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.


  1. Love that you've shown how even the strongest colours can be knocked back to give a beautiful pastel look. Another stunning layout Sue xx

  2. Fabulous step by step, love seeing the process and you've created such touchable texture on these pages! You've softened the bright colours beautifully, lovely take on the theme, fantastic pages! Ruth xx

  3. Beautiful journal pages! I too went bright and tried to tone it down with white paint. :) Gorgeous lace details and the paint just pulls the texture and adds so much dimension.

  4. This is just plain AWESOME. Love the texture, the sentiment and the effect that comes from adding white over Dylusions. I would say you met the challenge in spades.

  5. Beautiful Sue!! I love your colours, and the pearl swirls worked perfectly!! hugs :)

  6. Oh, what a beautiful art journal spread, Sue! I love your color choice and how you have managed to achieve a great effect with adding white! Thanks so much for a wonderful tutorial! Big hugs! Branka xx

  7. oh so beautiful Sue - I must confess I thought you'd gone off piste when you added those bright colours - but I should have known you would pull it out of the bag! Brilliant! hugs rachel x

  8. How stunning this turned out Sue although I have to say I rather liked it before you added any colour. I love neutrals ;-)! You did a brilliant job of going against your natiral instincts.

    Lesley Xx

  9. Fabulous textures and journaling layers Sue and the white embossing early lifts the pages xxx

  10. This is such a gorgeous summer piece, and I agree with Jenny: the way you softened those bold colors was brilliant. I really love the way you used texture in this project! Lovely!

  11. I so love your muted color scheme, Sue! Great project and what a fun way to use brights to fit this theme.