Saturday, 4 May 2013

Back From The Brink...

Happy Star Wars Day peeps!!!!     So...did you miss me?  Did ya?  Well, I have been on my death bed this past few days!  Oh yesh, the deadly ManFlu has infected me and I have, truly, been at death's door!  Well, maybe a slight smidge of an exaggerations there but... ahem... it was a bad old do!  I haven't had a cold for a yonk and a half, I put it down to the vast quantities of garlic that I consume you know... this is now clinically proven as last week I had... NO garlic at all!  There ya go, garlic-less food = Manflu suffering!  Anyways... I started to feel a bit brighter yesterday so set about playing with my new Fresco Paints and a set of the gorgeous stamps from Lin Brown for Paper Artsy.



I love the handcarved look of these stamps and now needs them all!  I haven't tried handcarving me own stamps and now I want to have a go.. I have seen the gorgeous effects that Ellen (CONGRATS to Ellen too.. she is now a Certified Ranger Educator) has achieved with her own handcarved stamps and I thinks I am being left behind.... so I needs to get some lino and a carvy tool thingy (I am a bit scared knowing how dangerous I am with 'owt sharp!)




The base for this little hanging in one of the papiermache boards from Paper Artsy and once I had bobbed some bookpage onto it and then applied some Grunge Paste using a spikey tool applicator thingy I have, making groves in the paste.  Once this had dried, I popped some Liquid Leaf and Treasure Gold Wax onto the textured bit and then set about making some floral bits.  The flowers and leaves were stamped using the Fresco Paints onto black card, I cut them out and then coloured the backs of the petals with the same paints so they tone in nicely.   The addition of a button to the middles and tied with thin jute to match in with the hangy bit finished the piece off.



Apologies for not being about that much this week... I am hoping that now I am feeling more human again, I will be able to get back to normal blogging!   I am off to Sheffield today to The Craft Den for a canvas class... and it would be just plain rude not to bring some fish n chips home with me wouldn't it?   Thanks for looking, have a brill day!  TTFN

Hels x

24 comments:

Caz said...

First to comment!!!!
Love this Hels - those flowers are gorgeous with their button middles and the GP effect is brilliant - must get some and have a play!!
Have a great time at The Craft Den
xxxx

Nan G said...

Fabulous flowers! Love the hand drawn look of them. So take care, Hels and eat twice as much garlic this week!

inkypinkycraft said...

Lovethis and the grooves in the grunge paste look fab too! Hugs trace. X

Carole Z said...

Did miss ya Hels, glad you are better! Love this..gosh the lino carving technique takes me bake..used to play around with it as a teen and had forgotten all about it! My the Fourth be with you too! Carole Z X

Marleine said...


Hi Hels,

Glad to see you're getting back to your old self. Love the tag.

Never tried carving my own stamps, wouldn't know where to start.

Now the Grunge Paste and the fresco paints are great. I discovered them at AP, can't stop playing with them.

Enjoy your week end. X

melanie said...

Stunning love the button flower ,glad you are feeling better .melanie

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, Loving this tag, the colours are gorgeous, the flowers with buttons look so beautiful. Absolutely adore the ridges in the grunge paste, so effective.
So glad you are feeling much better now, just shows, we should all eat much more garlic, I don't eat anywhere near enough, but I do take Allicin a derivative from garlic, which helps in a way.
Have a good demo day.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Michelle Webb said...

I've had some speedball Lino for a while and the tools just sitting there waiting to be played with and I've had zero time to play with them. I know how you feel. I feel like it may be on the cards very soon seeing your wonderful creation with Lin's stamps. Michelle x

nattyboots said...

Well what a creation today,its great ,love those flowers .

Elaine H X

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, i hope you better soon, garlic is a great herbal remedy for alsorts of conditions. Gorgeous project love the flowers. Emma

Redanne said...

Lin's stamps have a wonderful hand drawn quality about them and you have certainly done them justice! Hope you feel better soon and that it does not spoil your weekend. Hugs, Anne x

rachel said...

gorgeous work Hels - glad you're feeling better - hope you have a wonderful long weekend! Hugs rachel x

nannapat said...

This is gorgeous Hels -love the flowers with the button centres. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend. Pat x

corinna said...

hi there hels, good to hear you are feeling better, never touch garlic myself, seems it works for you though, so you know what needs to be done, who cares if you stink, hahaha, love the flowers, they look really bold. got a new mantra for you, EAT GARLIC, EAT GARLIC etc, etc. you have to say this as though you were a darlek (is that how you spell darlek, who knows, you take care of yourself, corinna

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Helen said...

Sorry you've been poorly - and yes, you will need all Lin's stamps.. I have! Hope today is going well.

Emma said...

So glad to hear you're feeling better!

Love this design so much! If you fancy having a go at doing your own stamps Speedball do something called speedy carve, it's softer and easier to cut than lino for beginners. They have a starter kit with the speedy carve, a cutting handle and nib for about a tenner, so ideal to play with :)

Aquarius said...

Sorry to hear you've been unwell this week and so pleased to see you are feeling like playing again. This tag is superb with the lovely textures and the flowers. Hope you will be careful if you do try carving your own stamps.

Gerrina said...

Hope you´re not only more human, but also energetic enough to enjoy the sun a little bit! Hugs, Gerrina

Linda Simpson said...

Stunning Hels, I love the gorgeous flowers and the beautiful colours.

I hope you are well on the way to being better.

Hugs
Linda xxx

carol e said...

Hi Hels glad to hear you feeling better. Love the tag and grunge paste looks interesting

lucretia said...

Very bold and very different

Caroline said...

Yes, I am late with this post, my apologies Miss!
Hope you are feeling better since you wrote this..
Carved stamps?? Never heard the like, gosh, learn something every day! Lol.
You hanging is gorgeous, every pat of it!! Loverly :) Enjoy sun while it lasts, tk care :))

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