We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Thursday, 8 September 2016

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth ...

... when it is quite clearly Ocean ...
Arthur C Clarke

I've not done any stamping for some time, as I been immersed in painting, but the latest Craft Barn Dictionary challenge letter is O, and, unusually, I had no inspiration whatsoever.

Until (light bulb!) I decided to dust off some stamps - and do an oceanic scene; starting with a random acrylic ink background with a bit of cling film to create some texture.

The fish stamps (and associated dies) are by Heartfelt Creations stamped onto some left over sprayed background pieces. My favourite is the sea horse.

No-one does water drops and bubble stamps like Ryn, so added some bubbles to the mix, together with some pieces of oceanic flora!

Also entering Ryn's monthly challenge, and the Craft Stamper stamping challenge.

I start my intermediate watercolour and mixed media course on Monday, which I'm really looking forward too, though I think it is going to be a bit challenging!


  1. Love your background and am totally blown away by your underwater flora and fauna!!!

  2. Great love it all, been thinking about those heartfelt stamps and dies. Great use of Ryns stamp too.

  3. Love the colours in your ocean scene and great mix of stamps too. The water bubbles look great too!

  4. Aw thanks Kaybee :) Great quote and organic inky patterns in the water!

  5. I love this. I've often called it blue planet because from space that's what it looks like. Your ocean scene is fantastic. I remember you have always created your CB challenges around stamps you had, but lately, it seemed like you had changed focus. So glad to see you dusted a few of them off, because this is a fantastic entry!

  6. Great background with lovely vibrant colours. Good luck with your painting course xx

  7. Well chosen orange fishes to contrast with the blue water and, yes, Ryn's water droplets are perfect! I love this page!

  8. Love this underwater scene. The definition added to the flora was a great idea.

  9. Love your little underwater scene. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge

  10. A beautiful underwater scene and a great word to use.
    xxx Hazel.

  11. What a beautiful underwater scene. I love all the elements you have put together.

  12. This is a great idea - thank you for entring the Alpha/Dictionary challenge and good luck in the draw. xx

    PS Your course sounds brill - enjoy! xx

  13. A fabulous underwater scene and a perfect winner. I love the texture you achieved with cling film.