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!