Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Leafy Sea Dragon

Hello everyone,  I hope you are doing well.

Our snow was melting but we still have piles in areas where it drifted during the storms in February.   The shrubs that I like to prune in late winter are still buried and last night we 'enjoyed' another snow storm, more snow.   It's freezing rain this morning and the roads are a mess.   "Spring where are you? - the calendar says you should be here soon!"   

Well let's forget about snow..... have you ever seen a Leafy Sea Dragon?    I hadn't until I saw him amongst Design by Ryn's Sea Creatures collection and thought he was the coolest design.   I had fun creating another 'sea' for him to hang out in.  


 
Starting with a piece of water colour paper, I added watercolour paints wet on wet (just a inexpensive set - blue, green, purple, yellow and a little black).   While it was still wet I added sea salt in areas where I wanted create a 'bubble effect'.     Once dry and the salt brushed off, I sprayed yellow & gold Glimmermist.     Still not satisfied I sprayed a little turquoise Dylusions here & there and blotted off.

Once dry again I blended Peacock Feathers Distress Ink around the parameter and stamped Ryn's Sea Bubbles with the same ink.   I stamped one of Ryn's Seaweed Set stamps & blended Black Soot Distress Ink around the edge.  I stamped  Leafy Sea Dragon  with black Stazon, then coloured him with Tombow markers.  I used a Gellyroll pen for highlighting along with some glitter.

Hello... is by Impression Obsession - A3579.



Ryn recently added another new member to the Design Team!    We are pleased to welcome  Karin at Creativity to our growing group!  If you get a chance to visit Ryn's Design Teams Blogs, they are listed on my right sidebar.  

Thanks for your visit and have a great day!
Shirley

36 comments:

Bianca said...

Super card!!!

greetings Bianca

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hey Shirley, I`m choosing a bad time to come back to Canada it sounds like. Will have to get my father to bring a coat the airport to pick me up! I just love this card!!! Beautiful colours and texture in the background. You chose great colours for the Leafy Sea Dragon popping him out but still tying him in with the background. Gorgeous! For some reason my post about Karin didn`t appear on my Facebook timeline yesterday. I posted it again today and will leave it up for a bit before posting your card. All the best :)

Gerrina said...

A lovely Sea Dragon! And totally in it´s enviremont the wat you made the sea! Love the texture and colours! Warm greetings, Gerrina

Patricia said...

WOW this is realy BEAUTIFULL!!!
Greetz Patricia

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Gorgeous!

Wendy McCarthy said...

Just beautiful Shirley! I love watercolour backgrounds and this wonderful. very pretty dragon too! xx

brenda said...

Your weather sounds dreadful Shirley and there was me thinking we had it bad here.

Again you have used inks and paints to fantastic effect.

B x

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great background Shirley , it looks very mistyrieus , and so does the monster!!!Just like in a fairy tale, I like it a lot!!

Greetings
Maria

Miranda said...

Hi teamie, love your leafy seadragon and he has a gorgeous background! Great bubbles! It makes me want to get out Ryn's stamps and have a play.........warm greet, Mirandaxx

Sue said...

Sorry your still getting snow Shirley we had a little bit yesterday but it all went straight away. This is absolutely stunning those colours are so vibrant I love your work huggles hun Sue J xxxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Another beautiful sea scene Shirley, I love the leafy sea horse, another to add to my wish list. As always you've created a stunning background for him/her. Hope your snow soon clears and you get some warmer days.

Sue x

linda said...

hi shirley, sounds like the storm picked up momentum as it headed your way; we got freezing rain, but no accumulation. this is a beautiful card! i love how you create your backgrounds; always sound like fun, and your cards are always so serene. hope you see spring soon.
linda

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Sooooo beautiful dear Shitley, a dream card. love your seadragon and your marvelous background.
lovely greet and big hug
Marja

Sophie said...

Shirley, das ist mal wieder eine unglaublich schöne Karte mit dem Drachen.
Und die Farben sind fantastisch.

