Saturday, 21 June 2014

Curiously Watercoloured Pt 1

Gooooodly Morning to all you Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of a brand new Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.  To see all the details on how to join in with the challenge, CLICK HERE.  Also, if you pop across to Linda's blog, you will see all gorgeous creations that my talented teamies on the Curiosity Crew have made... well worth taking a cuppa and a Hobnob with you :O)    The challenge is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium this time... so you will have a chance of winning a generous Gift Certificate to spend there.  As before, Tim & Mario have very kindly donated goodies for an extra prize... which will be awarded to the "Curiosity Crew's Choice"... so you have two chances of winning fabby prizes!  If you haven't got your Compendium book just yet, you can order a signed copy directly from the man himself... HERE.  And... Linda has also done a FAQ page for you.. HERE it is... all the info you will need is listed there.   This week we are turning to Page 39 of the book and playing with Distress Watercolouring.  Now, as ever with the Compendium Challenge neither I nor the Curiosity Crew will be posting the technique instructions and participants must not do so either. We all want to encourage people to buy Tim's awesome book; giving away the instructions wouldn’t be fair to him. Linda will have no choice but to un-link any entries that don’t follow this rule.

 
My entry is a tag to go into my collection, it is coming along nicely.   I used Distress Watercolor Cardstock to do the technique - I have tried this on other watercolour cardstocks and I have to say that the Distress just seems to give me so much better results.   Now, the cardstock is a little smaller than a Size 8 tag so I cut it down to fit onto a tag and blended Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain DI's over the tag underneath... that way the watercolour part has something to sit on.  I also got my Distress Puffery-jobby *can't remember name lol* and used Walnut Stain Distress Marker to puff little freckles of ink over the background.



I used the Papillon stamp set from Tim... Stamping the large background first onto the cardstock using Frayed Burlap that I lightly misted with water and pressed down with less pressure on the right hand side... because I then stamped the butterflies using Jet Black Archival ink and didn't want the FB to show under them.   I used an offcut of the cardstock to stamp the butterflies again, cutting them out and then colouring them, along with the first impression ones using Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door and Tea Dye Distress Markers.  Now, I am never one for having a white background... I just don't seem to gel with it, so I used Antique Linen DI to blend over the card and making it tone into the tag helped how I liked it.  I added my trademark diamonds using Jet Black Archival... did I tell you I plan to use that diamond stamp on every thing I make for the Compenium Challenge?  I did?  Oh well, in case you missed it... I am using that diamond stamp on everything I make ;O))  



Best laid plans and all that... disahhhhster struck half way through making my tag!   I was sitting in the Room of Stash, minding me own business, when I heard a kerfuffle outside in the Spinney (the wood at the bottom of the garden) and being as it was gone midnight, I went to investigate.  I think it was a deer because the noise was too big for a foxy or a kittycat.  Anyways, when I got back to my desk, to my horror (and annoyance) I saw that my waterbrush had only gone and leaked its contents all over the freshly coloured cardstock!  Grrrr!  I dried it off and it looked a right mess.  Well, I had spent half an hour faffing getting the look I wanted and I wasn't about to be thwarted so I tore out the offending bit and layered the two bits onto the tag and added the sentiment underneath the torn bits... like it was supposed to be like that... I won't tell if you don't :O))  Final touches are the metal flowers - a combo of Vintaj and Idea-ology and some linen ribbon (oh I loves this stuff, i need more already!)



As ever, you will have two weeks to enter the challenge... and don't forget, the Crew's Choice prize is a mahooosive haul of stash donated by Tim & Mario... so remember to comment on all the Crew's blogs and you will be in with a chance of winning that too!   Thanks for looking, have an inky day!  TTFN

Hels x

124 comments:

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Hels this is a gorgeous tag. I do love all the things you make you are such a talented lady. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

julia sanders said...

These butterflies are outstanding. I love this tag.

carol edwards said...

