Saturday, 30 May 2020
Saturday, 23 May 2020
The blue aquilegia is flowering well this year.
This double red astrantia is hidden behind a rose and easy to miss. I am not sure of the name but it could be 'Star of Love' and came from RHS Chatsworth two years ago.
The garden is doing me proud this May.
Thursday, 7 May 2020
Tulip Danceline from last year and now in the border, doing a very good impression of a peony.
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
I used recycled cardboard packaging for the page which I gessoed. I used acrylic paint through stencils for the swirly background and for the orange and yellow centre. I cut out gel press prints for the strips coming from the centre. The focal point house is a Lisa Horton stamp which I coloured with alcohol pens.
The windows and door have glossy accents to give them a bit of shine, although that isn't particularly evident in the photo. I added some glitter dots to each of the gel press strips, just because!
I stamped the words using a mixture of Hunkydory and Visible Image alphabet stamps and they are all things I am feeling grateful for. This page turned out quite similar to the image in my head (which isn't always the case!) and is a reminder of good things during a challenging time.With this page, I am joining in with the Creative Stamper May 2020 'Take it, Make it challenge'
Friday, 1 May 2020
Here is May's ATC, continuing the challenge I set myself for this year - to create an ATC for each month of 2020. I am enjoying this project very much, using lots of different techniques and media. I used one of my favourite stamps (by Jane Davenport) which appeared in my art journal and which I knew I would be revisiting.
Here is the art journal page.
Chris suggested using small die cut flowers rather than painted ones, particularly as the card is on a smaller scale. Luckily, I had just invested in some small flower dies - how fortuitous!) I painted the flowers in gouache, using bright happy colours. Leaves were added and then gold dots in the background. The centres of the flowers have glitter in them and the lady also has glittery hair and ribbons on her dress. The gemstones are citrine, pink dyed shell, amazonite, carnelian, larimar, emerald and aquamarine. The gemstone for May is emerald, so that is the charm at the bottom.
The back of the card has a lamb image and more flowers, together with the May verse, which mentions lambs.
I think it is a happy, bright and cheerful card, which makes me smile.