Friday 21 July 2017

2017 #9 Aqua: 50's Blues {by Miriam Grazier}

2017 Topic 9: Aqua

I had to laugh at Miriam's blue paint line up below!. I don't think I have ever lined up our shades of aqua blues before, and I know there are plenty of other blues too!!! It does go with every other shade in the spectrum, so what's not to love! Let's see what she gets up to with those!

Hi everyone, it's Miriam here from Miriam's Creative Dreams with you today, and I'd like to share with you a small canvas board that I have decorated with a male theme in mind.

I challenged myself to see how many types of 'aqua' I could use.  I first gathered all of the Fresco paints that I thought would 'fit' with the theme, and I was not surprised to find that I have quite a few.

Looking through previous projects it is clear that I use aqua in my art quite a lot - it seems to be one of my go-to colour.  It's especially relevant now, in the summer time, as it reminds me of holidays and cooling seas. 

I wanted to use Infusions in my project and wanted to see how well they combined with Grunge Paste - and it worked really well - a small amount of the walnut appeared but it didn't develop any further once I had thoroughly mixed the infusions and Grunge Paste.  

I really enjoyed only using only a few colours in my project - it enabled me to create some lighter areas and some darker areas.

I outlined part of the stencilled areas with a white gel pen - this made the aqua stand out a little more.

I used one of my favourite Hot Picks stamp sets - HP1218.

I added a watered down wash of Caribbean Sea over the main stamped image.  This brought the Aqua theme into the image and tied the project together.

I really enjoyed this project - it challenged me not only to be limited to colour (which I don't often do) but to create a 'male' themed project.  I really enjoyed mixing Infusions with Grunge Paste and then looking at the effects that it creates.  In fact, I can see myself trying this technique with different stencils and colours.

Thank you for joining me tonight. Pop over to my blog to see more details of how I created this project. I hope you have been enjoying the Aqua theme and I hope that I have inspired you to create your own Aqua themed project.  

Happy Crafting!

It's a popular stamp Miriam, and yes, a good one for the men in our lives too! I love how the GP worked wonderfully to contrast with those infusions so well, and I think we can safely say there are many shades of aqua in the Fresco Paint range! Haha! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

Loving all those aquas! Such a great project you've created with them.

Hazel Agnew said...

This is fabulous Miriam. Very effective use of grungepaste, great layout and wonderful stamps which....I DON'T did that escape from me? Xx

Wendy Mallas said...

Fab project, Miriam. Aqua rocks xx

geezercrafter said...

Fab project Miriam, love the 'wash' on the car!!

Mac Mable said...

Great male project. Love the limited colour palette and all those shades of aqua ...Amazing. Love the brown with the aqua too x

craftytrog said...

Great project Miriam! X

Seth said...

This is a stunner Miriam.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Oh this is fantastic, Miriam! I love everything about it. The way you have used straight lines really struck me. Love the infusions in grungepaste. A great male piece of art, would be wonderful framed. Love the line up of frescos!

Lucy x

craftimamma said...

Fabulous variation in the shades of aqua on your project Miriam and great use of those stamps too. I love mixing Infusions in GP, it's a fab effect and the colours work well. The little touches of gel pen are most effective too. Love it!

Lesley Xx

Craftyfield said...

This is gorgeous Miriam! I love the background and this image too...

Mac Mable said...

Wow...amazing collection of blues. Love your very creative project and all the attention to detail x

Etsuko said...

Fabulous project Miriam! Love the aquas background with grunge paste and steam punk embellishments. Fab the focal image. xx

Words and Pictures said...

Fabulous layered background, and the retro image looks so cool at the heart of it all. Love this!
Alison x

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous ! x

Miriam said...

Thank you for all of your kind comments...I loved making this!

Caz said...

Love the canvas, didn't realise there were so many aqua shades!
Fab project