..cor blimey and thrice!!! Thank heavens for unlimited t'internet because on Sunday last, I had a very muchly needed Skypey catch up with my bestie Ellen. SIX hours!!! Yes, SIX!!! Well, it has been too long since we had a chance to catch up properly and we had both said that Sunday was the day we both needed an I Challenge Thee. If you haven't heard of our special recipe challenge before, basically, a few years ago we were doing a Sunday Skype sesh and Ellen said "My Mojo has gone!" So, I said "I challenge thee to make.... " and then listed a load of stuff she could use... like a proper recipe! It worked a treat so it is a little something that we do whenever we get the chance because, whilst we both use the exact same products (colours too sometimes) the things we make look totally different. Tis all in the interpretations I guess. A couple of weeks ago, Ellen went to a class with Finnabair (Ania Dabrowska). And not only was she doing a class with the wonderful Finn, she was also sitting next to none other than THE Wendy Vecchi! How Peeled Paint am I?!!! Anyways... Ellen shows me the art that she made on the class and I am like "ooooh, I neeeeds to try that.... " We put together a list of goodies we could use and here it is:
- Large rectangular canvas - mine is 12" x 9" deep edged (bargain £2.99 from the Works!)
- Dimensional embellies - to include Finn's Mechanicals line from Prima
- Finn's 9th Wave papers (omg... LUSH!)
- Stabilo ALL Pencil
- Treasure Gold
- Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste
- Paper Flowers
So, it wouldn't be fair to tell you exactly how this creation was made because this is Finn's technique... tbh, if I had the dosh I would be going to one of her classes when she is here later this month... but I haven't, so I won't be! Anyways.... all I will say is that it is FUN!
I have long since admired Finn and the art that she makes is just simply breathtakingly beautiful. Now, if you haven't heard of Finn (that won't be many of you I know) or even if you have heard of her... check out her amazing blog HERE. Seriously, before you go, get a cuppa and a packet of HobNobs and settle in for hours of eye candy. I had the pleasure of meeting Finn at CHA in January... she is adorable and totally unaware of just how amazing she is... brilliant artists are oft like that I have found... Wendy Vecchi is another... which links me in nicely to the Wendy Vecchi part of my canvas.
Now, I make no secret of the fact that I am Wendy's Numero Uno
And of course, any chance to chuck a ton of embellies at something makes me verrry happy. So, out came the Mechanicals embellies (these are sooo gorgeous) I added in some Junk Yard stuff from Prima, some old embellies from my stash and of course, my Embellish Your Art from Wendy Vecchi (see the theme here?) Once I had got everythng done, I used my Stabilo pencil to whip around the textured bits to add shading... and did the same with the embelllies just so they popped a bit more. Of course, I added my two tone border to the edge of the canvas (I do this all the time I know but it makes me happy). Finally I dry brushed Treasure Gold all over the canvas and then smudged parts of it with my fingers. This then meant the canvas was BLING! So I used some black paint, applied with my finger, to just dull it all down again... Personally I wouldn't chose these colours again as they are waaay too bright for me... so I am going to have another go at this fab technique using my fave browns and creams... but it is good to step out of the comfort zone right? Oh and... I personalized this canvas for me... the numbers are my birthday and the plaque is... erm... the age I will be in... ahem... 22 years!!! *yeah right!* To see Ellen's amazing creation, CLICK HERE... it is LUSH!!
I shall away now... we have a very special visitor coming to see us today and we needs to get the house sorted. Oh yesh, Rich and Mary are coming over for dinner and Jerry the Springer will be coming with them... I will get some pics of him and pop them on here tomorrow. And I know you will be thinking "what about AlfieCat!!!" Don't worry, he will be safely ensconsed in his usual position (our bed) with a tin of tuna and water and toys in case he gets a bit peckish and fancies a play. As ever, thanks for looking... have a great day! TTFN