Happy Sunday to you all! I hope you're all having/had a great weekend. As many of you may know, Krista Smith the wonderful artist of Saturated Canary Stamps and her Design Team are having a GDT call in their Facebook group. I must admit I procrastinated about trying out for quite a while, not because I wouldn't love to be a guest, but because after the previous try I really wasn't sure my work was good enough or what they are looking for....and oh my, there are soooooo many simply stunning entries there, I felt quite intimidated!
But then, I really really love this image (well I love all Saturated Canary images, but this one really called out to me) from the bundle that Krista has in her shop at the moment, and since you're required to use an image from this bundle to enter...I thought, I will colour the image and make something I really like, then at the end of the day if I don't get in.....I will still have had the enjoyment of playing with an image I love and have made something I'm proud of.
Now this image seems to be a favourite of a lot of the entrants (and I can totally understand why) and it's been coloured in many different ways, but just recently I have been playing around with colouring hair in unusual colours with my distress inks, and also using brighter/stronger colours in them, so that's what I decided to do with her.
I did get quite excited when colouring her because she came out so well and I also got nervous too. I'm sure those of you who colour will understand what I mean...things are going so well but almost 'too' well, you are scared that you will make a mistake and destroy the whole thing (and I have to say that the first 2 attempts went straight in the recycling lol!)? So it was very tempting to stop at a certain point, but I made myself go ahead and add in all the little details and depth, and I'm really glad that I did.
I've put her on a card for now, but I haven't decorated the inside yet, because I may frame her and keep her for myself, I haven't decided yet.
Anyhoooo...enough of my witless waffle and on with the sharing.
This is May and you can find her as part of a special bundle here.
I coloured her with Distress Ink markers, colours as follows:
Skin, Lips and Eyes: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone.
Hair: Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry.
Clothing & Butterfly: Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry.
The background is just a little Antique Linen.
I had originally chosen some brighter papers to match her too, but I decided that I didn't want to detract too much from the image and instead used these lovely, more muted papers in the same colours. These are from the Sofiero collection from Maja design. I don't have much of this left and they are out of stock now, so it takes something special for me to cut into them! Papers are inked with Walnut Stain DI and hand stitched as always.
Since there was a butterfly in the image, I took that as my inspiration to use this lovely Joycrafts die. It's actually a circular die, but I snipped into it and opened it up more so I could semi frame my image. I popped a little cheesecloth between my layers, and some gorgeous lace underneath,
I didn't want to over embellish, so I stuck mainly with some flowers and some fairly subtle bling, I liked the flourish (which I cut into 3) as it looked like the breeze blowing the strands of her hair.
Originally I was going to add a bow in my lovely pink organza ribbon, but it looked too much, so I just tucked a snippet under my flowers.
Some of the products I used:
I do hope you like her and I hope Krista and the Saturated Canary DT love her as much as I do, but if not at least I'd made something I'm proud of and had so much fun doing it, and after all, that's what it's all about isn't it? :) xx