Sunday, 22 June 2014

PA - Seth inspired challenge

This week saw the talented Seth Apter make his debut at Paperartsy.  He was using some of his stencils he designs for Stencil Girl and I don't have any (although now have one on order...) and made magic with them which you can see here  - gorgeous, isn't it?

So, I took a piece of textured water colour paper and went to work... instant disaster when I got to step two which is adding gesso with textured paper/card (I don't have any so used some of the same paper I was working onto.. went to bed in a huff and started on it afresh this morning.
I realise now it's how I added the gesso to the paper I was using as a stamp, that was the problem.
My base paint was South Pacific.

 but I carried on, adding layers of colour - Beach Hut, Chartreuse and Antarctic - before spraying with Chalk, then stamping - I used Ellen Vargo stamps, the PA mini numbers (MN23) and archivals Watering Can, Cornflower Blue and Aqua.
 much much better - by this time I was treating it as a masterboard in my mind, and it was working!
However I was to have problems when it came to the stencilling grunge paste - my VAST collection of stencils includes very few words, none really the right size or right words... had one "brainwave" (make a stencil from Tim's 'dream' mover and shaper - thank goodness GP wipes off when still wet... )
the only one I could use, is Dyan's "snow" set, luckily one word is ok.... still blobby, because it's a very open style of lettering... I gouged out the middle of the letters with my pokey tool before the tinted GP dried...
and added some more GP through some of my Rebekah Meier stencils

some of which were added with Limelight tinted GP. I found some metallic markers in a drawer, but they didn't really show up much, so went over the circles with limelight fresco... Once the GP was finally dry, I outlined everything in black or white gelly roll pens (loved that they worked over the paint)

Decided to stop before I wreck this any further - a big thanks to Seth for the inspiration - entering the Paperartsy challenge here  and Hels' Sheridan here (theme today is green)

16 comments:

sam21ski said...

Great improvising, love your splashes of the yellow and green.

Sam xx

Hazel Agnew said...

It worked really well in the end. Gelly roll pens lift it and the green and yellow work really well too! Xx

May said...

Love it...the colours are fabulous ...the green & yellow are perfect... Hugs May x x

craftimamma said...

I agree with the others, the green and yellow do work perfectly and the gelly roll pens are definitely the finishing touch. You ended up with a fab piece despite your angst, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

isisimaginings.com said...

I love the colours. The word works perfectly & the stencilling looks great. Fantastic page.

Sarah B said...

brilliant page Helen - I didn't feel brave enough to attempt this - well done x

Darcy UK said...

Brilliant Helen, you really nailed this one with the products you had available. i love it when I see people use substitutions so successfully.

Lin said...

Loving all the layers on this Helen..you can see you really went for it!! xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Loving the colours on this, Helen! They are some of my favourites! A fab response to Seth's gorgeous inspiration! I love his stencils - high on my wish list!!! Julie Ann xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This looks great!

Lucy x

Deborah Wainwright said...

What a great page Helen love the colours glad you carried on with it xx

Neet said...

Looks Great Helen - love the colours you used.
Hugs, Neet

Neet said...

Looks Great Helen - love the colours you used.
Hugs, Neet

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! Love the way this turned out! Chrisx

Hels Sheridan said...

looks great to me Helen... Happy Birthday... won't be around on the day to send you greetings so doing it a little early x Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

butterfly said...

Love all those layers built up in the background - very cool take on Seth's inspiration.
Alison xx