I'm afraid I don't have many photos en route since most of the way along I was pretty sure I was going to bin it. Very glad I didn't now!
I started with one of the papier mâché icons and some PaperArtsy crackle glaze, but that's long lost under some heavy gesso and loads of ColorWash sprays. What I can tell you is a little bit of how the background shaped up once I'd gesso'd over my first idea.
I started with some text, stamping the botanical definitions from Katy Fox's Encyclopaedia Botanica plate in Potting Soil Archival (just as well I picked Archival with everything that then happened).
I stencilled Walnut Stain Distress Ink through the Harlequin stencil - it's really pale because of being over the gesso - and then clear embossed it, using only a light covering of powder. (Again, just as well I kept it in place with the embossing - it wouldn't have lasted through the spritzing.)
At this point I had a gentle neutral affair on the way - white background, dark brown stamping, and I was still planning to stamp one of Katy's flowers directly onto the icon. But, in my usual fashion, I had more than one thing on the go, and chance intervened at this point.
But then it started looking a bit bland to me. I thought I'd like just a little hit of colour in the background... hmm! I got out the ColorWash sprays, with their yummy earthy, natural tones, and tried them out on a nearby tag which gave me lovely spray patterns and some gentle blending and dripping. But when I sprayed them onto the gesso, they behaved very differently and I ended up with really full on colour going on - not what I'd intended!
However, thanks to the embossed Harlequins, there was a lovely resist effect in places that toned in with the whitewashed kraft tag, so I decided to persevere.
I stamped the Artistic Stamper Messy Art blots and splashes (Katy Fox again!) in Fresco Snowflake... I hadn't used these before and, oh, how I love them now!
I added a couple of spritzes of Dylusions White Linen too...
... and dry brushed some Snowflake around the edges of the icon too. Obviously, all this is being carried over the edges as usual.
I stamped one of Tim Holtz's Simple Sayings in Potting Soil onto another whitewashed kraft tag and cut it out and distressed it.
And I added some Idea-ology Linen Ribbon to the top of the tag.
My final brainwave was to add some "Diamond Confetti" chipboard from the UmWow Studio, and highlight it with a dusting of Snowflake Fresco brushed up from the bottom corner.
I'm really pleased with how these drift across the piece, echoing my embossed Harlequins, and adding a touch of dimension to the composition.
So that's me for today. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you'll come along and play in The Artistic Stamper challenge this month - Love is in the Air - we'd love to see you there.
Artistic Stamper stamps: Katy Fox stamps - Encylopedia Botanica, Botanical 2, Messy Art
Tim Holtz Simple Sayings
Papier Mâché Icon - large
Adirondack ColorWash sprays - Meadow, Stream, Denim
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain
Archival Ink - Potting Soil
Fresco Finish Paints - Snowflake
Clear Embossing Powder
From my stash: Diamond Confetti by UmWow, Idea-ology Linen Ribbon (find similar here), small kraft tags