'Summer is in full swing - whatever the weather! Whether it is pouring with rain or blisteringly sunny wherever you are, Our Creative Corner want to see some 'Summer' inspired creations. What sparks your imagination when you think of the word 'Summertime'? Travel to faraway exotic destinations, buckets and spades, sand dunes and sparkling sea? Does summer bring to mind delicate flowers in a hazy garden or bright vivid tones of a warm sunset? Perhaps just the use of vivid colours evokes a summery mood....or do pastel shades have more of a summer look for you?
Whatever your interpretation of 'Summertime' is we would love to see your creations here at Our Creative Corner.'
I have chosen to use the colour which most evokes summertime for me: Sparkling, clear turquoise with a hint of bronze/gold from reflections of the sun on beautiful, far away oceans. I love those pictures of impossibly perfect white sand and the clearest turquoise water don't you?
I suppose I've taken a different tack with this challenge but I wanted to use colour as my inspiration rather than traditional summertime images. However, there are some little details which reflect summertime as a visual image. Here's what I've made - hope you like it:
|A wooden keepsake box|
|The box was another Charity shop find. I dismantled the tassel handle and started painting BEFORE taking a photo - oops! You can still see a small portion of the original colour scheme of black and gold and not a great deal of style!|
|The box was painted with three coats of DecoArt Gesso. I thought I may use the tassels and the piece they were attached to so added gesso to these too, in the end I didn't use them but they're saved for another day.|
|Next step was to very roughly add some DecoArt Media fluid acrylic in quinacridone gold. This colour can be used without diluting as it so transparent - another favourite!|
|Next, various images were stamped onto the box top and sides using versamark ink. Mica powders in shades of gold and bronze were then carefully applied.|
|Small metal fittings were aged with a variety of products and then attached to the box.|
|The hinges look a little orange in this image but in real life they look aged and dirty!|
|The sides of the lid were stamped with the water bubble image followed by mica powders. I didn't want to use it all over the box because it's a very busy image.|
|I love the way the stamped image appears to look so worn in places. It looks flaky but is actually very stable I'm glad to say!|
Lastly from me, thanks for visiting today.