Saturday, 10 September 2016

It's all about the Texture

Hello everyone, this month over on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team, we are exploring texture. It can be in a variety of ways, using stencils, stamps, patterns, layers, but as long as it represents texture in some way. I knew that I wanted to create this piece as my first project, as it incorporated lots of my favourite things. I hope that you enjoy what I have created, and use some of the tips along the way.

Those of you that know me, know that I adore poppies, and I decided to create a project using one of my all time favourite Chocolate Baroque stamps. I have used this stamp so many times over the years, and I decided to make it the focal part of my design. I covered a Tando plaque with a very thin layer of texture paste, do not make your layer too thick, or this will not work. I spritzed my poppy stamp with water, and stamped the excess off onto a non-stick craft mat, before gently pressing the stamp into the texture paste. I also used a small texture stamp from the Tangled Fragments stamp set around the edges. I set the plaque to one side to dry.

I covered a square canvas with gesso, and dried this completely. Using texture paste, I added some poppy heads to the canvas with a stencil. I let the canvas dry completely. I then took one of the Gold Aztec Paints, possibly Antique Gold, (mine do not have colours on them, so I do not know, but it is the duller of the gold options in the pack), and poured out two large blobs onto my non-stick craft mat. I added Vermillion Brusho to one blob, and Sea Green to the other blob. I painted the canvas using the paints, half red, half green, blending wherever they met. I also painted the Tando plaque, using mostly green, but added a small amount of red around the edges.

Once both of the pieces were dry, I added some stamping to the canvas, using a corresponding stamp from the Harlequin Fragments stamp set, using red and green Archival Ink. I added some gilding wax to the textured areas on both pieces, and edged both pieces with Gold Soft Form Relief Paste. This makes a super edging, as it is very easy to apply.

I added some pretty green/grey lace to the canvas before attaching the Tando plaque. I wanted this piece to provide a bit of a boost on those days when I am feeling a bit grey, and so I added an inspirational quote from the Words of Wisdom stamp set.

The picture taken outside shows the shimmer from the paint and the gilding wax, whereas the photograph taken inside shows up the texture detail a bit better.

I will be back later in the month with another texture piece to share. Thanks for stopping by, xx


scrAPpamondo said...

Awww.... love this artwork! Thanks for the tutorial! The shimmer and these poppies look wonderfully! Fab textures and love the liliac lace that makes all the colours pop out!

craftimamma said...

Gorgeous canvas Judith! There can never be enough texture as far as I'm concerned and you certainly pushed the right buttons with this lovely piece. Some neat techniques used too.

Lesley Xx

Elaine said...

Great combination of the stencil layers in the background and the central panel featuring your favourite poppy motifs. You have really made good use of the different texture mediums, metallic paints, paste and waxes to build dimension. A really imaginative project. Elaine xxx

Evelyn Browning said...

This is so imaginative & I can see it will brighten your duller days. The interplay between the lace & your stamping (the texture around the edges of the plaque & the edge stamping on the canvas echoing the roundness of the lace flowers as well as the poppy heads themselves) - actually it's difficult to describe in words for the sensual impact on the eyes just grows the more you look at this. I love the way the grey provides a contrast with both the green & red & how your placement of the words balances the lace as well as leads the eye from left to right.

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