Friday, 25 April 2014

Every Flower {with Eclectica³ Lin Brown Stamps by Designer Lin Brown}

Hello, Lin Brown here today to share a little hanging project with you using some of my favourite products.

I started with a piece of 5" x 7" piece of grey/white board, this is grey board with a lovely white paper on one side. I love this surface to work on as it will show true paint colours. I also grabbed a selection of washi tapes from my every increasing stash.

I stuck the tapes to my board, securing the ends on the back and pasted a layer of Matt eMedium over the top to make sure they didn't lift when layers of paint are applied.


After blending a layer of Chartreuse and watered down Tikka over my washi tape background,  (Leandra has since decided that Tikka probably needs to be re-labelled, it is more semi-opaque than translucent) I used a small stencil brush to stencil some Snowflake through a couple of my stencils. I started with the tall leafy design from PS002 and filled in the gaps with some dots from PS001

I took a baby wipe and some Chartreuse paint to tint the Snowflake paint. I used a baby wipe as this dilutes the paint without having to add water and it is an easy way to blend a layer into the background.

Next, I used Electica Shapes 01. These have the lovely white paper surface, just like the substrate I used which allowed me to sponge paint directly on the surface with a piece of Cut'N'Dry foam.

I edged the shapes with a finger dauber using Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil Archival ink pad.

At this point, I laid the tulip head on my background and realised that it was far too orange and needed to be toned down a little bit so I sponged some of the Chartreuse on it. It's not a dramatic change in colour but it definitely softened the tone.

I wanted to make a dimensional tulip, so I die cut some heavy weight Smoothy card using my 
Tulip die set. I only die cut the two smaller sections as the chipboard shape is the same as the largest die. Once they were painted with a base colour, I used Jet Black Archival to stamp images from ELB08. I then used a small amount of Chutney Fresco to add some interest to the edges of the coin design.

ELB 08

I thought I was ready to assemble everything together but my background was definitely lacking something so I took one of Jo's new minis JM33 and stamped a row across the bottom of my background. Claret is still one of my favourite colours and as it is such a warm colour, I chose this to paint the flowers, it works beautifully with my Limited Edition colours. I used Tinned Peas for the grass.
JM 33

The Final touches...yay!! I stamped some script on the stem of my tulip using Mini 61 and the "Every Flower" quote from ELB06 on some painted smoothy card. I love this stamp as I can cut it up and re-arrange it in any format to suit the space available.

Mini 61
ELB 06
I thought it would be quite nice to make this project into a hanging piece so a couple of eyelets and a piece of ribbon was all that was need.

This piece feels very spring like to me, I hope it inspires you to try it yourself.


A huge thank you to Lin from all at PaperArtsy HQ, it is such a treat to have you joining us on the blog this evening. We are thrilled to have you create this stunning piece for us, full of vibrancy. Genius idea to use washi tape strips as the background. The grey/white board is an excellent base for Fresco paints, the colours applied are always bright and true. 

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 by17:00 (London time) Sunday 27th April 2014.


sam21ski said...

Ooooh wowser, loving that background, I feel a play coming on.

Sam xxx

margaret said...

Love it Lin, hope you are well

Helen said...

What a fabulous piece, Lin - I love the background, and that flower is stunning!

craftimamma said...

Great to aee you back on the blog Lin and fabulous hanging. You're definitely right about claret working per

craftimamma said...

Aargh hit publish before I finished.... perfectly with your paint colours. It looks gorgeous. Love the background altogether.

Lesley Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

It is such a treat to see a project from you, Lin, and using your gorgeous projects too! I absolutely love everything about this and I can't wait to give it a go,

Lucy x

Jacqui Chimes said...

Love this Lin

Lin said...

wow Lin fabulous background!! very clever..loving your new paint colours and teamed up with all your other goodies well what can I say...beautiful! x

Unknown said...

Really love this one Lin. I really must use the shapes I won last year lol

Unknown said...

Thanks for the baby wipe tip, that is going to come in handy! Love those stamps too, I'm going to see if they are available in the uk. X

Kathi said...

Lovely project. I especially love what you've done with the Washi tape!

craftytrog said...

Wonderful project Lin, the washi tapes are a great starting point for that fabulous background.
Alison xxx

Deborah Wainwright said...

This is really lovely Lin. Love the washi tape and the colours are fab xx

Keren Baker said...

Wow- love the washi tape background. I wouldn't be drawn to those colours normally but they look amazing on your project. Thanks for the inspiration x

Cocofolies said...

Wonderful work of art and new hanging by Lynne, as all their pieces I would say!!! Hugs, Coco x

Anonymous said...

Lin,that is stunning. I love the washi tape, the colours are gorgeous & the flower looks great.

Julie Lee said...

I love that tulip die and the stamps that go with it! This is a super make: glorious colours, nice sentiment and design. I bought the stamps to go with the tulip die and still have not got round to using them! This has inspired me to make time! Julie Ann xxx

Palemoon4 said...

Love the washi tape background, such a cool idea. It's all just lovely! Thank you for sharing.

Rupa Swaminathan said...

Lovely background with washi...thr final look is just awesome.

Jo said...

Lin, what a lovely simple design, the washi tapes gives loads of interest and is toned together beautifully with the paint, love the tulip with the new stamps as well. Yum! Jo xx

Etsuko said...

Lovely background with the washi tapes. Beautiful layers with the stencils. Fab yellow colours. Just wonderful tag. xx

Steven said...

Stunning as ususal from you Lin. Love the depth you manage to get with the layers.

Hazel Agnew said...

A fabulous piece Lin. Love the idea of using washi tape, chartreuse is still my number. Fantastic. Xx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow truly gorgeous stunning unique hanging. I really love the way you have used the washi tape, what a brilliant idea, I so want to try this, awesome :-) Kezzy xxx

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