Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Spring is in the air- IndigoBlu Inspiration Piece

 Hello to you all,
I have been so lucky to have been picked again to create an inspirational piece for the new challenge over at IndigoBlu. Thank you soooo much Design Team xx
Here is a link to the IndigoBlu Blog so you can check out all those gorgeous inspiration pieces created by the Design Team, last months winner and the top 3 winners.
 Find the Link Here

I hope you will find projects to inspire you to make something similar or to use the ideas on cards, canvas or home decor.
And if you do, why not challenge yourself, enter this months Blog Challenge!

So without further ado here is my Inspiration for Spring is in the air.
The first thing was thinking about spring and I took my inspiration from the garden. I have a Forsythia bush in the garden which has burst into glorious yellow flowers. Also the tree blossoms have come out and everywhere is looking so fresh and green.

Of course I created something that has been quite hard to photograph so I have quite a few photos to share.
Here is my finished Inspiration piece. More photos showing what the lampshade looks like all the way around at the end of this post
I started off with a plain white paper lampshade. Because of the shape and the surface of the shade I stamped images with green Stazon Ink onto tissue paper and used Slap-it-on to stick them to the lampshade.
Once the images had dried out I used three colours of diluted paint in spray bottles to add spring colours. 
I sprayed the lampshade outside, hanging it on the line and as the paint dripped and collected along the wire outline I used a piece of kitchen paper to absorb the excess paint as I didn't want to leave dark lines. At this stage, you need to handle the lampshade very carefully as its made of tissue paper and could rip when wet with the paint.
Out of the Wild Meadow set I used the large wild grass set to stamp the images onto tissue paper for the base of the lampshade and used the butterfly stamp but stamped that image onto thick parchment paper
Out of the above 'Live, Laugh, Love' set I used two of the flower blossoms stamps on tissue paper

Once the blossom images were stamped out using a brown Stazon ink I used Lemon Meringue paint diluted, then once dry I cut the blossoms out. To pick out details on the blossoms I added green ink and mica powder
I wanted the butterflies to look a little translucent so I painted some thick parchment paper with diluted paints
Once the butterfly images were stamped and cut out I added more detail using different shades of colour to highlight the butterflies. I also stamped out some small dragonflies from the set 'Live, Laugh, Love' 
All cut out, glittered, painted and ready to be attached to the now painted lampshade
Tiny white flowers were added around the shade
Centers of the flowers were created using tiny beads

Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy Crafting, Sue xx