Wednesday 21 January 2015

2015 #2 Wall hanging {by Sue Carrington}

2015 Theme 2: Shiny Stuff

Hi everyone it's Sue here, joining you this evening with a post about Shiny Stuff ! I love working with metal so when I saw the theme my mind was in a whirl with ideas ! Throw in some Treasure Gold for good measure and I'm in pure heaven! The piece I've made is a wall hanging and I've used a piece of chipboard as the substrate. 

Step One: I started by painted the chipboard with Vanilla Fresco Finish, then I gave it a coat of Clear Gesso. I dried it off and then painted over the whole thing with Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish. I 'wafted' my heatgun over it, not drying it totally, and then took a baby wipe and wiped over the surface. Some of the paint stays behind so gives a gorgeous distressed look, you can see the brush strokes of the Gesso where the paint has sunk into the grooves ! As the Gesso is clear you also get to see the colour of the bottom layer.

Step Two: Another coat of Clear Gesso and when that was dry I painted Autumn Fire over it, 'wafted' it with my heatgun and repeated the baby wipe process.

Step Three: I then die cut a frame from cardboard and painted it with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish.

Step Four : I then gathered some Treasure Gold together; Ruby, Florentine, Sapphire and Green Amber and started to brush it over the frame, blending it together.

Step Five: The face in the centre of the frame is one of the gorgeous new Lynne Perella stamps from LPC033 set. 

I painted some Smoothy Card with Nougat Fresco Finish and when it was dry I stamped the image with black Archival ink. I then painted the areas of the face that would be seen inside the frame using Beach Hut, Claret, Pumpkin Soup and Hey Pesto.

I was very lucky to have attended Lin Brown's Metal Masterclass workshop a few years ago and I loved making the metal flowers and thought this was the perfect opportunity to make one. 
Lin has done a number of metal flower tutorials on her blog, go and check them out here:
Tutorial one - using PaperArtsy Grungeflower dies, UTEE centrepiece
Tutorial Two Part One  - using Tim Holtz Flower dies, alcohol inks
Tutorial Two Part Two - using PaperArtsy dies, alcohol inks
Tutorial Two Part Three - same dies, making a daisy shape
Tutorial Two Part Four - spiky middle (this is the option used below)

Step Six : The flower is die cut from copper coloured metal using the Scallop Flower die. I used a metal working wheel on both flowers and have cut down the petals on the top flower. The centre of the flower is die cut using the small Grunge Flower die and then cut into strips. The metal automatically curls up like magic ! I sponged a mixture of Autumn Fire and a little French Roast over the two base layers and then brushed a little Florentine Treasure Gold over it. I stamped across the base using 2 more stamps from the same Lynne Perella set and added a couple of embellishments in metal too. I masked off the stamping and then added some script using the little script stamp from the Lynne Perella 014 set.

Step 7: I used the border stamp from the Lynne Perella LPC033 set and stamped it with black Stazon on to some more metal. I defined some of the stamping and used a paper stump to 'puff' out some areas and I filled in the back with Grunge Paste so it wouldn't get squashed. The key is also from the same set and is stamped on to metal, cut out and then I've refined some areas.

Here's one final close up for you !

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to play with metal again, it's so versatile and adds another dimension to your projects as well as looking totally fantastic !

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We fell in love with these Lynne Perrella stamps as soon as the images came across our desk! Thanks Sue for not only highlighting how you can accent the design perfectly with translucent Fresco Paints, but reminding us about Lin's amazing metal flowers!

If you fancy joining PaperArtsy challenge #2: Shiny Stuff, then you can link up your creativity HERE 

NB.  you will get 3 weeks to participate in this challenge, as we will interrupt the usual schedule for our New Product Announcements which starts Feb 1st for a week.

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Shiny Stuff link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Feb 8th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Julie Lee said...

Fabulous use of Treasure Gold and what a beautiful, mellow use of colour! This is so exquisite - perfect for the lovely Lynne Perrella stamps! xxx

Helen said...

The whole thing is gorgeous, but my favourite is the copper flower, it's just beautiful.

Craftyfield said...

Love your wafting technique for a perfect distressed wood look! The metal stamping & embossing looks fab too.

craftytrog said...

Love those metal accents Sue, great hanging! x

Hazel Agnew said...

Great idea for the distressing Sue! Love the whole piece. You have really showcased LP stamps beautifully! Xx

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! The flower is stunning.

craftimamma said...

Oh wow, wow, wow! This is fabulous in every single aspect! Wonderful colours and that stamp set is defo top of the list at the moment. Love what you've done with these beautiful images Sue.

Lesley Xx

margaret said...

Lovely Sue, great flower, remember doing similar with Lin B!!!

massofhair said...

Stunning flower, love the colour and the simple metal work. Great piece tonight :-)

Kathi said...

Wow. Gorgeous piece. I love all the fabulous details.

Thanks for sharing your process with us!

Annie said...

fabulous colours and wonderful details Sue. I love those LP stamps, which are now on my wishlist.

Many Thanks for sharing such a wonderful step by step.

Annie x

Ruth said...

Just fabulous Sue, all that wonderful metal work, LOVE the flower! Great colours and shows the stamps off a treat! Ruth x

Etsuko said...

What a beautiful hanging! The metal flower is so gorgeous and perfect use of the Brand-new LP stamps. xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

How gorgeous, sue, love everything about it! You have really showcased these beautiful stamps so well; the frame is a perfect fit and your metal working is wonderful!

Lucy x

Redanne said...

Your distressing is fabulous and the flower is beautiful. I love the stamping at the bottom of the hanging too. Anne x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Great project Sue, loving all metal and shiny stuff on your project

yoursartfully said...

Beautiful project Sue.

Lin x

Unknown said...

gorgeous, love those rich colours!

Monica Lore said...

Fantastic! New Lynn P! When will they be available?

Sherry said...

Fabulous! Love the background in particular.

Words and Pictures said...

What a gorgeous, warm glow - like Tuscan pottery in the sun... Fabulous use of the monastery stamp too... makes me want to play.
Alison xx

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Kezzy said...

WOW wow wow absolutely gorgeous creation, I love the background and the Treasure Gold frame is awesome. Kezzy :-) xxx