Monday 1 May 2017

It's Flowers #1 at CVC

Ok so it's the first of May and we are moving rapidly through Spring and hopefully soon into Summer and to keep us all in the outdoor mood the lovely Monika has chosen 'Flower Power' as our challenge theme this month at Country View Challenges.
To begin with I thought about making my own flowers but do you know what? I suck at it so I thought I would go back to the beautiful distress oxides and make some journal panels to add to my eagerly awaited HeARTfelt journal die designed by the amazing Eileen Hull.

1. Cut 2 sets of panels from white card measuring 11 x 21.7 cms. Take the front covers for both journals and on the first apply worn lipstick and iced spruce through Tim's floral stencil. When finished spritz the inks on the stencil with water and apply to the second cover. Repeat this process to fill the spaces which will give you quite a random design. You'll notice that the design of the second cover is the reverse of the first one.

2. Take the stencil and apply the same two inks randomly to the underneath of it. spritz with water and apply to cover #1. Then wash the stencil lay it over #2 lining up the design, drop watery washes of the two oxides into it the stencil spaces, some of it will seep a little, dry it and then take a small detail paint brush and paint in some more wash detail to create a watercolouring look. I think you'll see the differences between the two in the photograph below.

3. Repeat the same steps with the back covers and you'll end up with two sets to make two journals - great as presents especially if you make simple notebook inserts rather than the fussy junk journal style ones.

So I'm waiting for my journal die to arrive and when it does I'll finish the two journals and hopefully at least one will be ready for my next Flower Power installment on the 11th May.

We hope we will see you playing along this month.

Don't forget -

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out.

The earliest written version is that of Dr Thomas Fuller in 1732. But the argument has never been settled. Does it refer to the month of May? Should we not leave off an item of winter clothing until June arrives, or does it refer to the 'may flower' on the hawthorn which blooms along the 200,000 miles of English hedgerow from late April?
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Well I 'cast a clout' a couple of weeks ago when we had a couple of days of glorious weather here in the UK but it didn't last for long especially as some areas had snow this week and we're due rain today for our Bank Holiday Monday, but hey ho it gives me more crafting time lol.

Enjoy Your day.

hugs Brenda xxx