Moxie Inspiration

   The current Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger started a whole two days of fun and relaxing painting for me!  Cath's  color trend post caught my eye as well since I've been loving the coral/yellow combination I see so many places lately!
  I'm usually interested to know how people get their ideas, so here's my contribution to creativity for the day:

--the first thing I tried was my trusty purple plastic stencil and I experimented with watercolor brushing in traditional stencil style [bottom right dummy sheet]  I liked how I could use totally different colors or just one or two and by varying brush sizes and water amounts I could create some interesting textures;

--next, having been inspired further by my daughter's latest library book on Central Asian fabric patterns--my thoughts went to Ikat-like applications as seen in the bottom left sample [I also immediately thought of using my Hero Arts Zig Zag background stamp as a perfect layer for the designs...don't ask--it's just the way my brain works...]

--and putting it all together I did a panel using two sizes of solid butterfly design stamps kissed on my inked Zig Zag background and stamped on water color paper; used a brush to paint contrasting coral and sunshine colors then misted; it's dimension-mounted on an embossed Zig-Zag card base:
This is for my daughter...I think I'll enjoy making a whole set of different designs/colors for her birthday!
--the second technique is using the pps [plastic purple stencil!] to cut out a symmetrical butterfly [i.e. to be able to control the placement of the zig zags] I was trying to figure out on what to mount the butterfly, playing with some scraps and came up with a unique birthday card [I've been wanting to do something with that embossed panel in the scrap box for almost two years now!]  

   Bottom line:  FUN!  And it kept me out of trouble for a while!  [you know...weeding, yardwork, housework, laundry, trim painting...trouble!]  Thanks Moxie Fab World for my get-away!


  1. I am glad to see the TT got you inspired to try water-coloring!! The use of Zig Zag stamp is fabulous! Love the yellow and pink combo!It's so nice to have TT to get us out of "trouble", huh? (I'd rather stamp than doing laundry, wouldn't you?)

  2. wow - what glorious painting techniques! I'm not sure what a purple plastic stencil is, but it sure looks like it helps you create colorful magic! Love the color combos. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. I like it here!

  3. Hi Deb! These creative pieces are lovely! Somehow, the first one reminded me of Piet Mondrian's Compositions ... I think it's the colours and rhythm of the design. Very nice! Thank's so much for the Liebster Award and for your kind words! I am enjoying your beautiful blog! Susanne

  4. wow, I love what you did here!

  5. Hey Deb! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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