Monday, 21 April 2014

Keeping it neutral !

Hello, it's Sue here and today I'm sharing a canvas that was also something of a challenge for me, as I've kept it very neutral ! I had to try really hard not to reach for some stronger colours !

While I was searching through sonme papers I came across the above that gave me the idea for the colour palette of this piece. (I didn't use the paper in the end though!)

I started by using JOFY 007 stencil with Grunge Paste, when this was dry I painted the canvas with Stone Fresco Finish paint. I then used the JOFY 008 stencil with Nougat Fresco Finish paint.


I also carried the stencilling around the edge of the canvas. 

 I blended some Irish Cream and Moccha Mousse Fresco Finish paint around the edges with a baby wipe. Then I replaced the JOFY stencil and used a little Irish Cream and Moccha Mousse in the centre of the flowers.

I then added a little Spanish Mulberry Fresco Finish to the centre of the flowers. To create more definition around the seed heads I used a small definition brush and painted some Moccha Mousse down one side and blended the paint using a baby wipe.

I then used the Vintage Cabinet die and cut the shape from some cardboard, tearing a little of the top layer away. I then used Grunge Paste with Lin Brown's 006 stencil, only stencilling around the edge as I will be covering the centre. 

I die cut another Vintage Cabinet shape from chipboard, this time using the smaller Movers & Shapers die.  I covered it with a piece of paper from the Chatsworth Collection, then blended Stone Fresco Finish over it and dry brushed some Chutney around the edges. The beautiful stamped image is from the Lynne Perrella 027 set. I've stamped it onto some Smoothy card that's been painted with Nougat Fresco Finish paint then used Claret Fresco Finish paint to highlight areas of the image.

The large flower is plastic and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paint and then I've brushed it with some White Fire Treasure Gold. The leaves have been die cut from Smoothy card using the Tim Holtz Garden Greens die and painted with Stone Fresco Finish paint and then I've used a baby wipe to dab Irish Cream and Moccha Mousse onto them.

 All of the embellishments have been brushed with Stone Fresco Finish paint and then brushed with Treasure Gold. I've also brushed some Treasure Gold over the seed heads too.

The Word Band, flowers and bird cage have also been painted with Stone Fresco Finish paint then brushed with White Fire Treasure Gold.

To finish I added some buttons that have been painted and brushed with Treasure Gold too.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project.



  1. wonderful make Sue - loving those paperartsy stencils - fabulous xx

  2. Wow, this is stunning Sue. Fab techniques and a great step x step! Chris xxx

  3. Beautiful
    Happy craftin

  4. Simply delightful, love the hint of colour, beautiful.

  5. Wow, this is gorgeous Sue, I love everything about it xx

  6. absolutely beautiful Sue...wonderful details and clear step by step. TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  7. So lovely, Sue - from the inspiration paper through to the finished piece - fabulous post, thank you.
    Alison x

  8. Sue...this is really lovely. I love what you've done with a neutral palette. <3 Candy