22 August 2013

Art Book - Hearts and Flowers

Hi everyone, hope you're all well today. I'm sharing a play in my art book today and came up with this hearts and flowers spread. I was looking for an idea for a canvas that I'll be doing very shortly which will be a raffle prize in aid of a Macmillan cancer support coffee morning that a friend is holding soon. It's looking like the right hand page will be the basis of the canvas, I'll post it once it's done. I'm going to use a different flower image from the Nicecrane designs Henderson's Giant Flowering Vol. 2 set, there are roses that might look nice.  I used an amyrillis on the left page which came out very faintly and the tulips on the right. I may well do this again though as another canvas for myself exactly as it is as I love tulips.

More shots below and a little blurb on what was used etc.


 The background is gesso and then I did gel medium image transfers of the Nicecrane designs followed by modelling paste through a Wendy Vecchi heart stencil. On top of the heart I added glass bead gel and when it was all thoroughly dry added the background paintm the small hearts through a stencil and paint over the hearts with various gorgeous DecoArt paints: Desert Turquoise, Spa Blue, Cadmium yellow and DecoArt Traditions paints: Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold, Red Violet.


 All my stamping is done with Prima texture stamps, a Prima Butterfly stamp and a Crafty Individuals diamond pattern stamp. The text is stamped in black Versafine and the other stamping with paints used and additionally white Distress paint.


 I did some outline doodling with black fineliner pen, lettering with a white Posca paint marker outlined with the black pen and in some areas I added a bit of charcoal to bring some depth. Over the top of the hearts I highlighted with white rub 'n' buff, I hope they never stop making it, it's an absolute staple product for me.


I'm drawn to the above view now with the right page and half of the left page, so that could possibly be the basis for the canvas....good how ideas can be formulated in an art book/journal, by writing a post and taking and looking at lots of photo's.  Thanks for popping by today and thanks as always for your lovely comments.
 

22 comments:

Redanne said...

Hi Chris, I don't know what else to say other than - this is breathtakingly beautiful. Stunning work and I really look forward to seeing the canvas version...... Hugs, Anne x

Gio said...

Wow, Chris it's amazing. All that textures and messiness but still with balance. And the soft colours, and the flowers.... Gorgeous use of the microbeads and the white stuff!

Buttons said...

This is you at your very best Chris. Don't even know where to start with listing my favourite elements as it is all so jaw-droppingly stunning. Love the way you've used the Nicecrane Designs image in this way. Hugs, Jenny x

Sasha said...

More AMAZING pieces of artwork, Chris. Whichever you decide on for your canvas will look fabulous! I absolutely love your tulips page xx

rachel said...

love this Chris - its wonderful! So much to look at - fabulous xx

Dena said...

How stunning Chris!!!! I love the beautiful colors! You are so talented!!
Hugs, Dena

Kelly Neis said...

Oh Chris this is phenomenal, gorgeous! I love the textures you created with the paint and the tulips are beautiful. The two pages framed and mounted on my wall would look fabulous!! Your a such a sweetie to give the canvas for the raffle this should bring them a nice amount of money!
Have a great day,
Kellyxoxo

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Chris! What stunning pages! I'm in awe!

barbarastewart1 said...

SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ... simply outstanding. I LOVE BOTH PAGES and using "1-1/2" is a terrific idea.

cathylynn said...

Chris what can I say that hasn't already been said. Phenomenal!!! I love both pages and those tulips are gorgeous! I love the colors and textures. Fabulous indeed!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

butterfly said...

Am completely blown away by this, Chris... I'm going to have to come back to study your amazing work in detail. It's absolutely stunning.
Alison xx

Kezzy said...

WOW WOW WOW absolutely stunning journal pages, I love the background and how the flowers and hearts merge into the background, truly inspirational :-) Kezzy xxx

Anneke said...

Awesome, love it! It will make a beautiful canvas too!!!

Anita Houston said...

GORGEOUS pages!!! Love those hearts...wow the color!

Christina C. said...

This is absolutely exquisite, Chris!
I loooove, loooove it!!!!!
I am truly in awe of your talent!
Your pages are beautiful art.

Sandy said...

Beautifully done Chris - I love your hearts - I have been waiting for some art journaling and I can say that this make is/was worth the wait!
Sandy

Craftyjean said...

Love your work Chris, I am going to have a go myself, you always inspire me.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow, your artwork is gorgeous.

Julie said...

fabulous pages Chris, ~I look forward to seeing the completed canvas

Tracey Brossart said...

Gorgeous! You make it look so easy and flawless! I so want to do one of these but haven't built up the courage yet!

Hugs
xx Tracey xx

Patti Jo said...

Hey Chris!!! SOOOOO Inspirational!!! LOVE the hearts and added flowers!!! You just know how to put things together! Maybe I'll learn when I can get you to come here!!! :) In the meantime I'll just admire your gorgeous creations!!! Hope all is well...miss you!!!

Danielle Champagne said...

OMG... Chris. what can I say that has not been said? you did an outstanding job on this page, love the colors the shapes, the textures. Everything, touches my heart. Looking at your page makes me feel "love" and I can touch the pleasure and joy you had while making this page. thank you, you made my day! I will carry this sentiment inspired by your art, all day... and more. Hugs.