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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

A different persepective!!!

Don't you just love technology. However I try, I cannot get these photos to load the right way round!! I give up - you'll just have to turn your head to the right to look at the rose the correct way up!! It'll give you a different perpsective on my work!!!

This is one of the four coasters I made for a friend to give to her Mum. Straightforward, you may think - particularly after the amount of flower painting I have been blogging about recently. However, I had yet to attempt roses - so this is a bit of freestyling!! I used a photo of a rose and a piece of acetate, and played around with the order of the brushstrokes until it started looking the way I wanted it to.

I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out. I'm in the process of making an art journal (I think that's what you call it) with all my notes, scraps, photos and practice pieces from all the work I've done recently, for future reference. So hopefully I'll be able to recreate this.

For the sweet pea, you need to turn your head to the left!! This one was fine - as I've done sweet peas before. The colours I have used for all the flowers are Pebeo Garnet Red and Eco Green White - they mix well to make that gorgeous pink colour. All the foliage, was Pebeo Antique Green, with Eco Green New Grass or Lime. I inked round the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage (my current favourite colour).

The pansy is a new flower, but with this being one of Sheena's flowers, I was able to do this one without too much trouble. Again, you will need to turn your head to the left to get the right angle. The centres of the pansies were completed with Pebeo Violet and Eco Green Sunflower.

All the finished paintings were sprayed with Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle in Iridescent.

The final of the four was the hardest, as the other flower requested was a Jersey Lily. This was another one that I was totally unfamiliar with painting. I tried the same method as for the rose, by placing a piece of acetate over a photo, but this one proved much more frustrating. I couldn't find a way of doing this with the one stroke style, so had to opt in the end for painting it in a more conventional style. This has meant that, for me, it doesn't fit so well with the other three. But both my friend and her Mum seemed pleased.

When I was asked to do this, I was in two minds as to whether to accept the commision, as the rose and the lily were so out of my comfort zone. But I'm glad I did, as sometimes you have to step out there in order to progress. And it may not work out exactly how you want it - but the learning involved is going to move you forward. Goodness - how profound!!

Now, if I could just work out why the photos aren't the right way round, I will have made even more progress.
Having finally finished the "day job", and being temporarily job-less, I should now have time for much more crafting. I have so much in the pipeline with a view to Christmas Craft fairs, that I am sure I will not be bored!!

So - until the next time.


1 comment:

  1. I'm so impressed with your paint fusion projects. Definitely something for the rest of us to aspire to.

    Can't wait to see what you tackle next.


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