Thursday, 15 August 2013

Michelle Webb {Special 10th Birthday Post} ....

Tonight we are thrilled to welcome back Michelle Webb, one of our Guest Designers from earlier this year. Michelle is fantastic at making interesting backgrounds, and she proves that tonight, and then goes on to do marvellous things with the JOFY stamps.
Welcome back, if just for a fleeting moment!

Happy Anniversary PaperArtsy! Look how far you’ve come in 10 years!
Well done Mark and Leandra for being massive workaholics and bringing us amazing products to play with. I love em all and you two too! x
I was delighted to be asked to take part in the10th birthday celebrations this month.
First of all I started out with a 40cm x 40cm plywood frame from PaperArtsy.  A lovely surface to paint on it’s so smooth.

I painted the frame with Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint, and then sanded it down to make an even smoother surface.

Then I painted a mix of Nougat, Taupe, Smoked Paprika and Cheesecake in vertical streaks. Love the way these colours blend. When this was dry, I decided I wanted some Crackle Glaze on the right hand side with a dark undercoat. So I painted some dark Chocolate Pudding and dried it with a heat gun. Then I poured on some Crackle Glaze and spread it out thinly using an old store card.

I waited for the crackle to dry a bit and finished of the drying process using a heat gun. Then I painted over the top with my creamy colours and watched the magic happen. I never tire of watching the paint crackle it’s amazing.

Once everything was dry I set to work making the surface more interesting with lots of layers. I used some Grunge Paste through the Mini Birds Of A Feather stencil and coloured it with Distress Ink. 

I used some bubble wrap, a crackle stencil, Mini text stamp, and flicked some Cosmic Shimmer Mist at the board for some shimmery splats. 
I used some Cut N Dry foam with some Chocolate Pudding, Hey Pesto and Pumpkin Soup and made random areas of paint over all the layers.

Then I used the edge of a store card with some Snowflake to put lots of white lines on all over the board. Then I splattered some Snowflake too.

Well I just loved the board background exactly how it was. I didn’t want to do anything else to it now. I’d made a background but I didn’t really want it to be  just a 'background' at all.

I had planned to use the JOFY stamps to make a birdy-flower scene but I loved the board just the way it was. So I made another similar background using a 30cm x 25cm canvas board to use the fab JOFY stamps on. Here’s the finished board below.

I’ve used the JOFY 11, 12, 14, 15 and the MINI 12.

It has a bit of a 3D effect going on.

For the flower stems I’ve used florist wire, and added some brighter green wire in loops wrapped around the stems to highlight Jo’s fab quirky squiggles.

I’ll be making a hanger for it with the bright green wire, so I can hang it on the wall.

I’m so pleased to have come back to visit with you all again.

Happy Anniversary

Michelle xxx

Leandra Says: Wow, well, you are a background guru, but i love all the little additions to Jo's stamps with wire, and leaves cut out and layered. Just so much fun to do! Thanks Michelle, great to have you back. xx 
{PS My 'pop-up-pool' is crystal clear sparkling gorgeousness...finally!!!}

Gillian Says: The "Paint Queen" has returned with a BANG!! Your use of colour and the layers are utterly stunning as is the 3d elements. Thank you for being a part of the birthday celebrations, FAB to have you back. xx

Remember, this week's challenge is open until Sunday noon. Go to this post to link your creativity. The rules are simple. If you have been inspired by any of this week's posts, and spurred on to try out a new technique, then make something, put it on your blog, pinterest page, Flickr etc and you will go into one of 2 draws to win an A5 PaperArtsy stamp of your choice! Thanks for joining in with the birthday fun, we love to see what you do every week! 


Unknown said...

Great project Michelle! Love the background too. Reminds me of Fab retro wallpaper. Love it! X

Darcy Marshall said...

Flippin gorgeous, I am hard pushed to cover up nice backgrounds too sometimes. Love that you kept one and covered the other. Genius use of wire on the flowers. x

Helen said...

Oh wow, Michelle, this is just beautiful - a background that is good enough to leave unadorned... and those birds and trees are just gorgeous. What a stunner!

Carol Q said...

what a gorgeous project. the colours really glow and make it feel so warm.

Alison said...

It's utterly gorgeous Michelle! It has such depth, & the background looks amazing!
Alison xxx

PaperArtsy said...

I do love a blue bird :)

Anonymous said...

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up from the floor......... Both pieces are STUNNING. The background does look perfect on its own, but the second one is equally as gorgeous with the addition of those adorable little birds.

Craftyfield said...

The Jofy canvas is fantastic, all that fussy cutting, colours & details... but I am with you on backgrounds and I am so glad you didn't cover up yours!

massofhair said...

Amazing background and 3D effects. A fabtastic project on wood, which is one of my fave substrates :-)

sam21ski said...

Wow - gorgeous

Sam xxx

Kathi said...

This is absolutely, positively wonderful. I love both backgrounds and I really, Really, REALLY love how you used the stamps and embellished your stamped scene!

Lin said...

Wow Michelle this is gorgeous!!! love the colours on both!! all the layers and those gorgeous birdies!!!

Karin said...

WoW that's totally gorgeous!

Trish said...

Oh yes! I can see why you love the background as it is, but then the other canvas with the birdies and flowers is also SO stunning!!!

Julie Lee said...

Oh wow! I'm loving that background; it's just fantastic! The whole thing is lovely! I must have a go at something like this! Julie Ann xx

yoursartfully said...

What a gorgeous project Michelle, gorgeous background with gorgeous colours and gorgeous images.....did I mention that I think it's rather lovely!!

Lin x

Rebecca said...

OMG that's great, love it to bits
Happy craftin

Paula Pascual said...

Beautiful finished project and great tutorial on the layers of paint.

jojo79 said...

Wow they are both beautiful.


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely gorgeous canvas Michelle, love the texture the wonderful colour palette and those flowers are stunning. Gorgeous design and Imlove the touches of white. Tracy x

craftimamma said...

Love both the board and the canvas Michelle. Fabulous layering in both cases and thanks for showing us how. Love the 3D elements on the canvas and the bits of wire are brilliant touches.

Lesley Xx

ionabunny said...

Fantastic. Love the background and then all those lovely JOFY stamps. Just love it

Steven said...

Love your colours with the JOfY stamps.

Julie S said...

What a transformation - wow!

Sandy said...

Wonderful Michelle - absolutely wonderful!

JoFY said...

O. M. Goodness!!

I Love it! completely love it!

The layers on the background and then the addition of the JOFY stamps!!!! too much loveliness on one canvas - so much to take in!

Have I mentioned how much I love it! lol

Jacqui Chimes said...


Unknown said...

Fab project. Must have a go!

Sandy said...

Love the little birds and your background is wonderful..

Kezzy said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW I'm completely wowed by this, both canvas backgrounds are absolutely amazing and the scene you have made is truly stunning. I enjoyed making a scene with these in my journal a couple of months back but no way could I have done something like this, wow :-) Kezzy xxx

Unknown said...

Excellent advice! you don't know how many marketers need to have these traits ingrained into them. Kudos! Three Musicians

butterfly said...

So fabulous, Michelle - so sorry I'm so behind with catching up too! I can completely see why you didn't want to cover up the first board, but I love the piece with all the dimensional JOFYs on too - stunning work!
Alison x

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