Regular visitors will probably know by now that I like to submit to Stampington & Co. Somerset Studio was actually one of the first publications I submitted to (alongside The Stampers’ Sampler and Take Ten). They have an Annual Colour Challenge Call and I was really keen to submit when they announced their colour for what would be their Jan/Feb 2016 issue. It wasn’t because the colour was one I liked to work with, probably quite the opposite which is why I liked the challenge of dipping into …. Laguna Teal …. yikes, Teal!!! So utterly outwith my comfort zone but I decided not to take the easy way out especially as I almost immediately knew what I wanted to submit, a 3D assemblage style piece featuring Tando rowing boats as I had the perfect Redlead Paperworks collage images and stamps with a beachy theme.
This was one of those times when I could have happily created more and more! In total four rowing boat assemblages were submitted, one of which was a stand-alone (HERE) with the others a trio relating to the Sisters of Laguna Beach. I am limiting this post to only one of the assemblages otherwise it would be too photo-heavy.
There is a wee tale to go with the artwork, this is Sisters of Laguna Beach Part I.
Let me introduce you to the sisters of Laguna Beach. Beloved mermaids of the ocean they dip and dive amongst the waves, in fact many say that they live beneath the ocean, although deep in their hearts they know this is a fanciful notion. However, where is the harm in a fanciful notion or two, so they are happy to play along with the yarns that everyone is eager to tell, whispers that the sisters were all born with webbed feet and skin that would shimmer in the colours of the deep blue ocean. Let me share a little secret with you….. those girls are mere mortals just like the rest of us. We have Maude, the baby of the family who is always to be found by the side of the sister next to her in age, Isabella, known to one and all as Issy. You could set your watch by the time that they set off on their daily walk along by the sea with Maudegrasping Issy around the waist, as though they were mermaids joined at the hip.
At the beach,if, during their stroll, their feet are ever to become trapped amongst the fishing nets cast aside by the local fishermen, they simply fall down onto the sand, peals of laughter escaping from them as they disentangle themselves.
As they continue their walkalong the sea,they are dusted with a light coating of sand with starfish nestled between their toes but for Maude and Issy, they have not a care in the world as they walk beside their beloved ocean.Another day I will introduce to you to Cybil.
When I mailed this and the other submissions, my dream was that if even one of the assemblages caught their eye at the Somerset Studio offices during their art selection, then I would be so, so happy but to have all four submissions printed, it was beyond wonderful! I also have to thank the lovely Chris and Sharon who are Redlead Paperworks because I am just so lucky to have their products to play with.
I haven’t been able to spend as much time on-line recently which means I haven’t been able to visit your blogs. Here’s hoping normal service will be resumed shortly! Hope you are all well and finding enough creative time in your lives. Thank You always for visits, comments both here and on Facebook.