Sunday, 12 April 2015

Playtime!! Bee Happy...

Morning, all.  Was itching to get playing with some of my new purchase from yesterday - so despite a late night (was crafting at 11pm which I never do - you'll have to wait till Wednesday for that!)  and the F1 Grand Prix, I got started.

I took to a journal - the A5 one. The page had been used to use up various blues/purply colours from something or other but I added a touch of Buff (from the JoFY limited edition set I picked up yesterday) - I applied this with a brayer

 then I took the Prawn from the same set, and the Emma Godfrey stencil
 I stamped the honeycomb/circle stamp from JoFY32, in Cornflower Blue, and coloured the shapes with a light yellow and slightly darker yellow, gelato, which I blended with a barely damp paintbrush.

I planned to stamp over the top of this, so I sealed the page with the clear gesso (Prima, from Finnabair's line) - I obviously hadn't completely heat sealed the gelatos as the yellow smudged a little, or maybe I applied the gesso too vigorously, but it wiped off ok.
 in the end though, I stamped the beehive from JoFY30 on tissue, and painted it with watered down Pumpkin Soup to make it more translucent, and the roof with Snowflake.  Painted the reverse with a light coat of Snowflake to make the colours pop.  Stamped the bees and the texts, from the Beehive set.  I know beehives are traditionally white, but allow me some artistic licence!


I was doing this just for fun, but I happened to see that the Craft Barn weekly challenge is Quintessentially English - and I don't think there's much more English than a beehive, so entering this here


Now, what shall I play with next...?


16 comments:

Miriam said...

Lovely page Helen. And it's lovely to see you using your stash from yesterday. love it!

Craftyfield said...

Ah ah... clear gesso is probably what I should have used on my Gelatos too, I couldn't stamp properly on top of them for my entry in last week's CB challenge.
It's on my list along with black gesso and thick gel medium!
Great page, love the bees and beehives, very happy theme.

craftytrog said...

Love this page Helen! x

Gabrielle said...

The prawn looks fabulous - no wonder you bought it! Love your page and it really is quintessentially British!

brenda said...

Straight in with your new goodies and a great page Helen.

Fingers crossed we they all turn up tomorrow.

B x

Hazel Agnew said...

Who is a busy bee then! Lively, happy colours....love the prawn! X

snazzyoriginal said...

Really lovely bright page, love those bees xx

Claire said...

Love this page, the new JOFY colours look great - maybe I should invest too?! I have that clear gesso too but haven't opened it yet....might have to try it out X

Deborah Wainwright said...

These colours look so effective together. Great page xx

sam21ski said...

Loving that honeycomb /circle stamp and great to see you getting your gelatos out!!!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That is gorgeous Helen! And beehives can be any colour you like IMO. :)

Lesley Ebdon said...

This is really lovely Helen. Love the combination of colours and stamps you have used and boy do I need that clear gesso!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Jane said...

Wow, this is amazing.....and yes very English! Brilliant idea, hadn't thought of bees!
Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
Jane x

massofhair said...

Definitely quintessentially English Helen! Beautiful page, really loving the colours and stencils you used.

So good to see your enthusiasm Helen, love you enjoy your crafting so much:-)

Fiona Spain said...

A lovely english summer page.

maggie said...

I can feel the summer breeze wafting across your fabulous page.