Saturday, 26 March 2011

In The Shadows...

...oooh, I love altering Shadow Boxes and usually I get covered in ink in the process... this little box however, kept my fingers ink free... and instead, covered in paint. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to pick up a few bottles of Paper Artsy's new Fresco Finish Paints... you know, on THE day... when I was in the class with... THE Duke of Distress.




Anyways... I had a little play with these paints a couple of weeks ago and have only just around to blogging what I did with them... the box is 6" square... the frame was painted with Honey Dew and then over the top on the outer framey bits I popped London Night which is THE most beautiful colour... the photo's really don't do it justice... it is like a smokey mauve in some lights and more purpley in other lights. Such is the finish of the Fresco Paints it leaves the surface feeling ever so slightly textured and a bit chalky, totally lush and it really does look like it needs to be touched.



The embellishments on the box are made from Gold Nugget TSS metal, stamped with Paper Artsy Hot Picks stamps, cut out, refined and scootched with TSS tools and then aged with Pitch Black Dabber - which, IMO, is THE best black paint ... in the World (hey, I used my Jeremy Clarkson voice again to say that lol) The title - that says Sanctuary, is actually just part of a bigger stamp, I cut it out and gave it some TSS treatment and then popped a couple of brassy coloured brads through it. Oh and the little pearls on the chain around the birdcage are partly Idea-ology Baubles and partly a ickle pearl I got from Sky Blue Pink... HERE is the linky to the website but I have to say... enter at your peril, you will come out a few pounds lighter (or Dollars) but it is worth a visit cos they have the cutest little trinkets... Anyways... I think that is it... oh yes... the base inside was covered with Thorndon Hall papers which I painted overand then distressed with a sanding block.




So... what you got planned for today??? It has been glorious here all week... to the point that I sat in the garden reading my book on Thursday afternoon and I went a bit pink and my freckles came out of hibernation.... today though, it is chilly and overcast. Actually, I know this is shocking but... yesterday... I didn't wear a vest!!! Nope, not a single vest all day long!!! I know they say that you should "Cast ne'er a clout til May be out..." whatever that means... I think it has something to do with wearing long johns and thermal knickers rofl.... anyways... I am going to get inky and messy today and make the Sunday Stamper for tomorrow... if you like a nice challenge, do pop back! Right, offski to get another coffeeee... thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

17 comments:

Barb Cady said...

Love this Hel's! Beeootiful colour, I feel a buy coming on! (Is that a song title?)xx

Kat said...

Hi Hels,
I absoulutly love this,
the colours are so cool,
grate metal work,
have a grate day,
Kat x.

ellen vargo said...

Gorgeous!!! We may have to arrange a "stash trade" because i fear I may NEED some of those new fresco paints! They sound awesome. Have a good inky day! It's "Alan" day!!! WOOHOO! Big Hugs... Els xxx

Helen said...

I can't wait to get my hand on these paints, I love the colours - that one you used looks well lush!
Am hoping to get my fingers inky - or painty, am not fussy -
this afteroon, just got home from Kew. The magnolia trees were flowering and really gorgeous so hoping for some good photos when I collect them tomoz!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Hels, this is just GORGEOUS!!!!! WOW! The colours are amazing!

Hugs

Vicki

whyducks said...

Oh Hels it is sooo lovely, I love it. Lost the sun here too today. :(

Fliss said...

Wow Hels, this is a real stunner! Had to click on the pic for a look at the detail on the flowers and cage - just fabulous!
xx

Shazza said...

Hels this is gorgeous, such yummy colours x

Sherry Goodloe said...

VERY cool Hels . . . Very cool INDEED!

Daniele said...

the paint looks great on your frame Hels, have yet to see them although Lin was raving about them at my class last week, hope to check them out tomorrow at the nec.Congrats on being publish again, love the new article in Craft Stamper
hugs

Candy C said...

Wow Hels! THIS IS GORGEOUS! I love it! I am trying to get my studio cleaned up today...so I can play and make it messy again! haha LOVE the colors you used in your piece. Love the bird cage! Love all of it!!! Those Fresco paints sound amazing. I'm going to have to check into those! <3 Candy

Kirsten Alicia said...

Oooh, soooooo gorgeous!!

Dragon said...

Woo Hels, how do you keep up this pace???ROLF!!! This one is fab...I have a piece on my blog you might like and some kittens... looking forward to tomorrow's challenge
Frankie
xx

Val said...

Ooooooooh! Beautiful colours, and I love the metal.
Hugs
Valxx

Linda Cain said...

This is so cool! Lovin' the new stuff from the girls!

~Linda

Kaz said...

Booot-i-ful Hels!!! loving this make, Hope you feeling a little better x
kazxx

Sue West said...

This is absolutely beautiful Hels. Gorgeous colours and love the metal bits. Those paints look fab, can't wait to get my mitts on some.
Sue xx

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