I very recently posted about me and a couple of crafty pals setting challenges for each other. Well the second challenge was set, based on a song, and as shocking as it was to me, I am the first to complete it.
I am still really loving working on old cereal packets, and used one as the base for this page. I covered the cardboard with book pages and tissue paper that had a text design printed on it. The tissue paper also had a rose and some ink splodges printed on it which I tried to keep visible. Over this I scrapped gesso, just to tone down some of the text.
Once dry, I used some sprays I made up from Color Lab powders. I stood the page up and sprayed at the top letting them run to the bottom of the page. Remembering to spray one colour at a time so they didn't completely blend into each other.
I then introduced an orange spray to the two bluey colours I was using making it extra important to allow drying time (I am very impatient, so remembering that drying time really is a struggle), I also only wanted the smallest amount of orange spray. Once that was dry I applied some blue and orange paints through a stencil.
Then out came the pencil...........................................
After that I stamped out the words with different letter stamps, cut them out glued them in place. At which point I decided my black ink was not black enough and I went over them all with a black paint pen.
I then painted in the person, keeping the colours quite muted, I went for browns on the cape. I also didn't want the face to be overly detailed, just enough so there was some kind of expression.
So me and a couple of crafty friends, try to get together as often as possible, we share tips and generally try to encourage each other and push each other to try new creative things. For some crazy reason we decided to challenge each other, mine was to create a canvas after being banned from using all my normal go to colours, I had to use lots of reds oranges and pinks, and only a warm colour pallet. now I know most of you reading this will be going that's easy so many colours to chose from, but me well, I wasn't so excited I am defiantly a cool pallet girl, loving blues, green, purples and browns.
I wanted there to be lots of texture on this canvas so I started by added texture pastes through masks. This was also a reused canvas so was covered in brown gum tape. This all added lots of interest when I started to apply paints and gesso to the canvas sometimes through masks and sometimes just scrapped on with a pallet knife.
Even then I wanted more texture and raised areas, so I added paint to both texture paste and bead gel medium, and applied them to the canvas through masks, this time picking fairly bold designs. On a separate sheet of card I drew the body and painted her (unfortunately I can not remember where this figure originally came from), almost failing the challenge when I went to make her a brunette. I then formed her dress by cutting hearts out of book pages, and adding a yellow belt.
I finished off by stamping words onto book paper, gluing everything down adding some stamping in black ink, and doodling with a black pen.
One of a my pals doing these challenges also blogs so here is a link to her challenge piece which was completely different to mine. notations of a crafter
We plan on doing challenges based on songs next, all doing the same song and seeing how different are pieces will be.
Thank you for reading,
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