Thursday, 5 January 2017

Swirls, Whirls and Flourishes at Stamps and Stencils

Happy New Year to you all, I'm kicking off the first challenge of the year over at Stamps and Stencils and I've chosen Swirls, Whirls and Flourishes! There are such a variety of stencils, stamps, embellishments in these designs and they are so versatile that I thought it would be fun to incorporate them somewhere in a creation of your choosing. I've had some chipboard flourishes for a while and chose to incorporate them in a little canvas I'm going to have sitting on my craft space. This year I'm going to keep positive by looking for the Joy in things.

Very grungy...a bit like January really, except there is some bling if you look closely and lots of texture .

I started off with a small 7 x 5 canvas that I added some mod roc or plaster bandage to the edges. Using Teresa Green and Chartreuse fresco paints I lay some colour onto the background.

I've added stamping and used a flourish stencil with embossing and grunge paste. Some prima blooms drips in Teal were added.

A little crackle paste was added and then I started to alter the mdf shapes, a little while later I've added micro beads, glitter, drips of watercolour... I also used a green and a raw umber glaze letting it seep into the cracks before wiping back. Basically I just had fun adding and taking away. Although I liked the monochrome palette I decided a little contrast was needed in purple.

I'm always surprised how things turn out, rarely anything like I originally thought...they evolve and I guess that's the beauty and yes the joy of creating.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I do hope you'll be able to join in with our challenge and please do hop across and see what the DT have created to inspire you, there really is some yummy eye candy!

R x


  1. Lovely little project Ruth & I love this topic. Wonder if it will get my mojo up and running!

    Lesley Xx

  2. Love it too Ruth...never know, Lesley and I just might! Xx 😀

  3. Oh, Ruth, I could stare at this amazing piece of art for hours! What a spectacular mixed media creation this is! I adore your fantastic crackles, your perfectly blended colors and your fabulous design! Gorgeous flourishes, too! I absolutely love it! Big hugs! Branka xx

  4. The texture on this one is out of this world! The scrolly elements work beautifully with the simple word. Love it! Hugs, Autumn

  5. So gorgeous is ,your canvas, dear Ruth, the add of the purple, makes the texture look like a layer of ametyst stones, so beautiful, and the fantastic crackle and texture, also on the swirls just looks magic. A wonderful piece to make your art-journy even more joyful !! Hugs,Dorthe

  6. fabulous canvas Ruth - and I love the idea of looking for the joy in things! Brilliant! Happy new year! Hugs rachel x

  7. Scrumptious grungy textures and layers - this is a fabulous start to the year - and a well-timed challenge theme for me, thank you!
    Alison x

  8. Hi Ruth, sorry I've not been over for a while... that's how it goes sometimes! Loving the canvas, gorgeous texture and details. Happy New Year, Angela x

  9. Oh Ruth! Your samples are amazing! I enjoyed seeing these so much! Hugs, Chrisx


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