I would love to tell you about my visit to the Work and Play Scrapstore in Tooting, the other week. My friend, Berit who volunteers there, took me, and I think all you crafters in the London area would absolutely love it! They are a charity who provide art and craft materials to the community, using donations from local businesses, in order to promote upcycling. You can subscribe as an individual or group membership for a modest fee so that you can go along and help yourself to the most amazing materials to use in your projects. There were swathes of velvet, batches of leather, books of carpet samples, images for doing transfers, chunks of wood, beautiful, beautiful fabrics. Fill a bag. My creative juices were flowing with ideas in moments.
They had a huge stack of 'paint chip tiles' which had evidently come from a company making bespoke kitchen units where you can have any colour of your dreams. I thought it would be a variation on american paint chip art to use these wood pieces, complete with their colour names, and of course my mind was on aqua for the challenge. I decided to make a triptych using three graduating shades, and I mounted them on one of their blocks of wood. I coloured a huge piece of calico (above) in shades of aqua to cover the wood and it looked really pretty.
I then used baby wipes to cover some pieces of card with various shades of aqua fresco paint and then did the same with some yellows and oranges and then some greens. I then stamped some Tracy Scott flowers and layered them up on my triptych, cutting pieces in half where they overlapped two tiles. Sorry I'm doing this away from home and I'm struggling a bit with the layout on my new tablet
I'm entering this into the PaperArtsy challenge which is Aqua. I do hope you will have a look at the website for the Work and Play Scrapstore. They are happy for people to arrange a visit to look around if you get in touch and are incredibly friendly. If you are after some unique items for your crafting or you need a decent supply for your crafting group, it will be right up your street.