Morning everyone. It's time for a new challenge at the Artist Trading Post Exchange
and it's my turn to host.
I LOVE making flowers and often the grungier the better so here's my challenge for you:
'January is often a very grey and dark month. With this in mind, I'd like to brighten things up a little and bring some summer fun into the winter. Using a Mixed Media style, I'd like you to make some handmade flowers and use them on a project of your choice. Remember we are a Mixed Media challenge and and stamping must be included, but no digi images please.'
For my project, I decided to venture onto a larger canvas and use my flowers along with lots of stencilling, stamping and general grunge. I've kept the overall colour scheme light and full of sunshine to brighten up this dreary, dark month. As usual, there are quite a few pictures!
|I've had lots of trouble (again) photographing this canvas. The natural light is so dim but artificial light seems to change everything. The close ups will give you a better idea of true colours and how all areas of the canvas really do work together.|
|The canvas was prepared with DecoArt Gesso, modelling paste through a stencil and some die cut vintage book pages (thanks to my Sister Sandie for this book which seems to be in Gaelic)|
|The modelling paste and the text die cuts are given a quick coat of Media fluid acrylic in translucent white - love this stuff!|
|The three fluid acrylic colours were then used in varying amounts on the canvas - looking very bright and blobby at this point! Next came some stamping with Archival ink with yes, one of Andy Skinners new stamps (soooo lucky!). This stamp gives the appearance of scratches on the surface - not sure Andy quite envisaged his stamp on a piece like this but it does take all sorts to make the craft world!|
|Translucent white is quickly applied in a random way to knock back the brightness of the piece.|
|Two other colours helped to knock back and warm up the colours: Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Green Gold (again - big favourites of mine) and I'm starting to like it a bit more now!|
|DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze is added to the stencilled paste diamond shapes followed by some Raw Umber Antiquing Cream to age the crackle glaze. I don't have a picture but if you look closely through the crackling you will see some white stamping. This was achieved by using DecoArt Chalky paint which is a dream for stamping with. Just don't forget to clean your stamp as soon as possible after use.|
|The printed text can still be seen through the layers of paint. Two colours of Archival ink have been used in addition to some more stamping using the DecoArt Chalky Paint. The die cut diamond shapes have been outlined using a pencil and a waterbrush - really like how the texture of the canvas gives this technique such an interesting look. Most of the chalky paint stamping was given a very thin coat of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to help give the aged/grungy look.|
|Each of the large flowers was made from a gelli plate print which had been brayered with transparent yellow iron oxide.|
|The gelli print is then stamped with various colours of archival inks and another Skinner stamp and the round stamp is from Stampendous. Doing this brings the print together I think. Two further prints were made using favourite colours of Media Fluid Acrylic - I haven't shown all of this as the post would then be waaaaay too long!|
|I then mixed some gold Interference paint with water in a mister and liberally applied it to the flowers - you can't see the shimmer here but I promise it's there!|
|The flower 'stalks' and 'roots' were made from wired paper string which has been coloured with the green gold fluid acrylic. The pieces were twisted together and the roots were made by curling the ends around a paint brush handle. |
|The circular marks were made using pen lids with Chalky paint followed by transparent yellow iron oxide.|
|The sides of the canvas were painted and stamped to give a better look. More stamping with chalky paint.|
|I love adding small simple flowers and these have small black gems to finish them off.|
|Tiny dainty flowers which are a joy to use - for me anyway!|
|Larger die cut flowers and small flowers made with my favourite punch! (I can't resist adding these to lots of my work!).|
|This is my first larger canvas (since school!) and I've really enjoyed the experience - I could be tempted again!|
Thanks so much for visiting me today and if you have time I strongly suggest you hop over to the Artist Trading Post Exchange
and see what my team mates have been up to - you won't be disappointed!
The Artist Trading Post
generously give a £10 voucher to the winner and our runners up can have a badge for their blog - all winners are chosen by the DT so it makes it so satisfying if you win one of our top three spaces. The winners of our previous challenge will be announced on Saturday so do pop in and see if you are one of the lucky ones!