Well this is my first design team piece for It's Crafting Time. It's Crafting Time is a bricks & mortar shop in Shepreth in Cambridgeshire cram packed full of the latest crafty stock, if you're in the area you should have a pop in. They also have an online shop as well, although everything in the shop isn't on the website don't be fooled into thinking they don't have it. Just ask they'll have it in, I got a webcam tour, trust me. Nina and Helen are more than happy to give you a virtual mooch.
I really like being given a task and making something with a theme. The theme for this piece was "Faces", I know there's only one on here, but it's a particularly nice face called Isobelle from Inkylicious.
I'm heavily influenced by two artists at the moment Kasia Krzymińska & Anna Finnabair and I was thinking about their style when I created this. I like caking everything in gesso then adding colour over the top. It seems to pull everything together so well. like all the bits and pieces belong there. My next two projects seem to be following the same kind of style too.
I started off painting the mini canvas 12.5 x12.5 cm square with gesso and left to dry, then spraying with Dylusions inks in mini misters for a smaller spray coverage. I had 2 misters one with Bubblegum Pink Dylusions ink and the other has a mix of Pure Sunshine Dylusions ink, TH Walnut stain re-inker and the Pastel lemon chalk mist Cosmic Shimmer. This gave me a nice chalky rusty orange colour that I can spray.
I stamped the Inkylicious Isobelle & 7 Gypsies Venice stamp onto white tissue paper and stuck it to my inked canvas. I added some embellishments and the Tim Holtz rosette with Pinflair and let it dry.
I painted all the embellishments with gesso and left it to dry.
I then sprayed the gessoed embellishments with the rusty orange spray, when this was dry I randomly painted areas with Adirondack Lemonade and Watermelon dabbers over the rosette and the leaves. Distress the edge of the canvas with the Pitch Black Adirondack dabber and used the Tim Holtz Eifel Tower stamp with Archival Espresso ink. I made the sentiment with Hampton Art mini alphabet stamps.
I thought I would include this in Dina Wakely's "Out of the Journal" too.
Dina is a wondrous source of inspiration.