Thursday, 19 March 2015

A very colourful workshop

I recently attended a workshop run by the very talented Lin Brown whose classes I enjoy enormously.This class was a bit different to the usual classes that she runs, because she decided to look at composotion with us, rather than presenting us with a specific finished project to make. We looked at how to use pieces of scrapbook paper that we might have lurking around in our stash to form the basis for our backgrounds, and then how to build up a series of layers on that paper to produce a backdrop for the stamped images. I was not very keen on the piece of paper that I had to start with, and almost asked to swap it for something different. However, I figured that I was going to be covering it up fairly well, so I would just run with it and see what happened. I really like the finished piece, so I am glad that I stuck with the original piece of paper, and it just goes to show that you can use up those pieces of paper left over from paper pads that you do not want to use for anything else.

Lin showed us how she creates her layered backgrounds step by step, using opaque and transluscent Fresco Finish paints from Paper Artsy. I have seen her demo many times, but it is always fascinating to watch her create a piece of artwork. Her background was much busier than I had realised, and it gave me the chance to experiment with trying this new look out. We had a lot of fun with her vibrant paint colours and the latest stamp images. She also showed us how to make some cute little padded birds to add to our project if we wanted to.

This is my finished project, which I actually completed at home. I had one or two things that needed to be put together after the class. I added some extra stamping to the background to ground the flowers and yet another layer over the white detail, with the little black dotty stamp.

I had such fun making this project, and it sits in my craft room where I can see the vibrant cheery colours to brighten up my day.

Thanks for stopping by, xx


Sue's Crafty Corner said...

It's great to step out of your comfort zone and learn something new and I love what you've made Judith. The colours look great against the pale background.

Sue. xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous artwork Judith ! Have a great weekend, Hugs, Shirleyxx

cuilliesocks said...

Wonderful work Judith, fabulous images and colours, Kate x

Paula (PEP) said...

It is lovely & cheery with the vibrant colours & your little bird nestling amongst the flowers is delightful. That little black dotty stamp is really effective & I love the shapes of the flowers. The sentiment fits beautifully & the background really is very layered indeed - but it doesn't look messy at all which i find quite surprising. I can see you thoroughly enjoyed working on this.
Paula (PEP)

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