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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ginger Snap Creations Challenge GC100 - Color Challenge - Red and Gold

Sunset

For Ginger Snap Creations Red and Gold Challenge, I made a 5" x 7" mixed-media piece picturing an Asian sunset.  I have so enjoyed these Asian Challenges!  They have been so much fun and have really pushed me to think outside of the box.  Looking at my other Asian creations, each of them featured geishas.  I decided that for my last piece, I would not use any characters but keep the piece simple - like so much of Asian culture.

I started by painting the background in watercolor mixed with irridescent medium to make the color seem to shimmer.  The red color I used  is one of my favorite watercolor reds.  It seems to be photographing somewhat orange here but it really is red!  The Asian characters at the upper left hand side were embossed with gold embossing powder.  The temple gate was coated with Arnold Grummer's Composition Gold Dust, and then covered with Mod Podge.  I used foam squares to lift the gate off of the painting to give it a 3-D effect.  The sun was die cut, painted with watercolor (my favorite yellow-gold color - Quinacridone Gold), and then covered with Mod Podge.  The last touch was a very light sprinkling of gold glitter dust.

23 comments:

  1. Gorgeous picture. The Asian theme has been an interesting challenge for me as well, but I ended up having fun. Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog.Cheers..Donna

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  2. This is stunning has a wonderful oriental feel. thank you for visiting my little place and leading me here. XOXO Zoe

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  3. Such vivid and exciting colors, Jeanie. Your work on this one is beautiful. I wish I could see it in person to really appreciate the sparkles you added.

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  4. Olá, amiga!

    Passei para uma visitinha...
    Muito lindo e hamonioso.

    Bom fim de semana!
    Muita paz e saúde!
    Beijinhos.
    °º♫
    °º
    •*• ♫° ·.Brasil

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  5. What a stunning sunset you have created! I can almost feel the warmth! Beautiful!

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  6. Jeanie! My age is not divisible by 7. Yet. But it will be in about 5 more months! So do tell. Sounds fascinating! ;)

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  7. Beautiful piece Jeanie.
    Love the texture on the temple.
    Simple yet stunning.
    PS thanks for posting my button on your blog.
    You need to make one, will send link to you on the how to.

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  8. Hi Jeanie,
    just beautiful! TFS.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  9. Really stunning and so simple it captures the oriental feeling perfectly. Thank you for joining the Red and Gold Challenge at Gingersnap Creations.

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  10. This is so cool! I love all the watercoloring, and the dimension of the gate and the embossing, plus the glittery bits - I know this must be really impressive in person. The gate is such a clever idea!

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  11. Your piece turned out beautiful! Lovin the gold glitter dust. Hugs,Tee

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  12. Wow, I love it - really fantatic.

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  13. you have captured the sky beautifully such a lot of atmosphere in your work of art :)
    Von x

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  14. A beautiful scene Jeanie. Thank you for playing with us at Gingersnaps again. Annette

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  15. This is a beautiful piece!

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  16. I agree with Terry.... it's so real looking I can feel the warmth!

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  17. Wonderful- I love the sky- so pretty with the gold embossing. Wonderful scene.

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  18. I agree with Terry.... it's so real looking I can feel the warmth! Great JOB

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  19. What a beautiful scene you've created with some wonderful techniques. Thanks for taking the Gingersnap Creations challenge! Helene

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  20. A beautiful oriental sunset. x

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  21. Such a beautiful creation! I see that we share a love of cats.

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