Monday, 6 May 2013

Sue Carrington #2 It's All About Time ....

For today’s project I have used one of the really cute Double Wooden Icons and I decided to use a selection of the Green Fresco Paints.

I first of all gave the icon a light sanding and then coated it with Sage. As it’s an opaque colour is covers the wood really well. 

I dried the first coat with my heat gun, then added some Holly to the centre of the panels, dried this off too and then added a thin coat of Crackle Glaze.

The Crackle Glaze was dried, very carefully, to avoid it bubbling !

I used Guacamole as the top coat over the Crackle Glaze as I wanted a lighter colour to contrast against the Holly crackles. 

I’ve used the Chicken Wire stencil to sponge some Hey Pesto over parts of the two panels.

Then I started to stamp ! I’ve used Holly again for the small text from the ESN06 and ESN05 sets and stamped the word Time from the ESN05 set with Black Archival Ink. The Fresco Finish paints give a fabulous surface to stamp onto whether you’re using ink or Fresco Finish Paints.


 I also used the script stamp from the ESN05 set using Stone but decided it didn’t show up as much as I wanted it to so stamped again using Holly, which was much better (you’ll see this in a later photo). 

For the leaves I’ve painted some Grunge Paper with Holly and then used the stamp from the ELB01 set with Sage. (Ignore the colour of my stamp, I’m not very good at cleaning them!)

I cut the leaves out leaving a border around the edge and this is what you end up with !

I’ve used the same leaf stamp on the two panels, stamping with Holly but only using the leaf part of the stamp. 

I made two flowers using the flower stamp from the ELB02 set stamping on to black card using Stone and Smoked Paprika. (I forgot to take the pictures of them once I’d stamped them!) I cut the flowers out and then used the script stamp from the ESN05 set and stamped over them with Black Archival Ink


I’d got a good idea of how I wanted this project to look but when I placed the flowers onto the panels they looked a little lost. So, I cut some flowers from Crinoline using the Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Flowers die and then used some watered down Smoked Paprika to colour the material. If you water down the paint a little, the fabric sucks up the colour beautifully !

I’ve used a couple of pearl stick pins, but I didn’t want them to look so ‘pearly’ ! At first I thought it was because they were too shiny so I coated them with Stone, but I still wasn’t happy. 

So, then I got out the Amber Green Treasure Gold and brushed it over them, much better! Treasure Gold gives such a good coverage and as it’s permanent there’s no worries about it brushing off ! 

I used some screw brads for the centre of the flowers and gave them the same treatment as the stick pins. (A bit fiddly but I thought it was worth it!)

I placed everything together before sticking down and decided I didn’t like the stamped words that I’d done earlier as they didn’t stand out enough. I’d got some bits of Grunge Paper left so I painted them with Sage and stamped the same words again with Holly onto the Grunge Paper and added some lace behind them.

I brushed the edges of the whole project with some Amber Green Treasure Gold, which I think just lifted it a little.

See you Wednesday

Leandra Says: You are rocking these Lin Brown stamps Sue, another beautiful project full of depth.

Gillian Says: Gorgeous use of the Lin Brown stamps, so loving the colours you are working with (not my usual colour choice) but this project is having me like the Greens.

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Lin said...

Hi Sue

this is lovely and Leandra is right you are so rocking with Lin's's excellent!!! i love the greens :)

margaret said...

Lovely piece Sue,love Lin's stamps, great use of stamps getting to like the Sara Neumann stamps more must get some!!!!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Sue, love the green and the pop of colour from the flowers is gorgeous. Great stamping too. Tracy x

Minxy said...

Another totally stunning piece, really liking your style xo

Craftyfield said...

Love the crackle effect and the Treasure gold treatment... I need some of these pots !

Steven said...

really like this one, love the greens and orange

Helen said...

Sue this is beautiful, I love these icons, and it works so well with Lin's stamps.

Miriam said...

Gorgeous - I love what you have done - and I would never have thought of using all of those greens - it looks amazing!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous project, I love the layers of greens, and the orange crinolene was a great choice,

Lucy x

Unknown said...

Lovely! And another one I can have a go at. I have icons to do something with xxx

Carol Q said...

absolutely gorgeous - works for me!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! The greens look great & what a great idea to put the TG on the pins.

yoursartfully said...

Another stunning project Sue and it's favourite colour, I love it!!


butterfly said...

Delicious, Sue - and lovely to see those changes of mind happening in front of our eyes... thanks for sharing in so much detail!
Alison x

Julie Lee said...

The crackle glaze works brilliantly with those greens and I love all the wonderful textures! I have loads to do this week, but I am just so tempted to play this time! xx

Annie said...

Stunning piece Sue. I love the PA paints and the crackle is fantastic. Beautiful stamped elements and the florals are fabulous.

CRafty hugs

Annie x

Trish said...

Full of gorgeousness! I am loving the colours, and the layers are perfect. Thank you for such great inspiration!

Jenny Marples said...

Love this Sue. You've layered up the crackle and stamping beautifully and the red flowers against their green background look superb. Hugs, Jenny x

Cocofolies said...

Really gorgeous wooden piece of art, the textures and colors on it are wonderful. Coco x

craftimamma said...

These colours are exactly my favourites although for some reason I rarely seem to work with greens.. no idea why. The crackle and all the background stamping is wonderful and I do think you were right to restamp the wording onto the Grungepaper.

Lesley Xx

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Sandy said...

Hey Sue - I really thought I was going to see the ten commandments on these tablets!!! Wonderful tutorial and thanks so much!!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning make Sue, the crackle background looks fantastic behind the bright flowers, another great project!!

Michelle Webb said...

I really love this shade of green, and I love the layers in the background. Those Sara stamps are brilliant too, they lend themselves to so many things. Lin's flowers are so gorgeous too. I love the way you've stamped them. Michelle x

alison said...

This is so inspiring Sue, I love how you've been using Lin's stamps! xx

Linda M. Cain said...



Kezzy said...

Wow sue such utterly amazing gorgeous stunning creation and huge wow. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxx

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