The crafting 'fraternity' are wonderful - everyone that I have corresponded with or met! And Hels was no different.
It was just a flying visit, but she welcomed me as if I had known her for years - and guess what - I got to see some of her art work.
Well lots of it - and its stunning in real life. It looks wonderful on her blog! Seeing it in 'real life' and holding it and examining it is a whole different thing. We keep saying this when we take photos of our work - and it really is true - you just don't get to see the textures, the depth and true colours, the layers of inks, shimmers, crackle paints - the camera just does not pick it up!
It was just a flying visit - en-route - but boy did we cram in a lot - well me asking lots of questions! It was a real treat and a great perk - and it really lifted me up to come out here today, to my shed, in the pouring rain, to play.
Among other things Hels showed me some amazing tags - which I can't have a go at yet until I get the stamps and other 'stash' I need to have a go at some of the elements.
But her lovely 'pep' talk inspired me to use some bright colours for a change - I tend to favour 'safe' colours.
I layered on bright inks, stamped with hessian background stamp in the same colour
I over stamped with a vintage script, and part of a border.
The Crafty Indivduals image matched the colour perfectly, and as it is on glossy paper, and I wanted a dreamy look I dulled it down with Gesso. I also drew some swirls in white to marry the picture to the tag to soften the edges so that it didn't look so 'stuck on'
I finished it off with more overstamping of the script,
more swirls, a border at the bottom and a ribbon to match.
Thank you Hels for giving my 'papercraft' mojo a kick start - it was lovely to meet you, and maybe in the future we can meet up again - and perhaps even do some crafting!