Friday 31 January 2014

Bloom Board (with Eclectica: Darcy stamps by Gillian Simson)

Hi everyone, Gillian here, it is great to be back on this side of the blog rather than behind the scenes. Tonight's post is very exciting as I am getting to create a little art with none other than Darcy's new collection of stamps *squealllll*. 

I started out by using some Grey Board and my collection of PaperArtsy postcards.

Next I layered the postcards using Matte Medium, once the first layer was dry I then went back over with thinly cut strips.

Now decisions, decisions ... what colour of Fresco's to work with. I opted for Antarctic, Yellow Submarine, Tango and Peacoat. Just lightly brushing the colours over.

Followed by Yellow Submarine 

Next up was Tango, followed by Peacoat.

I then stamped the border from EDY07 using Versafine Onyx Black around the edges of the Grey Board

Next I stamped the swirls from EDY07 using London Bus.

I then stamped the flamingo from EDY05 onto Smoothy White Stamping Card before colouring with London Bus, Zesty Zing, Tango and Limelight


Next I stamped the quote from EDY07 and the flower wheel also from EDY05 onto Smoothy White Stamping Card, I used London Bus and Zesty Zing to colour the stamped image.

I then started to play about with the composition .... now this is when my thoughts turned to how the flamingo wasn't going to look like he was just floating in thin air! The flower wheels suddenly become the "lightbulb" moment!  I drew some circles which were then coloured using Toffee for the flower wheels to sit into *are you with me* .... can you tell where this is leading?? I decided since the flamingo is quite quirky he would look ideal situated on a pull toy cart. Back out came the strips of leftover postcards to create the frame of the cart. I used one of the Junkyard Findings Metal Zipper for the handle.

I had so much fun creating this quirky little art board and can't wait to see what else Darcy comes up with next in her designer collection!! Gillian. 

A huge thank you to Gillian from PaperArtsy HQ. Welcome back to the blog Gillian, it is so good to see you coming out from 'behind the scenes'. We know how hard you work so it is wonderful that you could take time out to create this piece. This is a stunning board, full of texture and vibrancy. You absolutely did the new stamps justice, creating a real fun and quirky project. 

If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE you will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00 (London time) Sunday 2nd February 2014


Hazel Agnew said...

Gillian, this is genius. Love the quirkiness, colours are mad too. Brilliant, well done....oh and the zip!!

Jay said...

Awesome board, the wheels area brilliant move..

Helen said...

Gillian this is fabulous - as Hazel says, quirky, and fun!! I have to thank you for the painting over the postcard idea which I love! So nice to see you having time to play and get painty again!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so brilliant and slightly mad, Gilliam! Love the postcard idea and everything about it. Great to see you!!

Lucy x

Anonymous said...

Gillian, that is wonderful!! Using the postcards was a genius idea & I love the flamingo.

Carol Q said...

fabulous Gillian - looks like you had a lot of fun creating it too.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Gillian I like very much. Really enjoyed seeing how you have built the page. The fabulous stamps from Darcy add a fantastic feature. I really liked the border. X

Unknown said...

Fab! xx

Julie Lee said...

I just got in from my anniversary dinner and saw this! Wow! Darcy must have been delighted to see how you 'rocked' those stamps! You work so hard it's great to see you having fun with this! Lovely, fun project. Julie Ann xx

ellen vargo designs said...

OMG Gillian your project is FABulous! Love, love LOVE the layered painty tapey collagey background - delish! Did I mention I LOVE it??? :) Hugs to you xxx

ionabunny said...

I think it's very cruel to keep showing this gorgeous steampunk flamingo but not letting me buy him!! I think you need to add a preorder button to the website. Love how you used this fab new stamp set. So fun.

Rebecca said...

Awesome :)
Happy craftin

Annie said...

Absolutely fabulous Gillian. Great background and I adore those new stamps.

TFS ....made me smile

Annie x

Alison said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! xxx

Words and Pictures said...

Such a fantastic background - must have a go at this - and such a cool take on Darcy's fab new stamps!
Alison x

Cocofolies said...

Wow!! this is awesome, funny and so colourful, I really love it!!! And such a great idea to use the PA cards like that.. Thank you very much for the inspiration Gillian. Coco x