Wednesday, 1 April 2015

2015 #6 Grunge Paste Icing {by Lucy Edmondson}

2015 Theme 6: Grunge Paste

Hi everyone Lucy here, joining you this evening with a post showing two ways with Grunge Paste, firstly a traditional technique using the gorgeous new Lin Brown stencils and matching stamps which I think is really effective, and secondly, a bit of fun using cake icing tools to create texture in the Grunge Paste for some veined PaperArtsy chipboard leaves. Not being a cake maker myself (Darcy, please help!) I didn't know what these tools were when I spotted them in a general store. I thought they were for DIY dentistry! But I knew they would be great for spreading and making indentations on Grunge Paste (or maybe clay).

For my substrate I have used one of my favourite items, the wooden shrine, which I thought was perfect for showcasing the shape of the new Lin Brown flowers:-

Step One: To start with I gave the shrine a thorough sanding and a light coat of gesso to prevent the gel medium soaking into the wood too much later. I'm using the dark bubble paper from the Chatsworth 12 x 12 Collection so I've mixed Slate Fresco with a small amount of Chocolate Pudding on an ice cream lid to exactly match it to blend in my edges. I painted the back as well.

Step Two: I drew around the shrine on the reverse of the Chatsworth paper and cut out my pieces for the middle and sides and also cut some edging strips. I used Snowflake to stamp a little of the large script stamp from Hot Picks HP1304

Step 3: I taped down the new Lin Brown stencil PS 013 on the arch shaped paper piece with low tack tape to prevent seepage, and spread a mixture of Grunge Paste and Banana Fresco from Lin Brown's Limited Edition Set 3.  NB. this bit of the stencil has a right and a wrong side (as I discovered the hard way) so compare it to the matching stamp and mark the stencil on the correct side! If you get it wrong, though, you'll just get a pleasantly off-set look!

Step 4:  Pop some Tangerine Twist, and Bougainvillea, from  Lin Brown's Limited Edition Set 3, and Prawn Fresco Finish onto your palette and apply to the large Lin Brown flower stamp ELB 16 that matches the stencil with a piece of Cut N Dry foam. Press firmly into the Grunge Paste with your fingers, i.e. without an acrylic block, and peel away. Wash and scrub your stamp immediately.

Step 5: Dry the Grunge Paste with your heat tool and use a fine paint brush to add some shading and highlight the texture with the Tangerine Twist and Bougainvillea, and Prawn from JoFY Set 3. I then mixed Bougainvillea with some Grunge Paste and pasted it through the Secret Garden stencil beneath the bloom to the right. I then decided I was going to want some more colour across the whole shrine so I used the quote from Lin Brown's new ELB 20  in Bougainvillea without a block across the pieces of Chatsworth.

I used the same process with the co-ordinating flower from Lin Brown's ELB 20 with the matching stencil PS 014 on the side panel paper pieces. More photos on my blog.

Step 6: Now for the icing! I mixed the Grunge Paste with Banana and Jade as I wanted to stick with the vivid colour palette of the newly released colours, to create an emerald green. I used the PaperArtsy chipboard pieces Eclectica Shapes 05 and cut away some of the leaves and stem to fit neatly on the shrine. I slathered the Grunge Paste thickly on the three pieces and blasted them with the heat tool briefly until they had just lost their wet look and then pressed in the icing tool to create a veined appearance before drying fully.

To finish the project I ran Treasure Gold in Pewter around all the edges and hinges and glued strips of Chatsworth to the sides using Golden Matte Gel. I then glued the front and side panels of paper in position with the leaf stems. I applied the Treasure Gold in Pewter to some Scalloped Chipboard strips from the poundshop, adhered on foam pads to cover the bottom of the stems. You could use the Prima strips here.

Here's a close-up of the gorgeous Lin Brown flower:-

I hope you will have a go with cake decorating tools on Grunge Paste, or have a look around the kitchen and the rest of the house for other items that will make interesting patterns. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!


Who knew icing tools could generate such experimentation! I'm sure the pictures don;t do the texture justice, but its great to know how you can manipulate the GP so easily even while partially set !! Thanks Lucy

We would love you to join in with challenge #6: Grunge Paste If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and 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 3UP week which starts April 5th.

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Grunge Paste link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, April 12th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00


Miriam said...

Gorgeous!! Love the texture you've given to the flower! Fab project!

Helen said...

Fabulous Lucy!!

Julie Lee said...

I love those little shrines and these stencils look fabulous with the Grunge Paste - the perfect background too. Such a burst of colour on a grey day! Love the effect of the icing tools! Just make sure you wash them thoroughly before you ice any cakes!!! xx

Gabrielle said...

Love it! Fabulous texture and those flowers look really bright and fun x

Art By Wanda said...

A wonderful project, Lucy!!!! I love how you stenciled with the colored GP and then stamped over with paint for more color!!! The tool worked fabulously for the texture on the leaves/stem!!!

massofhair said...

Wonderful Shrine Lucy and some fab ideas on using GP :-) xxx

craftytrog said...

Looks fantastic Lucy! x

Keren Baker said...

Love experimentation- such a great idea with the paste and your gorgeous flower!

SCarol said...

Fabulous, Wanda. Love the backround and the flower is amazing.

Craftyfield said...

Fabulous textures and colours. Nice technique with the icing tool...

PetraB said...

Love the project with its textures and colours.

By Neymes said...

Eu amo seus projetos,sempre lindos e diferentes.Feliz Páscoa.Beijo.Valéria.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Stunning Lucy love it! Xx

Karin said...

Fabulous background, you've used one of my favourite stencils.

craftimamma said...

Great ideas Lucy and love the way the bright flower colours pop from the background.

Lesley Xx

Unknown said...

Love this, the picture doesn't really do it justice, it's even better seeing it for real. Jean x

Kirsten said...

Grunge Paste icing! I love it! The shrine & the flower look fab.

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