Hi everyone and welcome. Being the first of the month it's time to launch a new challenge theme over at Our Creative Corner. Julia is our host and she's giving us some pictorial inspiration for this month's challenge.
Here's what Julia has to say; 'Flaming June' by Lord Frederic Leighton 1895, is a beautiful picture which for me, evokes memories of hot summers, dozing in the shade and a riot of colour. (I should add that the story behind the painting is somewhat different, so I'm using some artistic licence here!). Using the picture as inspiration, create a project which features rich orange tones as the main colour of your work. You may use other details from the image if you wish - but YOU MUST USE MAINLY ORANGE!
Like many of the team shades of orange can be my nemesis so I was stumped for a while, but for me there was something distinctly neo-classical about Leighton's painting so I went with a marble-effect background as a starting point, courtesy of Wendy Vecchi's archival reinker technique.
I love sloshing Specialty Stamping Paper through a mix of archival reinkers (in this case Orange Blossom and Potting Soil) and surgical spirits (rubbing alcohol) as you never know exactly how it's going to turn out. What I do know is that subsequent stamping and stencilling will always be sharp and clear as it is 'locked in place' by a quick blast with a heat gun.
Keeping with the neo-classical theme the angelic face ('Isobelle' - Inkylicious) was stamped and embossed, and surrounded with a frame ('Ornately Framed' - Penny Black) coloured with Distress Markers and triple-embossed. Beneath this a couple of columns from the Tim Holtz Classics #2 were stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink, before stencilling and more stamping were added with a mix of Archival Inks and Distress Paints.
To finish some greenery was cut from Kraft Coredinations and a paper-clay garland was coloured with Distress Paints. It was all mounted on some Coredinations 'Black Magic' card (with an orange base revealed through some light sanding).
Well that's my take on this theme but the Design Team have been taken on many other journeys with the pictorial inspiration selected by Julia. Take a look at their amazing projects, then why not dive in and show us your own takes on this theme.
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Take care of yourselves, Jenny x