Fabulous tag Hels featuring gorgeous butterflies. Love the cat by the way , he is so cute x

Vic said...

Perfect example of watercoloring and your background is fantastic!

Helen said...

gorgeous tag, Hels.

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels...gorgeous! Beautiful colouring and details as ever, have a good weekend...sorry I didn't get to make anything for Sunday Stampers this week..been one of those mad weeks for deadlines! Hugs Carole Z X

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Hi Hels what a fab tag, I do love a Flutterby or two. I will order some of the paper and see what the difference is.
I love doing the watercolour technique so really looking forward to it. I will have to decide if I will do another tag or not. I have no theme going on with my entries, apart from learning :)

Denise xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, I was too 'quick off the mark' when I bought Tim's 3rd Compendium, mine isn't signed - boohoo !!! I wish I had waited now haha. The techniques and tips are brilliant.
I adore this tag, colours are fab and the metal flowers are gorgeous, I love the diamond stamping (I have this stamp too, must get it out).
Lots of love from Patricia xx

butterfly said...

Oh, yum - totally gorgeous colours and colouring - this is glorious!
Alison x

Candy C said...

Hels...this tag is beautiful! I love your butterflies and how you've colored them. They look fantastic on your background! I also love your stacked metallic flowers...they are very cool. :) As always, a lovely piece. <3 Candy

Tracey Mallaghan said...

I love the whole tag but my favourite part is the way you handled the "deery noises from the spinney" mishap. I love the rip and the quote you chose to sit beneath, revealed like a hidden treasure. It's like it was meant to be, loving an imperfect tag perfectly :)

toni said...

Fabulous tag love the butterflies and quote. Toni x

SusanK said...

Butterflies, the color orange and Tim's product line...just doesn't get much better, does it?

SusanK said...

Butterflies, the color orange and Tim's product line...just doesn't get much better, does it?

rachel said...

hiya Hels - i love your tag - looking forward to trying the technique - brilliant. Have a great weekend! Hugs rachel xx

Scrapthat said...

Lovely as always Hels!! TFS

Yvonne said...

Oh Helsie!!! LOVE your tag. THe colors are sensational, the butterflies to die for!!! You always keep me coming back for me! LOVE LOVE LOVE this tag!!! You rocked it girl!Hope you enjoying your weekend! hehehe

Rita said...

Beautiful tag Hels. Still hoping to get to one of your classes. Hugs Rita xxx

Bonnie McLain said...

As many times as I have been on your blog, I have never seen this precious in the lower left corner... saw him today... must be your little one on line!!! Love it Hels... also love all that you have created here... and I love the metal flower arrangement you have created and also the beautiful BUTTERFLIES... so very pretty... love it all.. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Anita Houston said...

You make the most beautiful tags! This is gorgeous Hels! Love the way you did the quote!

Julia Aston said...

what a beautiful tag in the brown tones Hels! Your layered butterflies and metal blooms look lovely on this!

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Standard Helsie awesomeness!! I love this tag and your coloring is fabulous. I'm taking Claudine's composition class, so I'm noticing that everywhere. Yours is stellar!!

JanBianchi said...

Hels I love your tag. It is so well composed and love the message and the color tunes. Your butterflies are lovely.

janetg said...

A beautiful tag to add to your collection. Love the color scheme and sentiment.

Rea' said...

So beautiful, love the colors and you know I'm a Tim-A-Holic so I love All the Tim embellishments!! Your butterflies look so real!!

Chary Deiling said...

This tag is simply beautiful.

Ruby Craft said...

Your tag is gorgeous. Love the colors and the tear away for the quote. Sometimes my most creative pieces were inspired by looking at my mistakes and thinking I don't like this, how can I fix it.

Marjie Kemper said...

Well this is plain gorgeous, Hels (and there's nothing plain about it!) Love how you dealt with the 'offending' object and also the extremely lovely stacked flowers.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful work Hels, your stunning is perfect even with a little mishap. Good choice of colors with your browns and love your flowers and your trademark.

