Recently I watched a demonstration at my Ben Franklin store promoting Ken Oliver's color burst products
which was my first happy accident of the week. You see, I had actually gone looking for the Tim Holtz Oxide Distress ink products which they did not yet have. (If you have ever lived in Hawaii you know that there are very few places to buy supplies, and when you find them, they are not always the newest products!) Needless to say, a package of these intensely pigmented watercolor powders came home with me- what can I say, I am a sucker to try every kind of watercolor paint known to man. Distress oxides will have to wait!
Fast forward about a week to the first chance I had to sit down at my desk and play. I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cold pressed watercolor paper. Not really having a "feel" for how much powder to use, and how the paints would behave when mixed with a brush versus sprayed with water and how to mix the colors in an effective way, I just had to start somewhere. I should have taken a picture of the other 100 sheets of paper to show you just how much fun I ended up having in the process of playing. I saved all of these "accidents", because I never like to waste paint or paper, and you never know when these scraps may come in handy!
Fast forward again to the creation of this layout...what I thought would end up in the rubbish can inspired me to use it as a background for this layout about the rainbows that appear in the valleys of the West Maui mountains in the front of my house. Hawaii is known as the rainbow state and when people ask if we really have rainbows all the time, the answer is yes...every friggin' day! The Hawaiians call them blessings, and they truly are.
Usually mornings at my house are not our finest hour-the kids are usually hurried to get ready for school and yelling their heads off at each other. So imagine my surprise to find them arm in arm pointing at the full arch double rainbow from our front stoop. After playing around with some layering of patterned paper and embellishments from the December Clique Kit I decided to use a little of the copper metallic color burst on the left side to tie in the copper accents in the die cut pieces. Unfortunately they do not show up well in the photos, but are so much prettier in person. The shimmery copper paint made a good finishing touch.
In conclusion, in your art like in life, it is impressive to have everything work out exactly as you intended it to...but sometimes life has a different plan, and you never know...you just might like how it turns out!