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.


  1. Beautiful Sue! Love the way the texture is picked up by the paints and you've really caught that vintage edge to this xx

  2. Gorgeous Sue! Wonderful textures and your quote is lovely. hugs :)

  3. Oh, the color in this is glorious! I actually had to make the photos larger because I didn't want to miss a single scrumptious detail of this gorgeous canvas. I love your assemblage of "bits and bobs." The texture and dimension is just wonderful! The sentiment is perfection, too. Love this so much, Sue!

  4. Absolutely stunning canvas Sue! Love those colours and the composition not to mention the beautiful quote.

    Lesley Xx

  5. Fabulous words and brilliant canvas - great project Sue, love it xxx

  6. WONDERFUL inspiration! Wow, I love the mix of colors, fabulous textures! Such a beautiful design! Thanks for the great tutorial~
    Sherrie K

  7. What a delightful experiment with alchemy paints, Sue! I love your colors and all of the beautiful highlights you created. The mesh is FANTASTIC, totally my favorite part! Great fun. Hugs, Autumn

  8. Wonderful layers os texture and paint the colour combination too

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  9. I love this challenge!! Your canvas is gorgeous! The colors and texture are fabulous!

  10. Wow - what a shot of colour... I got some Alchemy paints while I was away - have I played with them yet, have I heck?! But this is definitely inspiration to get going next time I have some time. Fabulous textured canvas.
    Alison x

  11. FAB-U-LAAASSS! I love the mesh on the background, all your bits and bobs, color (yum!) and especially your choice of words! Wish I had this for my entry--would have been perfect, but I share a similar thought. Sue, this is just such a wonderful work of art and so inspiring! Fabulous challenge theme, too! Hugs!

  12. Could've sworn I'd commented here! Really enjoyed seeing the Alchemy paints in action, as I bought some while I was away but haven't yet had a chance to play. Gorgeous texture here and the shimmering colours are so rich and jewel-like - fabulous theme too!
    Alison x

  13. Absolutelly gorgeous canvas and beautiful shimmering colours. Great textures, just wonderful. xx