Friday 7 August 2020


Hello Creative Friends 

I'm extremely honoured to be Augusts Guest Designer 

Over the moon way back in March when chosen by the 
Design Team as their winner I'm here today sharing my 
GD mixed media creation and how it came to be...

It all started with a single Studio Light stamp laying 
down colour on the image I'd stamped out multiple times.. 

then building up the background with a mix of media 
including beaded pearls, sequins and scraps of lace.

When happy with my colour choice I cut out three images 
teasing their shape with a ball tool, my favourite tool 
to breakdown paper fibres allowing me to manipulate and 
define those fine details found within the stamps design.

When applied to the background you can see why the ball tool 
is a favourite just look how much dimension can be achieved 
with just one little tool.


Wrapping the sea urchin with silk yarn applying extra embellishments
the seahorse gently rest on top partially camouflaged against the layers.
Bright pops of colour dabbed and dripped around the page 
my underwater mixed media creation is complete.. 
Many thanks to the team for having me as 
Guest Designer this month it's been a pleasure. 

pop on over for more inspiration and join in with the challenge.

Sending best wishes your way 
stay safe & creative everyone

Tracey xx

Sharing today with: 

Country View Challenges ~ I do like to be beside the seaside
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Use your favourite tool


Words and Pictures said...

Congratulations on a fabulous guest project for Creative Artiste. The textures and techniques here are just wonderful. Love those shaped images with so much dimension, and the silk fibres are glorious.
Alison x

Valerie-Jael said...

Fabulous piece Tracey, absolutely ***fab*u*lous***. Love it, and how you made it. Your piece is by far the best piece on show at their blog today, and make no mistake! Have a wonderful day, hugs, Valerie

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, this is stunning! I so enjoyed following along to see how it came together 😁. The stamped background is so beautiful and wow, the dimension that you achieved using the ball tool is amazing too! I'm loving the strands of silk yarn on the sea urchin too - perfect 😀. Thanks so much for joining us as Guest Designer at Creative Artiste with this gorgeous page! Take care and wishing you a Happy August! Hugs, Jo x

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

That's beautiful Tracey. I've been looking for an ammonite style die but no luck guess I'll have to get my scissors out Lol! The detail you've added to this piece is amazing it's perfect. Wishing you a lovely creative weekend, Angela xXx

crafty-stamper said...

Congrats on your so well desrved GDT spot with such a stunning journal page -you started with a brilliant stamp but you made it into something absolutely amazing and I really love the seahorse I can't believe trhat is just paper looks so realistic!!!
Carol x

Elkes Lebensglück said...

* wow * what a wonderful underwater project is amazing, I'm as excited as you did it! Thanks for explaining!
Have a nice weekend and take care and stay healthy, Elke

Julia Dunnit said...

I knew if I popped in to see you there’d be something marvellous to savour! Great GD piece, man they must have been so pleased when you submitted that! And its in a book! Can’t believe you’re so modest about these creations that you dont immediately start on canvas and put them in an Etsy shop. (More work, but you understand!) Staying safe and well I h ope, I can see you’re staying busy!

Andree said...

An absolutely glorious mixed media project Tracey! The dimension, textures, colours and touches of detail all work so well together to create your beautiful underwater scene.
Thank you so much for being a fabulous guest designer for us this month at Creative Artiste xx

DVArtist said...

OHHHHH MYYYYYY Goshhhhh. This is stunning! All that texture and the colors are magnificent. The feel of it makes me know the under sea world. I am so taken with this piece. Well done my friend. EXCELLENT!!!!

Lys said...

Fabulous underwater scene! What a clever idea enhancing the details with a ballpen.

My name is Erika. said...

Wow Tracey. That is gorgeous. I may just "need" that stamp. It made and amazing image and you really ramped it up to be even better! Happy rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

Redanne said...

Sensational Tracey! I love all things sea related and this piece is just off the charts gorgeous. I love the dimension you created with your ball tool, it really brings the elements to life and the silk yarn is a fabulous addition. I have been here ages just scrolling up and down, I love this so much!

Apologies for my lateness, I hope you and the family are keeping safe and well and enjoying your weekend. Hugs, Anne xx

Judy McKay said...

Stunning project. The details are beautiful. Thank you for joining us as the guest designer here at Creative Artiste this month. Judy DT

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful card, love seahorses and all you have added here is brilliant. We are doing fine here, thanks for asking, just wearing our mask when out in public places but mostly staying put. xx

Sue said...

Oh Tracey this is a real feast for the eyes! You've taken a fabulous stamp and made it even better with that wonderful silk yarn, and your colouring... wow! Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

Craftyfield said...

Fa-bu-lous, Tracey! The detail on these shells with the stamping, colouring, shaping and the addition of yarn (would never have thought of that!) is incredible. Your page makes me happy, it is so perfect for our theme on Country View Challenge! Thanks for sharing with us.

Mia said...

Congratulations for your GDT, Tracey. You certainly deserve it, my dear friend. I am sorry I haven't visited you lately, but I am very very very busy until the end of August. Life happens some times, you know. So be sure that since September, I will visit you more often! Hugs and thank you for your understanding.

Mac Mable said...

Many congratulations on guesting Tracey......And what a stunner your creation is. That ball tool sure does adds depth and dimension. Please take the page out and frame this...It is amazing x.

Dotty Jo said...

This is fabulous, Tracey! Jo x

Ina G said...

Wow Tracey - I can't stop looking at all the close up details you have provided us here. What an amazing piece of art. Love it. So happy to have ou as our Guest this month at Creative Artiste.

Mac Mable said...

Yay you framing this stunning seahorse and it's wonderful underwater scene. Thank you so much for your kind, lovely and generous comments on my blog Tracey....It makes my day xxx

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

It doesn't get more mixed media than this! Superb project and so inspirational!

Jane said...

A very beautiful creation. I love all the layers and textures. It's perfect for our "I do like to be beside the seaside" challenge over at Country View. Thanks so much for joining us xx

Monika Gulyas said...

Beautiful mixed media project!!! I love the textures, the chosen colours, the whole design! Perfect!!! Thank you for joining the August challenge of the Country View Challenges!

craftytrog said...

Congratulations on your guest spot Tracey! You really created a beautiful work of art. Great to see it in more detail.
Alison xx