Thursday, 1 May 2014

My JoFY mirror for the first 2014 end of semester PaperArtsy #3UP challenge!

Good Morning lovely visitors ,

........... and thank you for coming back to see details of my project for PaperArtsy's latest #3UP challenge.

I have used PaperArtsy products throughout, JoFY 22 being the set of stamps I requested to work with and supplementing with stamps from JoFY 24, another of the new releases which I already had and one of Jo's stencils.  I used JoFY Limited Edition Fresco Finish paints supplemented with Snowflake and Eggplant. I also used Satin & Metallic Glazes mixed together, Gloss Glaze, Grunge Paste and Treasure Gold.

I started off with one of my favourite substrates, a wide framed Ikea mirror, first covering it with Snowflake FF and then adding the JoFY Limited Edition colours first with a brush and then using a sponge for the darker layers blending out from the bottom left. Halfway through I thought it looked a blooming mess, lol!

I then used stencil 007, sponging FF to create the bullrushes (?) and then flipping it upside down and using Grunge Paste in the top left corner.  While that was drying I stamped the toadstool border from JoFY 24 along the bottom with black Archival ink and painted them with the FF paints, mixing them to get the shades I wanted.  I also added white highlights with a Posca Pen.

I then replaced the stencil over the dried Grunge Paste & added Royal Amethyst & Pewter TG and when this was dry & buffed, I sponged Dusty Teal FF again through the stencil.  When that was dry I buffed again and got lovely soft gleams of TG through the paint on the high spots. 

Next, I stamped loads of flowers, leaves, the tag, number 1 and heart from JoFY 22 onto card (it would have been PaperArtsy Smoothy card but I hadn't been to Ally Pally at this point to buy any, lol) with Stazon Royal Purple and cut them all out.  I cut them out before painting so that the white raw edges got coloured too and then I mixed up the paints again to get my chosen shades.  When they were dry I gave all the flowers and leaves a coat of mixed Pearl & Metallic Glazes which has given them all a lovely shimmer.  The tag I left matt and the 1 & heart got coated in Gloss Glaze. I then set about layering and arranging all the elements around the mirror using heavy gel to adhere.  The addition of some buttons tied with thick cotton thread and a snippet of co-ordinating ribbon for the tag finished it all off.

A rather nice thing happened as a result of this being out on my workdesk.  We unfortunately had a bad leak on the dining room radiator and the chap who came to replace it saw the mirror and asked if I took commissions. I said  it depended what he wanted and I had to laugh when he said he wanted a plaque for the door to a WC, lol!  Apparently he and his wife bought a canal long boat to renovate together and the bathroom and toilet have just been replaced (kitchen is next) and he wants something a bit different to put on the WC door.  I thought he might want traditional barge style decorations but apparently he doesn't like them and much preferred my JoFY mirror style.  He made me laugh when he said he's a bit of a wuss and loves flowers! So I have one on the go and watch this space in the next week or two for pics.  It's a good job he said there was no rush, lol!

Well, I hope you liked my #3UP mirror and thanks for visiting today.  See you again soon ....

Lesley  Xx


Margaret Iddon said...

Fabulous work as usual Lesley. You always do such beautiful stuff. Pleased you got a commission out of it.

I have a mirror, and theses stamps and the paint and the stencil. I got them from my last workshop with Annette Lee. We made a wall hanging, may post photos when it's finished to my satisfaction.

I will take inspiration from your mirror and have ago myself.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

WOW what a stunning project Lesley, I love you work and this is no exception. I love everything about it, the colours, and the beautiful flowers. I have a couple of mirrors waiting for a make over, I'll have to see if I can make something similer to this. Can't wait to see your next one.

Sue xx

Val said...

Absolutely stunning. Love all the details.

Netty said...

totally gorgeous, Annette x

snazzyoriginal said...

Beautiful project in such lovely shades xx

craftytrog said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Lesley!
Congrats on your 3UP spot, & lucky commission!
Alison xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

You are such a talented lady, Lesley! This is work of a professional standard! I reckon people would pay to have a work of art like this in their home too! Julie Ann xxx

Sarah B said...

just gorgeous - love the colours and different details you've used. I've one of these mirror tucked away some where, I might have to pinch a few ideas if you don't mind.....xx

Janet said...

Gorgeous mirror Lesley, the colours & details are fabulous

Jean Straw said...

This is really beautiful Lesley. I love the gorgeous shaded colouring and the cute little toadstools. Lovely flower embellishments too.
Jean x

veronica said...

This is stunning Lesley, love the colours too. Not the sort of stamps I would buy, but you have really made a super mirror with them.
Congrats on getting the commission too, sensible guy!

Paula (PEP) said...

I'd definitely say bullrushes & I love the way those dangling down grunge paste dandelion heads (either that or they're sparklers!) echo the stamps a longed the bottom border. The floral embellishment is a joy & the whole is just a glorious combination of colours. I had to laugh at your commission - superb. The WC is such an essential place that your artwork is guaranteed an audience. Hope the leak didn't cause too much havoc.
Much love from me.
Paula (PEP)
PS - I'm back on bookshop duties!

Lin said...

Oh lesley this is gorgeous!! I'm not a purple person but the colours on your mirror looks stunning!! beautiful project xxxx