Sunday, 6 February 2011

Dancing In The Rain

Happy Sunday everyone and I'm finally here with my piece of artwork for Gingersnap Creations GC86 Spicy Supply Challenge - Coffee Filters. It took me several days to make as I had to wait for things to thoroughly dry before adding more bits.
I can't say enough how much I enjoyed playing with the filter papers which have a surprisingly fabric like texture. I decided to try my Watercolour Crayon Background Technique (see sidebar for a link to the tutorial) and used Neocolor 11 crayons in shades of red, orange and yellow on the natural unbleached papers.
Here's my piece of artwork:

Some close ups of the various elements:

I used a canvas board, 25 x 30cm, as I wanted to stamp on the background and these make it so much easier. I painted the board with Golden Fluid Acrylics first in Titan Buff then Yellow Oxide with Red Oxide applied with a sponge for a mottled effect. The colours were determined by the slightly sludgy vintage shades of the coffee filter paper.
I then stamped around the edges and corners of the canvas with a Hero Arts floral lace spray stamp and Brilliance Victorian Violet ink.
The figure on the canvas came about as the filter paper looked a bit like a full skirt and this was the inspiration for the direction I followed. I stamped rows of flowers on one side of the paper having cut it in half after opening it out (my crayon technique happily coloured both sides at once). The stamp is by Magenta and was stamped in the Victorian Violet and Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy. I coloured the flowers with purple and red Promarkers.
I next drew the figure (somewhat badly which is why no hands are on view!) on white card, coloured the bits that would show with Promarkers and made a top from the second piece of coffee filter paper . I gathered the top of the skirt with thread. I then added the figure and her clothes to the canvas together with an umbrella - this is a Polka Doodles digital image from the Sundae of Seasons CD and was coloured with Promarkers.
I then added some strips of the leftover filter paper in a cross hatch pattern and a beautiful sentiment from the Tim Holtz Good Thoughts CMS085 stamp set (I think this one is so true) stamped with Imperial Purple VersaFine ink and coloured with a Promarker.
The finishing touch is lots of coordinating flowers with pearls and charms added to some. The flowers are mostly Prima or Papermania and the printed ones are Hero Arts.

I'm also entering this in June of Dezinaworld's Spot Prize Challenge for this week - Charming
and Corrosive Challenges - Red, Orange, Yellow - Fire!

Thank you for your patience if you've read all this and for looking!
Fliss x


Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a fantastic creation. Love all the elements and the bright colors.

Sally H said...

Wow! What a beauty! I love the hot colours and that skirt is just fabulous! It's like a ray of sunshine!

Janet said...

wow, this is soooooooooo pretty! thanks for joining us at the corrosive challenge:) Hope to see ya next week!

Netty said...

Totally gorgeous work Fliss. Annette x

Susan's crafty chaos said...

This is fab Fliss! Thanks so much for playing along with Corrosive Challenges :D

Nancy Y said...

Gorgeous canvas! Beautiful colors and your use of the coffee filters was brillant!
Have a lovely Sunday!

Debbie said...

Beautiful colours Fliss.Pop over to my blog at as I have an award for you.Take care.Debbie Johns x

Fiona said...

This is superb Fliss. Can't believe the figure was hand drawn, it looks like it has been printed out-well done you. Love what you did with the coffee filters and the warm colours look great with the mauve.

Anonymous said...

I love the colours on this beautiful piece Fliss! x

Cheryl said...

oh hun this is just gorgoues,that background is just amazing,hugs cheryl xxxx

SmilynStef said...

Absolutely stunning coffee filter creation ... they are surprisingly strong, but light ... thanks so much for joining our Spicy Supply Challenge.

Anonymous said...

Oh Fliss this is delightful and perfect for the challenge. i love all the different elements. and love her skirt, fabulous
hope all is good with you and that your week is going well
take care for now

Susan Allan said...

How gorgeous. What a lovely concept..dancing in the rain!!
Sue xx

Claire Phillips said...

Fabulous colour and texture - looks like you had alot of fun! Cheers Claire x

wearestampers said...

Love your background! And the skirt and flowers are lovely!

PetraB said...

This is terrific, love the background and all the elements you used for this piece.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, this is beautiful, Fliss!!! And I love the message too!!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely perfect, Fliss! Love the colours, the composition, everything!

Lucy x

Sharon said...

Wow - very celever - love the colours and design - it's great!