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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Pretty in Pink... Pink? Yes Pink!

Hello all.  After all the excitement, I've a little bit of Artistic Outpost to finish the week off with, and when I say little...

This canvas is just 4x4 inches, so it's definitely little.  And don't adjust your sets - you are in the right place - Words and Pictures is having one of its pink moments!  (It does happen now and then...)


It wasn't intended to be pink, of course; the colours I used on it are called Hot Cinnamon and Spiced Pumpkin, but once they're over white paint and dabbed back... there's really no escaping the fact that it's pretty pink (or Pretty in Pink for any fans of 1980s teen movies!).




I started out by covering the canvas in strips of the butterflies tissue tape from the Sketchbook set, and then gave the whole thing a couple of washes of paint - some white, some not so white.  I forgot to take a picture at this stage.  

By now, you can just see the butterflies hovering in the background!







At this point it was all looking a bit neutral (I know - I must just have been in one of those moods), so I grabbed these little sprays that I made up from the Primary Elements powders by Luminarte that I succumbed to after the fantastic Finnabair workshop I attended last summer.









I gave it a couple of spritzes of each, and then did the same with a few of my white mulberry paper roses.  

It's on these flowers that you can see how vibrant (and not pink) the colours can also be.










They're dotted over one of the wooden flourishes that I was lucky enough to get from Crafty Emblies before it disappeared.  I inked it with Walnut Stain to get it toning in with what else was going on.













The quote is from the Artistic Outpost Typography plate, stamped in Potting Soil, only I've stamped it without its globe.  I tore and inked the edges with Walnut Stain before layering it over some cheesecloth.











Obviously I had to ink the edges of the canvas too.  Spot the almost subliminal butterfly hovering along the edge there!






The final step was some painty splattering...














and that's my little canvas... sometimes you just have to give in to "pretty" (and pink)!







Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday, and I'll see you out there in Craftyblogland soon.  

Pink is a beautiful colour, because it is one of the colours that the sun makes at twilight and in the dawns.
C. Joybell C.


65 comments:

Inkypinkycraft said...

Beautiful softness and yes I did wonder at the pink, but it still has all your touches! Xx

Brenda Brown said...

You took me right back to the Finn weekend with your description here and your quandary of using pinks and I know you are not a 'pink'person but this is beautiful. The sprays over the tape and paint have created a stunning background and the painty splashes are perfect to give it that fabulous finish. I love the saying and the embellishing too. Embrace the pinks my friend they suit you.
Enjoy your Sunday.
hugs {Brenda} x0x

clare said...

Very elegant and the pink looks great.

Shirley Chillman said...

It may be little Alison but it packs an awful lot into it. I am partial to a little pink (OK a lot) so this is a winner for me. I love seeing the start to finish of your projects.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Deborah said...

Argh, I've got that song on my mind now, thank you! :-) Nevertheless, your mini canvas really is so pretty. I love the white splashes and splatters.

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

love your pretty pink here, Alison!

Amanda said...

Pink suits you!! Bring on more pink! this is a fabulous little make I like how the butterflies softly come through
Love
Amanda x

Julie Short said...

I'm not a pink girl but your piece Alison is wonderful. I have just gotten the primary elements in and have not experimented nearly enough yet. Love!

Helen said...

Yes, sometimes you need to embrace your pink side, and you did so here!! Tiny little project, but huge on detail and gorgeousness. Just seen your comment on yesterday's PA post, that you'll be at Stevenage in February, I so hope that I can get to say hi in person and meet the artist who makes all this wonderful "stuff"!!

Chrissy said...

Love your PINK 4x4 canvas Alison..fabulous sentiment and love the splattering of paint and such a lovely sentiment..

luv CHRISSYxx

craftytrog said...

A beautiful, feminine canvas Alison! I love the inky splatters & that fab quote.
It takes me back to that wonderful Finn class too...I need to throw some teabags! Lol!
Happy Sunday,
Alison xxx

May said...

Gorgeous canvas Alison... the Pink for me is so beautiful...Love the splatters.. great tutorial... Hugs May x x x

Emma Dawson said...

