Sunday, 1 June 2014

Craft Barn Q&L 11 - Mountain/Mistake

Afternoon - it is time for another challenge from the Craft Barn Q&L challenge - quote or lyric to include Mountain or Mistake today.

My choice immediately leapt into mind - "Ain't no mountain high enough" by Diana Ross (among others) although I did check out a few quotes too, in case I could find something I liked more - who knows, I may do another one if time allows...

I gesso'd the page first, not something I usually do but wanted to give the ink a better key on the page.

 I decided to use the bubbles stencil by Prima - I love this!!  I started with  Cornflower archival ink, randomly applied with a blending tool.  For contrast, I went in with first Shaded Lilac and then Ripe Persimmon distress inks, adding some shading and layering of the colours.
 To be honest, I was stuck for a while but then sifted through the Tim Holtz stamps - ah yes, that's the one!  Stamped the hot air balloon on tissue paper and painted it with watered down Amethyst Fresco - partly because it's an opaque, and I didn't want to obliterate the stamping, partly to ease the painting process.  Added a few touches of South Pacific (a translucent, but I added a touch of water as well, to blend it in nicely))

I stamped out the song title/lyric with an alphabet stamp and cobalt blue archival ink, taking care not to spell anything wrong!
 Glued the balloon to the page with matte medium, and then added some mountains (Stampscapes) stamped twice on tissue paper in black archival.  Added some Mowed Lawn distress ink with a blending tool, then gently wiped with a wet (damp) baby wipe to soften the colour - leaving the mountain tops pale/clear to give the idea of snowy peaks.


Entering the Craft Barn challenge here 

Thanks for looking.

22 comments:

TwinkleToes2day said...

That's fabulous!! I thought of that song immediately too, lol. Your montains are excellent! :o)

Krisha said...

Fantastic take on the challenge. LOVE your mountains, I forget about tissue paper ( well, actually I forget about a LOT of things LOL)

Hazel Agnew said...

Think that this is just ace Helen. Love it. Xx

massofhair said...

Quick off the mark again Helen, just as well i was one of the people who was too late for the link, at least it has been extended so i was able to enter lol.

Fantastic use of the amethyst paint, love the hot air balloon goes well towards illustrating your lyrics :-) xxx

craftimamma said...


Wow, this is awesome Helen. Love the different shades through the bubbles stencil (need that on my wish list)and your take on the challenge is brilliant. I really love this page!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

sam21ski said...

Oooh snowy peeks, what could be better than that xx

Absolutely love this page and great font too xx

Sam xx

jojo79 said...

Lovely page Helen.

gardenpinks said...

This is a beautiful page and love the song - was going to choose that one too! Great minds and all that:)
Love the colours and how did you created the mountains.

isisimaginings.com said...

Brilliant page Helen, I love the mountains.

butterfliecrafter said...

The whole page works perfect together, the hot air balloon, the mountains, great job and so quick

thassos456 said...

What a beautiful page. Love the bubbles background and the hot air balloon stamp. :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Helen, this is stunning. Very impressive with the balloon and the mountains below. You did a fantastic job.

kaybee said...

Love that song! Fab page too!

Valerie Nolan said...

Fab page, love how you've interpreted one of my favourite songs. The balloon is wonderful:)
Val x

butterfly said...

One of my favourite feelgood songs, and I love those colourful bubbles surrounding the gorgeous balloon - great page!
Alison xx

Carol said...

Love the Prima stencil - now added to my long wish list LOL - Great page and yes I had that song on my mind for days !! Gorgeous x

Julie Wheatman said...

Wow the songs are coming out in this challenge. Great song though and fab page. Love the "bubbles background and yes the TH balloon goes perfect

Fiona Spain said...

really goo page.

Scrapmate said...

Love the song and your representation of it is great - a brilliant use of that stencil and balloon.

Scrapmate said...

Love the song and your representation of it is great - a brilliant use of that stencil and balloon.

Craftyfield said...

Love your stencilled bubbles and OMG you've got some Stampscapes stamps!!! (on my wish list) With the mountain and the hot air balloon you've created a great scene perfect for the lyric.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This is just stunning!