Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Return Of The Challenge

Hi everyone. It's time for a new challenge at Our Creative Corner and here's the challenge:

We are taking a trip down memory lane for this challenge! We would like you to re-visit a project that has been featured at Our Creative Corner. You need to choose your challenge from the following list and make sure you mention which challenge you have chosen in your post:

"The Return of the Challenge!" (click on the links for info)

June '13 "Recipe"

July '13 - "Captured Memories"

August '13 - "Words, Words, Words"

September '13 - "Forgotten Things"

November '13 - "Tic Tac Toe"

January '14 - "No More Shopping Sins!"

February '14 - "Three Colour Challenge (without the use of black)"

April '14 - "With a Song in Your Heart"

May '14 - "Love Those Leftovers!"

June '14 - "Flaming June"

July '14 - "Homemade Flowers and Hand-dyed Ribbon"

August '14 - "Summertime"

September '14 - "Autumnal Image Inspiration"

October '14 - "Go Rustic!"

November '14 - "It's Magic!"

February '15 - "Tic Tac Toe - Fun!"

March '15 - "Junk in Your Trunk"

April '15 - "Colour Your World"

May '15 - "April Showers Bring May Flowers"

June '15 - "What Makes You Smile"

July '15 - "Mexico Moods"

September '15 - Shades of Autumn"

November '15 - "Topsy Turvy!"

So there you have it! Have fun and link up your project with us this month.

For my project I chose 'Flaming June' from June 2014. I chose this not just because it was originally my challenge but because I love bright colours and the challenge asks you to use orange as your main colour. Here's the piece of wall art I made:

A piece of wall art featuring the following from the inspiration image: the colour orange and a female. Although the painting is beautifully traditional, I decided to go very modern with some retro overtones. Here's the inspiration image:

Perhaps a little artistic license on my part but it goes to show that a challenge can be interpreted in many different ways! I love this painting but it was the colour I really used for inspiration from it.

Firstly a gelli print is made using orange and yellow paint brayered together. The print is lifted on white copy paper. For the next step a stencil and some black acrylic paint is used to add the female image to the gelli print.

After this, many layers of gloss medium are applied until the original paper feels very pliable. Once completely dry, the backing paper is removed with water and a gentle rubbing motion as shown here:

Once the paper is removed, the areas without paint become transparent (perhaps a little milky).

The back of the acrylic skin once all paper has been removed.

A background is made on a piece of greyboard which is primed with gesso. The first step is to spritz the acrylic paint sprays (not white) until the desired effect is achieved. Some water can be sprayed onto the paint to help it combine. Once dry the white spray is used liberally and randomly over the orange toned layer. Stencilled images are then applied using black StazOn .

The background stencilling can be seen through the acrylic skin to add extra depth to the piece.

Detail shot.

To hold the skin in place, some upholstery tacks are coloured with black StazOn, the points are shortened with tin snips and the tacks are then stuck on.

The background images all revolve around circles and tear-drop shapes.

The edges of the grey board are swiped with the StazOn ink pad to frame the piece.

I hope you like where my journey took me from the inspiration image to my final piece.!

We have a generous sponsor this month so if you are lucky you could win the prize provided by these people:

We will also be featuring our Top Three Talent followed by one amazing artist who will become our Top Talent and join us with their own art work the following month. Don't forget to pop over to Our Creative Corner to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.

Thanks for staying with me and I look forward to seeing your entries when they're linked up!


  1. Love this funky cool piece, Julia!

  2. Amazing colours on your wonderful piece Julia, a fabulous modern interpretation of your inspiration portrait! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  3. Orange is my fav color so this is YUMMY EYE CANDY for me Julia. And also... very INTRIGUING and UNIQUE. Lots of work (at least for me) getting that paper off the back but so worth it seeing how this turned out. GREAT background and seeing it coming thru behind your lady is a FASCINATING dimension. Contemporary Art at its BEST Julia - really really enjoyed this post and your art work. XX j.

  4. A beautiful portrait, and an interesting technique after the transfer... Inspiring!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous Julia!! You rock those colors, I must say!!

  6. So bright and vibrant Julia. Interesting reading where your inspiration came from and the process to create the piece. Hugs Jan x

  7. Love this Julia such vibrancy, interest and inspiration.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  8. How Fun, Julia!! You picked your own challenge to create by this month--Your Flaming June challenge was one of my favorites :) :) This is a beautiful piece of wall art, Julia! Love its vibrancy! XOXO-Shari

  9. Fabulous to see June flaming away again! Brilliant, vivid colours which capture the eye and are so uplifting.
    Alison x

  10. What a wonderful bright and vibrant creation Julia! Love the patterns and that beautiful face - and super inspired card - SO wildly colorful!! Julia xx


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