Friday, 9 August 2013

Crafts-Too Summer Days 2

I had a Marianne lighthouse die to play with this month from Crafts-Too and decided to use it as part of the ‘having fun in the sun’ twist for the summer days challenge. I am not good with being in or on the sea and yet it draws me in and I love being near it. In fact I love being on it for a short while and lighthouses are certainly an attraction for me. So I made this seascape hanging.
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I have to say it looks better irlife and irlight, the photography doesn’t really do it justice,
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I started with the Tim Holtz cabinet die cut in greyboard for a strong base and painted it with acrylic paint. When dry I stippled modelling paste over the bottom to represent the rough seas around the lighthouse and I adhered the lighthouse with the paste to see how it would be placed. Again when dry I painted in the sea and sky using acrylic paints, dripping different colour blues and sea green into the spaces, then adhered the second lighthouse I had made over the top, gluing some sand around the bottom of it.
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I then added the boat – can you guess what it is? I’ve altered it quite a bit with alcohol inks, treasure gold and paint.
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I dry-brushed the rough waves with white acrylic paint to make them look more like white tops.
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The hanging piece is some corrugated packaging cut down and painted with gesso and sand to give it that shabby textured effect
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I added some TH paper, given a coat of white wash (thinned white acrylic paint) with distressed the edges.
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I assembled the pieces …….
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… and coated the shell collection with some gesso and sand too to blend it all together.
But it just didn’t look right once I had taken all the photos – re-think time.
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In the end I added some CI stamped seagulls and some painted ones in the background as I felt the sky area needed more attention.
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I’m happier with it now but still thinks it needs something else?
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I hope the visitors on the passenger ferry have a lovely visit on their trip around the harbour.
Oh and I nearly forgot, did you guess the boat is a peel-off? Sure you did.

I hope you have had some wonderful exciting summer days and fun in the sun.

Do come and join us at Crafts-Too Challenges we would love to see what projects you are making that link to this theme.

I am entering this into the Summer Vacation challenge at Inspiration Journal. and the Artistic Stamper's Postcards, travel and holidays challenges.

hugs {brenda} x0x

45 comments:

Rita said...

Good Morning Brenda. Gorgeous hanging. I love all the fabulous techniques that you have used to get the textures Tec, and it's coloured to perfection. Never, in a million years would I have guessed that the ship was a peel off. Not be long now till we meet up, can't wait. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Sophie said...

Hallo Brenda,

dein neuestes Werk ist wunderschön.
Du hast die Szene fabelhaft getroffen.
Das Meer wirkt richtig echt mit den Schaumkronen.

Danke für deine vielen lieben Kommentare,über die ich mich immer sehr freue, und die mich wieder anspornen Neues zu gestalten :-)

Umarmung von Sophie xx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous and looks like a picture you would buy from a shop.
luv
Debby

Reusing with Quilling said...

This is fabulous hanging ! I loved the various you have created on it..specially the sea waves.

Deborah said...

Absolutely *adore* this, Brenda. The bleached colours, the rough texture, the worn look...and I shall look at peel-offs in a whole new light now - brilliant disguise!

Buttons said...

Love this to bits Brenda. So glad you remembered to take 'in progress' shots as the whole thing deserved much closer scrutiny. Love that textured see, the distressed lighthouse and the stroke of genius with the peel off! No, I wouldn't have guessed. Love it. Hugs, Jenny x

Redanne said...

Hi Brenda, I did not guess it was a peel off either....but it looks fabulous, as does the whole piece. I think it is just beautiful as it is, no further attention needed. Love the shells and sand, great touches. Hugs, Anne x

Junibears said...

Beautiful and I love the sea shells at the bottom! xx

Gram's Treasures said...

This is gorgeous, Brenda! Love all the colours and textures. I also love to be by the sea, but not comfortable in or on it.
Joyce xx

Lisa Jane said...

ooh i love the sea as you know .. and so this is right up my street ..gorgeous textures and love the shells
Lisa x

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Brenda. Wow, so many wonderful elements. The corrugated card has a great weathered look and the seagulls finish it all off perfectly. You have really captured the rustic and natural feel of the sea. Gorgeous!
Dot x

catherine said...

This just looks so fabulous Brenda. Just love all the colours and the texture
x catherine

butterfly said...

Another beautiful make, Brenda. The textured sea, with all those amazing colours to it, looks wonderful, and I love the weathered background layers. Beautiful.
Alison x

Margreet said...

