Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Pastels and pearls for Frilly and Funkie

Today's the day when the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team share their projects for the current challenge. There aren't many challenges when I really have no idea what to do but when I sat down to create, Mr Mojo flew straight out of the window ! I guess not really being a pastels and pearls kind of girl didn't help, but a challenge is a challenge !

The hostess for this challenge is the lovely Nancy and here's what she has to say:

Our theme this time around is Pastels and Pearls. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that features a pastel color palette and includes pearls. Those are the only guidelines. Other than that, the sky is the limit!

I decided on a very textural journal page for my project and began by gluing down some pieces of hessian, lace and canvas.

I then used Ranger Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, I masked off part of the stencil so I could get definite strips of the pattern.

 Once everything was dry I gave the whole page a coat of gesso.

Now given that the challenge is pastel colours this may seem a little odd to grab the Dylusions paints, which are far from being pastel shades !

However, when you use Gesso with the round applicator over the top of Dylusions they take on a very subtle, pastel shade. 

This is how the pages look now with a blended layer of Gesso. I used my finger to add more Gesso in parts to knock back the colours even more.

Instead of stamping in black to keep within the delicate, pastel theme I used white embossing powder with a Tim Holtz script stamp, being very careful when I heated it as the Dylusions don't like direct heat and will bubble up. The crown was left on my table after a previous project and it seemed to fit the space perfectly. I've painted it with Dylusions then rubbed Gesso over the top. The little pearl swirls were the only pearls I had which was rather a lucky moment !

The sentiment I've used is anothe Yvonne Blair, it just seems that this range of stamps hit the right note for me just lately.

As this is the only stamping in black it looked a little stark so, using my finger, I rubbed some Gesso lightly over the top. 

One last shot to share the texture from the threads of the fabrics. (You can also see a little orange on this shot, this is the glue reacting with the Gesso and Dylusions!)

So from starting with no idea I kind of like where I ended up, this happens so often when I craft !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Let the words do the talking

Hello ! I'm back today to share my Frilly and Funkie project for the current challenge, which I am the host of. I have chosen 'Let the Words do the Talking' and what I would love to see are all those inspirational words and quotes that mean so much to you.

One of the things I love to do in all my projects is to include inspirational words or phrases. I find having them around is a visual reminder of what's important in life and to always look for the light even when it appears there is none.

This is quite a large square box canvas and I've spread gel medium over it and glued this plastic mesh in place.

I then took the Tim Holtz Tile stencil with Prima crackle paste. Now I'm not sure if I put it on too thickly or if spreading it over the mesh affected it but it didn't really crackle, which was disappointing.

I grabbed some embellishments and other bits and bobs and created a collage, when I was happy I glued it in position.

Once everything was pretty secure I painted the whole thing with Gesso.

Now the colour combination I chose is not my normal kind of colours but the Prima Art Alchemy range are so beautiful I really wanted to see what Blackberry would look like, so that's where I started.

I mixed Light Patina with Royal Red to create a berry kind of pink and started to blend it across the canvas.

I wanted the centre to be lighter so left this until later.

I then used Ancient Coin across the centre area blending over the darker colours.

To bring it all together I painted more Ancient Coin over the collage area and some pinky colour over the Ancient Coin.

The most important thing of course for this project are the words and I've just realised that I've used the same text that I used on my last Frilly and Funkie piece ! This time I've masked and stamped it on to painted white card then stuck the words to some mount board.

Here's a close up of the fabulous stamp by Yvonne Blair.

I found some grunge board letters that I've had for years from the very first Tim Holtz workshop I attended and they just fitted in nicely to spell Art.

The final shot is of the butterfly and you can see the lovely shimmer from the Prima acrylic paints. I've also used black acrylic paint around the edge to frame the piece.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Summer Blooms !

We've whizzed through another month and here we are again at the first Thursday of a new one which means the start of a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. The lovely Ruth is our host and has chosen Floral Frenzy as the new theme, here's what Ruth has to say:

Hopefully it's sizzling June....when beautiful blooms burst into life. Whether they're stamped, stencilled or handmade we want to see flowers as the main focus of your  mixed media project.

This journal page started with some dabbling with the Prima watercolour paints. I then did lots of masking and stamping to create the garden for the main blooms, which are from Darcy Wilkinson's EDY18 stamp set. The pape I'm using is a Prima watercolour pad so has some texture to it.

I carried on watercolouring and adding some depth to the main flowers.

Then colour to the rest of the flowers and the leaves and grasses.

I wanted to include Infusions on this page so I misted the page with water then carefully sprinkled the powders on the page. The colour leaked over the main flowers but I quite liked the watercolour effect.

To fill in the white areas around the flowers I used the Infusions as a watercolour. I also added more colour around the edges using the Infusions in this way too. The little white dots are done using the end of a paintbrush dipped in Snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

I still wanted the main flowers to pop a little more so I used a black Stabilo pencil and damp paintbrush to add a shadow.

A close up of the flowers, the centres were painted with black Infusion powder mixed with water.

Love how the walnut stain of the Infusions has come out in areas creating the variation of colour.

The sentiment is also from a Darcy Wilkinson stamp set, EDY12, one of my favourites !

This page turned our better than I thought, I really love the Infusions effect and watercolouring with them is fabulous too.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.