Monday 20 November 2017

2017 #17 Winter Wonderland with EEG by Anneke de Clerck

2017 Topic 17: Shades of White

Another of our regular bloggers has created a pop of soft colour in the background of her white composition. And it looks beautiful of course - its the lovely Anneke!

Hi everyone, it's Anneke with you today, and I'd like to share a wintery 3D scene that I made for the current 'Shades of White' topic. I love creating small dioramas in shadowboxes or mason jars. I enjoyed the process very much although the colors ( is white a color ?) were quite a challenge for me. As you know I'm usually going for bold and bright colors. 
Below I'll share some tips on how to start a project like this.

Shades of white...this topic during this time of year asks for a wintery landscape doesn't it? I knew immediately I wanted to do a diorama. 

First I'll tell you how I started. If I have to do a 'big' project for a challenge I'm often making a moodboard. I looked through my supplies and gathered embellishments and other stuff in white, off white and cream. Not everything what you see ended up on the project but looking at this improvised moodboard gave me instant inspiration.

Next I went through my patterned paper supplies for 'shades of white'. Then I looked for matching PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics. To my surprise PaperArtsy has lots of 'white' paints in their collection! From the left to the right: Concrete, Nougat, Buff, Snowflake, Chalk and Honey Dew.

I wanted to mix papers and paints for both background and trees. Finally I've chosen to work with Chalk, Honey Dew and Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Paints. These 'whites' matched best with the patterned paper.

I worked on a paper panel that I trimmed to the size of the shadowbox. I punched 47 inchies out of patterned paper and used 10 cm wide double sided adhesive tape to attach the inchies. As you can see on the photo I laid a pattern out first before glueing everything down. I'm never creating an inchies background randomly. I'm always going for a nice balance between the different colors/patterns.

I overstamped the background with a circle stamp from the EEG15 stamp set using Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.

To decorate the trees I used small stamps from different EEG stamp sets: EEG07, EEG14 and EEG15.

I've cut triangles out of patterned paper and added a wash of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics on top. I stamped with small stamps from EEG14EEG15, EEG07 using Versamark ink and heat embossed the prints with WOW embossing powder Opaque Bright White. I glued the trees on 340grs stamping card to make them more firm, added tree trunks and used 3D tape to attach the trees. 

On the tree in the middle I applied Golden Glass Bead Gel. After drying the gel becomes translucent.
To decorate the shadowbox I used a few products from the Tim Holtz Ideo-logy collection: a tree, a decorative dome, a few deer and a typed token.

I wrapped some of my favorite fluffy yarn around the shadow box.

To highlight the word 'winter' on the token I rubbed over the text with a white Distress Crayon.

I love how the trees turned out. The use of patterned paper adds interest to the trees. And it's amazing what you can do with just a few small and beautiful stamps.

There are no bold colors involved but to my own surprise I'm happy with the result. Note to self: make projects in shades of white more often :)

For this project I used a wooden tray that I bought in a home deco store. By putting the tray on it's side it became a shadowbox. I added a few layers of gesso first to hide the ugly green color. For the top layer I used Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.
To create a shadowbox/diorama you can recycle all kinds of boxes or lids or you can use the back of a canvas.  Why not making a diorama in a large mason jar or in/below a glass dome. The possibilities are endless. 

I hope I inspired you to bring your own 3D wintery scene to life. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!



Oh yes!! It IS amazing how super small stamps can be used to create big bold patterns! I love how the embossing turned out, such a fantastic project for any room this winter! Lovely! ~Leandra

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Helen said...

Stunning project Anneke! love the patterned papers in the back of the box behind the trees.

Corrie Herriman said...

Fantastic project !
Corrie x

Art By Wanda said...

Fabulous project, Anneke!!!

Sue Lelli said...

This is absolutely Stunning!

craftimamma said...

I absolutely love this Anneke! What a beautiful piece of Christmas decor and you have me thinking about all those lovely papers in my stash that I never get to use. I know for a fact I have a 12 x 12 pad which will have shades of white in. The inchies background is gorgeous to set this project off!

Lesley Xx

Words and Pictures said...

Simply fantastic, Anneke - I love everything about this... the trees look completely amazing, and the inchie background makes a perfect patchwork behind them. Gorgeous finishing details too - that furry wrap around the outside is so cool! Brilliantly done... I think "no colour" suits you too.
Alison x

Susan Battensby said...

So beautiful.

Enny said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning, so beautiful and surely a lot of work (certainly the inchie background) ! A wonderful creation Anneke ! Enny

Mac Mable said...

Absolutely glorious...Thank you for the inspiration x

Kirsten said...

Anneke, this is SO gorgeous!!! And very contemporary also, right up my street.

froebelsternchen said...

Am AMAZING project!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thank you for sharing all the photos. I love this project. The white is so rich looking. Inspiration for a hard to buy for friend !

craftytrog said...

A stunning project Anneke!
Alison xx

Miriam said...

Fabulous project - who would have thought there were that many shades of white!

Cathy said...

Fantastic project, thank you for sharing your process, Cathy x

Hazel Agnew said...

I love this Anneke. For someone attracted to brights, you have done a stunning job. Adore the fluffy wrap around! Xx

SewPaperPaint said...

I really love your grid background and the way you stamped each tree to create your own DP. Such a gorgeous assemblage and I'm sure it will be beautifully displayed in your home. Hugs, Autumn