Saturday, 22 August 2015

2015 #15 Syringed GP Tree {By Debs Wainwright}

Topic 15: Gels and Mediums

Hello everyone, I'm Debs Wainwright.

When I was asked to make something for the theme this fortnight I jumped at the chance, what I didn't  expect was to have so much fun. So I do hope you will play along too.

This is what I created...

For the background, I started building paint on a White/Grey board (size 8x8") from PaperArtsy. 

Step One: I smooched  four colours of Fresco Chalk Acrylic paint on with my fingers until the whole board was covered. The colours were Cherry Red, Turquoise (both Limited Edition JOFY sets from 2014), Lavender and Autumn Fire. I dried the board and applied Petroleum Jelly in places  as I wanted it to look like peeled paint. Next I applied a coat of Crackle Glaze from PA. I let this dry, and then with a palette knife I gently applied Fresco Acrylic paint in Chalk over the background. The chalk layer cracked on top as it dried, and where the vaseline patches were, you could wipe away to see the layers protected beneath.

Step Two: I mixed Grunge Paste with Fresco Acrylic in Holly and filled a syringe. You can see above that I used the syringe to draw a tree, I also drew some flowers. While this was drying I stamped the tulip from ELB23 ...

onto Transluscent shrink plastic 5 times and cut them out. I painted them with  Fresco Acrylic in Claret, then heated them to shrink. I then darkened the tree by painting it with French Roast Fresco and let it dry.

Step Three: While the tulips cooled I gave the board a coat of Modge Podge in Vintage white. It's very translucent but provides a barrier between the layers as next I wanted to spray the tree with Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays in several colours. I love these sprays as the glimmer looks fabulous. (NB. You could easily tint a PaperArtsy Satin or Gloss Glaze with Nougat or Chalk to achieve the same effect, or use a Gel as a more archival barrier)

Step Four: You will see from the photo that the background is made up of some script text in Watering Can Archival ink as well as some flowers from ELB 22...

...and ELB23 in  Olive Ink. The Lindy's spray from the tree just wiped off  the background because it was sealed. I then sprayed the lighter colours on the background and let them run and drip.

Step Five: Once it was all assembled I felt something was missing so transferred a vintage photo using Heavy Matt Medium from Golden onto the background. I added my sentiment and finishing touches, and then coated the whole background except  the tree in Gloss Gel.

I hope I have inspired you to have a go. You can see more of my work on these sites:
My blog, FaceBook, and  Pinterest. I also teach Journal Pages at Birds In the Barn. Please see my blog for next class. 

Bye for now, Hugs 

Debs xx

Wow, how fantastic that you have explained all the stages so well. I really love the vaseline resist, and the syringed tree is such an awesome texture! Love the metallic Treasure Gold Highlight on that too! Thanks Debs! ~Leandra
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Helen said...

Debs, this is so clever and the result is fab!

butterfly said...

Totally inspiring, Debs! Love the vaseline added to the crackle background, and that tree is simply fabulous!
Alison xx

craftimamma said...

Lovely board Debs with lots of interesting techniques.

Lesley Xx

Unknown said...

What SUPER use of gels Debs - such fabulous textures and colors - WONDERFUL project. Always love seeing your creations. j.

Lauren Hatwell said...

An absolute work of art and SO MANY great techniques. Brilliant! Lx

Fliss said...

This is even more amazing in close up Debs and your tree is toally awesome!
Fliss xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Clever girlie, fab result.. Love the tree and the finished effects are treemendous....excuse the pun! Xx

Anonymous said...

You have transported me to the magical place.
A stunning piece of art and such imaginative use of the GP.


Etsuko said...

Stunning panel Deborah, great techniques and fab result..I love this art. xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely brilliant, debs, fab techniques and beautiful results, clearly explained. Really want to try syringing grungepaste now!

Lucy x

experiments in paper said...

Fabulous, Debs!! Love how you've used all the mediums - and your tree is amazing!! xx Lynn

Craftyfield said...

Obviously the syringed tree is the star of the piece (what a brilliant idea)but the whole piece is lovely with all its layers of images and textures.

Sarah B said...

this is just fantastic Debs xx

Julie Lee said...

What an amazing project Debs! So original with such a brilliant result. Wonderful experimental and inspiring post! I'm sorry I'm late commenting, but life has been a bit hectic! So glad I saw this! xxx

Kirsten said...

Great idea, the tree looks fab.

craftytrog said...

Wow! Fab texture, love that tree Debs! xx

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