Tuesday 3 December 2013

Warm botanicals by Dawn Heald

Hi there, firstly I'd like to say how thrilled I am to be here as a Guest Designer this month, especially being among a major talented team is quite an honour for me. I do hope you like the projects that I have to share with you this month.
For my first project I wanted to use warming colours now we're in the chills of winter and do something non Christmassy. Here I have recycled some toy packaging or I believe the buzz word is upcycle these days and focused on the fabulous botanical stamps. I know this post is picture loaded, but I thought you might like to see the process and for those who haven't done anything like this before, show that by breaking it down into parts it really is achievable. Following the same colours
scheme throughout can help.
The Artistic Stamper products used

Other products used available at The Artistic Stamper

Other from stash
Masking tape
white gesso
pebeo Gilding wax
Ganache stazon ink
Polychromo pencils
Parchment paper
Metal embellishment
Hessian, ribbon, string

It all started here, it had a toy in it,
so keep saving those packages

another piece of corrugated card
packaging that doubled and had
flap, perfect stand.
glued both together
Next up, covered with multiple layers
of torn masking tape and then
painted with gesso
the fun really begins, using these fresco
paints to paint the entire frame
building up layers, using less
paint as I near the last layer. in real
you can see all the layers right back to
next up using writing stamp from
 Katy Fox set, stamped all over with
brown stazon and rub over
 hard with wetwipe
using parts of the two stencils and
 grunge paste decorated frame.
when dry, sanded to neaten, painted,
applied gold gilding wax and went
around shapes with brown pencil
Next I started on the feature
On a piece of card cut to fit inside frame.
creating border for the next layer
with paints and wax as shown in pic
Next layer I painted a smaller piece
of  heavy watercolour card, dried
then scraped over a thin layer
of  Fresco crackle glaze
and dried with heat tool 
Next I painted over using brush with a creamy colour
 paint that I mixed, dried and magic
the crackles appeared. This product works
every time and depending on using
a sponge or brush to apply your top coat
determines a different crackle look.
next I went in with distress inks to add
more warm colours.
That all done, I used the swirls to
stamp and gold emboss on top
Now all my images. The stamps from Katy Fox Botanica stamps
have been stamped onto parchment and also some onto pre painted
 cardstock and coloured with Polychromo Pencils. the flower on
corner of frame has been done on both and decoupaged.
Using Katy Fox Hessian stamped onto handmade paper and torn out
Finishing touches organza ribbon, hessian strip, string, metal corner

Just to show self standing back of frame
close up
So there we have it, thank you so much for looking and do click on the products to be taken to the shop. Also, the December challenge is Anything Goes, so do come and join in.
Happy crafting


Anonymous said...

Wow! That is so gorgeous. I love the warm colours & the texture around the frame looks great.

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Welcome Dawn to The Creative Team for this month. gorgeous project!

massofhair said...

Stunning project Dawn. So much texture & fab colours. Enjoyed this make over:-)

Artyjen said...

that is really scrummy ;) Fabulous project.
xoxo Sioux

rachel said...

congrats on being guest Dawn - so very well deserved and I just adore your piece - beautiful xx

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Hey ! welcome, new designer !! your frame is really gorgeous ! I love the way you made it ! thanks for sharing !

Sid said...

Love your upcycled creation !

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous frame, love the use of hessian in both stamp and real forms. The crackled panel embossed in gold looks fabulous too.

Corrie Herriman said...

Wow, love it ! Amazing what you can do with a bit of packaging material ! I will sure give this a go !
Corrie x

Words and Pictures said...

Welcome, Dawn - great to have you with us, and what a fabulous project to kick us off! I just love the burnt orange palette, and the butterflies look lovely.
Alison x

mamablitger said...

Just LOVE your fab frame.... Gorgeous work !!!
Thanks a lot for sharing.
Hugs from SPAIN

Susan c said...

warmulas brilliant idea this should get the grey matter up and running never seen colours as good online well done x warm hugs x

Susan c said...

warmulas brilliant idea this should get the grey matter up and running never seen colours as good online well done x warm hugs x