Monday, 19 May 2014

BOTANICAL BLISS

This week the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is challenging you to find your botanical bliss, a theme chosen by my fellow team member Suzz.
Being a keen gardener, the theme this week is right up my street, I adore fresh flowers, wildlife, nature and can often be found spending hours in my garden just pottering away! I used one of Tim Holtz Burlap Panels as this gave a real natural feel to the background. To add texture I applied a coat of Wendy Vecchi's Metallic Gold Embossing Paste and once dry I then applied a good coverage of Wendy's Crackled Texture Paste; those random sized crackles make me happy!
Once everything was dry I then applied Walnut Stain Distress Stain over the background, the stain seeps into all the cracks which I love and gives a lovely aged feel to the piece. I then placed the Wendy Vecchi 3 Fresh Flowers stencil onto the panel and then applied snowflake Fresco Finish Paint over the stencil and then heat set with a heat tool. My second layer was Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish Paint and once dry I then applied Mocha Mouse to the centre of the flower. To make the flowers pop against the background I drew around the petals with a black pen. Tinned Peas Fresco Finish Paint was added for the stems.
For added dimension I included a Word Band coloured with touches of Olive Bronze Treasure Gold Wax along with a dimensional bird created with black UTEE poured into a Martha Stewart bird mold. To highlight all the detail on the bird I rubbed over with the Olive Bronze Wax.
For added interest I included Number Brads to the centre of my flowers. I then applied a coat of Multi Matt Medium to protect the canvas which lightened some of the areas, which I loved and once dry I applied Olive Bronze Wax around the edges of the canvas.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members artwork, they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated. Tracy x x



Products Used:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Burlap Panels, Word Bands, Number Brads
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Snowflake, Pumpkin Soup, Mocha Mousse, Tinned Peas 

37 comments:

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Wow Tracy this is fabulous. I might give this a go with what I have xx. It looks like loads of fun and in return a beautiful piece. It is lovely.
Denise xx

Helen said...

Just beautiful, Tracy with that fantastic crackled background.

carol edwards said...

How pretty Tracy, a perfect look into a little art work of lovely nature.x

Inky Angel said...

This is stunning Tracy. Love the crackled look.
Hugs, Katie

Rita said...

Wow Tracy. What a wonderful fearful crackles piece of art. Love it. Those sunflowers are so stunning. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Anneke said...

This looks amazing. Beautiful looks very old. Thanks for sharing Anneke.

Ivory Moon said...

WOW STUNNING, AMAZING AND GORGEOUS .... Tracy this really is awesome xxxxx love it
Tina xxxx

Zoe said...

Wow! Amazing piece Tracy xx Zoe xx

rachel said...

oh wow Tracy - this is truely amazing - I love it to bits xx

Meihsia Liu said...

Gorgeous creation, Tracy. Love the beautiful texture and vintage colors. :)

Marci said...

I really like this! The flowers are the star of the show but fantastic crackle, too.

Marjie Kemper said...

Thud. Chin hits floor. LOVE this, Tracy! Off to pin.

Dawn Gold said...

Amazing...so impressed with the crackle it is perfect as is this

Sandra said...

Wow the crackle looks amazing! So pretty, Tracy! Hugs, Sandra

Lori said...

Wow, this is STUNNING Tracy! I just love the crackly look, and stenciling on top is brilliant!

Amy* said...

I'm in awe of this creation Tracy!

Amy*

Tracy said...

Love this

Redanne said...

There is SO much inspiration in this piece Tracy - the crackle, the colours, the stencilling - everything - a truly wonderful piece! Anne x

Annette Green said...

Saw this on Facebook Tracy and just had to run to your blog and tell you how amazing it is!! That crackle is wonderful!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Tracy! Gorgeous canvas! I love the crackled background! Thanks for the inspiration!

MichelleZ said...

This piece amazes me! I never would've known that the crackle was applied first. What a wonderful technique! I love your UTEE bird too. He's a treasure!
Such a beautiful project!

Wanda Hentges said...

This is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anna-Karin said...

This is so pretty Tracy! Great idea to layer gold paste and crackle paste and the flowers, UTEE bird and everything else are absolutely wonderful.

Emma Williams said...

I just love everything about this piece, from the crackles to the flowers, it's just wonderful!! :) It's a really beautiful project Tracy... xx

Buttons said...

Oh SO clever Tracy! This is superb and such a clever use of that crackled background. Jenny x

barbarayaya62 said...

Tracy your cracled background is stunning and the flower absolutely fabulous! Amazing! barbarayaya

Almo said...

This piece is stunning Tracy, I am fascinated by all the steps of how you have put it together, thank you so much for the inspiration. Mo x

Rein said...

Gorgeous art work!

butterfly said...

Wowzer... that crackle is absolutely to die for - makes me happy too! - and I love the golden glow of the flowers against the grungy background. Spectacularly brilliant!
Alison xx

Suzanne C said...

Tracy this is fantastic! I want to reach out and touch the surface as it looks so cool! Beautiful!

Coco said...

Utterly wonderful Tracy... wow!!! Hugs, enjoy your week-end Coco xx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Stunning panel! Many layers and crackles then added some colours, It's so beautiful!! I love a crackles, I only tried 2D but I hope 3D. The yellow flowers and the UTEE mold bird are wonderful. Thank you so much for comment for my first challenge, It's my treasure xxx

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Tracy, you know I love this canvas, the crackle is FANTASTIC, I love to touch it and it has a place of honor on my inspiration wall, I love it, thanks for sharing..

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Wow! That aging/crackling technique was incredible! I love the concept of taking something fresh like a flower and giving it that really amazing distressed vibe. You do work wonders with canvas and this was an incredible piece to study!

soapHOUSEmama said...

this is stunning! I love that crackling!!!

glitzzy said...

Wowzer you have done it again!
Beautiful work luv luv all the colours and textures xxxxxxxxxx

Denise Fletcher said...

Love this and thanks for explaining the technique Tracy xxx