I always consider Crafting to be my way of relaxing.But over the last few months I have to admit I've been struggling to find motivation and inspiration and haven't done anything much other than my DT samples. I'm wondering though if, rather than finding relaxation by crafting, I've been too tired and stressed to craft. Anyone else ever found that ? This last week though I had some time off work - wasn't going away, didn't really have any plans, just had a week off.....by the time I reached Friday I was feeling chilled and rejuvenated and over the weekend spent hours at my craft desk, creating, playing, getting inky and messy :-) ! I'm so relieved, was beginning to wonder if I'd lost my Mojo completely ! This is one of the things I made -
It started off life as a plain sheet of A4 hammered cream card which I layered some moulding paste on through a sequin waste stencil and gave the painty treatment on my Gelli plate (both sides)
You can see the score lines on this pic - and I also trimmed the edges that hadn't quite been got by the paint.
Close up of the textures - I coloured some Golden Bead Gel with distress re-inker in Dusty Concord and perfect pearls before applying through a doily stencil - it's a bit messy, I haven't done this much so need to practice !
I added a strip of folded card down each side which I scored using the same spacing as the bottom.
..and of course I had to add some stamping. I'm using my new folder to keep some part completed tags in
Was happier with stencilling on this one. I applied Distress stains over the bead gel, then stamped the feather (Stampendous) with 'Waterfall' Big and Juicy ink pad, the peacock is stamped in the same ink. I loved the background so much I didn't want to put too much else on it. Phew...still with me, well done! I've loved my creative weekend and am sharing my creativity in a few challenges -Folder -
A Mixed MediaColour Challenge - purple, blue, green
A colourful journey - Gelli Print Party
Make My Monday - Add some dimension
Sarah Hurley - Texture and dimension
Vintage Stamping - Wings and things
Penny Black and More - In the Garden
Sorry it's been so long winded but I was just excited to share !! Thanks for visiting....Esther xx