It is time to announce a new challenge theme over at the Crafty Individuals Blog, Face Value, as chosen by the lovely Florence. Full details as to how to enter the challenge can be found at Jean’s Blog (link above). Please remember that you must include, somewhere on your project, at least one Crafty Individuals product.
If it had been this time last year then I would have delved into the Crafty Individuals archives, picking one of their collage style stamps with a vintage female BUT as I continue to try to not always make the first choice, which for me would be vintage, I opted for one of the stamps designed by the lovely Gio for the Face element.
It might well be that at the time I was gathering supplies I had thoughts of music festivals in my mind, not attending, I wish! With the trend continuing for girls wearing bands of flowers in their hair it brought to mind Gio’s stamp. This led to thoughts of, what was at the time of my planning, the upcoming Glastonbury which in turn made me think of Woodstock and hippies. Isn’t it funny how the mind can work?! Not that I was ever a hippy, I missed out on that generation as I was too young although I did have a lovely afghan style of coat when I was a child, I so loved that coat and in my early twenties, with our long floaty skirts, beads draped around our necks and longish hair and the slightest obsession with the music of Hothouse Flowers, there was many a time that me and my best friend had the question “are you hippies?” directed at us. We were too clean living to ever be hippies!
I wanted a dreamy quality to this, of a hippy style girl wafting through fields of meadow flowers as she merges with the butterflies fluttering around her face.To define the flowers in her hair I layered them twice and could not resist having a small butterfly make its home, for a little while at least, amongst the flowers.As the music from the festival is carried along on the breeze, she sits in the meadow of flowers contemplating that Today would be a lovely day to be a butterfly.
It is very difficult to see but what I did was stamp onto the actual painted canvas board, painted with Frescos, to provide some subtle pattern and then I worked with the same Frescos to paint watercolour paper, applying with baby wipes to provide almost a watercolour quality to the Frescos paints. I stamped various flowers, butterflies and the sentiment onto this then set about fussy cutting.The fussy cut flowers and butterflies provide dimension and all I added to embellish the canvas panel was some tea stained lace to represent the trim on the girl’s floaty dress. It would be fun if you could join us whether you go down the same route as myself, working with a face stamp or maybe you would want to stamp up one of the Alice Palace animals or work with one of the images from one of Crafty Individuals image books, it is all about your own interpretation of this theme.
01 Jul 2015 18 Comments