Today is a very exciting day as it's the start of the very first challenge at Stamps and Stencils! I'm the host for this challenge and I've kept it really easy with Anything Goes ! We're a monthly, mixed media challenge and as long as you include some stamping or stencilling you can make anything !
I bought an A3 pad of Canson paper recently and decided to have a play ! I also had some stencils that needed to be played with too so that's where I started ! After a coat of Gesso I then used one of the new Lin Brown stencils with Grunge Paste and stamped into it with the co-ordinating stamp. I used a Viva stencil with more Grunge Paste and when it was dry gave it a coat of watered down Chartreuse Fresco Finish paint.
Now my intention was to take a few more stepped photos, but as you can see that didn't happen ! Is it just me or is it that when you start on something and your mind goes into a whirl of ideas remembering to take photos flies out the window ! After the Chartreuse coat I knocked everything back with a watered down coat of Chalk Fresco Finish paint. Next up were my Pan Pastels ! I haven't used these in ages and as I'd treated myself to one or two new colours I was itching to use them. I used Versamark ink through variou TCW stencils and then rubbed the Pan Pastels over the top, I'd forgotten how wonderful they are they blend so beautifully !
I've also added some stamping using a Wendy Vecchi background stamp and used Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint. The three flowers above are made using another of the Lin Brown stencils and stamps. I stencilled the colours first using Fresco Finish paints for the flower heads then stamped over the top. I stamped the stalks and extended them slightly by matching the stamp up again and used my Inktense pencils to add some colour.
The Grunge Paste flowers have been painted using my Inktense pencils, as have the stalks which I've stamped using a Darcy Wilkinson stamp from one of her latest sets. The little grasses are stamps from the new Lin Brown sets and I've added colour to them using Inktense pencils. I used Pan Pastels again to colour the two cut out flowers which are a Lin Brown stamp. I used a black Posca pen to add some definition to the stencilled numbers then a white Sharpie to highlight them. The sentiment which you'll have seen in an earlier photo is also one of the new Lin Brown stamps.
I have to say this page was a pleasure to do, I've been able to use all sorts of things that I've been itching to have a play with.
You have a month to join in with our challenge and do keep an eye on the Stamps and Stencils blog for more insirational projects througout the month. Make sure you hop over to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !
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