> Meraki Spirit by Nuneka: Mixed Media Layout - Look deep into Nature

26 April 2018

Mixed Media Layout - Look deep into Nature


Springtime is my favorite season of the year... not only because the weather is nice, the days are longer and everything around seems to be alive again. Spring is when all my beloved creatures come out and I can spend hours and hours in the fields or in the mountains with my camera. So when I saw More Than Words April's Challenge I thought it was perfect for me. Please click on the photos to enlarge, there is a lot to see on them.


La primavera es mi época favorita del año... no sólo porque el tiempo es genial, los días son más largos y todo alrededor parece cobrar vida. La primavera es cuando todas las criaturas que adoro salen y puedo pasarme horas y horas en el campo o en las montañas con mi cámara. Así que cuando vi el reto de abril de More Than Words, pensé que era perfecto para mí. Por favor, pincha en las fotos para agrandarlas, hay mucho que ver ellas.

For me Nature is my comfort place. I really love being out, surrounded by nothing but plants, animals and the breeze. The smelt of the soil after the storm, the movements of the herb swayed by the soft wind, the sun rays kissing the largest stems... even the sounds of the crickets are like music for me. And that is exactly what I wanted to express in this layout.

Para mí la Naturaleza es donde estoy más a gusto. Realmente me encanta estar fuera, rodeada únicamente de plantas, animales y la brisa. El olor del suelo después de la tormenta, los movimientos de la hierba mecida por el viento suave, los rayos de sol besando los tallos más altos... incluso los sonidos de los grillos son música para mí. Y eso es exactamente lo que quise expresar en este layout. 

I've chosen one of my photos: a Southern Brown Argus butterfly (aka Aricia cramera) sleeping on a lavender flower. And I 've surrounded it by dozens of leave, plants, moss and flowers... but still keeping clean and clear the space around the butterfly, because that's how I feel when I'm taking photos: an empty space is created around the creature and me, we both are alone in that moment, and its beauty is the only thing existing. 

He elegido una de mis fotos: una Morena (aka Aricia cramera) durmiendo en una flor de lavanda. La he rodeado de docenas de hojas, plantas, musgo y flores... pero quise mantener el espacio a su alrededor limpio y despejado, porque así es como me siento cuando tomo fotos: un espacio vacío se crea alrededor de la criatura y de mí, estamos solos en ese momento, y su belleza es lo único que existe.

I chose a 49 & Market paper from Tattered Garden collection, and created some texture with a couple of stencils and crackle paste; added some cheesecloth and art stones and used acrylic metallic paints to color. I stamped some elements and added texture and color with embossing powders. Then I stuck the picture to a piece of bark and prepared the elements for the composition. I cut lots of plants and leaves with the Silhouette and used four different shades of green to give them color. I chose Lindy's Magicals for this step cause they really give a very natural look, as you can see in this close-up.

Elegí un papel de 49 & Market de la colección Tattered Garden, y creé algunas texturas con un par de stencils y pasta de craquelado; añadí estopilla y art stones y utilicé pinturas acrílicas para dar color. Estampé algunos elementos y añadí color y textura con polvos de embossing. Después pegué la foto a un pedazo de corteza de árbol y preparé los elementos para la composición. Corté un montón de plantas y hojas con la Silhouette y usé cuatro tonos diferentes de verde para darles color. Elegí los Magicals de Lindy's para este paso porque realmente le dan un aspecto muy natural, como se puede ver en este primer plano.

Once my vegetation was dry, I started gluing it around one part of the photo, and added moss on the other part. I also placed some little flowers and a couple of butterflies. The final touch was to add some few micro beads and making splatters with golden paint. I added a quote attributed to Albert Einstein. 

Una vez que mi vegetación se secó, comencé a pegarla alrededor de una parte de la foto, y añadí musgo en la otra parte. También coloqué algunas flores pequeñas y un par de mariposas. El toque final fue añadir unos pocos micro beads y hacer salpicaduras con pintura dorada. Añadí una frase atribuida a Albert Einstein. 

Everything in this layout is very symbolic and related to Nature: the stencils I chose are forms known as sacred geometry. The stamps are butterflies and the Fibonacci spiral, which describes the geometric relationship you can find again and again in Nature. The picture is on top of a natural piece of bark, and there is natural moss around. I played only with green, a little brown and a little gold, the colors that flood everything at dusk and at down. And even the quote I added is very significative.

Todo en este layout es muy simbólico y está relacionado con la Naturaleza: los stencils que elegí son formas conocidas como geometría sagrada. Los sellos son mariposas y la espiral de Fibonnaci, que describe la relación geométrica que se repite una y otra vez en la Naturaleza. La foto está sobre un pedazo de corteza natural y hay musgo natural alrededor. He usado sólo verde, un poco de marrón y un poco de dorado, los colores que lo invaden todo al amanecer y al atardecer. Incluso la frase que añadí es muy significativa.

Remember you can visit More Than Words blog anytime to know what is the current challenge.

Recuerda visitar el blog de More Than Words para saber cuál es el reto actual.

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These are the products I've used in this project:
Estos son los productos que he utilizado en este proyecto:

49 & market: Tattered Garden collection, Tattered Clock 12x12
* Prima ~ Finnabair: Art Basics, Clear Gesso
* Artis Cromatica: Gesso, Extrafine White
* Ranger: Texture Paste, Opaque Crackle
* Dutch Doobadoo: Dutch mask, Art Star A5
* TCW: Mini Specimens 6x6 Stencil
* Prima ~ Finnabair: Art Basics, Light Paste
* Prima ~ Finnabair: Art Basics, Soft Matte Gel
* Little Birdie: Cheesecloth
* Prima ~ Finnabair: Art Ingredients, Art Stones & Mini Art Stones
* Prima ~ Finnabair: Art Alchemy, Metallique Acrylic Paint (Golden Moss, Rustic Brown)
* Golden: Fluid Acrylic (Iridescent Bright Gold)
* Visible Image: Fibonacci stamp set
* KaiserKraft: Butterflies stamp set
* 49 & Market: Gerry's Butterflies, stamp set
* VersaMark: Watermark Stamp Pad
* Lindy's Stamp Gang: Embossing Powder
(Orbit Olive Gold, Midnight Gold, Midnight Violet)
* Lindy's Stamp Gang: Magicals 
(Aloha Avocado, Luscious Lime, Sea Grass Green, Sea Mint Green)
* Tim Holtz ~ Ranger: Distress Ink (Iced Sprud)
* Windsor & Newton: Calligraphy Ink (White)
* moss / musgo
* bark / corteza de árbol
* micro beads (multicolor)
* Lena Foeng's paper flowers


  1. Wow! This is amazing! So many incredibe details and you've shown great inspiration from the challenge. So glad you could join us at More Than Words.

    1. Thanks, Heather!
      It’s always a pleasure to play with MTW challenges! 😊

  2. I clicked on the photo so I could see every little detail of this beauty!! It's gorgeous!! WEll done you have hit the nail on the head with this piece! All the best from MTW! :)

    1. Thank you so much, dear!
      Your words really encourage me and make me want go further! ❤️

  3. Gorgeous project!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at More Than Words !!

  4. So much beautiful nature on your layout! Very impressive work! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

    1. Thanks, Nicole!
      I still can’t believe I mainly used green... so much green, hahahahaha

  5. This is so so gorgeous !! I really love the vivid green and every little details !! Thanks for playing with us at More Than Words !!<3

    1. Thanks a lot, Torsa!
      It means a lot that you appreciate the small details cause it was really hard to photograph.


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