Happy Sunday Evening Everyone,
I'm being a bit naughty at the moment because I really should be getting on with some Design Team projects. However, although I'm itching to get cracking with the latest pack of Elusive Images stamps and papers I just couldn't settle until I'd finished the lovely project I started on Friday. I went up to Graphicus for another brilliant workshop with Lynn Robinson-Hunter. You already know that I always enjoy them but this one was tip-top! We made a triple hanging piece of artwork, with the top and bottom ones being shallow 4" x 4" frames and the centre one a 4" x 4" piece of greyboard. One of the beauties of this workshop was that Lynn gave us the basic materials and a few ready diecut embellishments, told us about the materials and mediums we could use with advice on the 'how to' and off we went. Lynn gave us lots of tips and any assistance we needed throughout the day but we each put our own ideas and designs into decorating the base pieces. I shared the workshop with 7 lovely ladies most of whom I already knew from the Graphicus Guild and they were all fab company and we shared many laughs throughout the day. As always on this type of workshop, it's quite surprising to see how 8 people given the same basic things to work with plus a selection of stamps, inks and paints can each come up with something totally different at the end.
As usual, I had nowhere near finished my project but knew exactly where I was going with it by the end of the workshop so last night I just had to finish it before I could concentrate on my Design Team projects. Right, here we go with the photos (quite a few I'm afraid).
Because it's such a loooonnnngggg piece of artwork at over 16" it's difficult to photograph the details showing it all at once so here comes the breakdown. First of all, I chose a Lumiere metallic paint to cover my frames and when this was dry, I covered it with Ranger Crackle Paint.
We were given the Sizzix die cut flower in Grungepaper to make our rose and I decided to use a Wendy Vecchi background stamp on mine. I also used a WV leaf stamp and quote and an Elusive Images butterfly stamp. I used Distress Inks to colour all my Grungepaper pieces.
The greyboard was used for the centre panel and we placed a die cut heart onto the panel and then covered it with a page from an old dictionery, We used a Golden Matte Gel as adhesive and then to paint over the top of the newsprint, finally inking the piece with Distress Inks. I used Elusive Images stamps again for the flower, inking both sides with contrasting DIs and added some blobs of Glossy Accents in the middle with micro beads sprinkled on. I used Rub n Buff to colour the key.
The bottom frame was done in the same way as the top one using different embellishments. I also used some Old Gold Rub n Buff over the Crackle Paint on both the frames but I'm afraid it doesn't show in the photos.
Finally the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Caged Bird - I love this die!!! I painted my little bird with Lumiere paints and applied Viva Ferro to the cage.
I had so much fun making this and sharing the day with a lovely group. I just have to find somewhere suitable to hang it now.
I hope you've all had a really good weekend and had the same gorgeous weather that we've had here in Nottinghamshire to set you up for the week ahead.
As always, thankyou for visiting my blog and leaving a comment if you have time. I always appreciate and read every one as well as visiting you back.
PS Just a little note to let you know that I have posted my latest Craft Stamping Quartet project today over on my shared blog if you'd like to have a look. Here's a taster