ago at our summer house. So, I decided that it was the perfect photo to make a layout about Springtime. Here it is:

For this project I used two shades of colors: greens and purples. I tried to match the colors of the mediums with the colors of the photo and I think I found the perfect shades in the Lindy's Gang Stamp sprays.
I used the Starbursts Salt Water Taffy and Jazzy Jivin' Purple to color all the flowers (paper and stamped ones) and the Starbursts Frolic in the Forest and Ponderosa Pines Olive  to make the background. (see below to find the links to the colors)

In order to make the background, I used a flourish stencil with white gesso. After it was dry, I made A LOT of splashes with the LSG sprays. I also used the Deep Green Ecoline in some spots and a few stamps with the black StazOn ink.
I really enjoy doing such techniques, especially the splashing is my favorite one!

The next thing to do, was to deal with the photo. Because of Maria's pose, I got excited by this idea to make her hold something like a kite. She actually didn't hold anything, I don't even remember what she was doing at that moment.
Anyway, at first I was going for a kite, but then I found these big butterflies in my stash and that was it! To make it more realistic I made two tiny holes on and under her hand and put a thread through them. It's like she is holding the thread for real, don't you think?
I also made a loop around the head of the butterfly, because she caught it with her lasso. :)

To give more depth to the background I glued a few embellishments and some flowers under the photo. I painted them in the same shades as the flowers in the photo with the sprays, but that wasn't enough for me.
So, I decided to make a small fence with some wooden sticks and green wire. I really like how it turned out. This fence was the perfect place to put the title of the composition "Be Adventurous' - it's a sticker I got from the 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk collection.

I hope you got some inspiration by my Spring mood! 
Thank you for visiting,
have a wonderful crafty day!

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  1. That's absolutely gorgeous layout, Athanasia!!! So beautiful.

  2. It's a fabulous work! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  3. Wonderfull job Athanasia!!!Love it !!!I like that you paint it and extend the photo out to the paper...

  4. Totally inspirational and brilliant Athanasia! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Absolutnie genialne!

  6. Incredible! Fantastic work!

  7. Just gorgeous! The layout appears as if I am looking out my window at the beautiful scene - it doesn't even seem like a photo - it all blends so well and looks awesome. Your little girl is lovely and was a perfect focus for your layout. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I don't have words to describe how beautiful is your layout!

  9. Thank you very much ladies, I'm very happy you like it! Your beautiful comments made my day!

  10. Stunning work. And this 3D effect - fantastic!

  11. I've viewed about 30 pages of projects on this site, and while they are all stunning, this page prompted me to stop and write a comment!! This page is SPECIAL!! I love the beauty, the real/not real effect, what a gorgeous page!! Thanks for sharing!!


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