I started off with a 6.5 x 6.5 inch piece of hand painted paper that I grabbed from my stash. It was made on watercolor paper using gesso, acrylic paint and acrylic glazes. I mounted it to a piece of book board to make the piece more sturdy. The backside of the book board was painted and the edges were finished off with a gold leafing pen.
Next I decided to find a focal image that echoed the theme of exploring. I found a great image of a plane, which I cut out from a 12 x 12 inch piece of patterned paper from the Off the Wall Collection: Travel from 7 Gypsies.
I have a huge pile of metal hardware, both found and bought/altered and I scooped up a batch of rusty metal washers.
I then die cut circles, cogs and gears using multiple colors of card stock and patterned paper.
Finally I spent some time creating the page, moving the pieces around until I found a composition that I liked. I glued all the paper and hardware to my hand painted background and then added the word 'explore' with rub-on letters.
Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:
Cross Promotional Partners: 7 Gypsies patterned paper
Other: watercolor paper, card stock, book board, gesso, acrylic paint, acrylic medium, paint brush, adhesive, leafing pen, rub-on letters, found metal washers