Sunday, 1 June 2014

Flaming June

Hello everyone!

Here we are halfway through the year already! Where does the time go?!

   It isn't exactly summer yet - while I type this it is raining outside, yet again!....but never mind! - over at Our Creative Corner we are in a 'Flaming' mood....taking inspiration from the painting 'Flaming June' and our thoughts are on the bright warm orange tones used in this wonderful painting.....

         Julia chose this challenge for us and she would like you to use the picture as inspiration and 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.

      I don't use the colour orange much in my work - not that I don't like it - I love using orange inks for the Autumn and Halloween work, but it isn't my colour of choice usually - so it was a treat to be encouraged by our lovely Julia to go out of my comfort zone and work with a brighter colour than usual.

     This month I decided to make a tag - one of my favourite things to make. And I began by stencilling some leaves with Picket Fence DP.

I then did some wrinkle free distress using Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw DI's.

  After drying this I stenciled using Rusty Hinge DI - using a letters stencil and a splatter stencil

Then I stamped some script and flourish stamps with Potting Soil Archival ink.

The frame was covered in crackle paste and when dry it was dabbed with Chocolate Pudding and French Roast Fresco Paint before having some White fire treasure gold rubbed over it.

The flowers were originally painted turquoise which I thought would give a nice contrast to the orange, but instead it became too much of a distraction, so I covered the flowers with gesso and then when that was dry I covered them with Spiced Marmalade DS.

While wet I sprinkled them with clear embossing powder and melted it giving the flowers an enameled effect.

The center of the frame was covered in a mix of Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge DI and stamped with a script stamp in Potting Soil Archival ink

A photo was cut into a matching oval and attached to the center of the frame

 A quote from an Artistic Outpost set was used on an extra piece of card used to mop up the original wrinkle free distress ink leftovers.

I attached it to the tag so it didn't lay flat.

An ornate brass button is attached to the top of the tag along with was curled rusty wire

        We would love to see your orange themed creations over at Our Creative Corner this month! Come along and dive in!....You could be our winner and find yourself in the warmth of the Top Talent Spotlight! You could be one of our wonderful Top 3 and even find yourself the lucky winner of a prize donated by Tando Creative who are kindly sponsoring us this month!

Thank you so much for being here!

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  1. Such a beautiful tag Laura. I love the background and the crackle frame with its glossy floral garland. Jenny x

  2. Gorgeous tag Laura, and the orange tone you have achieved is one after my own heart! Wonderful embellishing too, love all the textures and crackle!!

  3. Wonderful Laura, I think this is a fab colour to choose as it's challenging but look how good it looks! A work of art in its own right : )


  4. This is exactly the kind of project I was hoping for when I devised this challenge Laura! Your tag is stunning, just stunning. The background uses two of the inks that I used and yours has such depth and colour. The image is lovely - of course! The crackle is perfect and one of my most favourite things as you know. The little rusty wire loop is my other love - gorgeous. What I must wax lyrically about are your little flowers and foliage pieces!! So glad you changed your mind about their colour as I think they are perfect. (dare I ask what die you used?? Bit cheeky I know!!).
    Thank you so much for this outstanding piece and I do hope you decide to visit orange again - you really should you know!

  5. Gorgeous crackle on the frame, and those enamelled flowers look fabulous!

  6. Breathtakingly beautiful, Laura!
    Thank you for all the wonderful close ups too - I really enjoyed them a lot - seeing all your awesome crackle goodness and the enamel magic you did with the flowers and ivy!

    Claudia x

  7. Hello Miss Laura, BREATHTAKING I agree, that background is stunning, full of depth, that crackled oval is fabulous, just breathtaking, this is so inspirational, your work ALWAYS is, great challenge Julia picked, the team has made some fabulous creations, thanks for sharing hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))

  8. Your tag is totally delightful, Laura. That is such a gorgeous background and I love the tiny "enameled" flowers! Beautiful crackling and your brass button is exquisite!



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