Friday 21 October 2016

2016 #20 Three by Three {by Emma Godfrey}

2016 Topic 120: Squares and Grids

Hi everyone Emma Godfrey here. Tonight I'd like to share with you this evening with a post about squares and grids. As soon as I saw this topic come up on the calendar, I knew I wanted to do it ... and that my rounded squares in EEG17 would be perfect. Though technically not exactly "square", I think they fit the bill, and with this grid layout it works anyway!

I chose to make a piece of wall art (I do love putting projects in frames) using a masterboard for the centres of the squares, and stamping the main squares onto a piece of pearlescent paper.

Step One: The aperture of my frame is 9.5" square, so I cut a piece of pearlescent paper to this size. I then marked the center in pencil and worked out where the squares above, below, to the left and to the right would go. I stamped the large square from EEG17 in Jet Black Archival Ink. As you can see I didn't get it perfect, but it was close enough!


Step Two: On a A5 piece of Smoothy card I brayered layers of Fresco Finish paints Lake Wanaka, Haystack, Antarctic, Amethyst and Snowflake.

Step Three: I added some stamping and stenciling - the circle from EEV01 was stamped in Fresco Finish Snowflake; the TCW Mini Believe Script stencil was stenciled with Archival Ink Cobalt; the dots on the PaperArtsy Stencil PS035 was stenciled in Archival Ink Cactus Flower; the TCW Chickenwire Reversed was stenciled in Archival Ink Jet Black; a small star stamp from EEG20 was stamped using Archival Ink Jet Black.


Step Four: To add more interest and some bling I stamped bits of MN72 in Archival Ink Jet Black, added some spots using the wrong end of two paint brushes (a big brush with Fresco Finish Snowflake and a fine brush with Fresco Finish Gold - this will give you different sized spots), and finished by stamping a small bottle lid dipped in Fresco Finish Gold.


Step Five: I stamped the squares onto my masterboard - I overlapped the spiky bits, as I wasn't going to use those. This meant I could get 12 onto the sheet, so once I cut out the center squares I could pick my 9 favourites. I added some highlights to the squares with an Extra Fine White Sharpie pen (and I also coloured in the dots on the spiky bits on the pearlescent sheet). To complete the project I stuck the squares on with 3D foam pads to add some dimension.

Here's a close up of some of the squares…

I was really pleased with how the project turned out - I {love} the colour combo and everytime I look at it closely I see something different in one of the squares. I think it would be fun to shrink the grid style down and use it on cards using one of the smaller stamps in EEG17 ... ooh, in a different colour combination it could make some fun (and quick and easy) Christmas cards ... what do you think?
See you again soon!

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Fabulous masterboard Emma and the rounded square is the perfect frame with its twiddly bits at the edges. Raising the centre pieces makes them more of a focus, subtle but effective dimension. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Squares and Grids topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #20: Squares and Grids, on this page HERE.
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Helen said...

This is gorgeous Emma! Love the masterboard idea for the base, and the gold embossing. oh, and stars - who would have guessed, lol!!

PaperArtsy said...

That square is my fave stamp. Love the layers within each square.

rachel said...

this is brilliant - what a clever idea xx

Seth said...

Love everything about this. And that background is incredible.

Miriam said...

Gorgeous project Emma..... I love the masterboard

pennylopes54 said...

This is beautifully done Emma.

Julie Lee said...

Such a beautiful project. The gold is a perfect touch! xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Just lovely! I've seen this in the flesh and it's amazing. Lx

Etsuko said...

What a simple and beautiful idea, I love it Emma. xx

Susan Battensby said...

What a great easy project to make, beautiful.

Maye M.L said...

How fun these stamps and project are. Lovely!

Claire said...

Really lovely Emma - love your colour choices xx

craftimamma said...

This is just lovely Emma! I love the colours especially and all the stamps work so well to create the masterboard. Your designs always look so beautiful and fresh!

Lesley Xx

JoFY said...


Anneke said...

Wonderful project, lovely colors as well!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is glorious, Emma, I love the effect of the rounded squares. Your master board reminds me of mother of pearl,

Lucy x

Jackie PN said...

Emma, this is so gorgeous!! Very creative!

Kirsten said...

This is GORGEOUS. I love those rounded squares & used like this they make a perfect piece of abstract art.