Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Unruly PaperArts sponging challenge

There is a cool new "blog-o-zine" that I've been stalking on the Internet called Unruly PaperArts. It just became live a little over a week ago (April 1), and there have been and will be some awesome articles and artwork to drool over. The format is a bit different - instead of putting it all out there on one day, they spread out the articles over a whole month. So every few days there is a new post full of great information and gorgeous artwork.

When you explore this site, you'll see some tabs at the top of the page. I clicked on the Reader Art Quest 1 link, and whadya know? There's a fun challenge for readers to participate in! This one calls for us to share our sponged artwork, so I spent a few days thinking about what I wanted to do. There is a deadline (April 15) so I had to sit down and put ink to paper and see what I could come up with.

Since this challenge is all about sponging, I pulled out some distress inks and sponged Worn Lipstick on the top 2/3 of my white cardstock. I went over the top third with some Fired Brick distress ink, concentrating the red color on the edges. Then I sponged Forest Moss distress ink on the bottom third and added "texture" by pressing the sponge into the smooth green areas.

I stamped this lovely girl from my Relish Reading set (Rogue Redhead Designs) with black ink directly onto my sponged piece, and then I used the Silhouette technique from Technique Junkies on the tree and the girl. The "DayDream" sentiment is just perfect for this girl looking off in the distance. This sentiment is also from the Relish Reading set at Rogue Redhead Designs.

I really wanted to add a butterfly or some ribbon or flowers, but I stopped myself. This is for a sponging challenge, so I want the focus to be on the sponged background. :-) I hope you check out this new Unruly PaperArts site and play along in the challenges!


Shelly Schmidt said...

Lovely card Holly! The colors are wonderful!

Cheri said...


Cheri said...

Stunning, Holly!!! Love this.

Shar said...

I love Meagan in silhouette! Great scene and wonderful sponged color!

Thanks for questing with us at UPA!

Don't forget to come back and vote for your favorite entry on the 16th!

Laura said...

Wow what a sunset! I wish I was there. Love how you have used this RRD stamp. Thanks for sharing at UPA

Amanda said...

Gorgeous card, Holly!! I love all the DI sponging!! I have not been able to do that well at all, but you made it look easy ;) I love your image too, I can just imagine reading a book on a summers evening, under a tree :)

trisha too said...

holly, this is charming, beautiful inky background, just perfect for the Unruly Art Quest.

I never would have thought to use tha t Relish Reading girl like that, what a great card!


Evil Edna said...

really cool and effective.EE