Not really going to play Bingo but can liken this challenge to that rather traditional British game. I used to love playing Bingo though when I was little, I had my own little cards and counters. I would get my mum and dad playing on a Sunday afternoon. Anyway back to the challenge which is the Clarity one for August.
The idea is to choose any line , vertical, horizontal or diagonal, all four corners or full house, then using those elements to complete a project. I was going to be ambitious and go for full house but then decided to be more sensible and settle for the middle line, partly because I could not find my shrink plastic. So I have gone for Stencil, Stamp and Grunge Paste.
Above is my completed card. I got so engrossed making this that I forgot to take photos as I went along. So I have taken a few close up ones of different areas and will try to explain how I made this.
I made the background using the Fresco chalk paints, they are brilliant. I used a brayer and covered the card completely in stone and then using blues and greens I walked the brayer over the base. By this I mean that I did not apply a lot of pressure. The effects that can be achieved are great, I had not tried this until I was at the retreat a couple of weeks ago. Finally I added just a few splashes of red, just enough to give it a bit of a lift.
Next I applied some grunge paste through the Japanese reeds stencil also through just a little part of a new sunflower stencil that was designed for the Clarity retreat. Leave to dry thoroughly then reapply stencil and sponge some ink onto the set paste. As I was looking at the background I could see hills forming in the paint so I drew them in with a black pen. Then shaded them with Spectrum Noir pencils.
Out came the fairy wee folk and I stamped some into place with a toadstool as well.
I wanted some tiny butterflies so using the Butterfly tree stamp I brushed some chalk paint onto one of the small ones and stamped into place.
Finally I felt it still looked a bit flat so I used some bright colours of chalk paint and just dabbed them all over the bottom of the picture. Gives it a nice lift, thank-you Barbara Gray for sharing this tip with us.
I loved making this card and trying out some of the new ideas I have recently learnt. I really am getting out of my comfort zone by using paints but enjoying it too.
Grunge Paste and Fresco chalk paints.
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