Thursday, 12 May 2011

A Bit of A Wash...

...a Colorwash that is... did I mention that I just went to Ranger U? I think I may have forgotten to tell you lol Anyways... whilst at Ranger U, when I was sitting in the same room as THE Duke of Distress for like three days... aha, sorry, I shalln't go on and on about it... really, I won't... much lol Anyways... whilst on said course, I was taught a heap of things about Colorwash Sprays. Now, I have always shied away from said Sprays as I am not the cleanest and most tidy of crafters and my first encounter with them was a few years ago when I very nearly altered the colours of the walls, carpet and ceiling in the Room of Stash. So, whilst I have used them occasionally, it has always been a bit cringy and scaredy-catty.



So, I was sitting there, intrepidly determined NOT to make a holy show of myself and alter the colour of THE Duke of Distress should he pass behind my chair whilst I was in the spraying stage. Phew all round... I learnt how to use them... properly!!! So... armed with my new found courage, I went off to Ellen's Studio and set about making a tag for our tag swap this month. Now, I have to tell you, everything in Ellen's Studio is spotless... cream carpet, white walls, white storage... so... whilst she wasn't looking, I did a bit of spraying... I held my breath... a very lot I can tell you... and nearly had heart failure as a drip of spray landed on the floor next to me... but even bigger phew's... Ellen had the forethought to get one of those plastic sheet jobbies that you put under a kiddie's high chair. I am guessing she figured I would need one rofl



Anyways... this tag is the result of my first foray into using Colorwash Sprays properly... and I have to say... I am in lurrrrve! The colours I used are... Cranberry... and that is it.. I used this colour in layers so it starts off a bit pink and works its way to red through the tag. I did some stamping with a rather smashing flower head stamp (humph, I neeeeed this one now) and Trad Tan paint... then added a sentiment from the Studio 490 range by the Wonderful Wendy Vecchi... and added a cute ickle flower which is from a jar of them that Ellen bought for me and I can't remember the name... like Prima but not... IYKWIM. I used more Colorwashes on the flower too... see how I am getting braver and braver!!



To make the stamped flower stand out a bit more I used a fine black pen to sketch around the image... oh and I made a little banner at the bottom using Tissue Tape... which I then dyed with more CW spray... simples huh! Right... that is enough waffling from me for one day... I have caught up on sleep... well, almost... I set my phone alarm to wake me up early so I could get up with Grim before he went to work... ahem... I had, however, neglected to change the phone's time to UK time... so when the alarm went off at 09.45 this morning I was rather confoosed... not difficult I know... but all the same, I did wonder why it was so light and why Grim wasn't here! I have now changed the time back and since then I have felt more normal... who knew! Change the time of your phone and remove all traces of jet lag... result!!! Thanks for looking... TTFN!!

Hels x

12 comments:

ellen vargo said...

No worries on the color wash sprays... and trust me... i have a floor protector under MY chair too!!! My desk lamp is lightly misted with an assortment of color wash, perfect pearl mist, and glimmer mist... Love this tag and am happy to be its proud owner! Thanks hon! Missing you!!!

Els xxx

Daniele said...

this looks amazing Hels so many different shades with just one colour spray

Fliss said...

This looks gorgeous Hels and colour wash sprays are difficult not to be messy with I know, especially the old large bottles.
I have to say I'm totally astounded that Ellen has cream and white in her studio as in my case a cream carpet is a no no - just asking for trouble!!!
Fliss x

Minxy said...

very cool to get such a colour range from just the one spray, must give it a try sometime x the tag is lush x

Artyjen said...

Lovely tag....don't possess any colour wash....but the effect makes me want to try it ;)
xoxo Sioux

Barb said...

Love your tag... and your writing style... you made me laugh! I also need to get more brave about using colorwash... I saw on a tutorial that they sprayed the item in a box, how clever.

Helen said...

What a beautiful tag! I love that colour, I think I have it in the old style (ie big clumpy old bottle that won't spray - wrongly or properly!)

Sally Morgan said...

Luverly tag Hels! I've always shied away from sprays myself...but am searching ebay for some reet now!
Good to have you back hunni, you've been missed!
*hugs* Sal x

whyducks said...

Oh how pretty Hels. It is so nice to have you back. I have had to shave the top of my carpet under my chair in the dinning room, as it had splatters of Modern red and tan paint all over it!

Kirsten Alicia said...

Fab tag, I love the colours. I'm scared of colour sprays too, guess I need Sir Tim to help me too. :) Glad you're feeling better.

Candy C said...

Love your Cranberry Color Wash tag, Hels! It's beautiful! <3 Candy

thekathrynwheel said...

Aha! Once you have discovered the joys of ink sprays there is no going back! (and all your Walls, furniture, curtains and lamps will never be the same colour ever again LOL!) wonderful tag :-)

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