Saturday, 1 November 2014

Bugs and bees (butterflies allowed)

Hello everyone and welcome on this chilly first of November.
It being the first of the month, means it's the start of several new challenges, so this is the first of 2 projects I'll be posting today...
This one is for Countryview Crafts where the theme is Bugs and Bees (just to remind us of the warm days of Summer I guess), - oh and it is allowed to use butterflies too.

I decided to create a wall panel, using some of my favourite stamps and techniques:
I'll show you some close ups of the different panels with some brief descriptions:
Using Ranger embossing paste with a Tim Holtz folder, some stamping with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and further stenciling with another folder and Black Soot.
Using a background stamp from my stash, stencilling with another Tim Holtz layering stencil, the bee embellishment is paper clay into which I stamped a bee stamp from the Graphics 45 French Country stamps. I coloured it with Distress paints and Decoart Antiquing cream in black.
Another background stamp, this one from Artistic Outpost, using the embossing resist technique with clear embossing powder. More stenciling and the little letters came originally from Calico Craft who sadly no longer exist.
More stenciling with the texture paste, over painting with Golden Fluid Acrylics and then stamping with gesso and a small background stamp on top of that.
A piece of the Bee paper from the Wallflower paper stash by Tim Holtz. I thought it was just perfect for this challenge theme, so all I did was ink a bit around the edges.

Almost all of these products are available from Countryview Crafts, where if you live in the UK, you never have to pay postage!
Well, happy first of the month! I'll be back later with a project for Our Creative Corner.
Thanks for visiting!!


Rita said...

Fabulous creation Astrid. Sorry to say I'm not a big fan of bugs etc. Love what you've done though. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

chrissie said...

Amazing and a real stand out piece for any wall

Love Chrissie x

Sophie said...

Großartig, Astrid.
Deine Kreationen sind immer wieder herrliche Kunstwerke.
Da kann ich nur staunen und bewundern.

Umarmung und Grüße
Sophie xx

Deborah said...

A beautiful sampler of techniques, such great colour and texure, Astrid. And Bugs and butterflies perfectly suit 1st November down here in the south - it's positively balmy! said...

Hi Astrid love the blocking it makes each piece stand out very clever. Dee x

Pamellia said...

Fantastic Astrid! I love the richness of the dark red panels, such a great accent to the soft neutral hues and stencilling! A perfect balance of textures and colours! Incredible work! hugs :)

Nikki Acton said...

Great wall panel Astrid - so cleverly composed with your colour and positioning. Nikki x

Maryann Laursen said...

Amazing work here again Astrid. You just never disappoint us here, and not today eiother, it´s fabulous work.

Joan said...

Wonderful wall piece, so much to look at and admire, love the embossing with the folder and texture paste, never realised could do that, need to find out about it.

Jenny Marples said...

Love, love, love this idea of panelling - must give it ago. Another huge helping of creative inspiration Astrid. Thank you so much. Jenny x

Doreen said...

Love all the details of your beautiful wall

froebelsternchen said...

This is amazing dear Astrid!

Ros Crawford said...

Wonderful! And did I spot some stamping in white??

rkramadh said...

Gorgeous as always! I love the deep rich colors. May
I ask what each panel is made of? Is it canvas board or something? How were they assembled please? Sorry for asking too many questions....I just want to attempt a wall piece like this for my craft room....thanks for great inspiration as always!

Redanne said...

Astrid, this is so beautiful, I love the rich colours and the beautiful textures you have created. It is a truly wonderful hanging. Anne xx

Anneke said...

Gorgeous creation. It must look great when it is hanging on the wall . Great idea. Lovely combination. Anneke xxx

Margaret Mifsud said...

This is fabulous Astrid!! Love the look of the different panels, each one a little art piece on its own. Brilliant and delightful!!! ox

Unknown said...

Gorgeous layout with the patchwork effect, lovely deep rich colours too x

Meggymay said...

A fantastic piece, all the panels look interesting with their own super details.

Sue said...

This is wonderful Astrid, I love your paperclay embelishment xx

Jools Robertson said...

Love this wall panel, the colours are gorgeous my favourite colour palette and beautiful bugs too

Jools x

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