Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Celebrating ATC

   Hello everyone - Thank you to those of you who have recently joined my blog, and thank you to those that follow my blog already - I am so glad you are all here.

   I wasn't going to do a post for another week or so. However I heard about the ATC bloghop and challenge and was very tempted. So here I am!

The subject of the new ATC challenge is celebration - As it is their 3rd birthday (Happy Birthday!)

      I was totally blank about this idea and had vague ideas of party hats. Suddenly I thought of a celebration with bonfire and fireworks.......

     Only problem was what to do? I had no illustrations, no stamps and no ideas. Then I decided that I wanted to do texture - use texture paste. Only problem was I didn't have any....anyone who has read more than one blog entry of mine will have become familiar with the scenario where I find a substitute for a art/crafts item that I don't have.

    Luckily I had seen a video demo explaining about using Gesso instead of texture paste. That is a good idea!!! But nope, that won't help me I am afraid - I don't have Gesso at the moment. Scanning the shelves and drawers I find tempera paint...spread over the mask and lift.....well, that was just a splodgy mess. Need something thicker.....Acrylic paint. So far, so good. The mask has lifted off and the shapes are intact.

    After it had dried I got to work on the vibrant red, orange and yellows....The acrylic paint doesn't work so well with DI's so I have to do a mix of red, orange and yellow acrylic paint and Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick DI's. A spritz of gold glimmer mist and I added a scroll of paper inked with Spiced Marmalade DI. I stamped the word 'celebration' with letter stamps in Black soot DI and added twirls of paper with stars attached to the end.

    It was a lot of effort to get it right. And to be honest it will have been much easier to have just bought some texture paste! However, part of the fun in craft work (for me) is experimenting and I love seeing if things work....sometimes they do and sometimes they really don't! I like the look of this ATC (though sometimes it does remind me a bit of cheese on toast!) 


So here is my 'Celebration' ATC - Hope you like it it! Please leave me a message if you do

I am entering this into the following challenges -

Fun with ATCs - Celebration
Wicked Wednesday  - Use at least one 3-D embellishment


  1. What a wonderful ATC you've created, and we agree, half the fun of crafting is experimenting.

  2. I think this is totally fantastic... I love the texture you've created with the paint, as well as the fabulous rolls and tears on the banner and streamers - just brilliant! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fun With ATCs.
    Alison xx

  3. A very smart take on the challenge and the result looks so very rich and beautiful! Gorgeous work. I love the way you made the texture work and especially the stunning colors and how they blend. Stunning.
    Thank you so very much for celebrating with us at FwATCs :-)

  4. Wow, Laura,

    your ATC bursts with creativity AND party-feeling! Great texture and an awesome take on our challenge at FwATCs! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Claudia x

  5. My cheese on toast never looks like that! Unless it's liberally sprinkled with smoked paprika of course ;-)

    It's lovely and very clever to be able to substitute so creatively for missing materials......

  6. great ATC , love the textural finish you have created here! trace x

  7. your ATC. The color and texture is amazing! So much on such a little space! Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I so appreciate your time and your thoughts. <3 Candy

  8. Oooh - love it! Great job. Thanks for joining us at Wicked Wednesday. :)

  9. LOL, cheese on toast...I would never have thought of that when seeing your ATC! Wonderful texture on this! Thanks for joining us this week at Wicked Wednesday.

  10. Wow what great texture and depth on this ATC!! Thanks for joining us at Wicked Wednesday this week!

  11. This is awesome! Love the texture and colors... Never would have thought cheesy! Thanks for joining us at Wicked Wednesday.

  12. Great job and superb improvisation Laura. Did you know you can chuck sand into acrylic paint to get texture too! In fact you may end up raiding the garage/shed/workshop on a regular basis:)
    Love the colours you've used - as you say very cheese on toast but also very warm and inviting, so just right for a party. Hugs, Jenny x

  13. How cool is this! Love the colors!

  14. wow, totally stunning, the colours are so eye catching and then you get to see all the detail and texture, very beautiful. Thanks for joining us at fun with ATC's


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