Thursday, 5 November 2015

Time to remember ....

Today is the first day of the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and our lovely host for this challenge is Ruth. Here's what Ruth has to say:

It may be the 5th of November today (Bonfire Night in the UK) but for this challenge we want to see mixed media projects inspired by 'favourite memories', you can interpret this in any way you like as long as you include some stamping or stencilling in your mixed media piece. What we want to see is how a favourite memory has inspired you, so don't forget to mention this in your post.

We are also have a DT call so if you love mixed media and would like to join us make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog for all the details of how to apply.

I started the journal page with a Dylusions stencil and Art Basics Crackle Paste. Then I stuck some torn pieces of book page in random places, When it was dry I scraped Heavy White Gesso down both pages but not smoothing it down so it would create some texture.

I then painted the heads of the flowers, building up the colours of Fresco Finish paints. Before adding the red I used a Stabilo pencil and drew in some petals and used a damp paintbrush over the pencil which creates a smooth black line. I painted in the stalks and leaves using a a small flat brush  then using my finger I rubbed some Gesso over random places.

I used the Basket Weave Wendy Vecchi stamp with black Archival ink over the Gessoed areas. To write the words I used Dina Wakley black paint with a fine tip applicatot. I didn't quite manage to get the paint flowing enough when I wrote the word Precious, but it's a learning curve !

To add some extra detail I used a white Sharpie pen and drew some dots and dashes on both pages.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and we look forward to seeing what memories you're going to share.


  1. Lovely to see you back in action here, Sue - and what a glorious page spread. The flowers are so bright and vivid. I love how you've layered up the colours in the petals - fabulous!
    Alison xx

  2. A beautiful journal spread Sue. love the wonderful red of the flower heads against your fantastic background.
    Yvonne xx

  3. lovely memories Sue - gorgeous pages! Hugs rachel x

  4. Love your dahlias Sue! Beautiful background in both colour and texture.

    Lesley Xx

  5. Absolutely gorgeous Sue, very striking . Love the colours of your flowers. Tracy x

  6. Gorgeous pages Sue and I love the background but the dahlias are stunning

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  7. Quite simply gorgeous Sue! The vibrancy of those flowers is incredible. Jenny x

  8. The dahlias are gorgeous...I was wondering which stamp you'd used :-) until I realised it wasn't...fabulous pages Sue and a perfect memory. Ruth x

  9. The colours are so gorgeous and thank you for the techniques and inspiration. Great idea about doing your own text too, wobbly or not it looks great x

  10. Another fabulous project with great texture, layers of colour and beautiful HAND PAINTED flowers - there is no end to your talent.