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Friday, March 7, 2014

Live, Love, Life !

Hello ! It's Sue here and today I'm sharing a journal page which I've done in the book that I altered for the current ePlay challenge ! You can find the details of how I altered my book here.

I started by glueing 3 pages on either side together with Matt Medium and also coating the pages with the glue to protect them from the paint. (Yes you're eyes don't deceive you they are bottles of beer!)

I then painted the pages with Gesso but I made sure some of the text could be still seen. The stencil that I wanted to use on these pages is the TCW 12 x 12 Live, Love, Life. I love this stencil ! I used Wendy Vecchi's white Embossing Paste and stencilled two flowers but making sure they had some texture. 

I also used the butterfly from the stencil and I discovered that if the stencil is flipped over you can make a complete butterfly ! To create texture on the opposite page I used Masking Tape and then I started to paint, using a brush and a baby wipe. 

On the flower heads I used a paint brush and painted some more embossing paste on top of the first layer of paste. 

I carried on building up the layers of acrylic paint, using a baby wipe to blend the colours together. I left the flower heads and butterflies as I had other plans for them ! 

I needed to give the flower heads more time to dry due to the thickness of the paste so I started to stencil the words on the opposite page. I stencilled first of all with white acrylic paint as the paints that I'm using are translucent and the white paint helps them to pop !

I carried on stencilling, re-positioning the stencil after each colour. I like to use a stencil brush as you can control more effectively where the paint goes !

Now I meant to take photos of the layers of paint building up on the flowers and butterflies but the light was fading fast so I had to move things along !

I also painted the leaves and gave them a shadow with a darker green acrylic paint, again using a baby wipe to blend it. To make the hearts stand out on each flower I painted them white, then painted them a darker red.

I felt the words needed to stand off the page a litte more so I used a black pen and drew around the letters. Much better now !

I think these pages are finished, but I'll see how I feel tomorrow !



Helen said...

Sue, what a beautiful use of this stencil (as I said on your blog, I've just got this one!!) I love the colours and the texture.. gorgeous!

Rita said...

Wonderful artwork Sue. That stencil is beautiful. I hope they do a smaller one too. Great tutorial, so thank you for that. Hugs Rita xx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! I love the stencil you used and now it's on my shopping list. ;) The depth of color and texture on each page is stunning and I hope we'll see more soon. Thanks for the tutorial too! Hugs, Lisa

Bonnie Irvine said...

Oh my goodness...this is spectacular, Sue. I learned so much from your process and the results are stunning. Love the texture you achieved with the embossing paste and that lettering with its multiple layers is incredible...such depth. Gorgeous colour scheme. I love every little detail.

wendy vecchi said...

I flippin love the flowers!
fabulous 2page spread.

SusanK said... the intensity in coloring and the dimension all the layers of paste have added!

KathyK said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors!

Micki said...

Beautiful..... love how you built up the layers with the embossing paste!!!!! And I keep forgetting about creating depth/shadows with paint & baby wipe........ love that effect!!!!! Gorgeous spread.

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Sue Lelli said...

Just MAGNIFICENT, Sue! LOVE the layers and colors the black lines around the letters. Step away from the pages because they are just Perfect!

Jenny Marples said...

Great way to use this stencil Sue. Love the black lines around the lettering. Jenny x

toni said...

Gorgeous pages! Love the texture you've created on those flowers. You've given us lots of of useful tips Sue, thanks for sharing x

Tracy said...

Gorrrgeous Sue, adore the bright colors and the sentiment...that stencil WOW!!!
Big hugs

Andiepants said...

Holy cow this is amazing!!! Those flowers are beautiful. Loving all the color and dimension.

Mary-Ann Maldonado said...

My vote is to frame this and hang it on MY wall! Love the flowers and dimension!!