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Monday, January 27, 2014

"The Veil Parts" Smeared Ink Design Team Blog Hop #1

Howzit Everyone!
Today is our 1st Smeared Ink Design Team "one day" blog hop!  Now that the Smudgy Antics challenge blog has moved from blogger to our Smeared and Smudged forum we thought you'd still like to see our design team creations all in one place!   So we're now going to showcase our creations in a monthly design team blog hop that will take place near the end of each month and the next one will be February 24!

For this hop we're featuring our "favourite Smeared Ink images" and I must say that is was a toughie coz Smeared Ink has so many images that qualify but I managed to narrow it down to their digi image called "The Valkyries".  It is a hauntingly beautiful image and this is what I created with it.

In case you didn't know Valkyries are from Norse mythology and in Old Norse "valkyrja" means "chooser of the slain" and they decide which soldiers die in battle and which live.  I coloured the image and created my digi art in Photoshop CS6 and combined it with one of Smeared Ink's newest digi papers of trees covered in snow from the End of Year paper pack and a vintage photo of the soldiers which I found on the internet.

  My piece depicts 3 Valkyries parting the veil between their world and ours and peering down at soldiers who are unaware that their fate lies in the Valkyries hands.  Here's a closer look at the details.

Now hop on over and see what my SI teamies picked as their favourite images :0)

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Today is also the beginning of new a Smeared and Smudged adventure!   It's a new year and we want to help you KICKSTART YOUR ART! What better way to experiment with new techniques and ideas than creating your very own ART JOURNAL for 2014!  Here's the deets on how you can kickstart your art.

The Smeared and Smudged Art Journal Every Day DT are so excited to be hosting our very first week-long journal challenge extravaganza! Each morning, for seven days, we will post a journal prompt or technique for challenge participants. The participants will have until midnight to post their journal page for that day's challenge. The daily winner will be announced the next morning along with the new journal challenge. Daily prizes will vary from gift certificates to coupons to free digis.

The fun thing about it is, at the end of the seven days we will be drawing for a grand prize! In order to qualify, participants must have posted entries in all seven journal challenges.
We look forward to this week long fun fest, and we hope you can play along!!!
Join us Monday, January 27th at

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  1. WOW! AMAZING! Love the story, as well. Fabulous, Leigh! xxD

  2. Beautiful and thought provoking piece! I've always been a fan of mythology.:)

  3. Great story Leigh and an amazing piece :)

  4. Wow Leigh this is a very moving piece, thank you for telling the story with it xxx

  5. Just love your digi work and take on the image. I did not know and thanks for the wonderful information. Cool sky, beautiful color, and love how you emerged the old w/ the new/or now. Gorgeous Leigh.

  6. This is gorgeous.

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  7. Such a marvelous, thought provoking piece. This is wonderful :-)
    IKE xxxxxxxxx

  8. Wow! that's beautiful! A gorgeous image and a great idea with the soldiers in underneath. Love the background paper too. mo x

  9. Wow Leigh...this is an awesome piece of artwork.

  10. Fabulous digi work! I love how you've colored your piece and the addition of the soldiers is brilliant...totally sent chills down my spine!

  11. Such a powerful and beautiful piece, the digi work is astounding!


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