Sunday, 9 November 2014

Ms Muse took a holiday.

Sometimes the creative muse can be a fleeting evasive creature, she flits away, leaves you bereft unable to work out what needs doing, what goes with what, how to make it work.

Well my creative muse certainly went on a sabbatical (she is back I hasten to add, the sabbatical must have done her good because she is raring to go) with this one.

I made the canvas ages ago with the chipboard flowers and Grunge Paste stencilling.  

And I made the scrunched up flowers ages ago using Chatsworth paper (such heavy weight paper takes the water spraying and doesn't fall apart) and PaperArtsy flower dies.

And I knew the two elements were meant to go together, but how?

Loads of paint, layers (the usual suspects: Snowflake, French Roast, Chocolate Pudding, Chutney), water to get drips, dry brushing and TG to accentuate the texture. then putting the scrunchy flowers on in different places. Looking at it, walking away looking at it again shaking my head and repeating the process over and over and over again.

The breakthrough came after I'd made my latest PaperArtsy guest piece of the heart banner.

I had a lot of hearts left and suddenly it started to work.  Just adding those hearts in over the chipboard but under the scrunchy flowers anchored the flowers, gave then a more solid structure to sit on. The wooden fretwork hearts gave another texture and echoed the paper hearts and the Sara Naumann text stamped tissue paper added the final element. 

And why "selected bibliography" as the focal point?  Well a slight nod to my profession (not that I do much of the basics of librarianship anymore, don't ask me to cat and class, actually I could never cat and class - don't ask what it is you don't need to know.) and the fact that we don't always list or reveal our life bibliography, everything that influences us, that impacts on us, we are selective in what we say and what we reveal about who we are and how we feel.

Well there you go, perseverance and patience and just letting the process flow can get results, lets face it I'm a tortoise slow and steady, but I win in the end.



  1. Wow, your Muse is certainly back Jo! This is stunning! Your muted colour combos always appeal to me and such fantastic texture in this gorgeous canvas is a winner too. I can recognise myself in the 'slow but sure' tortoise description but I doubt I could achieve such a wonderful end.

    Lesley Xx

  2. Omg Jo it's stunning. Can you do a step by step on how you get the flowers looking so soft and fabric like from the paper!! This is a fantastic class idea!! Come teach me!!!

  3. Up and running again and cooking on gas! This is an amazing piece Jo. Love the texture built up and the composition is fab. Love it when a plan comes together. Go girl! Xx

  4. Yes, please we need a step by step for your gorgeous paper flowers!! Stunning canvas.

  5. This is wonderful, Jo and - yes - how about some tutoring on those gorgeous flowers, please!? xxx

  6. Gorgeously grungy, LOVE the texture you've created. x


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