"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sea Glass Inspired Project using Blue Fern Studios Chipboard

I knew when I saw those pretty delicate chipboard sea shells at Blue Fern Studios I was going to do bling them up and do something different with them. You know that feeling you get when you're working on something and you're enjoying the process and you don't want it to end? Well, that's how it was for me while creating with these sea shells.  Oh, there's so much to tell you about them and not enough time or space to provide all the details.   I'm offering you some close-ups so that you can see what went into them, but mostly what gives them life, is the art fiber tissue paper found at art supply stores.  It's very similar to mulberry paper, but softer and easier to use. The paper provides peaks, valleys, structure and dimension.  I've added some more instructional details on the Blue Fern Studios Blog found here.  Check it out when you can, it's really quite simple, and I think you'll enjoy the process and results as much as I did. Later on during my Design Team term, I'll provide a written tutorial on how to achieve these results with the art fiber tissue paper to share with you.

A few shells above were treated with a taupe colored acrylic paint, clear gesso, crackle and various colored mists.

The bargain bin picture frame was painted in Titan Buff, treated with Helmar's Crackle product, and various colors of mist were applied to the frame.

Thanks for looking.  If you like these colors, come back in a few days, and I'll share a small canvas piece I made using the same art fiber paper technique on a different Blue Fern Studios chipboard piece.  :)


  1. Yup, that's the one... absolutely breathtaking!
    Alison xx

  2. fabulous and amazing, love this :)

  3. Amazing as always! I LOVE it!

  4. A creative and inspirational piece...TFS your tips so we can learn from a talented artist :D

  5. Wow...this is super stunning! Love all the different textures & chipboard pieces....and the colours are just divine!!

  6. OMG Joyce!! this is super de luxe stunningly awesome!! have to drool a bit more at the details! mwah mwah mwah!