Sunday, 5 May 2013

Welcome Sue Carrington #1 Golden Hours ....



When I was thinking about what to do as my first project I played with the idea of a graffiti wall with flowers growing in front it, sort of grunge meets beauty !  I didn’t quite make the graffiti wall as bold as first thought,  but I am pleased with how it turned out !
I’ve used a [I don’t know the name of this substrate!] and first of all I used a stencil and some of the fabulous Grunge Paste. I used a palette knife and to add the texture I’ve dragged the corner across the paste while the stencil was still in place. I also stencilled around the edges too.  I added further texture my patting the palette knife onto the Grunge Paste in random sections. 




I dried it off with my heat gun and then started to add the first layer of Fresco Paint in Stone.  As this colour is opaque it gives really good coverage. 




When it was dry the next layer was Irish Cream and then Brown Shed, making sure I dried it in between layers to avoid it becoming a muddy colour. Then I added some Taupe, which was a really quite fabulous as I wasn’t expecting the results I got ! The colours were knocked back and also took on a slight purple shade. 




I then started to add some stencilling using Squid Ink and used the "bumping" technique as used by Leandra, Click HERE), initially inspired by Lynne Perrella. This is where you move the stencil slightly after your first colour has been applied and apply a second colour. In this case I used Stone and as it’s an opaque colour it covered the Squid Ink perfectly.

I carried on using the Squid Ink with a numbers stencil randomly over the project.




 I then started to stamp using the text from the ESN05 set using Squid Ink

ESN05

I’ve also used the dots from the ESN08 set using Taupe

ESN08



Going back to my original idea of a graffiti wall I then added some more random stamping using the ESN05, 06 and 08 sets using Squid Ink.

ESN06





Then I started to make the leaves and first of all I covered some Grunge Paper with Stone, then stamped the leaves from the ELB02 set with Sage and Holly and cut them out.

 ELB02

 I also used the same technique for the stalks from the ELB03 set for the tulips. 

ELB03 



I stamped the tulips from the ELB03 set with Blood Orange onto Grunge Paper that I’d painted with Stone, stamping double the amount I wanted.  I then cut them out and glued one on top of the other. As they’re made from Grunge Paper I’ve been able to bend the petals of the top layer. I’ve used the same technique for the smaller tulips too.

  

For the other flowers I’ve used the ELB01 set and stamped them using Butternut and Smoked Paprika onto Black card (as demonstrated by Lin Brown) and cut them out. I used the same colours and technique for the butterfly from the ELB02 set too, stamping the centre piece twice so that I could cut it out and stamp over it with the text stamp from the ESN05 set before gluing it to the butterfly.

ELB01




Before I started to assemble everything I rubbed some Florentine Treasure Gold over the raised areas to highlight them. 



I always like to lay out my projects before I glue everything in place and I decided that it needed something more. I had some painted Grunge Paper left over so I stamped the words ’Golden Hours’ with Squid Ink on to it and rubbed some more Squid Ink around the edge. To finish I added a metal embellishment. 



Below is a close up of the edge which was stencilled with Grunge Paste and you can also see the petals of the flowers that have been bent upwards.



A final close up so you can see all of the texture, stamping and stencilling ! 


I had a real ball making this project, hope you’ve enjoyed it too ! I'm hugely inspired by Lin Browns eye for composition, colour and unique style. 

Leandra Says: Oh how superb Sue, the background is stunning, and the layers on top look like so much fun to make too. A fantastic way to kick off this semester! Thankyou!

Gillian Says: I love the "pops" of Squid Ink when used with the Neutral toned Fresco Paints. The dimension/layers/texture looks fab Sue, love the combined use of the Eclectica collection of stamps. Beautiful first project.


For this week's challenge use some/all of the following: PaperArtsy Stamps, Fresco Paints, Wood or Paper Mache Substrates for this week's Challenge. If you are inspired by Sue's creativity this week, create something new and upload your art from a linkable web page like flickR, Pinterest or your blog and you will go into 2 draws to win.

