Simon Says Challenge – Stars

This week at Simon Says Stamp & Show we are seeing stars. That is, the challenge is to be inspired by stars. Anything from a sports all-star to star punches to – well any interpretation of “star” that you’d like! Visit the blog to see all of the other creations and to enter. This week’s prize (as always) is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp! The winner is randomly drawn – you can enter by posting to your blog, flickr, or other site too. See the blog for entry details and rules as ususal.
Here’s a look at my project for this week – a canvas that was truly just some experimenting that eventually went right! I started this canvas with some tissue for texture, then I added a layer of paint, and stenciling, and stamping. Then I added a ton of paste in a star shape (using a cookie cutter as a mold) but HATED the look of the raised star so I scraped off most of the paste except the edges.
Then things got interesting with just a lot of what I call creative play. I just messed around with pens, gelatos, distress paint, glitter, more pens, stamps… and eventually I liked it enough to NOT cover the whole thing with gesso and start all over, but rather I will keep it!
If you’re thinking uh May, I’d love to hear more about the actual process well on this particular one I’m sorry – but I was goofing around and paid NO attention to actual steps or what I was doing with what in what order and what caused what effect. WHOOPS! I’m usually more mindful of stuff like that but honestly this wasn’t actually a planned project – it just kinda worked out. Here is a lost of all the supplies I used:
Here’s an instagram photo I posted showing the original raised paste star, and then a glimpse of my piece in progress after I scraped most of that off.
Overall, I had such a blast with this and I worked out some techniques and methods that worked well for me. If inspired I may be doing another of these soon – I’ll be sure to write things down as I go this time!
Speaking of fun (and yes, I’m LOVING these Tim Holtz distress paints!) – and discounts – be sure to check back into my blog tomorrow. I’ve got a “distress 101” video mini-class to post – and an exclusive Simon Says Stamp discount code too!!
Happy Crafting!

20 thoughts on “Simon Says Challenge – Stars”

  1. Sounds like you had a fun play day. I love the finished project. One thing using gesso if you don’t like it you can always start over again. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Isn’t it wonderful when you can just play and you love the end result and enjoy the process. Love the texture on this piece May and the offset star works beautifully. Tracy x

  3. Very cool 8×8 canvas. Love all of the texture and splats of color. Your asymmetrical design with the star looks cool. I love the added black lines around the perimeter of the star. That really sets it apart! <3 Candy

  4. Sounds like you had fun with this project! I am looking forward to the distressing 101 video as I have never used any distressing inks!

  5. May, love your project!! I also wanted to tell you that I saw your introductory video to the Field Guide class you will be holding on line. I hope I can win a spot! Love your soft voice and the few things you showed on the video. Thanks for all you share op this blog!


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  6. You cracked me up about scraping off the raised star. It turned out awesome. I just pulled out my large star punch to see what I could do with it.

  7. I love this! I’m going to get out some paints, pencils etc. and play to see if I can create something even close to resembling this art! Thanks for sharing!

  8. That came out great May! That’s the way my canvas projects go too. No matter what the plan they always seem to take on a life of their own.

  9. I love it when something that isn’t working becomes something that does. Thanks for including a picture of the original pasted star. I love how this turned out.

  10. Love your canvas, May! The background is stunning with all the texture and colors. the off centre star is so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  11. OKay…this is my new favorite of yours! I love the canvas, and I love that you mixed it all up…splatters and sparkle and the star of course! Gorgeous! Perfect sentiment too! A real piece of Art here!

  12. Brilliant Texture and layers of fun! Love the colors splashed across the surface too! Artistic and beautiful!

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