Saturday, 26 July 2014
Fantasy Woodland Flowers
Welcome to my new blog buddies! Thank you for joining me here! I shall be in touch with you all soon!
I hope you are enjoying your weekend? It's nice and sunny here in London again! I went shopping pushing the pram this morning... it nearly killed me! :) But here I am with a new post. This time I have something rather fantastical (I don't mean fantastic, I'll let you be the judge of that :)). It all started watching the lovely Virginia Lu's video on reusing household items for crafting... it just reminded me I had some papers sprayed with Dylusions and that I ought to do something with them. I also hopped over to the oh-so talented Astrid McLean's gorgeous blog and she makes the most wonderful flowers so I thought I'd make some flowers with my leftover bits! See, this is how my mind works... I get inspired here and there, from all of you, and then go off and create. So, thank you for that!
These are the papers are randomly sprayed a while ago, I can't even remember what for, probably just experimenting. I knew they would come useful for something one day...
I used my flower template to trace and then cut them out. I used two larger and one smaller one for center, then used up the leftover bits to punch out some smaller flowers and some tiny ones too! Everything got used! The darker greener coloured cards got used to die cut my flourishes. Talking about these,...do you have a trick on die cutting intricate die cuts? They don't come out very neat after poking them out... is it the paper or some perhaps use a vellum over the cardstock... what's your trick? How do you get your intriquette die cuts so neat? What's the best paper to use? Please share, if you can. Thank you.
I sponged each and one of them around the edges, shaped them and glued them together....
Now here comes the crazy bit... I had a vision of somehow creating a woodland piece, dark and textured, like a bark with vines etc with new flowers growing out. If I was to name this piece it would be 'new beginnings' or 'there's hope' as it reminds me of the story with the dying tree occupied by a snake so the tree never flowered and when the snake was gone the tree started blooming again... this was the idea. I hope you can see the message behind it. I realised one thing whilst creating this piece... I would absolutely LOVE to have a go at creating some theater props and scenery! It would be such a great fun!
The background was made on a greyboard. I took a thick brown packing paper (thank you Amazon!) and started applying Distress Inks & water drying and scrunching intermittently. I think I used Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Barn Door & Rusty Hinge. I did this until my paper was dark enough to resemble a bark/woodland and tore in in two pieces which were adhered to the greyboard with tacky glue over the Liquitex modeling paste that I put on each side and in the middle (exposed areas). I added more modeling paste top, some laces & strips of my white linen trousers (don't worry, I no longer wear them :)), stenciled some vines using the GlitzCraft stencil (Dragonfly).
Once it was all dry I painted it with acrylic paint. I went over the outer edges with the Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to bring the whole piece together. Sorry, this next photo was taken at night time under a light bulb so not great...
The clock die cut (Tim Holtz) was also covered in modeling paste, colorized using the Barn Door, Peeled Paint & Walnut Stain inks & finished with the crackle paint (Tim Holtz). I adhered this and my flowers to the background using my hot glue gun. I arranged them in a way so that they would look as if all flowers are growing out of the bark from all torn edges etc. I hope you like the effect. Here are some more photos of the finished piece...
I hope you like it! I realise that it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I had great fun making it. It is a product of my imagination and it gets wild sometimes :) The good thing is I used up my scraps!
Feel free to let me know in the comments below. Thank you!
I'd also like to enter this into the following two challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog - Emboss It!
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Anything But a Card - Anything Goes - Open theme
Thank you for stopping by! I will be browsing around your gorgeous blogs later on so will be in touch then and hopefully with a new creation soon ;)
Have a great weekend!