Friday, 14 February 2014

Inspired by Lin Brown

This week Julie Ann showed her gorgeous box full of wonderful details on the Paper Artsy blog. Didn't have the courage to try myself...

Paper Artsy has new stamps coming out soon and we were treated to a reveal of the latest Eclectica products designed by Lin Brown, along with some samples by the DT.
I fell in love with this one and attempted my own version, with the old stamps, of course !

The support is a piece of cardboard onto which I glued/gessoed a piece of cotton.
For the background, inspired by the Pan Pastel DT who was mixing pastels with all sorts of acrylic mediums, I tried mixing pastel with acrylic paint and created a pink and a green paint.
On top I used a very old stencil of a flower with white, Claret and Limelight paints in different mixes.
I stamped in Aubergine chalk ink (might as well carry on the "chalk" theme) 2 stamps from the ESN07 set for a bit of background interest.
Then, the piece de resistance... this is a technique I am already familiar with and in fact my top favourite, but I had never tried it on fabric as shown by Tracy here for the Pan Pastel UK challenge.
I stamped with Versamark the Tulip from the ELB03 set and the foliage from ELB02.
Then, I applied pastels over the Versamark, using different colours for variation.
I cleaned up the Tulip head with an electric eraser where the pastel shouldn't be but left the rest with this slight haze of pastel. The texture of the cotton grasped more pastel than cardstock does but I liked the effect.
Finally I used a charcoal pencil to create a shadow on the tulip.

I enjoyed the process very much and I am quite happy with the result, for once!

Thanks for coming by,


  1. Great techniques! This is beautiful!
    Alison xx

  2. I love the colours and the techniques you used on this! It's gorgeous. Julie Ann xxx

  3. Perfect finish! Gorgeous colours and great technics,
    Etsuko xx

  4. Isn't it fun using the eraser with the Pan Pastels! Thanks for reminding me about the fabric challenge using Pan Pastels must watch the video before it's too late...

    Your project is stunning, love everything about it :-) xxx

  5. Fabulous techniques, really lovely piece.

  6. Absolutely exquisite, Helen, love it!

    Lucy x

  7. well done, the colors are wonderful ^5

  8. Oooh this is lovely, the colours are beautiful xx

  9. Really lovely - very bright and cheerful !

  10. Superbe essai sur une pièce de tissu, bravo car les couleurs restent belles ce qui n'est pas facile sur du coton, j'en ai fait l'expérience... :)

  11. This is just beautiful! I really like the colors, placement of your images, and the shadow under your flower too!

  12. Fabulous project great techniques love the tulip as it really looks 3D