Midsummer Night Dance

Yesterday afternoon, I took my youngest daughter to her swim team practice at Laughlin Air Force Base.  Since it's on the opposite side of town from where we live, I waited for her in the lounge area of the fitness center.  I had planned ahead, and took my iPad and a traveling art supply box with me.  First, I scanned the web, and found various challenges I wanted to participate in.  Next, using the supplies I had with me, I made the ATC below and titled it Midnight Summer Dance.


My ATC was inspired by Collage Obsession - Magic (Midsummer) Night, Craft Artwork - ATC Legs, and Artist's Playroom - #13 Sketching & Drawing.  I hand cut the ATC base and the silhouette of the lady dancing from a flyer that had an international travel seal and passport print.  I sketched a night forest scene with pencil and inked it with a black Sharpie pen.  To add the feeling of water and the flowers in the forest, I used a small scrap of hand painted paper that had a flower punched out.  I covered the back in red.  As a finishing touch, I cut a circle for the moon.  (I glazed the moon and the center of the flower when I got home, since I didn't have any acrylic paints in my supply box.)


When I got home, I used my ATC to design a card inspired by Card Positioning Systems Challenge Sketch #269, Pile-It On #24 - Let's Get Outdoors, and Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes.  I took a picture of my outdoor scene ATC and used a Kaleidoscope app to turn it into a pinwheel.  I printed the picture, cut it into an oval, and edged it with a red Clearsnap ink pad.  I used a blue card base an masked it with a postcard print.  I flipped the positioning of the elements, so I placed my banners on the right side.  I attached the oval shaped print with some foam pads.  To enhance the outdoor theme, I layered some flowers and attached them with a brad.  As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment with the word "summer."


For safekeeping, I incorporated my ATC with a paperclip in a page for my art journal.  This page was inspired by Crazy Amigos - Pinwheels, Take a Word - Floral, and Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #31.  First of all, I made an origami pinwheel using a red plaid and floral print.  I turned it into a flower, by adding a leaf to the "stem."  On a K&Company Smashpad sheet, I wrote a bible verse and glued it down.  Finally, I glued down the flag portion of a K&Company Smash paper clip, on which I had written the word dance.  I attached my ATC to the paperclip.

There is a time for everything
and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

This Week's Sketch (#269)

Although I assigned each of the 3 different art projects to different challenges, they are interrelated.  This was a nice break for me, because I've been working on a large painting for my upcoming art show, which can be overwhelming.  I'd love to hear what you think about these projects, so please leave a comment and/or follow my blog.  Thank you for stopping by.  Blessings!

Comments

...superb work Arnoldo, loVe how all three piece's are interlinked, great textures so beautifully put together...Mel :)
Borqna said…
Great projects! I like the title! I see also that you have new followers! Congratulations!
Please excuse me - I did not comment on, but I saw your new projects. I admire your talent and desire to work.
Lizbethem said…
You did a marvelous job, Arnoldo, linking each part while creating your most original art.
Wendy Swenne said…
And again, great work Arnoldo!! Love that lady with the stripes on her body.

Thanks so much for playing along with us on WAW.

Wendy
Candy C said…
Love your ATCs. Great designs and textures! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy
indybev said…
Very clever ATC, Arnoldo. Thanks for sharing.
Cheryl said…
Love the sketches on your ATC, and your card turned out great! Your kaleidoscope app turned out fabulous! Isn't it fun to take a design and turn it into something completely different!
Yvonne said…
Awesome piece!
Sim said…
Interesting work Arnoldo! :)
Elisabet said…
First thank you for stopping by my blog and taking time to leave me a comment! Glad you did because I have had the chance to admire you art! Great work!
Regards,
Beth
Martyna said…
thank you for joining us! atc is gorgeous!
Eila A said…
Arnoldo - your midnight summer dancer is fantastic! The magic summer nights certainly makes me and many others want to dance. I love the story of how you created your piece, and the way you have incorporated your ATC in your art journal is really creative.
Karin said…
beautiful, love the combination of all things!
Winnie said…
Such a great piece! I am amazed at how technology is being used in art! I am so not tech savy!
Ritva said…
Interesting... I like your work
Arnoldo: I just LOVE your pinwheel, and I also LOVE that you have entered WAW multiple times this month. Bring it on! I LOVE seeing the art you share, and it always blesses me. I've been wanting to try a pinwheel like that, and use a red and white striped paper straw (old school) for the wand. You should do a tutorial...lol. Thanks for sharing this, Arnoldo!
Blessings to you,
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday
sandee said…
You're very clever ya know, working 3 pieces together like that, I'm just happy if I make 3 pieces much less having them coexist with each other! Wonderful job, love the hand sketched trees! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)
Junibears said…
Arnoldo, it is a pleasure to come here and see your work. Thank you for the directions towards the finished pieces. I love how you filled the time waiting for your daughter. I would probably have taken my crochet! LOL! xx
Junibears said…
You already have given us quite a tutorial on the way you made these pieces Arnoldo! Beautiful work! Thank you. xx
craftattack said…
Fantastic work, I like your style! The blue lady has so much movement and energy! Valerie
Happy Days said…
Just dropped by to say thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm glad I did as you have some amazing artwork, loving the the blue lady atc.

Claire x
Your atc really appealed to me. I feel the sketchy trees are perfect for the viewer to see their own world in which to dance. The block of color speaks of elements like the air water and organic elements like flowers. And of course incorporating it in a journal page is wise. Love your work!
hugs,
JoyceAnn
Electra said…
I really love how you take one magical image and create so many wonderful things from it!
VonnyK said…
I love all of your projects, especially your sketch of the trees.
Excellent, the way you made them fit into so many challenges and while doing a bigger painting. I do agree, it is nice to have a break when doing the big paintings.
Have a great day.
Von (coming from APR)
What a fabulous piece of work. -x-
Alice said…
oh my word! this is magnificent! such beautiful work, and so many techniques used!
That is a great way to use the time... and wonderful results all round... love the top one especially...xx
urtica said…
Great work! I like your colleges
Silvia(Barnie) said…
Fabulous piece of art.
Jennifer McLean said…
I agree with Trace, I like the top one best, the combo of sketched trees and the dancing figure is quite bold. well done and thanks for joining this week's APR!
Best,
Jenn
Lorianna said…
Fabulous!!
We would like to thank you for Entering Pile It On Challenge.
Hugs from Lorianna - DT Digi Team for Pile It On
Grannie Annie said…
Fabulous layers of loveliness Arnoldo...well done!
Chris said…
beautiful work and I'm impressed that you could sit in a lounge and work, that would be just too distracting for me.
All three pieces are beautiful. thanks for sharing them with us at Pile It On.
minnemie said…
Chris' words were my first thought too - amazed that you could do all of that in a lounge and not get distracted:-) Such a fun combination you created!
Agato.Art said…
Arturo as usual, great job :)
Regards