Sunday, 7 July 2019

'Dancing Dolphins' for Craftascope Monthly July Blog Hop - Sea & Beach


I am here today with my first participation in the Craftascope monthly blog hop!!  Nick has a fab group over on Facebook called 'Craftascope Makes' which you can find here...

There you will find a wonderful group of crafters that share all sorts of projects in many different mediums and from lots of various companies. 

Within that group the fabulous Jacqueline has started a monthly blog hop to help spread the craftiness and this month I am taking part.  If you have a blog and want to join in the fun just let her know.

This month the theme is 'Sea & Beach'.  This could be influenced by the colours or the images that this evokes, whatever the theme makes you think of.  The star of the project must be from Craftascope but other products and companies are allowed.

 I decided to do some art journaling in my 6" watercolour journal which I love, and the theme immediately made me think of blues and dolphins...

I started by collecting together all the distress oxide pads that I had in shades of blue.  The pads were squished onto an acrylic block then spritzed with water before placing on the spread, I did this a colour at a time, drying in between.  The colours I used were Broken China, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers...

Next I added some stamping using my favourite Craftascope stamp set 'Such A Card'.  I selected some of the stamps that made me think of swirls in the water and stamped them with the same distress oxide inks plus Faded Jeans.  I also added some of the text as I love the look on the page and used archival ink to create a stronger impression...

After the stamping I felt that some stencilling was needed.  So I used the 'Fancy Flourish' stencil with white gesso over the centre of the spread, his made me think of the waves crashing...

Finally I created my focal images.  I started by making a distress oxide background on watercolour card using the same colours, then stamped the dolphins and sentiment from the original stamp set that Nick brought to Craftascope onto the background using Cobalt Archival ink.  These were then all cut out and adhered to the page.  I added some white cambric under the sentiment for a little bit of extra texture then as a final splash (as it was a sea theme!) I added some blue acrylic paint splatters...

If you are interested in any of the products Nick brings you can visit his ETSY shop at:
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It would be lovely to see more people join in next month, so if you are interested please let Jacqueline know in the Craftascope group.
Happy crafting,
Jane xx


  1. Wow Jane, what a great project and thanks for your description of how you made it. It would indeed be very nice if more people would participate in the blog hop, so let me know if you want to participate!

  2. This is fantastic Jane, I really love the spread you have done, the colours,depth and the textures. Thanks for the write up and instructions too. Brilliant.xx

  3. Love it Jane, fab tutorial xx