Monday 9 February 2015

Treescape for Crafty Individuals

Crafty Individuals have a new set of tree stamps out - CI-429  and called Trees Galore

These are much wider than others they have designed and give great scope for using them to create landscapes, much like I have done on my collage piece below. 

I started with a piece of linen card and the wrinkle free technique using some green and blue distress inks (sorry forgot exactly which ones). Over that, using Potting Soil archival ink, I stamped the trees one and a half times to elongate the landscape further

It left a tiny gap between the two stamped images so I used a brown drawing pen to join them up.

Using a second stamp from the set and Tree Branch archival ink I did a second generation stamp across the tree line to create an ethereal woodland background. 

I gathered stamped ephemera (also CI stamps) and other elements to begin building a collage.

Using papers and oddments the background started to come together.

I knew this small portion of a tag would be ideal to use and just stamped lightly over it using a CI text stamp.

Some scraps of papers, borders and hessian and a portion of Tim's film strip die with the ephemera filling the spaces gave me some shape to the layout and provided additional dimension and texture. 

This is now in my large collage journal.

Before I go I thought I would share a few photos from our weekend trip to London. The children had given us tickets to see 'Memphis' for Christmas and we decided to stay overnight.

It is currently on at the Shaftesbury Theatre and starring Beverley Knight - she was amazing as were the whole cast. Their voices reverberated around the theatre and filled every corner.

Our hotel overlooked Hyde park, so it was lovely to have a walk round on both days.

The Italian Fountains.

Statue of Peter Pan.

The Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

On Sunday we went to the Eight Lives, Eight Stories exhibition at The British Museum where new technology has uncovered some secrets of eight mummies from the Thebes area of Egypt.

We finished off with a glass of wine at Covent Garden taking in the atmosphere and for a while listening to an operatic singer.

I hope you had a great weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx

PS I have just discovered this is my 1000th post, so come back again tomorrow as I will be offering a blog candy to celebrate.