Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Flowers Remember (Part 2) by Alan Scott


Carrying on from last week, as you know this project was a bit of a nightmare, so here we have Part 2, where things start to get a little better ....... eventually!



A3 Foam Board
Collage Glue ~ Scissors ~ Wide Rimmed Brush ~ Pages from an OLD Book Text + Images
Collection of Martha Stewart Paints (they have great coverage) ~ Water Spray Mister ~ Scrapper
Maimeri Gel ~ PaperArtsy Dusty Rose Acrylic Paint ~ Spatula
Selection of Acrylic Paints ~ Foam Tipped Marker Pen ~ Fruit Netting
Art Parts Clearly for Art Whiteout Sheet ~ Flower Die Spellbinders ~ Die Cutting Machine
Archival Black Ink ~ Large Background Stamp (have used Sam Pool Alpha Writing)
Violet Indian Ink ~ Pipette ~ Pen + Nib
2 Sets of different Font Styles ~ Ruler 
So this is where we left things last week
So out came the gel and an acrylic paint, as I was going to try and cover the stamping mess up. The idea was not to cover the stamping imagery over and blank them out but as the red was a stronger colour than the stonewashed impressions, this glaze should help mask it. The baby wipe helps soften the edges. As you all know, crafters never throw anything away, so the glaze that was left is placed in a little tub for another project. Little did I know what was going to happen......

One of the best things about a glaze is that it gives you time to make impressions into the glaze. Here I have used a foam tipped brush just to make some circles. It's all about distracting the viewer away from the error I had made under the glaze.

Out came a stamp that did not deserve to be used on this project. It's a wonderful stamp that can and should be used as a focal point. Not something that "seemed like a good idea at the time". The idea was to make it look as if it was a Genie in a bottle (I'm thinking way too deeply and not letting the project have it's own life).

The picture top right shows the pen that was the nearest pen in colour that I thought I could use to make the smoke around the Genie. Until I realised that I could use the stamp pad and a water brush to add the smoke (see, it's all gone South now..). 

The bottom picture shows the mess that was 'The Genie in a Bottle'.

Out came the white gesso again. Something had started to click inside this small brain of mine and I could see a way out of things. To give the canvas that aged look, I took some orange netting and just started to make scratches into the paint.

Using two complementary acrylic paints, I was going to do what is slowly becoming a trade mark. You will be able to tell what's mine by this!

I watered down the paints and then using a spatula placed some at the top. Then by banging the canvas on the worktop, the paints started to drip down. Using a foam tipped brush, I was able to make impressions and this gave the canvas a new lease of life and started to pull things together. All the work that was below could still be seen in parts where the gesso had not covered it. To protect this new layer, I once again used a clear gesso.


I wanted to see if I could do a full page in the paper transfer. This time I was going to try using a soft gel that I had seen being used in a video I had bought. The gluing time was a lot shorter for me but the paper did stick to the surface below it a lot easier. Even in the grooves I had made, the paper became secure. 

Then the rolling started. All went well and I was pleased I had done it, then disaster struck again! I had not let the surface below the paper and glue dry enough, so as I was rubbing, some of that paint also came away and I could see some of the 'Genie in The Bottle'.

This is where the glaze I had made in Part 1 came in to play. I could use this as a distraction. Starting at the base and then building up to the top, in certain parts I could pick out where the glaze was going to go and this would then help blend in the paper rolling errors. The foam tipped brush is a new fav tool. I'm sure it has lots of ways it can be used. I was pleased with the way it had turned out. The canvas was starting to come together and a unit and not just several ideas being tried out.

I have always wanted to use this Clearly For Art Whiteout now for over 12 months. It was something I bought with a project in mind but it was put away and forgotten. That was till this project raised up. I was starting to get ideas about the poppies that have been a very focal point in our lives over the years. However I didn't want to do a red poppy, it had to fit in with the colour scheme I was using. 

After some research ,the main colouring materials are Alcohol Inks. Fortunately I had in my collection some colours that would fit the scheme well. These are something that's not used on a daily basis. In fact I can't remember the last time I got all inked up.  The recommended ink to use is the Archival Inks. They do say black mostly but it would be interesting to see if you can ink up stamps using a wide range of colours and use that as the colouring and not the Alcohol inks.

Here I have used a nice interesting background stamp that's not going to overpower the colours below that have been used. 

After I had secured the flower heads onto the canvas using a good strong clear glue, Violet Indian ink was used to make stems. On these inked stems, I secured a single leaf.


The wording had to be BIG in my mind's eye. I also wanted the capital letter of each word to be a different font face.. Also l wanted it to be larger. After selecting two typeface stamp sets and some papers from my old book, I started to stamp out my wording.  

This time instead of cutting or ripping, I used the old ruler straight line ripping technique that we used to use in our educational years.  

Once again diving in to the Tim Holtz stable of crafting goodies, I was lucky enough to have 3 colours that would go with the scheme. I didn't want the paper to be as it was, that way it would just look odd. To secure the paper to the canvas, the good old Tombow glue stick came out.

The final act on the canvas was to use the same ink I had used for the stems to ink boxes around the wording, that way it would tie in and the wording will match the flowers. Once again I placed extra dots of ink in the corner of the boxes, stood it up on the base and gave a few up and down bangs. This will cause the ink to flow downwards in a much faster motion than if it was left alone. There is nothing wrong with giving your work - if its sturdy, a GOOD OLD BANG ON THE BASE! 

The last thing I did was to add a centre to the flowers. This was done by using the same Old Rose paints that were used in the rather badly stencil glazing layer, so it would fit in again with that slight hue that's across most of the canvas. Then in a moment of madness, I added a spot of bright pink into the centre of the Old Rose paint and did a small swirl - not me but the paint! 
There you have it, a crafting journey that had more roundabouts than Milton Keynes. Trust me I live not far from there and there are a lot... but in the end I hope it's something that is pleasing to the eye and it's something that in time will stand up in it's own right as a piece of 'Art' and I use that word ART loosely but I do feel that anything that we make be it in a journal, canvas or on a piece of paper/card, can and should be called ART.
Any questions please send me a message and I will get back to you a.s.a.p. I'm now off till the 4th December as I'm relocating, fingers crossed nothing gets lost or broken.
Have another project for you all next month.

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