It's really beautiful! The pinks are subtle, I love the splatters and gorgeous quote.


Emma x

Rita said...

Gorgeous canvas Jenny. The beautiful pinks along with stunning roses just create a mini art piece. Enjoy your Sunday. Hugs Rita xxx

isisimaginings.com said...

Beautiful. I love the contrast between the pinks & the flourishes.

Julia said...

The pink looks good especially with the brown. I really like the effect with the cheesecloth, a beautiful project. X

Astrid Maclean said...

Well I know this is not your usual colour palette, but I really love this!! The highlights of colour just behind the roses, really draw the eye in, specially with those fab paint splatters (great touch that). The translucent butterflies in the background are wonderful and I LOVE that quote!!! In fact I love this whole little canvas... I am not really a pink person either usually, but here together with the brown tones I think it looks wonderful!!

Dots Dabbles said...

Embrace the Pink! Gorgeous tones Alison and beautifully put together. It shows a lot of heart.
Dot x

Maggie said...

Pretty in Pink Alison I love it!!

MaggieH

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

OMG. I did have to check if I landed at the right blog lol. This is gorgeous! Little gem you've got here Alison! Don't give up on pink, it really suits you! :) xxx

sam21ski said...

Oooooh PINK, get you - stunning

Sam xxx

Stempeln und mehr - Evelyns bunte Welt said...

Alison, this canvas is really beautiful, allthough it isn´t "your" color. It´s not sooo pinkish because of the combination with the brown and the white splatters. And the quote is wonderful! I find, you could chose this color some more times :)
xx Evelyn

Francesca said...

Hi Alison, get you with all that pink. Looks great. Francesca xxx

Redanne said...

Wow Alison, it may be small and it may be pink but it is beautiful!! You took me back to the class I did with Finn, using those vibrant sprays. I love the flourish you used and your splattering is fabulous. Hugs, Anne x

Sue C said...

I did have to do a double take when I saw the word pink...lol... Absolutely beautiful project Alison, as usual, love the background and the paint splatters. You've convinced me that I'need'the luminarte powders too! Sue C x

Sue C said...

I did have to do a double take when I saw the word pink...lol... Absolutely beautiful project Alison, as usual, love the background and the paint splatters. You've convinced me that I'need'the luminarte powders too! Sue C x

Netty said...

To tell you the truth thought I had gone to the wrong blog Alison.
Love your small canvas, very pretty in pink. Hugs Annette x

Netty said...

Forgot to say I love the splatters of white, which enhances this sweet canvas. xx

Marci said...

This makes me happy when I look at it!!!

Annie said...

Fabulous canvas Alison. I like the co,ours and splats. The sentiment is great and the florals just complete the romantic look

Hugs Annie x

Anna-Karin said...

Gorgeous pink project Alison! Love the fabulous textures as always and that sentiment stamp is a favourite of mine.

Nan G said...

Sweet and soft! It seems no matter what colors you use Alison, it turns out gorgeous!

Carol Q said...

definitely not your usual colours Alison but I like what you did with them! I think what I really like is the splattering of the white which breaks it up and your addition of the cheesecloth.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Simply lovely, Alison! The colors are so appealing to my eye and the flourish is gorgeous. Love the sentiment - I actually have it sitting on my desk and was considering it for my AO hop piece. Hope you are having a great weekend!

Hugs,
Linda

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what a romance?! AMAZING Alison.. I am in love wizh all your gorgeous projects ...
I can really see the love and the know how you incorporate to each piece!

Mrs.B said...

Pink Perfection springs to mind Alison - I love it.
Gorgeous tones and the paint splats just add to the lovely finish. Love the sentiment.
Avril xx

Dorthe said...

Dear Alison, I
admit it..I`m a pink person :-) and I love your beautiful little canvas.
So gorgeous with the see through effect, to the butterflyes, and the pink different tones , have a great look with the brown swirl and "sign"
So very lovely.
Hugs,Dorthe

maj. said...

Oh, it is really beautiful, this pink...!!!

