Nature Study (Somerset Studio)

This project is another article in the Jan/Feb issue of Somerset Studio, it was in answer to an art call for the colour Olive which isn’t a colour which I would normally reach for but I knew I had PaperArtsy olive Fresco so I had no excuse to dive in. It was packaging which inspired me, cardboard packaging from Amazon (I always have to battle with my conscience when I say their name!!!) which has almost a folder appearance to it.
I wanted it to become a Nature Study portfolio with not only green to transform the cardboard packaging but also a Green ethos to the items I reached for throughout.
The folder opens to reveal a panel of tree bark, embellished with a piece of found paper, stamped and layered with a beautiful feather and for the right side, where a book or other item would normally be packaged, this is the area where the art panels are stored.
The jute twine ties this element to close it,
A cluster of stamped tags, it was probably walnut ink (I keep a large jar which I top up when required and so far, no sign of mould appearing) I used to stain the found paper/cardstock.  All of those stamps are from Character Constructions.  That is one of the many reasons I adore Character Constructions, not only for the stunning paper dolls stamps but there are also so many detail stamps included on the plates.
The rear which was stamped with a script stamp (PaperArtsy ESN) and a beautiful fern stamp).
Inside the portfolio there are four panels which are all substrates of birch tree bark which I have randomly painted. There are layers and layers and texture upon texture, all items from around the home and garden. Some items again stained with walnut ink and I was so pleased, without going out of my way, I discovered that piece of book text.
Tree bark, burlap, muslin, brown packing paper, cardboard paper and a wooden button/bead from a piece of clothing.
Loose fibres gives the impression of nesting material within the stamped nest, which was stamped onto birch tree bark
I peeled back a layer of the tree bark to place this stamped image of the nest behind it.
Panel Two which features another Red Lead bird stamp
which was stamped onto resin paper or maybe the ICE Resin was applied after stamping…I think I should have referred to the instructions in my article! I know he rests on a MDF heart from That’s Crafty.
Thank you to Dorthe for the driftwood and the sweet wee cone.
Within the folder, other than the two panels featuring birds, there were two other panels, featuring leaves.
The leaves were stamped onto deli paper which had the PaperArtsy Freco paint, diluted and applied to create a textural appearance.
Red Lead have an extensive range of nature themed stamps and they do some of the very best bird stamps you could ever hope to source.
I appreciate, this was a very long blog post with lots of photos so huge thanks if you managed to stay until the end!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate's Scrap Yard
    Oct 25, 2017 @ 01:04:50

    These are so gorgeous! I love all the natural fibers and and textures. Beautiful Lynne!


  2. craftytrog
    Oct 25, 2017 @ 12:13:41

    Wow! Such a beautiful transformation Lynne! I love it! And congratulations! Xxx


  3. caterina Giglio
    Oct 25, 2017 @ 15:38:31

    as always, Lynne, the texture is incredible..


  4. denlillelade
    Oct 25, 2017 @ 16:43:26

    Dear Lynne, I was and am totally in awe over this art pieces from you, and remember when seeing it in Somerset Studio that I was totally blown away, as I also am now. It is incredible art pieces, using the nature and your fantastic sense of telling stories and making papers and fabric strings and all, come to live in your hands. I love it ,the olive, the texture and layers , your birds, and everything!!
    Stunning art !!
    Dorthe, xxx


  5. Annie Gilmour
    Oct 26, 2017 @ 11:08:57

    Fabulous alteration of cardboard packaging Lynne xx I love the colour, which looks fabulous next to all the natural pieces of bark and jute xx Deserves to be published as its so beautiful.

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx


  6. Jackie PN (@PNJackie)
    Oct 26, 2017 @ 12:47:45

    Oh I do love the color Olive and this is the perfect backdrop to showcase it Lynne!
    What a fabulous nature study! I do love all of your stamping and the natural elements you have included- just beautiful my friend!
    Jackie xo


  7. Christine Smith
    Oct 27, 2017 @ 11:59:29

    It was a wonderful post showing every beautiful piece of this truly gorgeous nature themed portfolio. Love the olive colour and all the natural pieces you have used along with the lovely stamps. I think I will view packaging in a different way from now on! xxx


  8. pearshapedchris
    Nov 02, 2017 @ 23:02:57

    Wow Lynne! This such beautiful project, especially considering it’s previous life!! You have used the olive colour so well to highlight your wonderful embellishments! It seems along time since I left you a comment here (hmm, it IS a long time!) I have seen your posts on my phone while we have been away but I find using it to comment so difficult! I have had a lovely look back to see everything at a decent size this evening! Hugs, Chrisx


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