Spring at Last ! ! Flowers for the 'e Team Picks April Challenge'
Hi everybody, it's time for another 'ePicks Challenge' over at the eclectic Paperie blog. Sherry is our hostess this month and you can see her gorgeous canvas as well as some of the other inspiring projects by following the link here. Sherry has chosen the topic of' 'flowers' for the April challenge so there is loads of scope for you to get creative. So why not make a project featuring flowers, hop over to the eclectic Paperie blog, follow the challenge guidelines and you could be in with a chance of winning a $15 gift certificate for Kim's wonderful online shop. I'm submitting this mixed media journal spread as my design team contribution. I've been seeing some fantastic journal pages by my fellow DT members lately that I really felt I wanted to get my rather neglected journal out and have a good play session. I started off by collaging the blank pages with various textured papers. I've use Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium in matte finish for gluing the papers down. I then gave the pages a coat of white gesso which provided a great base for applying the layers of acrylic paints for the sun and sky background.
I used Wendy Vecchi's white Embossing Paste through a Donna Downey mask to create the flowers and one of Dyan Reavley's masks for the leaves. The raindrops have been made using a Prima Stencil with Ferro Paste in Old Gold. The colouring on the leaves and flowers has been done with Pan Pastels. These could be joining my growing list of favourite craft products, I hadn't realised just how lovely they are to use. The quote I've used is from the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, when describing spring " It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine" to me this perfectly describes a good old English spring!
Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed dabbling with a variety of crafts. My earliest crafting memories are of spending hours doing 'corking' or 'french Knitting' at my grandmother's house, using a wooden cotton reel with four short nails tapped into it and endless tangles of coloured wool. I also have fond memories of those little knitting kits, that came in a container that was made of the same material as an egg box. Happy days!
My interests now, range from textiles to ceramics, with knitting,felting, sewing and card making in between. I've reached a stage where I feel I know a little about a lot of different crafts. I'm still striving to become a master of at least one!
My favourite craft adventures at the moment, include digital collaging using PSP Elements, rubber stamp making with my imagpac kit and getting to know my Craft Robo.
When not crafting or looking after my family, I work part-time as a teacher, supporting visually impaired children.I also teach ceramics in a primary school and do occasional art residencies in mainly primary and special schools. Phew! I didn't realise I was that busy.