Friday 6 November 2015

2015 #20 It Is Not In The Stars {by Emma Godfrey}

2015 Topic 20: Triptychs

Hi everyone Emma here, joining you this evening with a post showing you my take on a triptych. I love art journaling and making home decor items, and if you follow my blog or Pinterest pages, you'll know I also love quotes ... and this topic offers me the perfect opportunity to put all of those together!

Step One: I used three 4"x6" wooden blocks as my base. I stuck some torn book text onto each one, and covered them with gesso. I then stenciled stars randomly (from PS018) over the three blocks using Jet Black Archival Ink and a piece of Cut'n'Dry Foam. I stamped the quote (from ESN13) onto Smoothy card twice - this allows me to cut out alternate lines leaving the largest possible border around each one).


Step Two: I applied Mermaid, Smurf and Lilac Fresco Finish paints using a piece of Cut'n'Dry foam. Keeping the three blocks together and working as if they are one piece, will give you a more cohesive finished piece at the end.

Step Three: Now to build up some more layers. First, Eggplant Fresco Finish through The Crafters Workshop Mini Circle Grid stencil. Then Limelight Fresco Finish splodged on with my finger. I stamped the small dots from ESN09 using Beach Hut Fresco Finish, and stamped the text stamp from ESN13 in Jet Black Archival Ink.  The last layer for this stage was Golden High Solid Gel (Gloss) through The Crafters Workshop Mini Tile Texture stencil.


Step Four: Once the Golden gel has dried, I added some Snowflake Fresco Finish with my finger to tone some areas down, and also with the wrong end of a paintbrush to create small dots. Little Black Dress Fresco Finish was applied with the paint pot lid to create the circles.

Step Five: I painted the edges of all three blocks with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish., and then went around the edges and over the gel texture with Treasure Gold Brass.

Step Six: I stuck the quote down and outlined it with a black pen. I painted some wooden stars with Golden Iridescent Bronze (it's so metallic - I love it!), and glued those in place. To finish, I decided I wanted a little extra texture, so I smeared some Golden Glass Bead Gel around some of the corners.

Here's a close up of the first block...

I really enjoyed making this piece - it was going to be a present for someone, but I'm thinking I might keep it for myself - it looks rather nice on the shelf above my desk! I love this colour combination at the moment too - turquoise and purple - and the Limelight really makes it pop.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my project - I'd love to see what you make if it has inspired you.   You can find me on my blog, facebook and twitter.

oh definitely keep them Emma, they are so pretty. The colour combo is lovely and the touches of texture are yummy, esepcially once highlighted with treasure gold. ~Darcy

We would love you to join in with challenge #20: Triptychs 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. 
All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Triptychs link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Nov 8th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Hazel Agnew said...

Perfect colour combination Emma....great use of the stamps and love the golden touches....just perfect! Xx

Julie Lee said...

What a lovely use of Sara's beautiful collection of stamps - one of my favourites! I agree with Hazel that the colours work so well on this and the touches of gold are exquisite. xx

craftimamma said...

Lovely mix of colours and images to create a wonderful background for the quote. Just the right amount of added texture too. Love it Emma!

Lesley Xx

Helen said...

oh this is much too nice to give away (unless it's for me!) the colours are gorgeous together .

SCarol said...

Beautiful! Love the colours and the combination of patterns. Gorgeous! Of course you must keep it!

Deborah Wainwright said...

I really love these Emma. I love the combination of mauves and greens( a favourite of mine) and adore how you have used them. Fabulous!

Craftyfield said...

Obviously a bit lost at the moment... seems I'm a day late! Anyway lovely triptych from Emma with gorgeous texture and layers.

Lauren Hatwell said...

I LOVE this Emma. No wonder you don't want to part with it. The colour scheme lends a really dreamy quality and there's so much to look at with all those fab layers and textures. Lx

Emma Godfrey said...

Thanks everyone. :)

craftytrog said...

Absolutely this Emma! xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely beautiful, love it!

Lucy x

Kirsten said...

Emma, I love this. Gorgeous colours & the layers of stenciing & stamping look fab. I would definitely have a hard time giving it away, if I were you. :) (Sorry to be so late commenting).