I so love your hanging Brenda...I had never guessed the boat is a peel-off...Joop and I love walking along the sea, so I appeal very much to this piece of art...your shell collection is fab...don't understand why you aren't happy with it!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
xxx Margreet

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

That is a wonderful die but what am I most impressed with - the peel off! I never guessed that's what it was, clever you.
Beautiful, sun bleached colours.
Wishes
Lynne

annekescardart said...

I love the look of your work. Every thing fits together. Thank you Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Chrissy said...

This is just wonderful Brenda...gorgeous colours and textures and I love the lighhouse..I did guess about the boat and think it was a brilliant idea.Love the birds...fantastic hanger..

Luv CHRISSYxx

Gina said...

I can't imagine what else it needs...it looks perfect to me, absolutely perfect :D XXX

Daniele said...

what a lovely panel. the waves look like they are moving, love the lighthouse
hugs and best wishes
xx

Glennis said...

This is a beautiful panel, and no - I did not guess the boat was a peeloff - brilliant!

Joan said...

Love this Brenda, I can 't resist anything nautical and I think I need the lighthouse die, what a great way to use a peel off,I have a ton of the blessed things from years back ,keep going to bin them, now I may actually have a go at your techniques

Joan

Crafty Lark said...

Gorgeous hanging Brenda, love the textures and colour, also super use of your peeloff. xx Flora

Meggymay said...

Fabulous hanging, great use of the peeloff, you had me guessing.
Yvonne x

Nan G said...

Wow! Cool wall hanging! Absolutely love it! A peel off? You mean a sticker? No way!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Oh wow Brenda. Your wall hanging is simply stunning. The colours, textures, the nautical theme, all wrapped up in a beautiful shabby chic frock. Simply divine! xxx

Nichola said...

Such a cute project! Love the colour pallet :)

inkypinkycraft said...

I too love the sea and share your not so much love for being in or on it!but it has a haunting and hypnotic quality that I adore!this is a beautiful and delicate piece, love it! sorry for any comments missed having a few days off as Steve is home and a few days out hugs trace x

Fandhmum said...

This looks wonderful, Brenda. It must be fabulous IRL
Rosie x

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Brenda, I don't know how I missed this, - it's an absolute stunner!!! The sea effect is incredible and the light house looks stunning with that shading a round it. The sky is just gorgeous and all through reading the post my mind kept wondering what the boat was.... I would never have guessed it! Fabulous alteration of those peel offs (so you still had some of those in your stash he, he, he)

I totally adore this peace, real wall art!!!

hazel said...

A fabulous wall hanging Brenda, great textures and colours and I would never have guessed it was a peel of.
xxx Hazel.

Terry said...

Brenda, So much to love in this seascape hanging! The world map for the framed background is sheer genius as is the texture around the lighthouse. Love the added seashells! Gorgeous, my friend! I feel about the mountains as you do the sea, love to look at them, but can't go there as I hate heights! Happy Sunday - Hugs!

Terry said...

Brenda, So much to love in this seascape hanging! The world map for the framed background is sheer genius as is the texture around the lighthouse. Love the added seashells! Gorgeous, my friend! I feel about the mountains as you do the sea, love to look at them, but can't go there as I hate heights! Happy Sunday - Hugs!

Sandy said...

Hey Brenda - when I first saw this I thought you had mounted your art work on a old weathered board. I think it is lovely and a wonderful idea.
Sandy

Paula Whittaker said...

wonderful creation.

Mrs.B said...

Wonderful piece Brenda - would never have guessed the boat was a peel-off!
Avril xx

Alexa said...

Love this project - so detailed and the barnacle cluster is the BEST!! x

Marjie Kemper said...

That's a gorgeous scene! Love the texture of the sea, and the boat really stands out.

Anita Houston said...

Love this piece! The scene is fabulous, and I LOVE the boat and lighthouse!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Amazing, I love every detail.

1CardCreator said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I just love all the texture and detail you brought to this! I had no idea the boat was a peel off and I think it is perfect just the way it is! I know how you feel though, but believe me this is perfect! ~Diane

Annie said...

Beautiful colours and I love the texture and stamped images

TFS and crafty hugs
Annie x

nefertiti said...

I love it Brenda, it's just perfect!!!!!

Lisa H said...

Oh, I really really like this! Thank you for sharing it with us at Inspiration Journal for our August challenge. =)

Zuzu's Blog said...

this is gorgeous... and I have some peeloffs in my stash from way way back as i know they just might come in handy. love all the atmosphere in the sky and sea. great texture and variation in depth and layers. its an all out fab piece. thank you for including it in the Artistic stamper challenge. Z x

Marita Soutar said...

What can I say? This is absolutely gorgeous! I love, love, love it! Totally inspiring!