Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Sweet, sparkling music of summer (by Jo)

She didn't! This isn't the same canvas. Having looked at the first version I decided it needed a little bit of green with the pink. I suspect this was partly on account of passing an apple tree on my way to work and admiring the blossom. I think I'm happy with the green. I also changed a stamp which looked like it didn't belong.

I have to say a huge thank you to Sharon Neill here because I wouldn't have been able to improve on my initial effort without her advice on how to apply the tissue and what gels and inks to use.

The base coat is Adirondack Sandal Dabber and a red acrylic borrowed from my son's A level Graphics kit. I mixed up the green from some of his other colours (oddly, not blue and yellow!) and added that in. The next stage was the stamping onto tissue. I used Blazing Red and Jet Black Stazon. The stamps were from Beeswax, Crafty Individuals, Judikins, Hot off the Press and Elusive Images. My first attempt used Golden gel medium (gloss) but I decided I didn't want the 'brushed' texture so I changed to Mod Podge. The Heidi Swapp leaf masks were kindly donated by my good friend Lesley and the inking over the top is Brilliance in Crimson Copper, Pearlescent Crimson and Pearlescent Poppy.

I am quite pleased with the result. But I think the canvas looks nicer in reality. The photo shows it looking very red whereas the colours are actually much more varied with pinks and bronzes. The finish is also very glossy which makes the colours look even richer. I feel inclined now to use these masks on another project very soon. Maybe next week on one of our journal pages...


craftimamma said...

Jo, I don't know what to say except that I'm so proud of you. This is absolutely wonderful and you wanted a masking technique tutorial from me? Oh no! The other way around methinks!

I love all the elements you have used on here and you application of the tissue to the canvas is superb. I can't see the joins anywhere and the colours are stunning.

You really have done us proud my friend. It's a good job because so far my attempts are none starters and are only fit for the bin. And I chose the project too.

Lesley Xx

Elaine said...

Well Jo

Well done for finishing your project ahead of the rest of us.

I love your colours, that pink is so rich and warm and the masking is really brilliant - I love the depth of the effect you have achieved here. You've done really well pulling all these elements together - lots of stamps, but it works together really well.

Elaine xx

Anonymous said...

Just stunning....oh how wish I could create something like this!

Aquarius said...

This canvas is beautiful and I love the overall effect with the leaves and music. Things usually do look better in real life than when scanned or photographed. Looking forward to seeing the others too.

judith@poppy cottage said...

Well Jo this is lovely! The colours are beautiful, and you were right to add the green for balance. I love the music score, and the mask is a very pretty one. I really admire the depth of your shading around your masking. The whole piece is stunning to look at and you shoud be proud. Well done you!!! Judith xxx

Sharon said...

Hi Jo! What a wonderful job you have done with your canvas! It has turned out much better than mine! :D

The green really works well doesn't it! It makes the other elements 'pop', and is also visually appealing.

It was a pleasure to answer your query. Please feel free to contact me in the future should you wish. I'm only too happy to help.

Take care.


Suzi B said...

Don'y know how I came to miss this Jo. This canvas is gorgeous.. wish I'd been that successful with my one... I love it,,, my colours too
xx Sue B xx

Suzanne C said...

This is beautiful! Love the layers of stamping and beautiful colors!