Hello! Winter, oh winter, where art thou? While the mountains have been getting a rather good bit of snow (great for the skiers) not much here in the foothills. The current challenge on the Frilly & Funkie blog asks us to create a project using Winter Hues – specifically use grey, white, blue, silver in our project. The challenge in generously sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I also decided to combine this project with my own personal Book of Months project (January’s project can be found here). I do not normally use a lot of blue in my projects and for this project I decided to work with some different techniques. First time ever using embossing powder on vellum! Also it was the first time I used cheese cloth as a texture in a background rather than as an embellishment. And, also the first time using water and mica powders together!
I started with a piece of watercolor paper that was covered in a layer of white gesso. I used Prima Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel to glue down the mini art stones and cheese cloth pieces. Once that dry, I covered it again with clear gesso. After the gesso dried, I used the mica powders and water to create the background. I sprinkled a touch of green in there to give it a bit of color difference. I edged the background with Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon. I had quite a bit of fun experimenting with the background piece.
Next came all of the pieces. Bits of felt, stickles (on the jar), crackle paint (on the jar), embossing powders, distress woodgrain card stock, and other little embellishments.
As the piece came together and started to take on a “love” theme I think I’m going to use it as my cover page for my Book of Months for February. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be pink and red and white!
I hope this project provides some inspiration for you.