Danielle said...

Love this project!!

Von said...

There is a time and place for every colour and this was obviously the right time for you :) it's beautiful and the splash of white finishes it off to perfection :)
Von ♥

Dianne said...

It's just a freaking fantastic in pink.... I think it's GORGEOUS IN PINK... Love the, well everything :O, those white splotches all over fabulous, another BRILLIANT creation, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week,and a wee bit of rest.. ((( BIG HUGS )))...

cathylynn said...

Oh Yes... Pretty In Pink for sure!! Love al 4x4" of it!! You've created a BIG hit! Love the splatters too!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Sue said...

This is pink in all it's loveliness Alison. I love the glimpses of the butterflies doming through, and the paint splatters and cheesecloth are the perfect finishing touches xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A great quote and a girly pink canvas...not too cute but so creative.
And also congrats to you, as a new DT member...well deserved Alison :-)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Pink! Whoo hoo! I was messing about with some oranges today (the color not the fruit) and I swear they were trying their darnedest to look pink so I know how you can't always trust them colors to stay true. But it does make for some interesting artwork! I love this piece and never would have guessed at its small size if you hadn't said.

Gio said...

I'm hooked! Of course it' so sweet and slightly pink ;-)!

Sandy said...

Good Fathers Alison - I had to scroll for 30 minutes to leave a comment. I think you look beautiful in pink and yes I was somewhat surprised. Your little canvas is so pretty - I do love little.
Sandy xx

Meggymay said...

Beautiful and romantic, love the pinks.
Yvonne

pearshapedcrafting said...

Now there's a surprise! Pink suits you! A gorgeous canvas - all the more beautiful for the spattering and that special quote! Chrisx

2amscrapper said...

so pretty in pink! I especially love how the flowers were transformed.

toni said...

Glad you succumbed to the pink! You have worked your usual magic on this lovely canvas , love the sentiment too x

chrissies said...

A beautiful little canvas with some great ideas as always. More a pink mix than just pink I would say and I love it.

Have a great day

Chrissie x

Coco said...

Adorable small pink canvas!!! Love the colours, and your very interesting background from butterflies strips of paper first! Lovely Alison. Hugs Coco xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

This is a little gem! I am busily playing catch up so I see I am not the first to comment (Ha Ha!) I love the background, the lovely torn sentiment and - yes - Words and Pictures rocked the colour Pink!!! Julie Ann xx

Ellie Knol said...

How beautiful, it's just perfect... again, always..
The fabric/gauze you've used, what is that called?

Jools Robertson said...

Perfectly petite and pretty pink, and such a lovely quote
Very beautiful background effect and details

Jools x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Gorgeous, love every detail.

Kate said...

Absolutly beautiful! I am loving the pink! The fiber is so cool. It looks like a crack. Very creative.
Kate

massofhair said...

Like your small canvas, so petite and pink. Lots of wonderful interest, layering and textures to see. Love what you have created :-) xxx

Buttons said...

Never thought I'd see you use pink but it's fantastic! You should use it more as you got this looking feminine without going too girly (if that makes sense!) Jenny x

Anita Houston said...

WHAT??? Pink? Next you will be doing your dreaded red!!! LOL!!! Seriously, it's gorgeous!

Margaret said...

Thought I was in the wrong place for a moment! :) This really is pretty in pink and while I know it's not your favorite color to work with, you have made a beautiful and delicate canvas, perfect for it's petite size!

sara j said...

I love it when you go in a different direction!!! And I am a total gauze, cheesecloth, whatever fan....another lovely make Alison!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Don't you just love happy accidents ... the pink is definitely one of those. What really makes it marvelous is white, from the textured cheese cloth to the "just right" amount of splatters. The butterflies in the background ... a lovely touch to accent this marvelous sentiment. Beautiful -- Mary Elizabeth

Kezzy said...

Wow I know you're not a pink person but this is truly gorgeous. Really soft with added vibrancy. I love the peeking of the butterflies underneath. I really must try and do a Finnabair workshop when she is back in the UK. Hugs Kezzy :-) xxx