Thursday 30 July 2015

Galapagos seascape

Last December my sister said that what she would really like for her birthday was a mixed media canvas of her favourite holiday scene.

So I bought a canvas and thought seven months was plenty of time to get it done!  Around May I decided I'd better get cracking and got as far as building up the base layers.  I used corrugated card, beads, masking tape and tissue embedded in grunge paste and gave everything a coat of white gesso.

With about ten days to go it was time to get some paint on the canvas.  I've never had any tuition in painting...but how hard could it be?!!!  I used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk paints which blend easily and come in a wide range of colours which helped with matching paint and not having to mix my own shades too much. 

Ta da!  Several days and quite a few hours later it's done with four days to spare.  Enough time for the paint to dry and harden!  Happy Birthday little sis.

For a first foray in to the world of art rather than craft I'm fairly pleased, but no more commissions please, it's far too nerve racking!

Thank you for taking the time to look.  All constructive comments gratefully received...just in case I decide to have another go in the future!

Monday 27 July 2015

They know me here

I've not been up to much crafting recently for various reasons but hopefully that's about to change and you will notice a flurry of activity on my blog.  First up a CAS card for The Craft Barn weekly challenge - Clean and Simple.  In the spirit of CAS I'm keeping it brief!

Thanks for stopping by, it's much appreciated x

Materials used:
Stampendous: Cling Tutu Toad
Doo Lally Pip / Lindsay Mason: Don't Be Afraid
Spectrum Noir Aqua markers
Ranger Distress Inks
Ranger Archival 

Saturday 11 July 2015

Turquoise beach huts

This month's calendar challenge at The Craft Barn is turquoise and beach huts.  Unfortunately I haven't a beach hut stamp which would have made things easier.  Inspired by photos on Pinterest I opted for watercolour using Gelatos.  I've tried to create the idea of a very hot day with a deep blue sky and dark shadows.

I'm afraid I found this difficult to photograph in focus and the paper was bending so it looks like I stuck the calendar on is straight really!

I'm signed up for a watercolour course in September so watch this space!

Thanks for taking the time to look. xxx

Materials used:
watercolour paper
Faber-Castell Gelatos: bubblegum, watermelon, lemon, butterscotch, 
snow cone, cotton candy, blueberry
Stabilo All pencil 
white gel pen