I'm having more fun with Darcy's stamps, EDY09 and EDY10, and I did not allow myself to use the heart flowers :-)
To begin, as there was some bleed-through from spray on the flip side of the page, I put two coats of gesso on the page allowing it to dry between coats. My base coat of paint uses sky, pansy, and tinned peas.
For the next coat I made sure I had everything ready. My paint is mixed with water, there is 91% rubbing alcohol in the pipette, and I wanted the added allusion of texture from the paper towel so I have one of those ready.
I used two colors for the second coat, cheesecake and sherbet. I brushed them on quickly, dripped on the rubbing alcohol and immediately laid the paper towel over the page, rubbed across it and pulling it back off. Doesn't that look fabulous!!!!
And here's a close-up.
I stamped the feather with Archival Ink forget-me-not, stamping more than once between inkings.
Jet black is used to stamp the row of heart grass across the page. I somehow got way off at the edge, I'll fix that. The grass is painted with hey pesto, dried, and then highlights added with the Sharpie paint marker.
I thought the pointy flower on The Crafters Workshop mini 4 flowers stencil would make a great sun. I mixed some yellow paints with grunge paste, applied the mix through the stencil, removed the stencil, cleaned the stencil right away, and left the sun to dry.
After it was dry, I put the stencil back on and, using my finger, added just a bit of yellow submarine to give it more depth.
The bird, Neville, was stamped onto a scrap of smoothy card, punched with an oval punch, and painted with watered down stone and sky.
The flower was stamped 3 times with jet black.
I painted each flower a different color - haystack, pansy, and orchid. I started using the Sharpie marker on the dots but it was running out (I've used it a lot and have added one to my Christmas list) and finished with my Posca marker (these work well too).
I used my finger to pat just a tiny bit of snowflake paint onto the page, dried it, and stamped the quote with jet black. The birds are also stamped with jet black.
I added 2 different strips of washi tape below the grass, brushed snowflake paint in the center below that and stamped the other quote with jet black.
I decided I wanted a bit more in the background and added some snowflake paint through The Crafters Workshop mini tiny circles stencil.
I put a piece of thin cardboard behind Neville, added dots around the edge, inked the very edge with jet black ink, and attached it to the page with foam mounting tape. The feather is also attached with foam mounting tape just down the center.
I hope you've enjoyed today's project!!!!! If anything I've done this week inspires you to create something/anything, I hope you'll link up to PaperArtsy's December challenge so I can come visit!!! Thank YOU so much for following along this semester, for leaving comments, trying ideas, and being super supportive!!!!
I'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to Mark and Leandra for inviting me to be a guest designer on their blog!! I've LOVED working with your products and sharing projects!!!
I'd also like to thank Gillian for her help and guidance to the guest designers in getting our posts set up!!!
A huge thankyou to Wanda from PaperArtsy for another fantastic project. What a brilliant end to your semester. Neville looks quite at home, and looks happy to be the centre of attention. Yet again a really beautiful background, so effective.
We would love you to join in with the challenge. If you are inspired to action by any of this month's guests who have blogged in December 2014 then join in and link up your creativity HERE. You might win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. You need to add your link by 17:00 (London time) Dec 31st 2014, the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00, Dec 31st, 2014.