Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Using things up

I don't know about you but I have a whole heap of part finished projects on the go....actually, it's more a pile of elements than projects. They are mostly from experiments with either new products or an idea for a new technique so as I was at a bit of a loose end today, I thought I would try and assemble a few bits together into something a bit more worthwhile.

This was a background that I already had, it's Grungepaste scraped through a couple of stencils and a few blobby bits applied with my notched palette knife.


Then I painted it with Nougat and Mermaid Fresco Finish paint so that I was adding future layers to a background with more even tones.


Having painted it with Hey Pesto and South Pacific, I decided that actually I had changed my mind and wanted to go for a more shabby look so I watered down some Nougat and brushed it over everything. I liked the way that it kind of gathered around the textured areas.


There was still quite a lot of colour peeking through so when the first layer was dry, I repeated the process and this is what I got.......now this is what I had in mind!!


And with the addition of some Classic Treasure Gold, I was starting to really like it.


After distressing a die cut, corrugated cardboard tag with Nougat, I used Taupe Fresco to stamp
PaperArtsy's Mini 95 brickwork stamp.


The minute I stamped the first image of the brickwork, I immediately knew that it was too bold to be part of my background so I watered down a bit of Nougat paint to wash over it.....much better!




This is a new stamp for me. I don't normally purchase polymer stamps but I really liked this, it's made by Kaisercraft. I stamped it on tissue paper using black Archival ink and heat set it.


I painted the back of the tissue with Nougat so that it would blend into my background and used some watered down Beach Hut to paint in the butterflies on the front.


I glued the image to the tag with Claudine Hellmuth's Matt Medium and stamped some small script randomly on the tag. One of my script stamps was decidedly wonky so I added some strips of washi tape to hide my mistake....don't you just hate it when that happens!! Actually it doesn't matter really, I quite like the washi tape!



I dry brushed some Mud Splat before adding some Classic Treasure Gold.


I stamped the butterfly from HP1203 on some acetate using Black Stazon and allowed it to dry thoroughly before turning it over and painting the back with Nougat and Beach Hut.



Now it's time to use some of those ready made embellishments and pull this thing together. The little oval was filled with Pebeo's Fantasy Prisme paint....love that stuff....and when it was dry I had glued one of Finnabair's metal numbers to it.


The arch shape bezel is by Susan Lenart Kazmer (the lady behind Ice Resin). I made a little collage of stuff in this fabulous bezel and intended to fill it with Ice Resin only to find I had run out of Ice Resin so my substitute was Glossy Accents!! This piece has been sitting on my work bench for weeks so I was keen to use it before I damaged it or lost it!!


With the addition of some lace and a few more bits'n'bobs from my stash, here is the finished piece.




It was such a fun project for a wet and miserable Wednesday, just what I needed to take my mind off the fact that Kelly leaves tomorrow for Africa (see previous post).....and breathe!!!



27 comments:

Jacqui Hall said...

Absolutely gorgeous Lin, all I've done today is watch telly and drink tea.

Sarah Dunkley said...

Stunning! Love the colours. xxx

Sue Abbott said...

Stunning....gorgeous.....beautiful piece of shabbiness xxx

Sue Abbott said...

Stunning....gorgeous.....beautiful piece of shabbiness xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Love the pen nib butterfly. A beautiful cornucopia of loveliness.xx

Julie Bell said...

Ooooo I really like this project, very shabby chic x

Linda Cain said...

Simply gorgeous piece! Love it.

~Linda

Aquarius said...

Thanks for sharing the details of how this project was put together from the start - so interesting and such a lovely finished result.

sam21ski said...

WOW absolutely gorgeous Lin, great way to take your mind of things!!

Sam xxx

Daniele said...

gorgeous project Lin, amazing how you pull it altogether
hugs

chris'nlinda said...

What a lovely project Lin.

chris'nlinda said...

I particularly like the little ceramic button inside the clock frame. Gorgeous.

Helen said...

That's fantastic!! I love the colours, and all the texture.

Minxy said...

This is STUNNING

annekescardart said...

Wonderful very inspiring a fantastic work of art, love the background. Anneke.

sally said...

Stunning piece of "pulling together" of an assortment of bits, bobs, odds & sods :-)

Sally

Lin said...

Wow Lin I love it love it love it!!! Beautiful shabby colours and the bellies are great!!

isisimaginings.com said...

Lin, that is so very beautiful.

Sue C said...

Beautiful project Lin, gorgeous colours and I love your embellishments, as usual ! Sue C x

wintonrosepapercreations said...

Lovely card Li. Thanks for the tutorial too. Karen.x

Coco said...

Wow, this is fabulously made (and assembled lol)!!! Like you, I have a pile of started elements increasing all the days lol, I think I should follow more often your steps! ... Big hugs to you if you are a bit sad to see your daughter leaving today. Coco xx

Jacqui Chimes said...

Its lovely Lin - hopefully Kelly will have the time of her life and be back before you know it

snazzyoriginal said...

Beautiful piece xxx

Julie Short said...

What a delight this is. I'm so glad you got to create beauty with your elements.

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Lin,
I really like your finished piece of work as it is just right somehow. I can't or don't do this type of craft because my OCD mind just wont let it free to experiment. I look at the small trinkets that you have separately and think ," ewhhh, how is that going to work" and then see it all together and its just right somehow. Beautiful Lin, just beautiful.
Crafty hugs
Norah

craftimamma said...

How beautiful this is Lin!. The colours are so pretty and all the texture is just gorgeous. I was lucky enough to receive that beautiful Kaisercraft stamp in a DT kit a few months ago. I'm not a clear stampn fan either but they do have some lovely designs. The Susan Lenart Kazmer bezel looks fabulous!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Tricia said...

I absolutely love this! So many techniques and you did such a good job of explaining it. Glad I made my way over here from Pinterest :) God bless.

Tricia