I am still chopping and changing between making cards and making (a lot) messy with inks and paints. Perhaps it's the time of year and I have post Christmas blues - or maybe because I have little bits of sad news from various people just recently, but whatever it is I can't seem to settle to do anything for any length of time.
I did though finally finish this -a 10" x 8" canvas.
I needed to do something to lighten my mood and thoughts of a warm summer day taking in the sounds of birdsong and just enjoying - well life really - to make you smile - and this is what I ended up with.
The canvas background was done using acrylic paints.
I used modelling paste for the 'clouds'. I painted a few stalks and pink frothy flower heads in the grass and then spent some considerable time tearing and sticking paper napkins for the flowers bottom left side and the two butterflies.
The birds were stamped, cut out then 'mod podged' and the dragonfly is made from mountboard,coloured with Cosmic Shimmer and embossed. (He's quite iridescent 'in real life'!) Further up the left side I stamped with one of my favourite (and old!) blossom stamps, painted the flowers and added the stamped birdcage which has been covered with glossy accents and has a metal 'chain'.
The bare footed girl was done from a template - and the papers are by K and Co. The 'skirt' is individual panels and once all stuck together I put some lace underneath before assembling her, then I went round her outline with a black pen.
(I am not proficient enough nor have enough confidence to draw a face (!!) but I don't think it detracts from the overall piece - at least I hope it doesn't.)
The 'Happy Days' words were stamped onto tissue paper.
Take a Word - Art and what it means (and it means Happy Days to me spent making a mess!!!)
Ruby's Rainbow - Smile (and warm summer days do that to me)
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
Crafters Cafe - Anything Goes
Lexi's - Anything Goes
Creative Creations - Anything Goes
Thanks for looking and if you've left me a comment, I really appreciate it and hope that my little canvas has you thinking of lazy summer days. x