Saturday, February 22, 2014

SDC135 - Acetate - Icarus grounded

Corrie's challenge this week on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog was to use acetate.

Straight away I knew that I would stamp an image onto acetate and make a really cool background, which morphed into a spread in my art journal. You know how these things go ... lol

Everything in my art journal is deep and meaningful and often tells a story, its my form of sanity, or art therapy. I put things in my journal that mean a lot to me, memories, sayings, thoughts etc. The depictions may seem random, but they are grounded in meaning for me.

For this journal page my plan was to go back to ancient Greek mythology and for 'Angel boy' to become Icarus. If you recall Icarus had wings held together with wax. Regardless of warnings not to fly too close to the sun, he went anyway. Ultimately the wax melted and he fell into the sea and drowned. Literary interpretation of this myth have pointed to the consequences of personal over-ambition. I class myself as a realist, I am honest and true to myself, whilst I have dreams and ambitions, they do not exceed my ability - most of the time :)

This is the page in my Dylusions large journal : It makes me soooo happy.

The page was painted with various shades of orange acrylic paint. Its hard to capture the glow of the background sun behind Icarus, but I hope you can see here how it glows. The black frame I made is actually layered and raised with dimensionals. The wording is "Icarus grounded" and I hand wrote that and drew the stars. By that I mean he has his feet firmly placed in reality. He is not exceeding any limits, neither does he have any delusions of grandeur.
Below is a close up of the sun before everything was adhered together. To create the texture I used the mini tie die stencil by Crafters workshop and gesso. Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst sprays and Inca gold are responsible for this shimmer and glow - isn't it just wonderful - sigh ...... 
Once the acetate was on it became even shinier, these reflective properties make the sun appear even brighter. It is positively glowing.
Just to prove it is a transparency, I took a pic of the stazon stamped 'Angel Boy' image, then I colored the back with a black copic marker.
I just read on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog that my creation was chosen as one of the top three for this acetate challenge. I am so happy about that, I put my heart and soul into this page, its very personal and nice to be appreciated, especially amongst so much other amazing talent.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you like my page :)


  1. Oh wow! that background looks too great! Thanks for sharing your creation at SDC challenge

  2. Simply sensational! Great theme! x

  3. Fab use of the acetate, the colours are so vibrant.Thanks for joining us once more this week at Stampotique.

  4. There is a lot of history in these two journal pages, Nikki, both worldly and personal! I love that you took something from mythology and brought it to the modern world! Angel Boy makes a perfect Icarus, and you have two amazing pages!

    Just signed up today to follow your inspiring blog. My problem is that I always forget to check friends' blogs. Do you think you could add a "follow by e-mail" option so that I would get notices when you update your blog with a new post? ;-)

  5. Oh, yes....and thanks for participating in the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week! ;-)

  6. Nikki this is awesome! The background - WOW cool
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique DC

    xx Arwen

  7. STUNNING journal pages, love the installations and the bigger picture. A true piece of HeArT ArT :-) xxx

  8. Love how you incorporated the acetate into your journal!
    Thank you for joining us at stampotique

  9. I love these pages. Orange is my one of my favourite colours and I also love your theme. Thanks so much for joining my challenge over at Stampotique !
    Corrie x

  10. Hey Nikki - what a cool idea!!! It's amazing. Orange is one of my fav colour :-) Thanks for joining us at Stampotique this week!

  11. Congrats on being selected as the Design Team Favorite this week, Nikki. Not at all surprised!


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