Claudine Criner said...

This is just beautiful Hels, I love the color palette you used on your tag. Nicely done

Kathy Eddy said...

Beautiful as always Hels! I love all of the colors you used to create this!

Susan said...

.Hels, this tag is gorgeous! I am especially impressed at how you took what some people might have given up on and thrown away after the water spill disaster and made it even better! The watercolor you did is beautiful! love it!

tocovya said...

Love the Metal flowers, painfully nice

Petra said...

nice work. Nice color combination! and great flowers indeed

Maura said...

Like the muted effect, makes them seem real!

Debby H said...

The detailed and dimension on your butterflies is wonderful. TFS.

Chris said...

Fantastic tag Hels and such wonderful details and watercolouring. Love the stamps you used too! :-)

Annette Green said...

Of course I adore this tag. The colors are me. But it's your funny story of the noise outside that got me. I love that you embraced the imperfection and made good of it in the end. I also give you credit for your bravery of going out into the late night to investigate the sound. Not me. Too chicken!

akmoose said...

I love the way the butterflies are layered, the colors and the fact that you have an "image" that you will include on all your tags. I think I may consider that…it fun! Kind of a hidden secret message!

Velvet Pearson said...

What a happy accident then, the torn part of the tag really makes it for me. I also like the pearl centers you used on the flowers.

Peg Robinson said...

I love those stamps and embellishments. So yummy.

Redanne said...

The butterflies are just so perfect on your beautiful tag Hels, really love the background and the quote is wonderful. As always, a gorgeous tag! Hugs, Anne xx

barbarayaya62 said...

FAb tag ! I love the way you've used this neutral tone! AMazing! BArbarayaya

carol watson said...

Great story, I am still laughing, I have to go back and read again, what fun! Love the tag, love the story, love a chance to win prizes, your the best!

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craftylyn said...

Hi Hels I just love this tag. The colours are so soft and yummy and I love the butterflies.

Ruth L said...

Oh I love butterflies, and these are so perfectly colored and the embellishments are matching your tag so amazingly!

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BarbaraW said...

Love your tag. The butterflies are wonderful. Love the dimension and the colors. Brilliant fix up of the paintbrush mishap. It works so well it looks planned.

Shari Trumbull said...

Just Gorgeous, Hels!! Butterflies and blooms and baubles--Beautiful!! What a fantastic inspiration tag you designed for the CC3#5 challenge :) I'm just blown away at each challenge with the creations you make :) XOXO-Shari

JackieP Neal said...

Hels, I love the warm colors with the butterflies of your tag- delishisness!(sic)

Buttons said...

Beautifully done Hels. Those butterflies look they could fly right off the tag. Jenny x

Ruth said...

Adore the tones of brown...beautiful and love how you've made the flowers, another wonderful creation Hels.

Anneke said...

Beautiful tag. Love the details. Anneke.

Terry said...

Lovely vintage colors on your tag, Hels! The butterflies are gorgeous!

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Gorgeous tones.. Gorgeous design.. Great inspiration .. I shall be having a crack at this challenge.. Px

Jess M said...

I love the layers on the butterflies. The colors are stunning.
Jess

Studio Rose said...

I'll have you know it's all your fault I recently purchased Tim's harlequin stamp in TWO DIFFERENT SIZES!!! Oh yes, you can take the blame entirely for THAT, Missy! And I'll be using it soon, I promise you that!

Hmmm. I have those butterfly stamps already, so you're off the hook this time.

Stop using such cool stuff; you are bad for my wallet!

janna'scraftingattic said...

Very gorgeous tag, love all those colours, frayed burlap and marigold :-)
Yes little diamond stamp is noticed & it's cute

sara j said...

Beautiful tag - I'm a sucker for those flowers!!!

Carol said...

Great save! I really like how you blended the card stock with the tag too...

Did you ever find out what/who the critter was that came to interrupt your art?

