Saturday, 21 April 2012

A Sea of Greens

Happy Saturday!! I have had so much fun making this piece for the current Artful Times challenge "a Sea of Greens".  I started with white cardstock (Paperartsy smoothy paper purchased at Ally Pally). Hmmm it's nice... anyhow, painted it with Paperartsy Fresco paints and stamps, I used pan pastels, distress inks, archival inks, glassine paper, stamps, flowers, idea-ology ... just had fun!

I covered a tag with more fresco paint and did the crackle glaze trick, then stamped the owl onto tissue paper before sticking it tot he tag.  I used lots of new stuff I bought last week at Ally Pally, and took as inspiration the work that Lin was doing there.


 some close ups - the starting point!
The frame is by Artemio , 3 in a pack very reasonable. painted black (distress stain) and a little old gold fresco paint over the top.


Love that owl stamp (Paperartsy) and the flowers are sprayed with dylusion spray - I originally dried it with the heat gun but it took the colour out so sprayed again and let it dry naturally - which it did pretty instantly on this surface! What a zingy colour it is... need the rest of those now! (it is paling as it dries further, shame!!)

used pan pastels on the owl and as I only have a few and no browns, I used orange mixed with the auberginey purpley colour i do have...

Amazingly I even found something suitable to mount it on - the bottom of a box that contained a Liverpool Supporters Club gift a few years ago - see, NEVER through stuff away!!! Now just need somewhere to display it.

Thanks for looking, hope you like this piece- I am happy with this one!

30 comments:

CraftygasheadZo said...

It's gorgeous, loving the lime green roses! Zo xx

Carol said...

It's lovely Helen. Loving the owl, but the lime green is amazing!
Carol x

Neet said...

Yes, Helen, I like it! It is gorgeous. Love that you have joined us at Artful Times and with such a stunning piece.
I must get that stamp, the owl is fabulous. So many tempting things, love the dye you have used (not got any of those but love that colour) and the Pan Pastels - they have to be a next purchase for me now.
Oh heck, good job I didn't come to see you at Ally Pally - I'd be broke!
Thanks again for submitting such a lovely piece - Hugs, Neet xx

Cath Wilson said...

LOVE your b/g - great stuff, Helen x

brenda said...

I really love this piece Helen, the colours are so fresh and vibrant. I really must try our some glassine paper, keep meaning to.

Have a good weekend.

B x

isisimaginings said...

Gorgeous project, I love it. the green is fab.

Lesley Edmonds said...

Ooo this is lovely. Adore that owl stamp! So many luscious layers.

We have sadness in this house (at least in Ed's office) as it looks like his beloved Exeter City will be relegated - I'm buying his fish and chips to night to cheer him up lol.

flutterbycrafter said...

What an amazing tag, such stunning colours, love the lime green flowers, wonderful work xx

Jacqui said...

It's lovely Helen

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful piece. Great background, love the owl.

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...hi Helen thanks for stopping by...loVe your card, total inkiness and that owl sooo want him...fabby work...Mel :)
Gorgeous journal pages too, something i'd like to try one day...I'd like to follow your work Helen :)

Von said...

Such a lot to take in:) all working together to make one fabulous card :)
Thank yo for joining and shring with us at Artfull Times :)
Von x☺x

Hels Sheridan said...

wow...wow...wow...wow....HelseyBelles you have really rocked this gorgeous creation.... Seriously, that is the bestest piece ever, the elements, colours, composition...everything.....AWESOME!!!!!!!!! (guess I luv it) xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Helen, love the zingy line, your layout and the frame is perfect and that owl is fabulous. Tracy x

Netty said...

Its fabulous Helen, loving all the wonderful layers and textures. Annette x

Netty said...

Its fabulous Helen, loving all the wonderful layers and textures. Annette x

Julia Dunnit said...

I love it too, especially the away you've added the zingy roses and, get you, using new stuff! The best bit is tthat you're pleased with it too AND you can keep it, it was a please yourself piece, not a make it for someone piece...that is a result !!

Kim Dellow said...

Oooo that is super gorgeous! Love it! Kim

Carmen said...

Don't like it - I love it! All of it. Gorgeous colours and that owl stamp is beautiful.

May said...

Simply Gorgeous tag... Love it!!! Hugs May x x x

snazzyoriginal said...

That background is just fabulous, great project xx

catherine said...

This is such a lovely piece and I love the colours
x catherine

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Yep, I never throw anything useful away. I'm glad you were able to recycle. I also like how the green is darker on the right and lighter on the left. I think that shows movement!!

I think I was most impressed with the owl. It takes skill to combine two colors together to get just the right color in the end. Well, well done.

Gabrielle said...

Love, love, love this! I love the green (my fave colour I think!) and the layering. The owl is an image I wasn't sure I'd use but now I have seen it like this I know I will - Brilliant xxxx

sam21ski said...

WOW Helen, now wonder you are happy with your piece and are going to show it.

All those fabulous mediums you've used and all the different techniques.

Glad you had fun and lovely to see you over at Artful Times.

Sam xxx

Linda said...

ooo that is lovely!

Lori said...

Gorgeous piece Helen, I love the colors you chose. That background turned out just fabulous!

Cardarian said...

I thought you might make a "Lin" project - love the colors - and all the stamps you used! I didn't have the cracle paper or glassine or what ever it is called ( forgot to buy it at ally pally) Lovely piece of art I must say!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Linda said...

Wow, this is stunning!!!

Alison said...

Wowzer!!! This is awesome Helen! x