Sunday, 16 March 2014

If at first you don't succeed...

... keep going!  I was hating this canvas half way through.... but let's start at the beginning!  The lovely Alison Bomber (and I've met her, she is!) made a Lynne Perrella-style canvas this week at Paperartsy - you can see it here  and I was up really early this morning to watch the first Grand Prix of the new season, so after it ended I had lots of time still to play...

My lovely friend Lin recently sent me 3 of these hearts and I decided to use one on this project. Gave it a coat of Snowflake (it was pink underneath) then Spanish Mulberry, pouncing the brush to get the marks you see here.   Added a layer of Crackle Glaze and left it to dry...
The canvas didn't go well (to start with)  - I stencilled Grunge Paste through the mini Harlequin stencil and dried it... painted it with Eggplant.  Too dark, didn't like it.   Added some Dolly Mix, spritzed with water and mooshed it around... still yuck!  Kept going - added some more Grunge Paste in the corners, and let it dry... The heart got a top layer of Vintage Lace, and the crackle magic happened.
Once the extra layer of GP was dry, added more Eggplant and kept on smooshing - bit of French Roast right in the corners... hmmmm.   Stamped the "we do not remember days" from ELB05 in Watering Can archival on the canvas as seen here, and used the same ink for the LP image on the heart (from LPC006)
Still not liking the canvas till I attacked it with White Fire Treasure Gold - BINGO!!
 Tied some purple fabric through the holes in the heart (a gift from another friend Sam) and fixed the heart to the canvas with Structure Gel..  NOW I like it!!

Entering it to the Paperartsy challenge here 

Now, to finish my weekend on a high, if Liverpool would kindly beat Man U at lunchtime, I'll be really happy!!
I am also entering this for Hels' Sheridan's Sunday Stamper which I haven't entered for yonks, because the theme is "happy" and it does now, make me happy!

20 comments:

sam21ski said...

Good job you kept going, came out great in the end, looks like your white fire treasure gold just lifted it and did the trick.

Fabulous - Sam xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Oh, I really like how this turned out, Helen. I love that ribbon, it really adds another texture and the colour is superb. It just goes to show we should keep going. I nearly always seem to have a phase of despair about a project before I feel happy with it! Funny that, isn't it? This project makes me feel I should use purply shades more often. They do look great on it. Julie Ann xxx

Hels Sheridan said...

Love it! Just goes to show if you keep on going you can create your perfect piece... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

Hazel Agnew said...

I love it too Helen. Made me smile. Sumptuous and decadent. Brilliant! X

Etsuko Noguchi said...

This is gorgeous tag. Love the grunge paste texture and purple colours. My grunge paste was terrible results but I'll try again. xx

butterfly said...

So, so glad you persevered - I think it looks completely amazing! Love the depth of colour (that's what all those layers get you!!), and the gorgeous lift of the White Fire - definitely the best TG, I think.

And the heart looks beautiful - great stamp, and those shabby chic ribbons are just fabulous. Thanks so much for joining in - so happy it inspired you!!
Alison xx

Jacqui Hall said...

Well it turned out fabby. I'm having a day where I can't do enough projects at the same time

Craftyfield said...

Worth persevering and tinkering till you "had" it. Love the colours and textures.

Darcy UK said...

Well done for keeping going, it turned out great.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Made me happy too looking at it. Love the colours - well I would wouldn't i lol and all that depth is scrummy. The TG just sets it off beautifully. So glad you kept going xxx

Dianne said...

Hello Helen, well it turned out GORGEOUS, the depth and color on the canvas is luscious, wow love it beautiful crackled heart, love the stamp and the fabric, perfect, love this thanks for sharing, have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS)))

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous, the coloured grungepaste came out so well!

Lucy x

isisimaginings.com said...

Well done for carrying on, it turned out wonderfully well. I love the texture & the heart looks lovely.

craftimamma said...

Not surprised it makes you happy Helen, it's beautiful! I'm so glad you kept going!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Lin said...

Great post Helen..was giggling all the way through as it was like the same process of my own projects lol. It turned out beautiful in the end after all the flaffing.well done!!!

craftytrog said...

Turned out great Helen, the colour is gorgeous!

craftytrog said...

Turned out great Helen, the colour is gorgeous!

Lori said...

Very cool! Love that background!

Ruth said...

Loving the treasure gold and lilac combination, yummy background.

Gez Butterworth said...

This is AMAZING Helen. Loving the colour and textures ♥

Had a lovely catch up with your creations, sorry it's been so long! Have a great week, Gez