Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summertime: The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge

Ouu! Isn't it exciting? I'm the guest designer this week at The Octopode Factory Friday challenge!

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Every one of you know how much I love the dear Octopodes, so you must also know that I smiled for an entire day after Octopode creator Lily Chilvers asked me to be a guest designer!

The challenge for this week is Summertime, which came in handy for me because I was already in such a sunny mood just getting to be a guest designer!

And as promised earlier this week I managed to let the Circus-podes stay in bed: Today's friends are the sun, border waves, Bathing Beauty and Vintage Bather.

I painted a canvas board with some generic light blue acrylic paint and Hellmuth studio paint called "Smidge of Blue" then created a big chunky cloud.

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Our cloud is a pile of melted Crayola crayon mixed with Diamond Dust! Mmmm! Crunchy!

I colored the waves and bathers on the computer, with highlights added by hand; the sun is entirely hand colored with Sharpies! Yay! Sharpies!

"Hip to be square," is printed in blue on gray paper and inked with Distress Ink in broken china.

I hope that you like this silly creation, and that you try out some Summertime creating of your own!


  1. Well it is so obvious why your were asked to be a guest desinger! Love this canvas and the clouds are that perfect touch! Fabulous project and congratulations!

  2. Wow what a great idea for the cloud, the texture is soo good. Congrats on being a guest designer.

  3. How FUN! Congrats on the guest DT gig and WOW, what a cool scene you've created here. That cloud is fabulous! xxD

  4. SUPER card!!! i loooooooove that cloud!! absolutely brilliant!! =)
    hugs, SannaS

  5. Congratulations on your Guest designer spot.
    Its a Fab, happy piece, love the cute octopodes and the sun is sure shinning on them. Yvonne x

  6. How cool, great summer piece. Congrats on your Guest designer piece.

  7. Congratulations!!! I am not suprised, your love of Octopodes shines clearly! Hmmm. Wonder if she would sponsor us again? What a FUN month that was on The Altered Alice!!!

    Great beach scene, such a fun composition. I really admire your technique of mixing the digital coloring with the hand drawn highlights! I just got a new color laser printer so I am going to have to try this out!