Liebe Grüße und Umarmung von Sophie xx

Karin said...

Beautiful card with a gorgeous colored sea for the leafy sea dragon!!
And thanks for welcoming me on your blog!
Groetjes Karin

Julia S-W said...

What a gorgeous stamp that is - no, I haven't seen one either! I just totally love the background sea you created for your little creature - your backgrounds are always amazing Shirley.
Hope your week is going well.
Juliaxx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Your magnificent background is fabulous combined, wonderful colors, great card!

Felicie said...

This card is so beautiful Shirley.Great background,I love the colours.
Greetings
Felicie

Donna Ellis said...

OMG! If you come to Tampa you MUST go to the aquarium. You have captured this sea dragon perfectly. Aren't they so gorgeous? And some of them are even frillier and more gorgeously colored! They don't even look real to me - they are like fairies only real - you card is beautiful - it actually looks quite realistic, tho I know it is a fantasy Shirley moment. hugs, de

Shona said...

Gosh, you do the most spectacular backgrounds! This card is incredible, and that stamp is super fabulous! Those are my very favorite colours, so just looking at this makes me happy!

Nan G said...

Fantabulous background! Mr. Dragon is pretty himself!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Hey, Shirley! You have certainly created a magnificent sea for your sweet leafy dragon to enjoy!! The coloring is breathtaking, as always!

Sorry about the snow, dang snow!

MaryH said...

Such a beautifully serene card, and I love reading about how you do the backgrounds. So fun, and so gorgeous as well. Your leafy dragon is just the kind I like...not fierce looking, but friendly. Also love your blog background. Is this your garden? So pretty. Hopefully Spring will eventually get here. I'm glad we're expecting cold & rain, but no snow. I can deal with rain! TFS

chrissies said...

Really beautiful colours, techniques and images.Must try the seas salt.

Love Chrissie xx

vinny said...

beautiful card, no snow here just lots and lots of freezing rain x Lavinia

Paula (PEP) said...

Now he is rather special & I love the little home you created for him - it looks ever so comfortable. Your white highlighting is so effective, particularly amongst those stamped scrolls & I love the contrast between the black edges of his 'fins' & the white detailing. The glow you created with the background makes this very magical indeed.
Paula (PEP)

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great card Shirley with a beautiful background and stamps
Greetings Janny

Jenny Gropp said...

Awesome background and what a cool stamp!

Janny said...

Beautiful card. You know how to surprise me every time with the possibilities. Beautiful background. Groetjes Janny

Ina said...

OMG Shirley this is STUNNING. Love the vibrant colours. Absolutely gorgeous in every way. Thanks for always checking out my blog. Hugs.

Anja v K@@rten said...

Wauw......what a gorgeous background!!!!
I like that very much!! Loveley!
Greetings, Anja

RosC said...

Hi Shirley,

I have! ...seen a leafy sea dragon. They are native to the south eastern coast of Australia and I used to be a diver. Met some lovely creatures including this shy little fellow. You've captured him beautifully.

I must thank you for your lovely comments. I really appreciate the favour as I like your work and respect your talent a great deal. It's such a pleasure to hear snippets about Canada too - I lived in Vancouver for three years ages ago but have never lost my love for your wonderful country.

All the best, and hope the Spring comes very soon.
Ros.

Shannon White said...

Wow!! You always create the most magical under water scenes!! And this one is no exception!! Just LOVE this!! So Dreamy and Pretty! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Bärbel said...

Ein wunderbar gestalteter Hintergrund für den Seedrachen. Die Idee mit dem Meersalz ist toll, Shirley, und die Karte so wunderschön!

Loli said...

Simply magiacal Shirley!!! remind me Nessie :D, it's like a image for tales...gorgeous.
Hugs from Palma

Ellen said...

Wow Shirley! That is the most amazing underwater background evah!!!
First time in years I didn't have to cook a holiday meal....Seem to eat more when I am not cooking and need to buy bigger pant~LOL
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs,
Ellen