Saturday, 11 May 2013

Finding Time

Good evening everyone.  I hope the weekend is going well so far.  It's a bit grey and drizzly again but I am out in the garden a bit doing some jobs.  Got to get the broad bean plants in the ground.  Last year they were in in March but everything is so late here due to the weather.  Things are looking a little greener here now but it's so slow.  Still waiting to see if trees and bushes have survived the long winter and the bunnies are waiting for the dandelions to put in an appearance.  Having to make do with broccoli whilst we wait......

 These little munchers are 7 weeks old now.  Cute or what??....

It's all fun over at PaperArtsy again this week.  There are a whole lot of new guest designers and they have started with Sue Carrington.  So feeling inspired by Sue I have been working on a canvas.  I really wanted to be summery so went with yellow as my main colour.  Not a colour I work with so much but quite pleased with the result.  

Sue has been working with texture pastes and also cardboard bits which I thought looked very interesting.  I started by putting some texture paste through my That Special Touch Basket Weave Mask and then adding some free style to some other areas.  Oops, nearly forgot my cardboards....

I have had the PpaerArtsy Hardware #1 die for a while and when I did a trial cut I really thought the one cut looked like two paintbrush heads joined together.  I know it's designed as a hinge but......   So I cut it out of thin corrugated card, the type books get delivered in, which only has a flat covering on one side.  Then I cut some brush handles and stuck them down.  Then I painted everything white, and then yellow.  

OK, now we go to uncharted territory.  I wanted to try the bump technique but didn't have a suitable mask.  I did have the negative cut from when I was cutting out some Sizzix Alpha Bubble letters so I thought that might be fun to use.  I used DI Pine Needles and the moved the mask a bit and used Mowed Lawn.  Nah, it wasn't brilliant.  Oh, I liked the green circles but obviously have to practice my bumping.  And now I'm thinking why did I use DI which is water reactive.   I let it dry and then coated everything again with the yellow acrylic, which luckily was translucent so my circle still show and are nicely blended in.  The DI stayed in place as well.  Phew!

Then I did some highlights with Brilliance Tiramisu ink pad.  I started with the palest colour which is very shimmery.  Then I added the darker brown to the areas of texture paste.  I also used this colour to stamp the feather from LPC001 over the flat areas of the canvas.  

I stamped Ding Dong bird from PaperArtsy SIDD05 onto old book paper.  I drew his legs on because the stamp wouldn't work on this texture but less said about Gail's drawing the better!!   Very sad legs.  I also added some silver pen and glossy accents to the paint brushes. 

Joining in the fun at
Art Impressions - Negative Space
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Inspired By
Simon Says Stamps - Things With Wings
Stampotique Designers Challenge 99 - Summertime
Ett Trykk - Alt Annet Enn Kort 
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes 

I am not sure this is finished.  I wanted a sentiment but couldn't decide.  Maybe it just needs a nice frame.  Ding Dong looks a bit like he is waiting for something.  Hopefully inspiration will strike.  It usually does, sooner or later. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Off to get the beans in the ground.   Have a great evening. 


  1. Super work and texture Gail :)
    Von ♥

  2. F abulous textures and colours, love the addition of the silver pen and glossy accents to the brushes and not forgetting Ding Dong Bird! The little bunnies are very sweet shame they have no dandilion leaves yet, they do appear to be enjoying the broccoli though.

    Sylv xx

  3. Just loved seeing how this fabulous piece was created! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stampotique! Best of luck in the draw!
    Val :)

  4. I love the colours, the translucence and the originality of this. The textures are great too. I have just bought some Grunge Paste and can't wait to try it out! x

  5. Wow great texture and color , your mixed media work is great , thx for joining s at Art Impressions for our challenge ..

  6. What a clever idea for the paint brushes ! Love the DIY stencil too... Maybe it does need something more , perhaps a small touch of a contrasting colour.

  7. Grand job Gail, Love the composition of the paste and the corrugated brushes xo

  8. Lovely piece Gail, the texture is amazing and I love the warm colour palette. The bird is a lovely touch. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  9. This is lovely, lots to see :)
    thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week.

  10. This looks great! I love that bird and he looks so neat cut from the book page! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog!

  11. wow, så flott! Nydelig og gjennomført! Takk for at du deltar i Trykkpressa i Mai! Klem, Elizabeth

  12. Great canvas, Gail! I am working up to working on canvas--it is purchased! ;-) Your good work on this one has inspired me to actually try! Love that Ding Damn Dong birdie! lol

  13. Beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

  14. Fantastic! Great textures. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Magda :)


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