May 18, 2015

Mixed Media Tag.

Hello Everyone,
Thought I would join in the challenge at 'That Craft Place' -Tags.
I don't often make Tags, but these little love birds lent themselves to this sort of creation; they are rather cute...I don't often do cute either!

Let us start with the background.
Making the Tag with a SB diecut.

 Painted up with Acrylics.
I stamped the birds in Black Archival Ink , then painted and dry embossed the Bg.
Added some stitching for interest.
Here is a close up view.

adding more texture to the Bg, but did not like it.
Changed it to this.
Now it is finished.

It is wet and cold today in Auckland, thanks for the visit and all the lovely comments you leave me I do appreciate each one.
Have a great week,

May 15, 2015

Sunrise, Sunset take your pick.

Hello Everyone,
My second make for Country View Crafts  Challenge on the 'Simple Scenic' theme is a painted sunrise or sunset, which ever you prefer.

This is my substrate on card stock that first had one coat of gesso.
Heavy body Acrylics in strong colours.
 Do not imagine that this was a quick flick of the brush and I knew where I was no my friends, the only part that I actually put a little thought into was the Sun area.
It took all my will power not to paint over it.

My silhouette was printed out, then painted in Black and fussy cut.

Distressing the edges to match the rough quality of my painting.

 Do not underestimate how my creative outlet has been compromised enormously on this piece, to feel the need to complete and perfect as I want to do by adding another layer or two.

What have I learnt?
It is not always favourable to include unnecessary elements/layers to a creation if it can stand alone on design and good composition.
My main image evokes the feeling of the scene, the palette signifies the time and atmosphere.
I have told my story, I have set my scene, nothing else is required.

Phew, what a journey, I would not have realised when I made this piece how my outlook on design has sharpened up.

You have until the end of the month to join in this Challenge.

Have a great week.