Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Zoo ZZZZZZ (CPC + B71B + SOC)

Here is a fun page that owes its inspiration to three different challenge sites!

Supplies: background paper by Little Yellow Bicycle; ruler paper by Doodlebug Design; kraft notebook paper by Cachet; die cut circle paper (used as stencil) by Graphic 45; pink mini alphabet stickers & distressed orange "z" sticker by October Afternoon; all other alphabet stickers by Bella Blvd; canvas flags by Canvas Corp.; thread by DMC; doily by Royal Consumer Products; orange paint by Plaid; white paint by Ranger; pen by Zig; buttons upcycled from old clothing.

One of the current prompts at Child's Play Challenges is the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse image shown below.

image source: CPC blog

This image inspired me to make a page with lots of animals on it.  This worked ideally with the June challenge at Berry 71 Bleu, which is to make a brightly colored layout about a favorite summertime activity.  Regular readers of my blog know that I love to visit the zoo.  So, I made a zoo page--no surprise there.  I'm excited that I managed to fit six photos on my page--hooray!

Every orangutan photo should be accented by doilies & delicate bits of thread, don't you agree, heeheehee?  :)

Hot pink + orange is the color combo of the week at Summer of Color, so I used that bright, sunny color scheme for my summery page.  It fits in perfectly with the journaling on the page, which reads: "We love summer trips to the zoo, even if the hot summer sun puts the animals to sleep.  They're cute when they're taking a siesta.  :)"


No particular shade of orange was specified, so I used a few different oranges.  Now, I confess that hot pink & orange is not the color combo that I voted for this time, and I found it a very challenging combination.  But that's good, because it helps me to grow as an artist and think about how I use color. 


I'm using the Summer of Color challenges to explore new techniques.  This week, I wanted to try using acrylic paints on all sorts of surfaces.  I painted on patterned paper, kraft paper, photos, canvas flags, and buttons.  The buttons were my favorite, and I'll definitely be painting on buttons again and again in the future--so glad I tried this!  I'll also be using "sticker sprinkles" (shown in the above photo) again.  These are the off-cuts that I trimmed from the mini alphas that I added to the animals' photos.  I love the extra texture that these "sprinkles" add.

As I did last week, I'll end this post with larger versions of the animal photos that you see on the layout.

We have two zoos in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  The snow leopards, orangutan, and gorilla are from Como Zoo in St. Paul.




The tiger, komodo dragon, and wild boar are from the Minnesota Zoo in suburban Minneapolis.





Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


ETA: I am pleased to announced that this layout won second place at Child's Play Challenges.

32 comments:

Anne Manda said...

Fun and fresh, especially like the Zoo detail! <3

Shahrul Niza said...

Ohhh, I LOVE this layout!!. Gorgeous animals, yes I do believe the orang utans need some lacey love, once in a while :). Have fun with acrylics!

Jez said...

What an inspired idea for combining a number of challenges, and the montage is just lovely. It is so interesting wandering around the collage to see the individual images. I particularly liked the SOC hot pink/orange section.
How lucky to have two zoos - so many subjects for sketching and photographing on a day out.
Enjoyed your post very much.

Cindy C. said...

What a fun layout!! Thanks for following me and left me lovely comments!

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Wonderful work and some great techniques. SoC is such a great opportunity to play!

Lynette said...

Oh yes! Orangutans and doilies go together like a horse anc carriage :-D

Zoo animals ard great when scrapped on such lovely bright colors. Wish we had a zoo near us.

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Six pictures in a page...that's amazing, Denise. Awesome LO to document your fave summer activity. Thank you for joining us at Berry71Bleu.

Kay Fatula said...

What a great layout! Love all those photos of the various animals--great take on the challenge. Thanks for joining us at Berry71Bleu!

Sharon Fritchman said...

I love your page so much! The photos of all of the animals are fabulous, and you scrapped them beautiful and with such creativity! You used the colors perfectly here!

Helen Tilbury said...

What a perfect page for the challenge Denise! Looks like one amazing zoo!! Thanks for your lovely comment on my latest post at Purple Pumpkin ♥

Marivic Clifton said...

Cool photos of zoo animals! The photos are great! Awesome background technique too...Thanks for joining us this month at berry71bleu.

MARILYN said...

I love the zoo, too!! loove how you include 6 photos in your page it looks fabulous! Love your take of the challenge..Wonderful!!
Thanks for joining us at Berry71Bleu!!

Sandy Ang said...

looks like a fantastic day out at the zoo. such a fun layout

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I came from SOC and I love those sprinkles!!

Debbie said...

Love all of your pictures! Thanks for joining us at Berry71bleu!

Rita said...

What a fun collage. I love your zoo animals.

Rita

Tracey Fletcher King said...

fabulous details on the page and i do love those photos of the animals... fabulous...happy week 2

Svetlana Austin said...

such a cool project, Denise! so many interesting photos on one LO! and I just love your banners!

Eifelwicht said...

Wow, you've chosen great photos and put them together to a really beautiful collage! Very inspiring!

Julene Matthews said...

Great animal pics. THanks for joining us at Childs PLay challenges.

Natasha said...

Beautiful photos, how lucky to have two zoos. I love that you have combined challenges, love the colours! :)

Carol L said...

Great photos and documentation of your fun day at the zoo(s)! Those sleeping white leopards are gorgeous! I love all those Z's you added to the page too! NJ!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Fabulous zoo page, Denise. Next time I lament the fact that all of the animals are sleeping, I'll have to remember your layout. :)

Kristin said...

Oh how fun! I love your zoo theme and love that you're using this challenge to try your hand at new things ;) Love the idea of painting buttons and your canvas flags are fab, xoxo

jeanie g said...

Wow Denise another 3 in 1 Challenge page and what a beauty. Love these two colours together they really pop. The animals make a cool subject for the kiddies to keep as some of them wont be around much longer, I'm sad to say, from reports we here in the UK. Palm oil plantations and poachers are decimating them in the wild! Must have a peek at the SOC blog loved your last page too.

wendipooh13 said...

great photos and a wonderful page!!!! sooo glad you played along with Child's Play!!!

Denise van Deventer said...

Great bright and sunny page Denise! I love going to the zoo as well, and plan to take the kids now in the holidays! I love your photies...especially of the orangutan! ;-)

Patricia Roebuck said...

Love the zoo too. Such a fun page! I like orange and pink together but you really challenged yourself with the topic. Cane out just adorable! And love the photos.

Dawn said...

This is such a fun layout! Beautiful photos and I love the title. Fantastic use of the colour combination and great details.

Hugs, Dawn

Dani Cristina said...

A lovely LO; like the photos too :)

Devra said...

Love, Love Love your interpretation of the Mickey Mouse challenge!!! Talk about outside the box! Gald you played with us at CPC

Janet M said...

Fun looking layout with all the layers.
Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Child's Play.