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Moby Dick

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Hello Crafters!

Here we are to a brand new challange over Simon Says Stamp!

This week’s theme over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange is “SUMMER FUN” – and, as always, I interpreted the theme my own way… I made this art journal page based on a quote from the book Moby Dick by Herman Melville that I LOVE.
Before showing you my page, let me just remind you a beautiful challange that is going on Simon Says stamp……!!


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There is something magical about art journaling – it does not require much. You do not need all the fancy stuff to make a page, you do not always have to fill it up with a lot of goodies…sometimes “simple” is the key.


I started by covering my art journal pages with Tissue Wrap Paper by Tim Holtz. I love this one because there is a map on it, which was perfect for this theme! I adhered the Tissue Wrap Paper to the art journal pages with Distress Collage Medium Matte – it works amazing! Then I used a bit of gesso to slightly tone down the tissue paper. I set aside to dry. I added some texture with modeling paste and a stencil by of course Mr. Tim Holtz.


When it was dry I used a LOT of different shades of Blue distress paint to create the scene. (Check out the bottom part of this post for the complete list of colors).

It is the sea with a big wave.

When the first coat of paint was dry, I covered it with with a bit of black gesso – yes, it can be scary, but trust me on that. Black adds a lot of depth! I let it dry again. Then I took again a couple of paints and brought back some blueish tone.


The top part of the page I used Distress Ink Stain and a brush to blend the color. I also used a distress crayon to highlight some part of the sea and sky. I finally added some details with the picket fence distress paint and a bit of some more white gesso.  To resemble the Moby Dick tail I used an embellishment I had on the desk, so i have no clue what brand it is, but it was a gold stem with leaves. I cut out two leaves and made the tail — or at least I tried! LOL!

I printed the quote from the CANON printer and I sticked it to the page with again Distress Collage Medium, this time I used the Vintage one. The Distress Collage Medium Vintage gave to the page a yellow-brownish look and it give to it also a torn look.

The quote is simply amazing , it says “I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will – I will go to it laughing” (Io non so tutto quello che potrà accadere, ma che sia quel che sarà – gli andrò incontro ridendo).

Moby Dick is a book I love and I remember watching the movie during summer rainstorms…which i love.

I hope this will inspire you to look at our challenge and seek for your own interpretation! It is so much fun!


For this challange Simon Says Stamp kindly offers a $50 gift voucher to shop over Simon Says Stamp!

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And that’s all for today, If you have any questions, suggestions or if you want to let me know what  you think of this project, leave a message!

Zoey Scarpelli

I'm Zoey - I'm passionate about Mixed Media, Stenciling, Stamping and reading books.

  • Sandra

    Gorgeous spread, Zoey! Love the depth of the colors and the amazing texture! Love your style very much! Hugs, Sandra

    August 24, 2016 at 11:27 am Reply
  • Anna-Karin

    This is amazing Zoey! I love all that blue and all the movement on the page, and of course the wonderful quote that you used.

    August 21, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply
  • Emma

    wow…wow…WOW! This is amazing Zoey!! Gorgeous colours and just beautiful texture ~ a really gorgeous piece of art! Hugs xx

    August 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • cheiron

    Gorgeous page and I just love that big wave! The black gesso does sound a bit scary but you’ve made me want to try it 🙂

    August 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Macarena

    Fabulous! I love the blue shades, all of them! And you are right: the black gesso gave the great depth. Thank you for this inspiration. Hugs, Marzena

    August 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • barbarayaya

    ma sai che oramai non riesco più a commentare? la parte con l’onda è assolutamente la mia preferita,ma tutto il lavoro nel suo complesso è un’opera d’arte! BArbara

    August 21, 2016 at 6:23 am Reply
  • meihsialiu

    Love your gorgeous pages, Zoey. The colors and texture you created are fantastic. 🙂

    August 21, 2016 at 4:55 am Reply
  • Andrea Ockey Parr

    This is incredible! I really feel like this is a work of art that belongs in a museum! And I love how you paired your scene with a literary quote that’s so wonderful! This is the perfect combination of art and literature and I adore it! This is really amazing!

    August 20, 2016 at 6:58 am Reply
  • kath

    wow you are amazing…such gorgeous colours and I love the effect of the big wave or is the whale’s tail…great tip about the Black Gesso too…have a great weekend…hugs kath xxx

    August 19, 2016 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • pearshapedchris

    I love how you made this fabulous spread! Chrisx

    August 17, 2016 at 1:11 am Reply
  • Cathie C.

    This is a stunning journal page, Zoey! That wave is awesome and when I realized it was a wave my jaw dropped to the floor. All those blues are amazing and must have taken a long time to blend. This is absolutely gorgeous and an art journal page perfection!!

    Cathie ♥

    August 16, 2016 at 12:51 am Reply
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  • steph203

    That blue! That wave!! Out of this world gorgeous! Bravo!

    Simon Says Stamp!

    August 15, 2016 at 7:44 pm Reply
  • onecraftystamper

    Love that huge wave you’ve created Zoey! Gorgeous blues and so much texture, and what a great pop of color with the whale’s tail! hugs, Maura

    August 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • lorraine

    Gorgeous page Zoey, I love the whole design of this, very artistic and fabulous!! 🙂

    Lols x x x

    August 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm Reply
  • Riliska

    wow!! It looks so wonderful!!! I love the blue designs so much 🙂

    August 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm Reply

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