Thursday 15 March 2012

Sketchbook challenge

This week I am still experimenting with paint.  I have created 2 pages in quite contrasting colours schemes.

The first one is an analogous scheme with white added for value contrast.

I had fun using layers to create a background rich in texture. 
 I love simple flowers. Their simplicity is what makes them so stunning. 
I think it also reminds me so much of my childhood making daisy chains and collecting
'bouquets' for my mum which were always in jam jars or the lid if the stalks were cut too short.

My second page is in various tones of yellow and browns with gold added to highlight the page.  The flower is done with a homemade stencil.  I have used about 8 layers to create the texture on this page. 

So what do I use to make the texture in the background.  All pretty simple things that I have around the home or cheap craft items....

  • Bubble wrap (3 different sizes)
  • A Tupperware mat
  • Sequin waste
  • Lids for circles and scrap booking cutters
  • Corks
  • Homemade rubber stamps
  • Homemade stencils
  • Cotton reels
  • Toothbrush
  • Wire
  • Foam brushes
  • Foam rollers
  • Stamps
I use a different object and a slightly different tone for each layer until I have a rich and complex page.  Have a go and see what you can come up with.


  1. I wanted to thank you for this great post!! I enjoyed every little bit of it, I have you bookmarked and waiting for all the new stuff you post.
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