PaperArtsy Challenge – Inspired by Clare Lloyd

Published April 6, 2014 by isisimaginings

Happy Sunday afternoon to everyone. Yet again, there were amazing projects on the PaperArtsy blog this week. Clare Lloyd returned as the lead guest designer for the week & I’ve chosen to use her gorgeous & dramatic third project as my inspiration. I wanted to make her fantastic wooden spools garland, but I didn’t have enough spools – that will be a project for another day.

I was initially going to use my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die, but then I remembered I had these chipboard pieces, which were a blog prize from PA last year.


I covered the chipboard square with gesso & a few coats of Cheesecake Fresco paint, stamped the PA quotes with black Archival. And then forgot to take any more photos. But I added grunge paste through a TCW 12×12 damask stencil – not my first choice, but none of my 6×6 stencils were suitable – and applied layers of Chartreuse Fresco with a baby wipe.


While working on the base I was thinking about the flower & wondering how to make it dimensional.  I used the chipboard piece as a template & drew around it three times on black card & cut them out. My plan was to use Little Black Dress Fresco as Clare had done, but when getting the bottle of Chartreuse I spotted the bottle of Pea Coat & I thought that would work for the flower, so I painted all the pieces with a few layers.  I remembered Jo Myhill’s lovely pot of tulips from last week on the PA blog &  I copied her idea of stamping & heat embossing on the petals, I also added Treasure Gold – Royal Amethyst & White Fire. Then I did some cutting & layering.




Here’s the finished flower.



And here’s the finished piece, the quote is from E Lin Brown 04.


I obviously wasn’t paying enough attention in the early stages of this, because I didn’t notice that bare patch in the centre until I put the flower on & now it might as well be screaming at me. But there’s nothing I can do now to cover it up. I think this will be taken apart, sanded down & redone at some point. Sigh.

Anyway, the PA challenge ends shortly, so I better get this published. Thanks for looking, see you next time.


22 comments on “PaperArtsy Challenge – Inspired by Clare Lloyd

  • Kirsten, it looks great and I love that blank space, it acts as a “rest” for the eyes with all the other lovely stuff on the page. I’d keep it. Jo xx

  • It loks great, I really like that damask stencil. I love how you combined clares challenge and used Jos embossing too. As for your bare patch, add a butterfly or a dragonfly, maybe in a lighter shade, or even metallic, that would solve your problem. no need to take it apart. x

  • I also like the “bare” spot. As Jo said it gives your eye a place to rest. I’m so clean and simple card maker as you know so I don’t feel th need to completely cover a surface…why not leave it for so while to see if you come to like it.

  • I concur with Jo this blank space provides a rest from the eye, if you fill it you’ll find the background too busy. Love the tulip, very good idea!

  • Lovely idea to combine 2 techniques from different challenges. Love Chartreuse so much. Fab piece of art. Happy accident the bare bit. Looks fine to me. X

  • It’s really lovely, Kirsten. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of bare space! And I have to say I love the damask texture too… there’s no accounting for taste, eh?!
    Alison xx

  • This is a delight with that background – however I would be exactly the same with the middle bit so I understand completely! It’s very striking nonetheless.
    Been waging war on the slugs – 15 less between yesterday & today!!
    Paula (PEP)

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