Thursday, February 28, 2013

Beach Lady

Hi everyone, I hope you are doing well.    We experienced tons more snow this week, but at least it's not as cold and it's already starting to melt.    It's hard to imagine that Spring will be here in 3 weeks, but I'm looking forward to it !  Can't wait to get out into the gardens again. 

I was also honored once again with the Liebster Blog award from Wendy at Wendy's Card Craft.  My gosh, this is the sixth time, thank you Wendy!   If you have a chance, please visit her blog, she creates beautiful designs and has just joined the new DT for Lavinia (beautiful) stamps.  

During the snowstorm I worked on a couple of things and one was this textured mixed media collage which I matted for display.   It probably should be on a board or canvas but I started out thinking I was going to create a background for a card.

I'm going to join in the Out of Hat Creations Challenge as the theme is "Hanging About".  This lady could be 'hanging about' at a beach, but it was sometime in the 1920's I think:)  

I started by painting Gesso over a collage piece of designer paper which I glued to heavy water colour paper.  Next I added colour with Neocolor Water Crayons, added water and spread it around.    I added some texture using a stencil (TCW Circle Explosions) & Viva molding paste.

I was going to stamp an image but then thought about the beach lady on a left-over piece of Graphic 45 (Traveloque) as she would suit the background colour.   Next thing I knew I was adding molding paste, acrylic glaze, metal flowers and chunky gold embossing.

The colours are more vibrant & sparkly than the photo shows.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!


Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A very glamourous beach lady Shirley, I love the vibrant colours, and all that gorgeous gold around the edges.

As you say hard to beleive that spring is so close, but the snowdrops are out , crocus's are up with buds, and my daffodils have buds on too, so hopefully the warmer weather will be here soon. I hope your snow continues to melt, a sure sign that warmer weather is just around the corner.

Sue x

chrissie said...

This is an amazing piece of artwork Shirley I love it. The colours, the textures and the fantastic image all go so well together.

Great to have you join with us at Out of a Hat for the hanging about challenge

Best wishes Chrissie xxx

Donna Ellis said...

Shirley, you keep on coming up with new ideas and wonderful textures! When you put the gesso on, do you wait for it to dry before applying other colors and mediums? My grandma had a swim suit like that. She was considered "risque" back in her day. But the colors and gold surround this beach beauty are far prettier than the beaches Grandma visited! Thanks for sharing, hugs, de

Sophie said...

Wow! Shirley, das ist fantastisch.
Ein toller Hintergrund und super schöne Farben.
Ich bin total begeistert.

Umarmung ss

Gerrina said...

The background is stunning again. Love the colours and that lady is one of my favorites when I think of beach/weather! Hope you are able to spend some tine outside this week! Warm greetings, Gerrina

Sue said...

Stunning!!! its gorgeous Shirley huggles hun Sue J xxx

Karin said...

Beautiful card, gorgeous background! Love the colors! Greetings karin

Bonnie said...

Wow, Shirley, I love those gold accents and that gorgeous vintage lady! This needs to be set on an easel to enjoy!

Nan G said...

(Mouth agape) WOW! She is so cool! Love love all the texture around the edges and the colors! Well, I just love it (period)! A fabulous make Shirley.

MaryH said...

Awesome. I didn't know this G45 paper could look so GOOD! I'm fascinated when I read how you created this art piece. I don't do altered art (guess that's what this is called...maybe just creativity?!).But whatever it may be called, it is beautifully stunning. All the media you mentioned are new to me (only heard of the Gesso, never had the courage to try it yet). Lovely work, and thanks for sharing. Very inspiring. Enjoy your snowtime. When spring is here, you'll be busy outside, and not crafting! TFS

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a beautiful card Shirley , love your background and colors a lot, and the beuatiful lady is yust amazing!! Have a nice weekend!!


Patricia said...

Love that lady and the colouring!
Greetz Patricia

brenda said...

As you might guess Shirley, I absolutely adore this from the image to the vibrancy of colours

I also want to say thank you for your kind comments and encouragement with my venture into Dylusions.

B x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a gorgeous background for this lady Shirley...lovely and creative.

Greetings, Alie :-)

Sandra's Spot said...

Wow a stunning hanging indeed. Love the texture, vibrant colours well everything really. Thanks for joining us at Out of a Hat. Hugs Sandra X

Paula (PEP) said...

I really took a deep breath when I saw the way that yellow flower with the dark centre echoes the middle of the parasol & the way those chunks of golden embossing bring out the warm oranges in your image. An absolutely striking piece of work.
Paula (PEP)

Saakje said...

Hi Shirley.
How can you design such a beatifull card. Just beautiful. I love the colours, special from the lady.
All the material you used turned out so nice.
My compliments with this "play-art"
"Lieve groetjes" with hugs!! Saakje

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW Shirley,
that is an incredible beautiful masterpiece, I'm totally fascinated of texture, colors and design, the woman with umbrella is amazing!
Wish you a happy weekend,
xox Anja

Eileen said...

Fantastic work here Shirley .. pretty layer upon layer! .Thanks for the details you give for us to follow .. I like this a lot .
have a good weekend ..Stay warm xx

Janny Jager said...

Gorgeous background Shirley and the stamps you used are beautiful.
Great card.
Greetings Janny

Janet said...

Fabulous project Shirley,great textures & colours,
Thanks for joinging in with Hanging about at Out of a Hat this week
Janet x

Redanne said...

This really is a stunning project, I love how you created so much dimension and that image is gorgeous. Anne x

Anonymous said...

Hi Shirley. Love your Lady. Gorgeous colours. x

Darnell said...

Another amazing work of art, Shirley! You describe the process beautifully, but as you know, it's all Greek to me. All I know is you have a natural knack ("Next thing I knew ...") for letting your creativity take over and go where it wants to go, with brilliant results!!

linda said...

wow, i love all the elements and techniques you used, but i especially love the aqua with the dimensional gold.

Unknown said...

Totally gorgeous and my type of play around Shirley. Your creation is amazing.

Hugs Shirley x x

Marn said...

Hi Shirley! WOW this is fabulous! What a great card and excellent techniques! This is so pretty! Great material, and the lady is so pretty! The blues in there are so eye-catching too! Really beautiful work! Well done!
Warm greetings, Marlene :)

Bärbel said...

Wow, Shirley, das ist atemberaubend schön geworden! Mich begeistert auch die farbliche Gestaltung stets, es ist großartig!
Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

friemelchen said...

Die Karte ist einfach toll, so stimmig und wunderschön gestaltet, beeindruckend!
lg Uli

Jenny Gropp said...

Totally eye catching! TFS the background process! With all the cool background you are doing, I bet your fingers are stained in vibrant colors!