My lovely adorable husband (he does occasionally read my blog) treated me to a huge amount of stash for my birthday. I grant you he did give me a bit of a Paddington Bear stare as the total came up and I may have to repay some of it as it was a bit more than I thought it would be as well.
But what he did ask for as an interim payment was and I quote "something nice for my desk for me to look at"
Well obviously a picture of me wasn't going to be enough (I asked I got the Paddington Bear stare again), so I set my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with.
We both love being by the sea, to hear and smell the crashing waves, to view the sheer expanse of water relaxes us both. In fact we need a fill up of ozone soon. Southwold is one of our favourite locations so that meant incorporating the lighthouse and beach huts. Both were cut from scrap of grunge paper and painted in a soft grey and and blue with bits of white smudges on to distress a bit.
Inside the frame I covered the top half of some white card with tissue tape and added loads of layers of Tumbled Glass DI at the top and Broken China at the bottom to represent sea and sky. The top half was then also stamped with a Tim background stamp just to break up the colour.
The "sand" was a piece of ripped corrugated packaging (thank you Amazon) coated in sand and yellow ochre acrylic. Over the top of this is the Paperartsy grass and bird stamp, using a brown ink pad.
The frame was lightly washed in the watered down grey acrylic a couple of time and then watered down white acrylic over the top and wiped back. I sanded it to age a bit more a light touch up with walnut DI.
The bunting was a scrap bit of 12x12 cut, stitched and then walnut DI over the top to tone it down and finally the feet are some wooden beads.
I'll let you know what he thinks.