Friday, 1 April 2016
A new month, another country and, let's hope, a new season. The forecast for New York as I write this (six weeks early) is -17, so I'm hoping by the time I arrive at the end of March that it will have warmed up a little into Spring. And I hope you're enjoying blue skies and sunshine at least occasionally wherever you are. (UPDATE - glad to say that it has warmed up somewhat here in New York, and the sky is frequently blue!)
I'm happy to say that it's definitely Spring at Country View Challenges at least... that's the new theme from our lovely host, Monika.
I've got the usual springtime suspects in action - butterflies and spring flowers - but I've stuck to a neutral colour palette, and I've been having fun playing with some wax to create translucent layers.
It's pretty hard to see the layered effect in the photos, or to appreciate the waxy sheen and texture. You'll have to take it from me that this one looks really cool in real life!
I started by covering a piece of greyboard with Tim Holtz paper - some lovely large vintage script. I then put on a layer of wax - just dropping the beads onto the piece and melting them with my heat tool.
I added a couple of spritzes of DecoArt Media Mister in White Shimmer and then heated the wax again - love how this made the inky splatter shift and spread as the wax moved.
I added some more wax and then stamped the butterflies... you can just about see how they hover above the text here, I think.
I also stamped the Paris postmarks in white. They weren't showing up quite as I'd hoped, so I overstamped in brown and now they have a lovely echo effect.
I added some delicate spring flower woodcuts, and one of my much-loved WordBands tied on with fine twine, and finished the whole thing off with some delicate white spatter.
Do take a moment to hop over to Country View Challenges and see what my immensely talented team-mates have been up to. There are some wonderful new designers on board and we'll all be offering more inspiration throughout the month, so do check it all out. We hope you'll be inspired to come and play along with our Spring challenge this month.
Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends... tell me where to get more wax!
From the Frank and Ernest cartoon strip by Bob and Tom Thaves