Saturday, September 24, 2011

Keeping Up Appearances

I have an owl fixation at the moment, especially these collage elements from ARTchix studio.  Whilst on my owl 'roll' I made an A4 background from stout white card.

The base was made with Distress Stains in scattered straw, spiced marmalade, barn door & pine needles applied directly from the bottles onto a water spritzed card.  These were then dried completely.

I then used a plastic scraper and applied a lightly spread coat of grey Dylusions paint - this knocked back the colours slightly and provided a nice matt surface.  Some more Dylusions paint in magenta was added and scraped selectively over parts of the background with some added using the edge of the scraper to form lines. 

I then used a filigree glimmer screen mask and sprayed with Moonglow Glitz Spritz in royal emerald fire and desert moon purple sage.  The mica effect is subtle and can't be seen easily in the pics.  This was completely dried again before stamping.  I used more Distress stains and a brush to add shadows in the arrows and colour some of the flower petals in walnut stain.

The arrows (Prima), flower border (Elusive Images) and the seedheads (PaperArtsy) were stamped as shown in Archival black ink. The owl, eyes and hat were stuck in place and the printed words coloured in barn door and edged with black Posca pen before adding and edging with white Posca pen.

More of the white Posca was added to highlight elements of the stamped images.  The whole piece was then edged with barn door distress ink added with cut'n'dry to finish. Hope Hyacinth Bucket is not offended !!

Sid xx

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  1. lol - shades of Hyacinth Bouquet there Sid. Like your arrows

  2. Hehehehe - love those eyes!!!

    Great composition xxx

  3. Gave me a chuckle !
    love the colors

  4. Hey, love your style Sid. So fun and whimsical!

  5. Great "floating" effect on those arrows - fab piece!

  6. So bright, vibrant and cheerful, love it.

  7. I love it Sid - anything with arrows is a winner to me x

  8. Love this piece, so fun and original!

  9. What a fabulous piece! I love your use of Distress Stains. I love owls too! JulieD

  10. great colour art, love this page

  11. Hyacinth is fab, but I really love the background, distressed but still keeping the colours so fresh and clean looking.x

  12. Wow, love your owl art, Sid! Awesome! Can I post it on my website? Also, be sure to submit it to our Facebook Owls Art Challenge (deadline is today): facebook.com/artchixstudio.com


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