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE your trademark diamonds! And those butterflies and metal flowers and gorgeous BG make one Beautiful tag, Hels!

Nikki Acton said...

Another Hels stunner - love the neutral pallet and fantastic composition. Nikki xx

Sandra said...

Love this tag! Love the butterflies! And the colors are so pretty. Hugs, Sandra

Lisa H said...

beautiful!!!!

TangledBlueRose said...

Wonderful tag! I love the sentiment, it is perfect. Enjoy your downtime, the cute kitty in the corner will watch over things!
Have a lovely day~kim

Julie Wheatman said...

Gorgeous Tag, love how you managed turn your little mishap around, no one need ever know it was not how it was meant to be lol.

Mandy Welch said...

Beautiful Butterflies ma dear!

Kim said...

It's the disasters that keep things entertaining!! I love the layers..especially the butterflies!!

Vic said...

Beautiful tag. The butterflies look different monochromatic. I like how you incorporated your mishap into the project and it has even more character! You flowed with it and that's cool! I love your work! Thanks for teaching us!

penny4thoughts said...

Gorgeous tag with such a perfect sentiment!

Gwendolyn Taylor said...

Beautiful tag.love the look of simplicity (but we know it's not.)

Vintagelady said...

Fabulous with lovely butterflies and a very creative background.

Kourtney Vallee said...

Beautiful tag! Great colors. Those butterflies are one of my all time favorite stamps.

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous tag Hels, always love butterflies and moths.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Sandra Parrott said...

Love the butterflies and the coloring you used.

Jan Hill said...

Beautiful as ever, where do you get your inspiration?

kayh5106 said...

Gorgeous tag!

JansArtyJunk said...

Fabulous tag Hels...Love your butterflies and flowers!! :)

Dakota Bear said...

Fantastic tag! I love the colors used. The covered up disaster give the whole design great character.

Cim Allen said...

I love the tag, it's beautiful. All the details and colors are amazing. I love the little cat peeking out from the edge .. too cute :)

Lisa S. said...

The metal flowers really pick up the tones in the gorgeous butterflies Hels. I love this tag!

Lisa :) said...

It's so hard to decide what I love most about this tag. The color palette (which is SO unusual for that stamp!) or the meal flowers or the allover look. It's fab!

SannaS said...

GORGEOUS elegant tag!! =)

Lone said...

Love this tag! amazing!

Deb Lorence said...

BEAUTIFUL tag Hels! Love the butterflies!

Deb Lorence said...

BEAUTIFUL tag Hels! Love the butterflies!

Jackie Blackman said...

So pretty. The colours are amazing

Sharon Y said...

Loving the vintage vibe on your tag. The butterflys are one of my go to stamps. No sign of a disaster here. Nice work.

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Hels this is fab, I love the colours and the flutterbys. I love all the embellishments xx

Denise x

Gigi Desine said...

Beautiful work on the metal flower embellishments. how you bent them and worked them to give more 3D effect. Love the colour choices and you, also, pulled off the 'butterfly' effect with style. Love your creativity!

Bobbi Smith said...

Your tag is gorgeous Hels! The butterflies are beautiful and I love the background!

Carol Becker said...

What a gorgeous tag!

holsteindesisn said...

I love how you used the second set of butterfly stamps to give dimensionality along with the flowers.

GreenMonsta00 said...

Amazing tag, and I love how you dealt with the disaster. So much texture, and little details that pull everything together.

Kimberly Cobb said...

What a lovely tag. I love the warm colors and the use of the metal flowers.

Vicky's Scrapping Passion said...

Cute tag. I love the butterflies. Very inspiring, thanks

Inky Angel said...

Gorgeous background and beautifully layered butterflies. The metal flowers added extra dimension to this fabulous tag.
Hugs, Katie

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Your tag is superb. I love the colours you've used, the butterflies mixed with the metal embellishments. Sorry I couldn't play this time, but I was on holiday. Can't wait to get inky for the new challenge. :)

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