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Monday, 20 July 2015

summer colours ....

Hello again. I'm back with a mirror this time. I was inspired by an article on Craft Stamper magazine. It took me a couple of tries but I think that I finally got there.


I started with a mirror that was actually white. I did sand it down lightly before I gessoed in black. I then went over it with black acrylic Fresco chalk paint. Once dry, I covered it with a thin layer of crackle glaze from Paperartsy. Then I sponged it with a mixture of Caribbean blue and Lake Wanaka. The cracks develop in front of your eyes as you sponge..... magic!


Once dry I stamped the flowers in black archival and embossed in detail black embossing powder. Some masking was needed to stamp leaves and pods.


Then came the fun part of colouring in. I used a small wet brush and acrylic paints. First I 'undercovered' everything with chalk acrylic. Then I added the colours. I used a few per flower and I also mixed colours together to achieve gradients. 
I tried to clean as much paint off the embossed lines as possible in between each coat of paint. In the end I went over with a black pen.



And there it is my summer mirror. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.
The sunflower is a Stampendous stamp. The poppies are from IndigoBlu.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - i is for IndigoBlu stamps
Mixed Media Monthly challenge - summer days: colours and flowers of summer
Crafting by designs - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes



16 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous mirror! I love the crackled blue background and the beautiful flowers. Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  2. This is beautiful Theresa. The crackle finish looks great and I adore that strong blue which is a good colour to go with the orangy yellow of the sunflfower and the bluey red of the poppies, and the nice medium toned green which are all such great complementary colours. I love the black outline round the flowers which gives them great definition and your colouring technique is wonderful too. x

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  3. Love your coloring of the flowers!! So beautiful!! I haven't used chalk acrylic on any art projects yet, thank you for the inspiration!! Thank you for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

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    1. you're welcome Karen. fresco acrylics are fab xx

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  4. Really fabulous project and just perfect for our theme at Mixed Media Monthly! Those flowers just look amazing, so beautifully done!! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge!

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  5. What an amazing project the detail is fantastic Thank you for playing Crafting by Design Challenge Love and Hugs Carole x DT

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  6. A great project - thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

    Helen x

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  7. Wow! Theresa, you've done it again ~ this is stunning and such a wonderful piece of art! The attention to detail is so lovely and the flowers are so beautifully coloured! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :) Hugs xxx

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    1. thanks for your lovely comments Emma and for taking the time to visit my blog, hugs xx

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  8. Awesome mirror! Love the crackle glaze and those flowers are lovely!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!
    www.lynnkopas.blogspot.com

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