A couple of weeks ago Jo and I did a workshop at Graphicus in Barnard Castle run by the wonderfully talented Lynn called 'Creative Frames'.
The workshop was based around 2 frames with recesses in the middle, a piece of grey board, some dictionary paper, Grungepaper, some die cuts from Sir Tim of Holtz range and LOTS of paints and stamps!!!
Of course, as is typical of me, I never even thought about taking my camera, but Lou came to the rescue and took a couple of photos for me during the day. Thanks Lou!!
First we chose some paint and a Distress Crackle Paint to put over the top. I chose a Lumiere called Halo Pink Gold and Broken China in the crackle. I painted the Lumiere all over the frame and recess and allowed to dry before applying the crackle using the brush in the pot. It depends on how thickly you apply the paint as to what size crackles you get. Thinly is small crackles, thickly in large ones.
Lynn had cut us a heart out of Grungebord and embossed it with swirls. We all stuck these onto a piece of grey board, cut to the same size as the frames, with Golden Gel Medium and stuck dictionary paper over it again using the same medium. Once it was dry we coloured them with Distress Inks. I chose Spiced Marmalade for the outside and Broken China for the heart.
Lynn had die cut 3 Grungepaper flowers for each for us to make roses from. I coloured mine with the same Lumiere paint and used Broken China DI just on the edges of the petals. Once dry I stamped a Wendy Vecchi newspaper column stamp over it to add interest, before beginning to make the rose. If you're interested in doing this, there are tutorials on YouTube.
Lynn had also given us a couple of swirls from Grungebord and the birdcage cut from a Tim Holtz die. I again coloured these with the same Lumiere paint. For the bird I used Viva Precious Metal paint in a blue, browny colour for the branch and finally gave it a golden beak. I can't remember the exact colours I used.
I stamped a couple of phrases from Wendy Vecchi stamps in the recess of both frames and across the heart too and punched out some leaves using an EK Success Rock Fern paper punch, before the workshop ended. It was over all too soon. I was exhausted again, but it had been so worth it!!