2016 Topic 15: Patterns
Hi everyone Florence of Mlle d'Antan here, joining you this evening with a post about Patterns. The range of patterns is so large: arrows, diamonds, squares, dots, lines, I think I’ve used most of them! Patterns are everywhere: decoration, art, fashion, let’s see in craft how we use them…
Step One: On my rectangle piece of wood, I applied 2 coats of gesso on the side I will be working on. I also applied 2 coats of white paint on the back as well. This allows the wood not to bend. Then, I applied Chalk and Pewter with the black side of cut n’ dry.
Step Two: I started to build my background, using Grunge Paste through a stencil (the square dots and arrows from stencil PS016 and PS018) and then stamping with Snowflake with stamps coming from different sets (JOFY36, Mini 27, EEG 18, EEG 17, ESN 14, ESN 16)
Step Three: I splattered Snowflake and The Little Black Dress all over. I took a paintbrush dipped in paint and then proceeded to tap the brush with another brush. Using this method, I can have various shapes of drops on the piece. This technique can also be done with an old toothbrush but you will not have the same effect. I have just discovered on YouTube some Artists splatter the paint from their mouth…does not look attractive but the results are nice.
I splattered some fluffy paint as well, it makes really bumpy dots which is funny.
Step Four: I stamped few text stamps with Jet Black Archival ink. My text is: “COLOUR and inspire yourself”. COLOUR is from the set EEG017. I placed the “Inspire yourself” in a frame and added some glossy accents.
We went to a Fish and Chip restaurant recently (a bit rare in the area – West of France) and the food was served in a super beautiful printed wax paper … I glued some pieces for the background.
Step Five: I stamped my Venus de Milo (from the set At Home Plate 4, Ink & the dog) three times on a cardboard with Jet Black Archival Ink. I colored one with a tiny bit of Silver Treasure Gold, the second one with White Fire and the third one with Amethyst mixed with Silver so It’s not too dark.
I used gauze with Regular Medium from Golden and some paint to colour it and make it matching the background. I placed a lovely old lace, a black string. At the back there is a tag made with the stencil 016, covered with Silver Treasure Gold.
Step Six: I made my flowers by stamping with Black Stazon on a transparent plastic. At the back of it, I painted it with a bit of Bubble Gum and Bougainvillea and on some other flowers with Pearl Glaze mixed with Blackcurrant infusion. You cut the flowers and heat it with the Heat gun, it gives a crazy shape and a super glossy result to your flowers! The flowers come from Jofy 32
I hope that you like this project, I am always amazed on seeing what you can do with just a plain piece of wood or paper. It was hard to find the right direction at the beginning, but slowly you’re building up and then you know what you want. I like the fact that everything is quite monochrome, quite grey, with only one colourful part.
So in the meantime, stay inspired, stay creative!
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Great work Florence, the use of patterns on the monochrome background is a perfect support for the focal image and the pops of colours on the flowers are really eyecatching. Using the fish and chip paper was a cool addition to the background too.~Darcy
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