Friday 17 March 2017

Inspired by Kate Crane

It was an amazing couple of days at Stitches in Birmingham a few weeks ago and this year I was able to spend a bit of time with the lovely Kate Crane, she was demoing on the Country Love Crafts stand for DecoArt and also did a workshop on the Tuesday that I helped out with - intending to do some of the tag she was teaching too. Unfortunately I didn't get much finished but Kate is like me and produces teaching notes so I was able to have a play when I got home.

This is where I got to and what happened next -

Yes I know the colours Kate chose are beautiful but I wanted to be inspired by her and not coy her completely. So I adapted mine in terms of colour and mark making. I changed to pyrrole red and added burnt umber to it to make my own deeper, grungier tone.
Text that had been glued to the original tag was disappearing fast so I added some stamping and all the layers Kate had written down. to get this -

I used one stencil the same and one that was different. and also added small talk stickers.

I used different stamps and doodled in my own way.

But eventually I ended up with something very similar but not an exact copy.

Mine's on the left and Kates is on the right. You can see how the colours are more muted but still very bright for me.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you've got planned or even with what you've not got planned, I have to say I'm looking forward to mine.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx


Valerija said...

Really beautiful tags. Love the colours.
Valerija xx

Susanne said...

Awesome tags! I love the details and the colours!

Juls said...

Oooooooh so very gorgeous xx

froebelsternchen said...

You made your own variation for sure. A beautiful tag Brenda - the layering is so fancy!
I think Kate is a wonderful teacher, I got two of her older videos about Art Journaling
several years ago and learned so much from this videos. Would be fabulous to join a workshop with her in person.

Happy weekend!
oxo Susi

Gina said...

The colours are so rich and warm, but I too prefer a little grunge with my sunshine :D XXX

Jane said...

What a gorgeous tag Brenda..the colours really suit you ;0) That sounded a fun workshop. Have a great weekend my friend, hugs xxx

Rita said...

Fabulous tag Brenda, so full of gorgeous colours too. Well Done. Hugs Rita xxxx

SewPaperPaint said...

I really admire you taking this in your own grungy direction. I love the result! I don't know what has gotten into me, but I find bold color difficult too, even in my wardrobe. I have gone to mostly neutrals and a few earth tones in my clothing and feel outlandish when I wear brights. Isn't that a silly thing for an artist to say?! Idk, but I am the same way with my creations. I try to do pure color, then end up spraying brown ink over it to knock off the edge. Ha! Your tag has the best of both worlds, keep it up! Hugs, Autumn

Unknown said...

This was a TRUE TREAT Brenda to see you and Kate - side by side!!! The same - yet so different - both INCREDIBLE FUN! It is so amazing to see all the textures and layers of color. So glad you did this... great Friday afternoon pick me up!!! Xj.

Meggymay said...

Its a fantastic tag Brenda and I love the brighter colours you used.
Yvonne xx

Lisa said...

I absolutely love, love your tag, Brenda!! The colors are amazing!! The stamping, the details you added, the butterfly, everything is fabulous!! It's stunning!! Love, love it!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Wow absolutely love your tag Brenda, the colours are amazing and so much detail to catch the eye too
Donna xx

Jackie PN said...

Gorgeous tags Brenda!! Love that you changed up the palette a bit to reflect your style! Beautiful, both!
Jackie xo

A Pink said...

Terrific tag inspired by Kates ! Brenda . Love all the detail x

Littlelamb said...

Love this tag. Thank you for sharing it with us.

hazel said...

Wonderful tags Brenda - lovely colours and a great design.
xxx Hazel.

Words and Pictures said...

Fabulous tag - and so interesting to hear how you played inside and outside of Kate's inspiration guidelines. Love the intense colours - I think you wear them well!
Alison x

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous tag Brenda, a great take on Kate's, but you've definitely made it your own with the muted colours.
Avril xx

thekathrynwheel said...

Corrrrrrr. your tag looks lovely! I like the dark wash over it, I really do! I'm so pleased you managed to finish it :-)