Hi everyone and welcome! It's time to unleash a new challenge for you over at A Vintage Journey - and Spring Is In The Air; our host Sandy wants you to leave those winter blues behind. Make anything that says SPRING using pastel colours. It is your choice, a card, canvas, 3D or a tag, etc. but remember it should be in one of the vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial or steampunk styles that we favour. Once again we are sponsored by Country View Crafts and the winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend with them.
I love Spring. It's by far my favourite time of year; the days are getting longer and lighter, the birds sing, the buds and blossoms appear and there's a real sense of optimism in the air. I'm celebrating this wonderful time with a floral garland and a couple of fun ideas for using your Distress Crayons.
Having given the canvas a coat of black gesso I stencilled through the Prairie Flower and From The Garden stencils, poured on some Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain and (when dry) scribbled over the Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Crayons. Then I misted on a little water and went back in with a brush to blend it all together. It gave me a fabulous pastel look and also meant I could go back in over the top with the same Distress Crayons (and some Twisted Citron) and add extra colour/detail.
You can paint with your Distress Crayons, either by applying a good amount directly to the paper and drawing out the colour with a water brush, or my favourite way is to use my water brush directly onto the crayon to draw out some colour with which to paint the embossed flowers. This also means you have control over the depth of colour achieved so you can make it softer or stronger.
The little flowers were layered over embossed leaves, and you may notice I also allowed some dilute black gesso to run over the top of the blended background to break it up a little. Here are some close ups...
I'm entering this into the following challenges;
(with Wendy Vecchi as the Special Guest Artist and two of her stamp sets up for grabs it would be rude not to!)
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - All Things Distress (that would be the crayons then!)
Now I urge you to hop on over and see the Spring projects my fellow Creative Guides have conjured up to delight and inspire you, and then it's your turn! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with to celebrate this wonderful season...
Take care everyone, Jenny xxx