Rock n Rolla Challenge–Smeared Ink—Heavy in Your Arms


My post for today is an altered canvas with a wink to this week’s Rock N Rolla Challenge on the Smeared & Smudged Ink group site. May’s challenge is sponsored by Simply Betty and you could win 3 regular zombie digi images but just for playing you will receive the adorable “Artie”, the graduation Grumpie from Smeared Ink. This month we looked at the song “Heavy in Your Arms” by Florence and the Machine. I really wanted to set my entry somewhere besides the shore, where the video is largely set, but that image is very compelling. So here goes….

I began with a hardboard canvas sized 8″x10″ and added Golden Fluid Acrylics (yellow ochre, quin. gold, pthalo green (blue shade), pthalo blue (green shade), titanium white, Retarder) and Liquitex Dioxazene Purple (you will find this color used somewhere in almost any acrylic that I paint—I LOVE IT!!! and it is so handy to mix in to use for shadows.). I used these to concoct an overcast sky at the shore with a trouble sea. It didn’t quite come out the way my head sees it but my painting skills are sadly very rusty. Nonetheless this was fun to work on and I can accept the outcome.

The images are digis from Smeared Ink, she is d-dancer 1 and he from the Deadly Battle, which was a freebie for playing in the challenges last month. (See what you miss if you don’t play along in the challenges??? There’s several different types–surely there is one that gets your mojo moving–give it a whirl!). I isolated the skeleton from the battle and added just a touch of sepia colored pencil & cut him out, leaving the other fighter for another day. Her skin is colored with the tan Sharpie layered over with blue and purple colored pencils. Her hair and skirt were colored with Cretacolor watercolor pencils, then her skirt was glitzed up with Distress Stickles. The orientation of the digi has her dropping from the sky with broken strings (somewhat like a marionette freed), but I trimmed the strings off and flipped her over. I layered the images and glued them directly to the canvas, then used a white Elmer Paint pen to add the title.

What do you think?? Be sure to check out the challenges–there’s still some time to play and you will receive the Artie digi from Smeared Ink just for joining the fun!

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GeckoGalz Design Team Member July 2011-July 2012

Smeared Ink Design Team

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