After a busy week it nice to create something that brings you joy. To get your fingers inked and hands covered with acrylic paints, unwind, and just let the creative flow carry. Being able to make something that pleases the eye is a gift, and I hope that you have time to use that gift some time soon!
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For my project I used two Dina Wakley stamp sets. I'm such a big fan of her style! I challenged myself to use a palette of unconventional colours, i.e. different shades and tones of blue and turquoise. Don't get me wrong, I do like blue and turquoise, but for some reason I find them bit tricky to use. Too often I just grab my favourite and easy-to-work with colours of yellow, green and brown, but this time it was going to be something else!
The size of this project is 10 cm x 35 cm, and the base is the lid of a wooden champagne box. The box is used for storing glue bottles and tubes, and I'm happy I found use for the lid, too!
I started with painting the background with black gesso, as a wooden plate will easily curve if there's paint only on one side. Then I stencilled some small squares on the front, using white texture paste as medium. Once dry I painted over the entire front with light blue acrylic paint. When working with several colours of light body acrylic paints I suggest you begin with the light colours and add the dark ones later; this hint is applicable also for colouring with markers, painting with watercolours, and working with mists.
The flowers on the background are stencilled using a mixture of light blue acrylic paint and soft modelling paste. A finishing touch for the flowers is created by stamping on them with dark grey Archival Ink. Red textures are added with stamping and rolling over the edges with a brayer.
The white words are stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. I've not been able to find a white stamping ink that would work perfectly, but embossing powder will create a bright white result even on black cardstock.
Faces are coloured with Promarkers, and highlights are added with a white gel pen. Before gluing the images down I attached a small piece of corrugated cardstock under each face; a piece of bit heavier cardstock both lifts the image from the background, and also eases attaching it on a textured surface.
This must be one of my favourite pieces. I love it's empowering message, and looking at it brings a smile to my face.
From all your recent projects what's your favourite one? I would love to hear!