Saturday, 14 September 2013

Flower Wall Hanging by Sue Carrington

Hello and welcome, it's Sue here with my second guest design project for the month of September. I'm definitely starting to feel like Autumn is just around the corner now, the leaves are starting to change and the temperature has definitely dropped ! This is being reflected in the projects that I'm making and today's is no exception !


I started with a piece of mount board and spread some Grunge Paste over it, but only around the edges as I knew the centre would be covered. While it was still wet I then took the Sequin Waste Open stamp, spritzed it with water so it wouldn't stick to the paste, and pressed it into it. I also used one of the small script stamps from the Carte Postale set and a flower from the Botanical Plate 1 set and did the same thing to create some texture in the paste.


Once it was dry I then gave the whole thing a coat of Stone Fresco Finish paint. Then I started to build up colour around the edges using Irish Cream and then Moccha Mousse.


The effect I was wanting to achieve was that of an old book, the sort you see in antique shops so I wanted to warm the colours up a little and Brown Shed Fresco Finish is perfect for that.


To create the burnt, aged look I then used French Roast mixed with a tiny spot of Little Black Dress Fresco Finish around the edges. Once it was dry I brushed Onyxite and Classic Treasure Gold over it.


For the main image I've used the text from the Encyclopaedia Botanica set and stamped it with Sepia Archival ink. Then I stamped the flower from the same set with black Archival ink. I heat set it and then painted the flower using Distress Markers.


I made a little sign to go on the wall hanging from a small piece of mount board. I painted it with a mix of French Roast and Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paints, then added a coat of Crackle Glaze and then a top coat of a mixture of Vanilla and Pumpkin  Soup Fresco Finish paints. To make it extra shabby I then sanded it slightly to reveal more of the bottom colour. The sentiment is from the Encyclopaedia Botanica set and I've stamped it with black Archival ink.


I distressed the edges of the card the flower was stamped onto and then used Distress Inks around the edges. 



I punched holes in either side of the little sign and threaded some twine through and added a metal filigree corner.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, I'll be back with my last project in a couple of weeks !

Sue
x

18 comments:

sue morris said...

Oooh! This is wonderful!! I absolutely love it!

Dame Jeanne Marie said...

Thank you for this beautiful tutorial, I love it!! I'm going to try it his weekend!

massofhair said...

Need French Roast Fresco paint! Gorgeous tag, beautiful use of GP and TG:-)

Sonja said...

Very nice.
Hugs, Sonja.

Helen said...

Absolutely gorgeous, I love all the layers of paint on your "book" and it does look just like an antique book. love it!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning Sue, the painted background looks fantastic already and I just love the effect of the stamping into the grunge paste. The flower and little plaque on top just finish it off to perfection, - a stunning piece of wall art!! Love it!

Buttons said...

Beautiful Sue and so very 'you'. Love the contrast between the floral focal point and that dramatic background. Hugs, Jenny x

ike said...

GADS !!! That is just STUNNING - a superb creation. Gorgeous colours and I love the textured background. Amazing piece. :-D

IKE xx

craftyb said...

Gorgeous - I love it!!

Tracy said...

Stunning art Sue!!
Xxx

isisimaginings.com said...

Very beautiful!

Annie said...

Love the wonderful autumnal colours and stamps used. Great texture too

Fab make Sue

Crafty hugs Annie x

Sid said...

Lovely piece of art !!

whyducks said...

Great work!

Wanda H said...

LOVE this!!!!

Wanda H said...

LOVE this!!!!

craftytrog said...

A beautiful project Sue! xx

butterfly said...

It's absolutely delicious, Sue - beautiful autumnal colours, wonderful tinting on the flowers, and I love the little shabby chic board for the quote. Very you, and very beautiful!
Alison x