' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: 3 Times the paint

Tuesday 3 November 2015

3 Times the paint

I had a raging desire to get painty, inky and all around messy in the craftroom this weekend. Time for some mixed media, methinks...

Paper Artsy want Triptychs this fortnight, perfect...

I started my project with only half a plan as is typical for me... it does leave me with problems later but it's more fun this way. Leandra had an inspiring video which I based my project on and I started applying Fresco paints in the same way that she did.
Then I added Distress inks where I wanted more transparent colour. To complete the background I stamped a script (Mini30) with several colours of India ink pens (Faber Castell Big Brush pens), as well as 2 motifs from the ESN10 plate.

Also from Paper Artsy is the focal image which I stamped in dye ink and lost some of its definition in the process. Initially it bothered me, but now, I think the distressed look is quite nice in the context.
Then, it occurred to me that I had quite a large space under my "town" and decided to fill it with a reflection. Had I planned to do this at the start I probably would have remembered to mirror stamp the image, thereby obtaining a near perfect image... but no.., it did not occur and I painted the reflection in with a brush...
On impulse I added 2 journalling phrases from a Rubber Dance plate.

With my triptych finished, I turned my attention to the back, as yet untouched and unplanned... I used a fairly large scrap of Paper Artsy double sided Chatsworth paper, tearing each side apart to get enough to cover the back of my triptych. I transferred the image using gel medium before realising I had to cover it with opaque paint to obliterate the writing underneath. Yep I have been recycling cardboard! Desperation set in and I threw on some acrylics inks and sprayed, resulting in this look:

Finally I die-cut several hinges, following an idea from Alison Bomber seen here with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Hardware Findings Bigz die.

And in the end, I quite like my triptych warts and all!

I hope you'll like it too but do tell me if I'm deluding myself!

I am also entering this mixed media piece in the That Craft Place, SSS Wednesday Challenge and We Love To Create challenges.


  1. Glorious fusions of colour Christine and a triptych is always pleasing on the eye, love it.

    B x

  2. Stunning project and I love the way you fastened the three together

    Chrissie xx

  3. Amazing project - you're very talented.
    Thanks for playing along at Simon Sys Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Caryn xxx

  4. Love all the colours this is such a beautiful triptych which you have made. The reflection is perfect.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  5. No you are NOT deluding yourself. Its stunning! Love the backround and the reflection effect is genius! I usually start off with only half a plan too, and it is more fun tho sometimes it turns into a disaster, still disasters are the most fun to rescue :)

  6. Wow this is a fantastic project. Thanks for joining in the challenge at That Craft Place and good luck.
    Julie x

  7. No delusions here!! This is wonderful - including that reflection! That was a brilliant idea! Wonderful colors as well - great project! xx Lynn

  8. I really love this! I especially like the way you applied the paint and the reflections of Lynne Perrella's city look amazing! Everything about this project is lovely, including the way it is fastened together! Great work! xx

  9. Gorgeous project. Thanks for joining in the challenge at That Craft Place, Angela x

  10. Fabulous!!! And not deluded at all!!
    Thank you for joining us for the challenge over on the That Craft Place Challenge Blog..
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  11. This is gorgeous..the colours and image are stunning!! xx

  12. No way are you deluding yourself, it's beautiful! Love the colours.

  13. This is beautiful! I love the wonderful autumnal colours and the reflection you created is lovely - I like how it has a very loose and casual feel to it all - you did great! X

  14. Wow! Fabulous! I love the reflected buildings. Nice touch. Congratulations on your win. I know you're going to enjoy spending your prize. Lx