Happy Sunday to one & all, yet again I’ve left my entry into the PA challenge almost to the last minute. There’s been so much fantastic inspiration on the PA blog for this challenge, but when I saw Clare Lloyd’s wonderful ledger book portrait last night, I knew that was the one I wanted to attempt. I also knew it would take me ages to finish, so I decided I would copy Clare’s page, even down to using similar colours, because that would give me more time to work on the face.
The background is Bora Bora & Turquoise Fresco paints over black gesso. I painted a rough face shape with Honeydew Fresco, added a few details & some colour – Orchid for the hair, Turquoise for the eyes – to get me started. (Already, my ‘inner critic’ was screaming so loud I’m surprised the neighbours weren’t complaining)………
After this I got so engrossed I forgot to take photos, but trust me, I spent HOURS on this face. Thank goodness for opaque Frescos, I kept painting over & redoing the facial features because I couldn’t get them right, but each time the Honeydew paint covered up perfectly what was underneath.
I used Sky & Limelight Frescos for the shading with baby wipes & a water brush.
As with the first face I did, everything is wrong with this one, but if you just glance at it quickly, it doesn’t look too bad. (At least, that’s what I keep telling myself)
I finished with stamping using various PA stamps; EDY01, EEV05 & EEV06, ESN02 & I painted the centres of the spiky circles with Guacamole & Limelight Frescos.
Thank you so much to Clare for the inspiration & I would like to enter this page into the PaperArtsy challenge HERE.
Happy Sunday afternoon to everyone. Yet again, there were amazing projects on the PaperArtsy blog this week. Clare Lloyd returned as the lead guest designer for the week & I’ve chosen to use her gorgeous & dramatic third project as my inspiration. I wanted to make her fantastic wooden spools garland, but I didn’t have enough spools – that will be a project for another day.
I was initially going to use my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die, but then I remembered I had these chipboard pieces, which were a blog prize from PA last year.
I covered the chipboard square with gesso & a few coats of Cheesecake Fresco paint, stamped the PA quotes with black Archival. And then forgot to take any more photos. But I added grunge paste through a TCW 12×12 damask stencil – not my first choice, but none of my 6×6 stencils were suitable – and applied layers of Chartreuse Fresco with a baby wipe.
While working on the base I was thinking about the flower & wondering how to make it dimensional. I used the chipboard piece as a template & drew around it three times on black card & cut them out. My plan was to use Little Black Dress Fresco as Clare had done, but when getting the bottle of Chartreuse I spotted the bottle of Pea Coat & I thought that would work for the flower, so I painted all the pieces with a few layers. I remembered Jo Myhill’s lovely pot of tulips from last week on the PA blog & I copied her idea of stamping & heat embossing on the petals, I also added Treasure Gold – Royal Amethyst & White Fire. Then I did some cutting & layering.
Here’s the finished flower.
And here’s the finished piece, the quote is from E Lin Brown 04.
I obviously wasn’t paying enough attention in the early stages of this, because I didn’t notice that bare patch in the centre until I put the flower on & now it might as well be screaming at me. But there’s nothing I can do now to cover it up. I think this will be taken apart, sanded down & redone at some point. Sigh.
Anyway, the PA challenge ends shortly, so I better get this published. Thanks for looking, see you next time.
Feels like an age since I did a blog post, but it’s only a week. I’m feeling somewhat better, but still coughing & wheezing, which is exhausting & doesn’t make me feel very creative. I have been working on things, but can’t show them yet. Because I missed the PA challenge last week I wanted to take part this week, so I chose Joanne’s card from Thursday night & used the first stamp set that Darcy Wilkinson designed for PA.
My masking & colouring are not great, but I was too tired to spend very long working on it. Thanks to Joanne for the inspiration.
Clare Lloyd was the main GD on the PA blog this week & she showed us fantastic projects. One I have promised myself I am going to try is her tutorial for drawing a face, even though I am completely hopeless at drawing.
Tomorrow is Stamperama at Stevenage & PA are launching some of their new products, among which are an amazing collection of stamps from Darcy, you can see them all on the PA blog tonight, along with stunning samples. Darcy will be demoing alongside Leandra tomorrow & I can’t wait to see what they’ll be doing. Hopefully I’ll write a blog post about the day tomorrow night.
Hello, happy Friday. Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my Clare Lloyd inspired journal page, I’m still blushing.
Tonight I have the finished canvas that I mentioned on Wednesday. I finished it last night, but I was too tired to write a blog post. This is my take on Clare’s second project & I’ve copied the colours & techniques & used my Squiggly Ink stamps.
This is a rubbish photograph, but it’s just to show you the sides of the frame. I loved the layer of Lake Wanaka fresco on top of the stamping.
Aside from the Crafters Workshop Mini Aztec stencil, everything on this canvas is from PaperArtsy & of course, I couldn’t resist adding a little White Fire treasure gold at the end.
The colour of the canvas can be seen properly in this photo.
After painting the bird & flowers I brushed a thin layer of Gloss Glaze on top. And it’s not showing up in the photo, but I got some great streaks when I brushed Beach Hut fresco over the layer of Mermaid.
A big thank you to Clare for her inspiration this week. If you have yet to visit her blog, here’s the link; http://miscanthuscrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
See you next time.
Hello, a late post from me tonight, hope everyone is ok. It’s a new semester on the PaperArtsy blog & that means new guest designers. This week it has been Clare Lloyd. Clare is a new artist to me & I’ve enjoyed looking at the fantastic work on her blog. Her PA projects are all gorgeous & tonight’s journal page is based on her third piece & the colours based on the second project.
I only have a few of the Squiggly Ink stamps, (thanks to a generous friend) & I was glad I have the same dotty stamp that Clare used, so that I could copy her border strip. I stamped the house, angel & heart on to white card, coloured them with frescos – Beach Hut, Mermaid, Smoked Paprika & Zesty Zing – cut them out & glued them to the page. I stamped the quote a second time & attached it with foam pads.
I’ve started a canvas based on Clare’s second project & I hope to showed you that tomorrow night. See you then.