Fleur, Amongst The Meadow Flowers

Hello Everyone
It is time to announce a new challenge theme over at the Crafty Individuals BlogFace 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.julychallengelynneTo 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.detailoneAs 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.
detailtwoIt 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.detailthreeThe 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. detailfourIt 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.


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meggymay
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 22:32:36

    A real stunning canvas Lynne. The image is beautiful.
    Yvonne xx


  2. paper profusion
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 22:54:02

    So lovely with sweet floaty vibes! Bet Liam Ó Maonlaí would be attracted! Nicola x


  3. Anne R
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 08:19:17

    How wonderful Lynne, you really did capture a dreamy quality, I love the butterflies, those gorgeous flowers and the girl with the flowers in her hair. I think you have captured the ‘flower power’ era well – I remember it but my parents would not allow me to emulate the style (or the habits of some of the girls), probably just as well! Hugs, Anne xxx


  4. Suzi B
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 09:51:31

    So lovely and delicate, gorgeous.
    Suzi B xx


  5. Hazel H
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 10:22:17

    This is such a beautiful canvas Lynne. I shall now have the words “If your going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”, going round my head all day.
    xxx Hazel.


  6. Emma (The Sparkly Fairy)
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 11:25:36

    Stunning Lynne – quite ethereal!


  7. rachel fisher
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 11:39:56

    beautiful delicate piece lynne – love gio’s stamp – and you’ve used her wonderfully well! Big hugs rachel xx


  8. coco
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 12:20:10

    A beautiful card, though a bit strange (but in a good way Lynne!)… The colours are very unusual and give a kind of mystery to the whole scene, I appreciate it much and I love your composition!! And thanks for sharing with us some precious memories I think. 🙂 Hugs, Coco xxx


  9. gio
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 19:27:27

    I love to read your words and it was like live for a small moment that incredible time in the seventies. I was also too young, but still it was a time that has left a deep change in history. The hippies are called ‘figli dei fiori’ in Italian, it means sons of flowers and you created a gorgeous daughter of flowers. I love the dimensional flowers and the lovely butterflies, a great idea! Thank you for showing us your no-comfort zone creation, it’s adorable!


  10. michele s
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 20:14:37

    absolutely lovely! one can always be a hippie in one’s heart you know! sending you warm wishes and hopes that all is well and happy. xo


  11. Terry
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 22:54:02

    Oh Lynne, this is a gorgeous canvas! I love her face and that sentiment is wonderful. I think I would like to be a butterfly today, but then it is pretty hot outside. I also have not been as active in blogging and lately crafting, because life just sometimes keeps us somewhere else! I hope you are doing OK and will be crafting whenever time allows! Hugs!


  12. Julie Lee
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 23:18:12

    What a gorgeous canvas, Lynne. It really captures the Hippy style so beautifully. So much went wrong with the Hippy dream back in the ‘sixties; but there was an innocent beauty in aspects of those days of flower power, the essence of which you have evoked here. xxx


  13. Dorthe
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 15:42:53

    This is fantastic, dear Lynne, and reading your thoughts ,also brought me down memory lane …me being young in the hippie time, yes!! I did not live my life as a hippie but loved the dress “code” with the long skirts and the long hair – I even lived for some time in a collective, of people, in my late twenties !!
    OH Lynne but this adorable canvas, with your beautiful colour tones, and the stamps you use so lovely, to tell stories,- to enjoy our souls, what a masterpiece. The fussycut flowers and butterflyes makes it live and dance, and I know this lovely girl would fly on her butterfly wings dancing in the wind !!!
    Hugs from Dorthe


  14. craftytrog
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 19:13:49

    Wonderful layering of flowers and butterflies Lynne, this is beautiful! xxx


  15. Shari T.
    Jul 05, 2015 @ 22:36:55

    Oh Lynne–I actually may be laughing too hard at your “Are You Hippies” story!! 🙂 🙂 Totally laughing out loud!! But in all seriousness–This is a lovely canvas card, I think I can smell this hippy girl from here!! See–I’m still laughing and can’t be serious when talking about hippies!! But again, being serious here–Fabulous inspiration piece for CI!! The layered flowers are beautiful and you know how I love your fussy cut layers!! 🙂 🙂 Happy July to you!! XOXO-Shari


  16. Samantha Read
    Jul 07, 2015 @ 10:40:36

    Gorgeous Lynne, every day is a good day to be a butterfly 🙂


  17. Florence
    Jul 08, 2015 @ 10:15:47

    Lovely project Lynne. xx


  18. marjiekemper
    Jul 09, 2015 @ 11:43:01

    She’s so dreamy. I feel like shes in a Secret Garden.


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