Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Liz Borer Project #3 The Witch's Midnight Garden ....


"When I started this project I decided to keep to a Halloween theme but I wanted to use a different colour palette . I found a laser cut frame that was supposed to be a book cover in my stash and it inspired me to make this project". 

This is the book cover which inspired me and which I cut into two pieces. 

 I used Grey Board to create a box the correct size for the cover but then I decided it wasn’t big enough and that the cover would obscure most of what was inside so I built the sides. I then cut Grey Board to cover the back and make a curved top and also to reinforce the base. I also added grey board under the straight edges of the book cover to support it.


I felt that the finished surfaces were not very smooth so I covered everything with good quality paper to create an even surface and started painting it. I started with Space Cadet and Pansy. I painted with one colour and then blended it with a wet wipe to get a mottled effect.
I continued with some darker colours – Peacoat andEggplant. I then wanted to create a lighter area so I used a small amount of Nougat in the center. 
I mixed a very dark blue – Peacoat, Eggplant and a little bit of Little Black Dress and continued around the edges.

I cut paper to fit the inside of the aperture. To start with I had considered using this paper because it looked like wood however I changed my mind as I went along. I used stencils for leaves and skeleton trees which I spread Grunge Paste over and dried.
 I then started painting the paper with a turquoise colour (Inky Pool). I painted with small amounts of paint on the brush from top tp bottom to get a streaky effect.
 I then added more colours, Eggplant, Peacoat and finally the dark blue mix.
 I wanted a paler colour in the middle so I blended a small amount of Nougat in.
I added a bit more Eggplant because it seemed to have got ‘lost’ in the dark blue.
Then rubbed White Fire Treasure Gold over the stencilled areas.
The moon was stencilled using a circle cut out of paper. Using Snowflake and a stencil brush with little paint on it dab in the moon fading out towards the top.
Paint the book cover with Stone paint and the edges with the dark blue mix . When dry spread Crackle Glaze onto the dark edges and when this is dry paint over with Stone.

The face is stamp plate WW6 and was stamped onto Smoothy White Stamping Card. I painted her face with Vintage Lace and then a light wash of Spanish Mulberry. The hair was painted with Eggplant and Peacoat.
Cut out the face and a ‘body’ and paint a top in black. I made the wings by stamping bat wings from Eclectic Plate 6 onto parchment paper and embossing with various colours. I cut out three wings and attached them to the back of her body.


I used some spider web ribbon to make the top. It wouldn’t stick with PVA glue so I spread Pinflair Glue over the whole of the top and stuck it down. This made a rather nice effect because the glue dries shiny which made a nice contrast. I neatened the top with a little black lace.
To make the witch a hat I cut out circles of black card which I embossed and then stuck together. I rubbed Treasure Gold over the hat.


I stamped flowers onto Smoothy White Stamping Card and embossed them all using black powder I wanted them to stand out and not to loose the black when I painted them. I mixed various shades of purple and blue using Eggplant, Peacoat, Inky Pool and Claret and painted the flowers. To add highlights I used an opaque white pen. I then cut all the flowers out.( HP1006, HP1009, HP1010, HP1011 and HP1111. )

I made more shrink plastic leaves from the oak leaf stamps HP1105 and coloured them in shades of purple and blue .


I painted bottles black and stamped and embossed with gold powder onto black tissue paper. I used stamps from ID02 and just cut pieces small enough to fit onto the bottles. Fix the tissue with Matte Medium.
To make the scroll I cut one long and two shorter pieces of grunge paper. To make the edges ragged I cut little pieces out of the long edges. I then rolled the small pieces up at a slight angle so that the edges spiralled out and stuck them in place. When the small pieces were firmly stuck I stuck one at the bottom of the scroll turning the bottom around the spiral so that the end was hidden and I stuck one at the top in the same way. I painted the whole scroll with Stone paint. I have tried stamping on a scroll before sticking it together but it’s very difficult to get the correct placement. So I stamped images from HPHW03 and embossed onto tissue paper, then stuck that onto the scroll. I then dry brushed the edges of the scroll with dark blue paint and rubbed Treasure Gold along the edges.
The metal flowers are from the Finnabair Mechanical range which I painted black . The smaller one has a piece of stamped and embossed tissue stuck in it. I stamped the eye design from PetalsPlate 2 and painted it before cutting it out to fit into the flower.

Finally, the owl was stamped twice so that I could cut the top half off  to make two layers. I then painted a stick black and attached it to the base owl and attached the other piece over the top (HP1011 ).
 Onwards are the finished piece.





  I hope that you have enjoyed my projects and I will be back again next month.

Leandra Says: Very , very, very cool. The layers are wicked! And the way you have pulled it all together - exceptional! Thanks Liz, your spooky projects this week have been superb!

