Sunday, 21 January 2018

"Wings" - for a prompt

along with a few friends I am participating in a series of prompts to stir us into creativity..after a very non-creative year (for me especially)

I didn't share my first project (frames) because I didn't like it - couldn't find a decent frame -  but this week the prompt picked out of a hat was "wings"   (needless to say whilst looking for things for the wings prompt I have found LOADS of frames..... hey ho!)

I took an mdf tag (it's about 10 by 5 1/2 inches ) - in my 2018 challenge to myself to USE STUFF UP.
 I painted the tag with Fresco paints in pale blue and greens (after a layer of white gesso) blending the colours in..
 I used a (first use) stencil - by Stencil Girl (a 9x12 one)
and Decoart crackle paste.  I didn't want huge cracks (which was just as well!)
but eventually and in close up mode, they do show!




Used a couple of Lindy sprays, spritzed and dripped down the veins of the leaves.





Spent a couple of days deciding what I would do next...
hunted for various wing type images that might inspire me..


close up of the texture/sprays

such beautiful colours



after a few false starts for the wings part of the challenge, I was set...

a lot of rummaging in rarely used drawers was called for (it's very good for  me this!)

 In the end I used a Paperartsy stamp set by Emma Godfrey (never used before, would you blooming believe it!)
for the two dragonflies and a long long unused fairy (personal impressions)

I used a black sparkle embossing powder on the lower fairy and a green sparkle one on the other two. I think the base colour was distress oxide for the green one and I can't remember under other one


I needed something for them all to sit/fly amongst... I took a couple of leaf shapes (Artemio) which I painted with a variety of Fresco paints before gluing on with (hopefully) strong glue..

 Did something different on the dragonflies... I used my portfolio pastels to scribble colour on the wings, then heat set to blend/set and then used my Tim Holtz clear (dirty!) embossing ink pad and a Stardust - clear- embossing powder (by Funstamps!!  told you I was using old stuff)    for the glittery shimmer.

I did wonder if the embossing powder would stick to the pastels whilst they were still warm from the heat setting (no, is the answer!)


 the text comes from the same stamp set as the dragonflies.

am quite pleased with this... by now I will know what the next prompt is going to be...

5 comments:

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oooooh! Love this Helen! Gorgeous background and stamping and I do really love that quote! Have good week! Chrisx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Love this Helen, all that hidden depth really gives it great character with your swarm of dragonflies dancing on top! Great use of words too.
Warm wishes Tracey x

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous tag Helen! x

Virginia said...

Gorgeous tag and I love love love the sentiment!

butterfly said...

You're right to be pleased with it - it's just wonderful... full of positivity and great colour and crackle. So fab that you're finding some creative time and inspiration already this year.
Alison x