Hi everyone and welcome! Well last month went by in a blur - between the trade show, workshops and a ton of sample making I didn't get chance to join in with Tim's last 12 Tags of 2016 challenge. I was determined to ensure that didn't happen again!!!
This month also seems to have rushed by but at least there's been time to really play with these new yummy Distress Crayons. For me, whilst they can be used for colouring in images, I've found that their real forte is in blending over other surfaces (particularly the more difficult ones!) such as gesso, paint, fabric and textured surfaces. And the fact that you can move them around with water is even more of a bonus. So my version Tim's altered corrugated card layer consisted of a chunk of ripped card, covered with Texture Paste through a mini stencil, painted with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint (and heated to make it bubble) before being gently brushed over with three of the crayons to catch the raised areas. You'll have seen something similar in my last project HERE, though there I really blended the rusty colours together. I also decided to go for it by using the new Mosaic Bigz Die to chop the whole lot up - you'll see why shortly...
The background became one of those I loved so much it was a hardship to cover! It started with some Idea-Ology Wallflower Paper Stash, layered up with those new Wildflowers die cuts and a thin layer of gesso before I blended the crayons over the top. Again it was easy to catch the raised flowers with the Picked Raspberry. It needed something else so I took inspiration from Paula Cheney's latest masterpiece HERE by stencilling gesso and some Crazing Collage Medium on top in a random pattern. Even the edges got a little touch of Black Soot Distress Crayon!
And so, it had to be done, layering the corrugated card across the background (now you can see why I chopped it up to 'stretch' and create 'mosaic windows') before adding yet more Wildflowers. These were blended with the same crayons as the background, just adding some Mustard Seed to make them stand out more and shadowing (Black Soot crayon applied lightly around the edge with a detailer water brush). Using silver foil for the embellishments let them pop a little without detracting from the rest of the design.
And here are some close ups...
There's still a couple of days left to join in the fun with Tim's 12 Tags of 2016 if you've not done so already.
I've got another project to share with you on Wednesday for Frilly and Funkie - more Distress Crayon fun and REALLY COLOURFUL!!! And some new paints and stencils have just arrived here so it's back to the craft room for me.
Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx