Water Garden Joys by Jenn White
HELLO EVERYONE! It is so great to be back here on the BLOG with you! I have missed you! I hope you have been enjoying the Summer of 2021!
For the past two weeks, I have been taking day trip getaways with my youngest daughter Victoria, visiting a favorite garden of mine in Kingsville Missouri, Powell Gardens. It has been so nice to get out of the house & enjoy such a beautiful place together.
We have spent many delightful hours walking, exploring, discovering, sitting quietly watching the gold finches, cardinals, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bees & dragonflies frolic all around us. My favorite place in this garden is where the water lilies & lotus flowers grow. I am so at peace & inspired there. Gazing into the water falls & at all of the dreamy lovely flowers, lily pads & water plants growing all around me.
While gazing & marveling at all of this beauty I remembered that I had purchased several water lily, greenery, koi fish & flowery ArtFoamies stamp sets about a year ago & I had not yet played with them. Now was definitely the perfect inspired time!
When I arrived home from our last visit on Thursday night I searched for these ArtFoamies & started to play & experiment with them, seeing what worked best for the designs I had dancing through my mind.
The Artfoamies products used in this piece are:
- Balzer Designs | Leafy Mandala | Foam Stamp
- Marta Harvey | Frog Tessellation | Foam Stamp
- Lisa Walton | Water Lily Circle | Foam Stamp
- Red Tin Roof | Lily Pond | Foam Stamps - Set of 3
- Red Tin Roof | Koi Fish | Foam Stamps - Set of 2
- Kae Pea | Mistletoe | Foam Stamp
- Kae Pea | Field of Wild | Foam Stamp
- Moonlight Duo Tint & Hue Ink Pads in Galaxy Green, Martian Green, and Solar Flare Orange
I started out stamping around with the Galaxy Green Moonlight Duo Tint & Hue inkpad on the edge of a giant pad of 140lb hot press water color paper with Kae Pea's large sized FIELD OF WILD ArtFoamies foam stamp, curving the position and overlapping as I stamped it down.
Then I decided to stamp on some of the very large circles I had previously traced & cut out of those same sheets of watercolor paper. I traced around the edge of my largest circle shaped canvas with a pencil to get it centered & perfectly round. I adore big spheres, circles & mandalas!
I was so driven to create I totally spaced off taking step by step photos of the beginning of my artistic process. I decided I wanted my creation it to be three dimensional & have many layers for lots of depth to give it the illusion of life & movement.
To achieve this I stamped several different ArtFoamies foam stamp images separately on different pads of paper & fussy cut them out, layering them with double sided adhesive foam mounting tape.
Water soluble watercolor crayon sticks were used to paint the water & watercolor paint directly onto the Water Lily & Water Lily Bud Artfoamies by Red Tin Roof as well as the colors in & around the green stamped ArtFoamies image Mistletoe by Kae Pea & Leafy Mandala by Julie Balzer.
I hope sharing my creations with you inspires you to experience the joy of creating with ArtFoamies too! Please be sure to share your inspired creations with all of us so we can be inspired by wonderful you too!
Tag your inspired post with @artfoamies & #artfoamies if you would please & thank you. What are your ideas after seeing my creation? What will you create now? If you have any questions for me or if you just stopped by to take a look please let me know by leaving a comment below. It is the only way I know you visited. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the remainder of this Summer!
HUGS! YOU ARE LOVED! - Jenn White