 
 






 


 


 

39 comments:

Helen said...

What an absolutely beautiful work of art, Sue! I can't wait to have a go at something like this... The wall is just fabulous, and I love all the stencilling; as for the flowers - well!!!

Sue C said...

Thanks Helen !

Lin said...

Sue this is absolutely beautiful..the detail is fantastic!! I love the neutral colours you've used so the tulips just jump out of the wall..lovely project..thanks for sharing!!

Linda Cain said...

FABULOUS!!!!!

~Linda

jojo79 said...

Wow that is amazing - I love it

Carol Q said...

OMG that's ab fabulous!

Sarah Dunkley said...

That's a really lovely result! Love it. Definetly inspiring! Great first project! X

Minxy said...

O M G Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous xo

Craftyfield said...

The background is just fabulous, hope I can pull off something similar !

isisimaginings.com said...

My goodness, that is completely & utterly stunning. What an amazing & incredibly beautiful project to start with.

Steven AKA Pink Elf said...

Lovely work Sue. Inspiration for the start of the week

butterfly said...

Wow - this is completely gorgeous, Sue! Wonderful seeing those layers building up, and the fab stencilling techniques over the texture. And then those Lin Brown flowers pop beautifully - a really fantastic first project - yay!!
Alison xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Some fabulously original ideas!x

Wanda H said...

Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! I love everything about this!!!

ANITA said...

Gorgeous!!

Yours Artfully said...

That's a stunner of a project Sue, absolutely beautiful, I love it.

Lin

Miriam said...

Fabulous work Sue - simply goregous!

coco said...

Wooow, wonderful creation !!! I love all on it.

margaret said...

Just lovely Sue

ionabunny said...

This is lovely. Love all the textures and the 3Dness. What a lovely thing to have on the wall...

Alison said...

Wow!!! Your canvas is absolutely stunning Sue, very inspiring! Love it!!!
Alison xxx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow, I really love this amazing canvas, love the structure, and I love the flowers and the waythey are put on the canvas!!!Wonderful!!

Greetings
Maria

inkypinkycraft said...

A really beautiful make, love the look of the squid ink! Looks great and fab textures too! Hugstrace x

Julie Short said...

Sue this is stunning!

Rebecca said...

Lively love it
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Annie said...

Wow Sue....this is so fabulous I love everything about it from the texture, layers and fabulous dimension of the florals. Very inspiring.

TFS and huge congrats on this spot

Annie x

Astrid Maclean said...

Great canvas, love how you have created all the different layers, great vocal image too!

Cazza275 said...

Absolutely gorgeous.... love it

Trish said...

Oh, what an amazing start to the new semester - it's totally gorgeous!

Paper Profusion said...

Oh wow - another stop me in my tracks piece. Absolutely brilliant artistry. Thanks so much for sharing all the steps. Nicola x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Wonderful textural project! Would look so great as a home decor item,

Lucy x

Buttons said...

Gosh Sue, that background is tremendous and it really comes alive when the flowers are layered over it. Hugs, Jenny x

craftimamma said...

Well, I'm way behind so it's all been said already so I will just say that this is totally awesome. What a way to start the new semester!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Anita Houston said...

Breathtaking this!!!

L Taylor said...

Thats really beautiful love the colours textures in fact everything,

L Taylor said...

Thats really beautiful love the colours textures in fact everything,

L Taylor said...

Thats really beautiful love the colours textures in fact everything,

Michelle Webb said...

Sue this is truly amazing, I love the ....can we call it a canvas??? The background is so cool, love all those layers and different colours just working in harmony with each other. What a cracking opener to your Guest designing. Love it! Michelle x

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow awesome stunning out of this world amazing canvas. I love it. I'm taking a class next week with Lin Brown and I am so looking forward to learn about layers. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxx

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