Saturday, 5 July 2014

A study in white, but not pure white!

So the challenge from Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge team was white. Well that appealed to me as I love working in monotone.

I started with a sheet of 12x12" white textured card, which I painted in SnowFlake Fresco and then sprayed with Slate and Sage Glimmer Mists.  This made it grey, so I added brayered layers of white gesso over that to bring it back to a dirty white!

I then added sand texture paste on the bottom half, really roughly making sure there were lines running through it to add more texture.  Once this was dry I painted in Elephant and Concrete Fresco paint.  Some think heavy lines of gesso, a crackle stamp in Watering Can Archival and Elephant through a flower stencil.

It sat like this for a couple of days, whilst I thought about how I wanted to finish it off.

I'd chosen a photo, a colour one and rummaged in the stash and found chipboard flowers, Prima flowers lace, ribbon, trims, buttons and embossed white card. I kept moving things around deciding whether I liked the layout.

Last night I added some new lens and film to my Hipstamatic app that gives a tinotype effect and this morning in the rain I took some shots of the garden and there it was the proper photo I should be using of the white buddleia.

I furthered sanded the photo to distress it and then started sticking and stitching.    

I'm pleased and the husband likes it as well.



  1. Gorgeous layout, I love the texture and the stencilled background , love the pom pom trim and stunning flowers. Thanks so much for,joining in the Simon Says stamp Monday challenge. Tracy x

  2. Your Hipstamatic image looks fantastic Jo, makes a fabulous focal point for your white challenge. Beautiful and dramatic :-) xxx

  3. This piece made me gasp out loud! It is beautiful, Jo - I love the photo and your app sounds brilliant! The white (and slightly not white) elements are stunning.

  4. I love your style, Jo! The textures you've got going on in this are terrific! I just love what you put together. Julie Ann xxx

  5. Absolutely beautiful Jo, I have some of those chipboard flowers and can now see how I could use them. Thanks for the inspiration! x

  6. loving all the white and not so white Jo!! this is lovely..your buddlia looks stunning xx


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