Saturday, 2 May 2015

April Altered Calender

OK - so I'm  a bit late but I've not been able to craft for a few weeks and so have only just had time to finish April's Altered Calender page for Darcy's challenge - to see what it's all about go HERE. Even though I have a different Calender my original page was similar to Darcy's and a rather uninspiring water lily painting (sorry Monet)  -
The rules for April were-
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - use drips and splatters
3. Add - a repeating shape or word as many times as possible
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from April 1st 2015

I forgot to take photos along the way (gotta get back into the swing of things) so only have completed pics to share
I started by die cutting butterflies using Tim Holtz die on which you get a solid die cut as well as with cut outs. I used the solid pieces as masks before painting  layer of gesso to prepare the page. Onto this I scribbled bands of gelatos which I then blended with water and a paint brush. For the repeating pattern I struggled to find a stamp I was happy with and ended up using an alphabet (Stamp Addicts) like Darcy did in Archival black ink. I also stamped a border of large dots (PaperArtsy) with white paint and added splatters of Dylusons ink sprays. 
Once I'd removed the masks I added the butterflies which I had blinged up with stickles and which allow some of the original picture to show through. I also added some smaller die cut butterflies cur from watercolour paper coloured with dylusions ink spray sand stamped with polka dots.

As well as linking to Darcy's blog (although cheating a bit as it's now May's post which I hope is ok ), I'm also sharing my calender page here -

So better late than never but now I need to get on with May's page - thinking cap on again... Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting... Esther xx


  1. Beautifully done, Esther.

  2. What a gorgeous page! I love your background!

  3. Fabulous page Esther, the transformation of your calendar is amazing and i do love the bright background you created using the masks and showing the original background. Thank you for taking part in our challenge.

    Mo :-)
    DT MMW

  4. Fabulous! Love those butterflies and your lovely colourful background! Chrisx

  5. This is one fab page hun bless you too for playing at TCP this week hugs cheryl xxx


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