Gillian Says: Words fail me Liz, this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Love Love Love the blue/purple colour hue to this project and the detail OH MY, fabulous way to end your week.

40 comments:

Lin said...

WOW WOW WOW that is absolutely BRILLIANT!! so much attention to detail and I love the colours you have used!!

sam21ski said...

OMGosh this is FANTASTIC, I think this has to be my favourite piece so far, it's absolutely brilliant

Way to go Liz

Sam xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Sensational work! Words fail me. I love everything about this project. You must be magic yourself!!! Wowzer! Julie Ann xxx

Helen said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Like the others, I have no words...

Craftyfield said...

Agree... gorgeous! Love the colours, the texture the Treasure Gold the shrink plastic leaves...

Craftyfield said...

Agree... gorgeous! Love the colours, the texture the Treasure Gold the shrink plastic leaves...

Carol said...

Stunning! Totally love the colours need to check which ones I'm missing lol

Carol said...

Stunning! Totally love the colours need to check which ones I'm missing lol

Anonymous said...

Oh I am blown away, I read the step by step instructions but when I saw the finished piece it was amazing! Jan

Yours Artfully said...

I'm on catch up again,just read through all your fabulous posts this week Liz and I'm kind of lost for words. All your projects are amazing but this one is outstanding. As you know, I'm really not a purple kinda girl at all, but the blue and purple look so good together, you have such a great eye for colour.

Lin

Claire said...

Wow this is an amazing project! It is so detailed and I love all the blue and purple tones you have used. Claire x

Julie Bell said...

So much to look at fab colours which work so well AMAZING xx

Kathi said...

Oh my gosh! What a stunning piece!

I love the colors, textures, layers, and all the detail!

Wow!

Pinning!

Dawn Louise said...

Oh my word, this is amazing, I looked through your steps and when saw the finished results I am couldn't believe how you'd put it all together. definitely a project with the wow factor. love all the details and that you've made everything yourself. x

isisimaginings.com said...

I'm with Gillian on this, words fail me too. 'Beautiful', 'gorgeous' & 'stunning' are completely inadequate for this incredible creation. I am utterly awestruck.

Mark said...

Fantastic project! I love all the details, so much to look at!

Deborah said...

Breathtaking!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is amazing! Love the colours you have chosen,

Lucy x

ionabunny said...

Wow. just wow

Kimberly S said...

Oh wow, this is just fabulous! Amazing job with every little detail, and fantastic stamps used too. Thanks so much for the inspiration! :) hugs, Kimberly

Sarah B said...

I love everything about this project - so much detail to look - FANTASTIC ! xx

Sid said...

That is just one superb creation, so dimensional !!

craftimamma said...

I'm lost for words and that doesn't happen often! It's a totally awesome creation!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Trish said...

OMG - that is FAB! So many layers and bits - I could look at it for hours and still find new bits. Wonderful project (and wonderful week), thank you!

Deborah Wainwright said...

I am totally amazed this project is outstanding. I love the colours you have used. Absolutely fantastical xx

kjjc said...

This was a sensational step by step culminating in a fantastic creation that is simply tremendously beautiful. I don't have the superlatives to express my awe for this. Stunning.

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Soooo! Gorgeous!! It's a wonderful project. Thank you.

Linda Hart said...

Oh so stunning Liz!

massofhair said...

Unique, spooktacular & breathtaking project Liz! Definitely has the WOW factor...

Shame i don't own any of the PA stamps you have used as this project has made me realise how they could be used to such great effect.

You have an amazing and inspiring imagination ♥ :-)x

Sheelagh said...

Absolutely fabulous, a stunning project Liz. Going back for another look, I am sure I will see more that I missed first time around. See you soon
Sheelagh xx

Paula Whittaker said...

A total WOW!

Artyjen said...

Wowzer!!!
xoxo Sioux

Rebecca said...

OMG A-MA-ZIN love it :)
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Coco said...

Speechless.... Just WOW WOW WOW !!!! thank you for this fabulous project and all the details, LOVE it !! Coco x

darcydaydream said...

OMG..this is one of the best projects I've EVER seen. It is totally amazeballs....xxxx

jo said...

WOW!!! This is stunning!!

butterfly said...

Totally stunning - jawdroppingly beautiful, and so full of creativity and imagination - huge WOW from me!
Alison x

Linda Cain said...

Holy Moly!!!! THisis totally AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE it!

~Linda

America said...

OH MY GOODNESS WOMAN!!!! You have totally outdone yourself here with this incredible masterpiece. WOW! LOVE all textures, cuts, colors, embellishments, techniques.... ALL. Impeccable attention to details. LOVE every little element.

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous stunning special creation, I'm speechless, truly inspirational :-) Kezzy xxx

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