Wednesday 13 December 2017

2017 #19 Fave Things: Flower-Face Canvas with ESC {by Liz Borer}

2017 Topic 19: My Favourite Things

It always fascinated me how Liz builds up her backgrounds and colours. She has a great eye for composition too, and here is another masterpiece to enjoy!

Hi everyone, it's Liz here, nice to be with you again.

It's probably fairly clear by now that my favourite things are flowers. Whether I'm painting or stamping or creating mixed media projects , flowers seem to pop up in most of my work!  So this project is unashamedly floral and pretty!

I've made this wall hanging out of two pieces of MDF which I then fixed together. On the base MDF, I used Grunge Paste through three different stencils around the edges. I positioned these so that the texture would show up behind the front piece. I used washes of Jade (in Tracy Scott's Limited Edition Paint Set) and Blueberry around the edges.

Next I painted the whole thing with Sage paint and added more washes of Blueberry and Jade at the edges for depth.

 Eclectica³ Scrapcosy Set 04 (ESC04)

I stamped the words from ESC04 using Blueberry paint and added some flowers from ESC03 in Jet Black Archival ink. Finally I rubbed some White Fire Treasure Gold over the raised areas and edges. The centre of this piece looks rather messy but it doesn't show when the front is added.

Eclectica³ Scrapcosy Set 03 (ESC03)

This is the base of the front piece which I base-coated with Nougat. I then applied lots of colours by dabbing them on randomly with a wet wipe. I started with Jade and Spanish Mulberry and then used Blush, Mermaid and Honey Dew. I finished with Sage so that the base and front colours toned together. I then washed Jade around the edges for a darker edge.

Again I used Grunge Paste through a stencil. However this time I added a little Mermaid paint to the Paste to tint it. I rubbed more White Fire Treasure Gold over the raised areas.

Lots of stamping here using the black ink. This is the lower half of the panel.

Eclectica³ Scrapcosy Set 01 (ESC01)
I've used flowers from ESC01 and ESC03 (on the top part of the panel too)  and also flowers and butterflies from ESC04 on the lower section. Yes, it looks really messy at this point.

The face is stamped onto card painted with Nougat.

I added two more stamped images as shown to fill in spaces that I realised would look odd after the next step. I added a little colour to her cheeks and eyes.  

I found these MDF flourishes in my stash and decided to make a frame for the face out of them. So I painted them Jade and then added more coloured Grunge Paste, Jade this time through a stencil. Once dry, I rubbed more White Fire Treasure Gold over the raised areas. I attached the flourishes around the face and then had to remove the excess paper to leave just the face in the frame.

This is the finished front panel showing the frame and all the lace and flowers that I've added. Any metal pieces had more Treasure Gold on them to keep the same gold throughout the project. I've attached the front to the back of the hanging by adding a piece of foam board between them. It makes a solid smooth connection but is very light.

As I said this is very floral and feminine, showing a different way of using these lovely stamps.

By for now, 

I love how you've framed her face with those MDF pieces, and all the additional embellishments look stunning. Just shows how one small stamp can be expanded so cleverly by giving yourself the space to expand into a bigger zone like this. ~Leandra

As this is the final topic of the year, there is not a challenge as we know you are all super busy, so sit back, enjoy and be inspired.

Season's Greetings and best wishes to you all from all of us here at PaperArtsy 


Helen said...

oh Liz, this is just beautiful!! so much beautiful texture and prettiness to admire

craftytrog said...

Lovely project Liz!

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is fabulous!

Susan Battensby said...

What a gorgeous creation!

Dortesjs said...

Fabulous ;O))

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely glorious, Liz, definitely some of MY favourite things!

Lucy x

Etsuko said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Great scrapcosy images layers and texture, I really also love working with laces. xx

Mac Mable said...

So eye catching and absolutely stunning. Lots of techniques and what a unique creative project x

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