Sunday, 26 November 2017

Giving thanks ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and you have an awesome week to come. Crumbs a second post in one day for me lol! I’ve been working on a project that’s taken me time for about a week or so because my mixed media and painting skills aren’t as good as my imagination is lol!
I wanted to create an off the page project inspired by nature and autumn. It’s a project I wanted to create to show my thanks to my husband. He is very supportive and he encourages and supports my art and craft journey very much and here it is … 

A 21cm square hanging
It has some depth and texture
My nighttime meadow
My howling beastie!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges

I was inspired by the rich shades of green foliage and the deeper brown colours. I also adore nature and the photograph is all about nature

Frilly & Funkie Challenge Giving thanks 
This is my small way of thanking my husband for the constant support and his selflessness attitude. OH has encouraged my arts and crafts endeavours since we first got together. He’s my number one fan and he encourages me in many ways. This year he has purchased most of my mixed media supplies because he knew that I wanted to have some. When I share my projects with him he is always encouraging and without that I wouldn’t be able to create what I do.

Mix It Up Challenge Blog MIUCB#7 Anything Goes twist stencil

My new found obsession of this very old silhouette tree stamps continues lol. After having what I thought would be a final play with this stamp, see this post, I found that I could get a really good silhouette stamped image from it by using it in a different way. There were several challenges I really wanted to play along with and I realised this stamp would be perfect for them. Here are my steps:

1. Cut A4 card to 21cm square and tape down onto a board. Because I used watercolours for the sky and fields I knew the watercolour paper would buckle and taping it to a board helps.

2. I mixed two shades of green watercolour to use for the fields. I regularly use torn paper to create my landscape stencils and I did that here so that I was able to paint the background field and the foreground field using the stencils then I dried the card with my heat tool.

3. I mixed the shades of blue and purple I wanted for the sky then I applied a layer of clean water to the sky before adding the paints. I left the sky to dry a little before adding the gold splatters and for a change I am happy with the night sky.

4. I used my heat tool to dry the watercolour card and left it overnight attached to board.

5. Using a grey ink pad I stamped the tree’s across the card. The next step was to paint each of the stamped trees so that they looked like a fir or Christmas tree. I used three shades of green acrylic paint and I made sure each layer was naturally completely dry before adding the next shade.

6. Once I was happy with the colour of the trees I left them to dry overnight.

7. The next day I used two shades of brown to colour the trunk and branches of the fir trees and that part of my project was finished and put to one side.

8. I added a layer of gesso to the laser cut chipboard toadstools and wolf and left to dry. I then used four different shades of brown to colour the wolf and the same colours to colour the toadstools. I left them to naturally dry overnight.

9. I cut a piece of mount board which I trimmed to 21cm square and added a layer of white gesso and left to dry naturally.

10. I coloured the edges of the mount board with acrylic paint, two layers allowing each to dry naturally before adding the next one.

11. I trimmed the stamped panel to 18cm square and attached a stencil through which I applied Ranger texture medium which I coloured with silver gouache. I left that to dry and then added black acrylic around the textured moon and left that to dry again.

12. I adhered the stamped panel to the mounboard and I figured where to position the wolf and toadstools and glued them in position. I decided to add shadow underneath the wolf and then a highlight across the top of his fur from the moon and I was finished.

I am on the whole happy with the end result of this project and I will at some point be giving it to my husband with a mini easel. And again I feel like I’ve learnt a lot too which is always a bonus. There are things that I would change but that’s all part of my process lol, I’ve learnt this year to not throw things in the bin but to work around or make that error a positive thing and that is the one thing that has helped me the most and for that I am very grateful. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Stamp &/ Stencil:
Dee Gruenig Stamp N Stor trees
Creative Embellishments Galaxy stencil
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
21cm square mount board
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Essential & Landscape
Distress IP: peeled paint
Pebeo High Viscosity green acrylic paints: emerald green; sap green; hookers green
Pebeo High Viscosity brown acrylic paints: yellow ochre; burnt sienna; raw sienna; terra rosa
Pebeo Dyna Inteference acrylic paint: Blue Black
DecoArt Americana paint: Night Sky
W.H. Smiths Gouache: Silver
Creative Embellishments: set of 3 Wolves; mini Mushrooms pack
Ranger texture paste
Collall all purpose glue
Collall 3D glue gel
Washi tape (for the stencil)



France Ringuette said...

Hi Karen, great job on the wolf and that background. Thanks for joining in on our Creative Embellishments challenge & Good luck.

Marci Bensing said...

I have a husband like yours! Wonderful for sure! Terrific project...Keep 'em coming!!! Thanks for joining us and being inspired at CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS!

Leslie said...

Absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Mix It Up Challenge Blog's November "Anything Goes + Stenciling" challenge!
Leslie, MIUCB DT
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Laura Gilhuly said...

Fabulous project thanks for joining us at Creative Embellishments!

Liz said...

A fabulous creation, Karen, you've created a beautiful scene. xx

Brenda said...

Wow Karen, this is amazing! Looks like you have the northern lights in your skyline, the wolf is beautiful among the trees and speaking of trees, well they are fabulous. Love that moon as well. This is just an amazing creation my friend. Hugs, Brenda

Cara said...

I love how you've painted the wolf and mushrooms, they look amazing x

Sara Barker said...

What a gorgeous way to thank your husband for his encouragement and support, Karen! I love this beautiful night sky, and that wolf looks amazing! I bet your husband will treasure this! And while I'm here, I want to thank you for joining my Give Thanks challenge at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs!

Suzanne C said...

What a lovely way to thank your hubby! The painting is lovely and the texture from the paints is fab! Thanks for joining us in the in the Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks challenge.

Cec said...

This is so special and especially since you made it for your husband. Love the texture and the composition is perfect. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.