This month's Off the Page Item included in the Flying Unicorn Kit was a little lighthouse. It was super cute as it was, but I wanted to put it into this tray that I had picked up. So, I cut it in half. The tray had such a neat bottom and wood for the sides, so I thought it made a great beachy background.
I prepared the lighthouse by adding Prima Color Bloom Mist and inks. I wanted to keep it weathered looking and this worked perfectly with the wood.
Before I added the lighthouse, I did some background work using stencils and paint. I also used some of my favorite Prima Color Bloom mists.
To begin building the scene, I tore up some cardboard to give the look of stones and shore. I used some Golden Course Pumice Stone Gel to add the look of sand here and there. After it was dry, I started adding embellishments, including chipboard fencing and some metal pieces.
For the look of water, I used seam tape that was misted with more Prima Color Bloom, Glistening Waves. Of course, I had to have a message in a bottle, so that was glued in place. I finished the scene by adding some cattails and lots of beads to match the 'water' and 'land'.
Now, I had the bottom ready, but the top needed some deatils, too! I sponged on lots of Gel Medium to start with some subtle clouds. When it was dry, I added some touches of Gesso to make them a bit more visible, but still keep them light and airy. I tucked a bit of ribbon in the upper corner of the 'sky'. The finishing touch was using some lightweight chipboard to make the birds.
To add a bit of detail to the top, I added some more ribbon, some cattails and a few Prima Seashore Flowers.
There are so many beautiful takes on the Off the Page this month, as always! Be sure to drop by Flying Unicorn to take a peek!