Jul 27, 2014

Stencil card #2

Hello Everyone, 
This is my second card as Dt for Country View Crafts  and the current Challenge:

On this occasion I used texture paste.

Applied the paste.
  The paste was tinted for the dots, but I did not keep this colour in the finish.
I sometimes wonder if I really know what I am doing!
Next is the butterfly, as you can see the paste has bled under the stencil, no worries as this can be easily sorted.
Now this is where I refrain from taking pictures as it becomes too complicated to stop and start, once I begin the painting process I am like a child in the toy shop and I am all over the place; trying out every single product that resembles a solid colouring matter that I possess.
I just keep on adding and wiping until I like what I see. 
White pen and paint created the highlights on the Bloom.
Black micro pitt pen for the doodling and outlining, charcoal pencil for the shading.
There is no formula when I create, I do not follow any rules other than the rule of thirds.
 If it does not work I wipe it off, if I cannot wipe it off I paint over it in another colour, and that is how many of my mixed media pieces develop. I have found if I try to control the palette it does not work and looks too static, I do try to create movement as I think this is important in any design.
Darkening the edges with walnut stain distress ink, and finished off with a word.

Participating in the Simon Says Monday Challenge: mid-summer.

It has turned out quite an Arty card, which I am rather partial to.
If you have not already joined in the Challenge at Country View Crafts, you still have some time before the end of this month. Click here.


Have a great weekend, 

Jul 14, 2014

The Potent Poppy

Hello Everyone,
The Poppy is the symbol of Morpheus; the Greek god of dreams, uncanny then that it has narcotic properties.  If you have ever seen a poppy in its process of growth, you've observed just before blooming, the bud hangs its head - heavy with the promise of blossom. In fact, the cocooned bud seems to droop in somnolence, as if enchanted with floral dreams.  
Poppies come in many colours but it is the Red flower that is electric and aflame with vitality
It's not just any red, but a staggering, shockingly vibrant red. 
I have tried to relate this ebullience on my card.

The Flower is the Penny Black Poppy so it is appropriate that I enter this creation into their Saturday Challenge: Buttons and Bows.
My bow is made from twine with a wooden button attached.
I stamped the Poppy twice and coloured up with watercolours, then fussy cut the centre petal of the second one and 3d it with a pop up square.

I am also entering the Stamping Sensations July challenge - Summer Blooms.

Also the good news is that Rob returns to work tomorrow he is feeling great. I survived the month he has been home, I will be pleased to return to my crafting without interruptions  every 20mins!
Have a great week,