Sunday, October 7, 2012

CSI Case File No 39

I entered my very first Challenge at Color...Stories... Inspiration today (deadline is tonight).  It was very enjoyable, and most importantly, I concentrated on the journalling too.

Here is my finished layout:

Color Palette is nominated, and each color must be used
ie in this case - teal, orange, lime green, sky blue, bright buttery yellow
can use base colour - I chose black
there is other criteria which must be met - and that was the fun part

This photo was taken when I was 7 years old
my journalling reflects my world at that time and my journey since, and the importance, to me
of the pencils, pen nibs, tree branch, wrapped twig, wire stamp, key on the fence
and the title 'flight . . .'

this is a close up of the top right hand side which gives
a better indication of the colours
the heading at the top of the old book page is
'modes of communicating' - very apt for this piece

another close up showing how the front cover opens 'book style'
to reveal the journalling behind.

Looking forward to CSI #40 which is due next Sunday evening - stay tuned xo

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Vase & Flowers Canvas

This canvas measures 20" x 8" (or 51 x 20cms).  I was inspired by Christy Campbell-Tomlinsons' 'Behind the Scenes' June 2012 tutorial.

Started playing yesterday, and wasn't happy with the end result.   Later in the day, every time I walked past my art table, I would reach for a paint brush, a color wash spray, some Faber Castell pens, gesso, paints etc and do a little more, or completely cover up what I had already done.  Left to dry overnight and put finishing touches to it this morning.

Here is the end result:

Finished size 20"x8" (51x20cms)
Will have to improve my photography skills
(not a true colour of the finished canvas unfortunately)

The flowers were originally plain calico which I dyed with 
Dylusions Ink Sprays, a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmermist 
and  then finished off with a touch of Crystalina Kindyglitz

Close up of  flowers and top of vase
Added lace remnants here and there to add a bit of interest

Close up of right hand size of the vase
Pulled apart a wire spray for the tendrils, 
once again to add a bit of interest
and a different texture 
(added some small sprays to the
left hand side as well)

Repurposed sugar bowl

A friend found a tarnished 38 year old sugar bowl in her cupboard.  Decided to give it a clean and a buff and repurpose.

We headed to Bella Paperie at Brendale with the sugar bowl and once we briefed Deb on our requirements, she produced some beaded fringing and velvet flowers in the 'perfect' colours. To add a little whimsy, we decided to add a little bird next (mounted on some antique lace) on the spoon

Full view not long after completion

Hard to see in this photo, but the beads
reflect beautifully with the silver background

PS:  I would love to have it on my shelf, but at least I will get to 'visit'