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.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
ETA: I am pleased to announced that this layout won second place at Child's Play Challenges.