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Yesterday was all about the grey, today it’s all about green as chosen by Hels Sheridan for this week’s challenge over at Sunday Stampers. Hee’s what I’ve come up with
This started life as a 4 x 4 canvas which I covered with my now dwindling supply of gauzy cheesecloth stuff. I use PVA , always cut the fabric bigger than the canvas so I can fold it back on itself and always apply PVA over the top. For some reason, most probably because they were there, I added two or three paper flowers, flat, on top of the fabric.
Once dry or, more usually in my case, nearly dry I applied the paper roses and then covered everything with a coat of gesso. The flowers were actually bright pink when I started and then needed a couple of coats to dull them down. (They actually looked fabulous in this state so I shall do some more and leave them like that)
Quite often, more times than I’d care to admit actually, when I’m working on a Sunday Stampers piece I realise that I haven’t thought through the stamping bit. That is, I have a great idea but forget that it doesn’t actually contain any stamping. On this occasion I hadn’t forgotten it, I just decided to see what it looked like first.I stamped touches of honeycomb using black archival ink and applying the stamp directly to the canvas. I stamped the bee image on to tissue and used one step crackle medium to apply this to the canvas before applying it over everything, roses included.
I stamped a second bee image onto paper an coloured it with Promarkers and Vintage Photo distress ink. I first tried using acetate, but it didn’t show against the dark background. To make it shine, I sprayed it with Spray and Shine and then used glue gel to apply it over the stamped image.
The finishing touch was to add the “scrabble tiles” which are from The Gecko Galz.
I had such fun creating this and am really grateful to people such as Hels for providing the inspiration and for sharing the techniques that give you the confidence to give it a go and then add your own twist. I could quite happily play with projects like this every day – shame about the day job really.