Sunday 9 September 2012

PanPastel - By the Sea

Hi Everyone

It's been a different week this week, busy but also the end of the week has been filled with worry and then tinged with real sadness.

Some of you know my grandaughter was diagnosed with Crohns earlier in the year. She has been on steroids which got her through our holiday in California, but this week she has been in severe pain and was taken to A&E on Friday. Test showed not only had the Crohns flared again, but she has a perforated bowel as well. This resulted in her being quickly transferred to Southampton General and she underwent emergency surgery and has had part of her bowel and her appendix removed. She is currently in intensive care.

I also got an email tonight from a dear blogging buddy who lives in Canada. After contracting cancer earlier in the year, her husband sadly passed away recently. Ken and I had the great privilege of meeting them both last year when they visited England, so it was with real sorrow I read the news.

I dedicate this tag to my dear friend and her family.


My DT piece this week is a tag that uses PanPastels for the background

Firstly I blended phthalo blue, ultramarine and white for the sky, phthalo green, turquoise and white for the sea and yellow ochre, dairylide yellow and a tiny, tiny amount of raw umber for the sand. I used an eraser to rub out some white clouds and white tops on the water.

To vintage it up a bit I painted white gesso over the three different areas which makes it look more like a painting..

When dry I ran this through the Sizzix 'Rays' embossing folder which made me think of rays of light from the lighthouse and sanded it down, then blended vintage photo around the edges.

The lighthouse I blended with black and white pans, 

then painted over that with permanent red, yellow ochre and white pastels mixed with matte medium and water. The gel medium helps to mix the pastel with the water and gives a very smooth consistency.

To finish I added a stamped sentiment and other embellishments. I thought the lace was a complete contrast for the theme.

Looking forward to seeing your entries this week. Summer will soon be gone so it's almost your last chance to use those beach and sea themed stamps. Don't forget you don't have to use PanPastels to enter the challenge and the lucky winner receives a fabulous trial pack so I hope to see you there.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

hugs {brenda} xox

Challenges to have fun with -
Take a Word - Numbers
Simon Says Stamp - Use a stamp
Frilly and Funkie - The great outdoors
Cards and More - Maritime