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Can you tell what is ……


…..yet? As Rolf Harris might have asked!

frame for sunflowers

frame for sunflowers

The frame has been given a coat of gesso, then a coat of green acrylic paint and when all was dry white acrylic paint was ‘streaked’ over with a sponge.

The sunflowers have undergone a change since the last post….

Hot glue flowers that have been gesso-ed

Hot glue flowers that have been gesso-ed

I couldn’t believe how many sticks of glue I needed for this, it was a marathon job! I used 14 sticks of glue in the hot glue gun to go over all the petals and central parts of the flowers. I had to do it in two sessions as my poor fingers did ache! Once all the glue had been added the whole board was painted liberally with gesso and set aside whilst I summon the courage to do the next steps!

flower close up with sig


I knew that cleaned tomato puree tube was going to come in handy one day! I haven’t got a flower die so I used an old medallion stamp to stamp a couple of images on the opened out tube. A tip here…if you decide to use soft metal tubes then open them out after removing the top and bottom, give them a good wash and dry and then flatten them in your die cutting machine.

For these decoration scissors easily cut out the images, one section of the image had been stamped onto handmade backing paper. The flourishes were cut from gold paper and silver mirri board. This decoration is now in place on the frame and looks quite nice!

Thanks for looking x




…..or Creative Play as Jann would have it! Jann is a lovely, chatty, generous, inspiring artist who is encouraging us crafters to get out of our comfort zones and creatively play with our materials and supplies and it is so liberating. It is liberating because there is no restraint to complete a project; pull out all those supplies that have been languishing in drawers and cupboards and give them a new lease of life!

One aspect of crafting that I admire is brayer work; some crafters create beautiful backgrounds and scenes using a brayer so I bought a speedball brayer many moons ago to see if I could also create those marvellous backgrounds and scenes…but it never happened! My backgrounds had hard lines on them; I have studied endless Youtube videos and DVDs to be instructed in the use of a brayer and then decided to do as Jan suggested – just play and see what I could achieve.

The following photos are of my experimental pieces. I used small pieces (approximately 6 x 4 inches) of glossy cardstock with various inks but predominantly Ranger’s Big and Juicy rainbow dye inks.

brayer work

bouncing brayer


These are only a few of the pieces I did and the play was fun but I never did achieve one piece without the hard lines somewhere… the bouncing brayer piece would always have those definition lines anyway. I am not going to think or say I failed because I can overstamp and cut up the pieces of cardstock and use them, however I can say that, for me, the brayer is still a good tool for making sure I have good adhesion when sticking paper down!

I have come to the conclusion that I am not going to beat myself up about my inability to use a brayer as some crafters are able to but I can achieve very good results with a sponge, dauber or brush to create those background scenes!

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