Friday, 16 August 2013

a Michelle inspired piece for Paperartsy

The oh-so clever and talented Michelle was the Birthday GD yesterday at Paperartsy and went to town with Fresco paints and Jo Firth-Young stamps.

Both pieces were so gorgeous and I couldn't wait to have a play - I started last night and carried on this morning before leaving for work - nearly making myself late in the process!  I finished it tonight when I got home.

I used the back of a much smaller frame  than Michelle used, as it was all I had to hand.. I also painted straight onto the back, without basing it with snowflake fresco first.   I used various colours - and didn't make a note of them..
 I added some crackle same as Michelle did (it didn't work first time, think the crackle layer was too thick) so painted over it and started again...
 Then added some Grunge Paste through the reverse chickenwire stencil, and snowflake paint in criss-cross patterns using an old credit card (I love this and covered 2 journal pages with the mopped up paint... can't wait to finish them now!)
Then added some stamped images from the Jo Firth-Young plate 15 and some of the flowers/leaves from 12 and 14, straight onto the frame.

Thanks so much Michelle, you really really inspired me, like you I love the background before the stamped images even go on top.... I too nearly left it alone!!

17 comments:

Steven AKA Pink Elf said...

Love it! see what you mean about the background, tempting not to go any further!

isisimaginings.com said...

Helen, it's gorgeous!!!

Lin said...

this is lovely Helen!!! loving the white lines..and those birdie stamps are gorgeous!!

Darcy said...

really,really nice Helen, love it.

Michelle Webb said...

You're right you know, it's all about the background. It looks great Helen, I love the colour and I really like the white lines, it works well on your background. I really great piece Helen. Michelle x

massofhair said...

Yummy background, fab project. Love your interpretation of Michelle's post from yesterday!

Wish i had the energy to do so many projects Helen, you are an inspiration to me. Enjoy your weekend:-)

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Helen. Love it.
What a hoot!
sorry! LOL!
xx

craftimamma said...

Ooer, this is awesome Helen. I know what you mean about the background but I'm really glad you finishedn it.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

sam21ski said...

Great colour pallet to start with and I love how the white lines draw you in and just seem to pull everything together

Sam xxx

craftytrog said...

This is gorgeous Helen! I love your background colours! xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Love the colours on this! the background is just amazing!!! Julie Ann xxx

Gillian .... said...

Like all before me Helen, your background looks great,however I do really like the JOFY images you have added. x

Trish said...

I loved that piece by Michelle too, and your take on it is gorgeous!

Virginia said...

Oh that's gorgeous Helen!

butterfly said...

Totally gorgeous - fab colours, and I love the crackle... Jo's stamps look amazing against your wonderful background.
Alison x

Leandra Franich said...

The positioning of that trunk looks really cool with crack one side, and contrast on the other!

Love this Helen!

Kezzy said...

WOWSER gorgeous canvas, I really want to be able to have a go, but didn't have time this week, I sorted of loaded my self with lots of projects lol. I really love the background it's fantastic and of course the stamps are beautiful (I have them as well lol)Kezzy :-) xxx