Hello all, and welcome to 2016! After last night's festivities and a huge post here yesterday (What do you wish for? - an altered book, full of good wishes for you all) I'm going to keep it short and sweet today.
It's the first of the month (in case you hadn't noticed) so we're straight in with a new theme at Country View Challenges and the wonderful Brenda is hoping we'll be Inspired by Bottles. Well, I hope you weren't too inspired by bottles at midnight last night (whenever your midnight was), and that your glass recycling isn't too full of these today!
Regulars will know that I'm often inspired by bottles - I alter the real thing (sometimes very wackily), I make them out of leftover acetate packaging (sometimes with extra frosting!) or out of MDF, or layers of crackle over die-cuts, and I've got a whole Pinterest board pretty much full of the things. You might say I'm not so much inspired by them as obsessed by them, so I was very happy to see this theme come up! You'll find lots of inspiration from my lovely team-mates over at Country View Challenges, and as always we'll be serving up more throughout the month so do pop back and visit us regularly.
For my first offering I've kept it very simple - an ATC, one of the wonderful PaperArtsy bottle stamps, and some of my favourite translucent Fresco paints, some Glossy Accents and that's really about it.
The Fresco colours are Glass Blue, Blueberry and Limelight, applied in watery washes and blends. Then there's a thick coat of Glossy Accents which I allowed to dry overnight...
... before adding some delicate stamping to a Distress Ink spritz and flick background...
... some puddles of shadow - each bottle casting its shadow according to the colour of the glass it's made of...
No regrets, I think, is a pretty good resolution. Since there are already adventurous travel plans in place thanks to work, I'm ready for adventure this year too.
And I will continue to work in whatever ways I can for a fairer, more compassionate society, that has something other than money as its beating heart. I hope that 2016 will bring light and peace... we need it in these increasingly fraught times. Happy New Year to you all.
Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.