Friday 22 January 2016

Gilded Heart Bottle for PaperArtsy

Happy New Year! I am delighted to have a post on the PaperArtsy blog for their Hearts theme. I have used gold embossing powder to gild the inside of a heart shaped bottle from the inside and then added Wisteria Fresco paint. I would be thrilled if you popped over there to see the details.

I made this as a home decor piece to put artificial flowers in for my room at Mum's. My mum in law bought me some beautiful new bedding for Christmas to go in there. Unfortunately the walls are a disgusting dingy peach and it was last decorated when I was eleven, but apart from that the colourscheme I am working towards is mainly shades of purple so you will probably see a few more purple items pop up. As some of you know, I am Mum's weekend carer and I am trying to make the room my retreat, and not at all what Colin would put up with at home.

Tomorrow Mum will be 88 and I am organizing a family afternoon tea for all of us at her house.

Friday 15 January 2016

Slide Mailer for PaperArtsy Transparent Art Theme

Over on PaperArtsy the Challenge Theme is Transparent Art. I thought I would decorate a slide mailer, using the microscope slides as the transparent aspect. I used the Hot Picks stamp set, HP1009. I love the flowers from this set. I also used the script from HP 1304. I painted the slidemailer with Blush Fresco and then added a little Orchid to it to stamp the script. I stamped the slides themselves with the flowers in Frosting Glaze fresco, although it's difficult to see. I then stamped the small flower from the set onto packaging acetate which I'd saved, in Jet Black staz-on and painted it from behind and cut them out. I used Golden Gel Matte to adhere the slides to some scraps of Thorndon Hall paper (wish you could still get this) on which I had stamped some of the script in the Orchid mix. I used some more scraps of the paper for the back of the lid, with some velvet ribbon.

For the front I simply cut a really beautiful piece of the Thorndon Hall paper which had cherubs on it, and made a cherub out of a mould and clay, and painted it with gold paint. I might put a mirror on the inside of this; I think it would be pretty and useful on my dressing table at Mum's as my colourscheme is purple and pinks.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy transparent challenge.