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.
I have to say it looks better irlife and irlight, the photography doesn’t really do it justice,
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.
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.
I dry-brushed the rough waves with white acrylic paint to make them look more like white tops.
The hanging piece is some corrugated packaging cut down and painted with gesso and sand to give it that shabby textured effect
I added some TH paper, given a coat of white wash (thinned white acrylic paint) with distressed the edges.
I assembled the pieces …….
… 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.
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.
I’m happier with it now but still thinks it needs something else?
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