Blank Page Muse Challenge: Let's Go To The Beach!!!

June 9th 2018
Something fishy going on here.........

Nearly time for the new challenge theme at the Blank Page Muse Blog and this time our theme is the "Let's Go To The Beach" - fab theme for those where it's Summer but also great for me here in Oz - makes me feel a bit warmer as it's Winter here LOL!

I've made some Artist Trading coins which are all the rage at the moment and below is a quick step by step pictorial for you on how I made them:

Firstly I cut out my 2.5 inch circles - I had a ribbon role with a cardboard top and bottom which were 2.5 inches round so I used one as a template. And I used some recycled cardboard on hand from a carton of beer of all things LOL which I used to cut my circles from.

I added a layer of Gesso with a spatula to have a base for colouring them.

Next I used Gelatos in various colours to colour over the Gesso backgrounds - I coloured them, spritzed with water and used my finger to blend the colour.

Once dry I stamped with Blank Page Muse Stamps and black Archival ink. I used various "sea" themed stamps including an anchor and 2 sea shells - all available at the store either individually or as part of the nautical themed sets.

I printed some collage images - couldn't resist using these quirky fishy themed kids from Lisa's Altered Art - they are perfect!!!!

I fussy cut the collage images and adhered to the coin bases with a piece of muslin cloth.

Next I added embossing fluid to the edges of all the coins and "rolled" in Black enamel embossing powder and heated - love the effect and the black is so glossy!

And all done - love how they turned out!

Here's where you can find Blank Page Muse
The Blank Page Muse Shop
I'm also linking these creations up at the following challenges:
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog for their "Make a Splash" theme - I think these kids are making a splash with their fishy friends!!
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge Blog - Anything Goes theme for kids - perfect fishes for kids LOL!!
Also at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - where you have to add a critter to your creation which does include critters with fins!!!


Katie said...

These are gorgeous and love how you used the shells to create the background.

TangledBlueRose said...

hehe re-using a beer carton, fun all the way around? Super cool!
Love these coins, they are so fun!
Thanks so much Sharon!

Karen said...

Loved how you added black embossing powder to edges...very effective.

Cathy said...

Love the coins you made. I like how you did the edges with embossing. I will have to try it.

ddazzled71 said...

Just saw your wonderful share post of this blog hop Sharon, ATC Coins I haven't tried yet, yours are all wonderful and inspiring.......I may just have to give them a go. I am loving all the wonderful inspiration shared in this hop which is just perfect as I am about to head away to the beach myself for a little break and some warmer weather.

Pia S said...

They are all so awesome, fun and useful to see how they came to step by step too.
Thanks for joining our challenge at Catch the Bug and good luck in the draw.

NanaConnie said...

I'm not sure about these - I think there might be something "fishy" here. :-D Lovely work, Sharon! Thanks so much for playing along with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this month and I hope we'll see you again soon.
NanaConnie DT

creationsnz said...

Fabulous work! So glad you joined us at 2 CraftyCritter Crazies, CarolG

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