Sunday, 4 August 2013

I'm back at last.......

Well it's good to be back - Mr Lottie had his open heart surgery earlier in the month and we are back home.  Doc says it will take about a year to return to full fitness - but hey, that's great - he's got a new lease of life.

I took a few hours off from 'nursing' duties to have a play - and it was great!   I moved a lot of my 'messy' crafting stuff back out into my garden studio (just lifting out drawers and swapping them with the empty ones out there)

On Cardmaking Paradise they are having a 'fun week' where you are set a task to create something.  The next few weeks are going to be pages for a textured book.  The first page was one using buttons - but at that stage I hadn't located or sorted mine out so I just made a texture page!

 I used one of my favourite stamps as inspiration - a mermaid which I stamped on a coaster first then glued it on to the house shape page.  I  broke up some large shells and used chunky bits across the sea bed - gluing htem on with bath sealent to raise them up to give a 3D texture to the underwater scene.
 Some fine dry twigs were painted in sea blues and green and tucked under the shells

I used plasterers 'tape' (which is rough open threaded string like stuff) for the hair, and other sea weed 'flotsom' - I pulled it to bits picking out individual threads and then painted them black for the hair and greens and blues for the sea weed etc - left them to dry - before gluing them on over and under shells, and other sea life

Why on earth I didn't think of using black sewing cotton I do not know - it would  have been much quicker!

I poured a clear selant over the top and left it to dry in the sun.
In 'real life' it really looks wet and as though she is under the sea. I quite like the shiny little painted fish swimming in and out of her hair!

17 comments:

moonstruckcreations said...

Hope Mr L is feeling well and truly on the mend, must have been very traumatic for you both.

Love your artwork, it really looks as if she is in the water.

Helenxx

Deborah said...

So glad everything went well, Lottie. I love, love, love your textured mermaid - bath sealant seems rather appropriate too :-)

Ellie said...

I love this beautiful work of art Lottie you have used the stamped image so well

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Glad to hear Mr. Lottie is doing much better - it's a pretty scary operation but sounds like he came through with flying colours. And speaking of colours - I love your piece of art!

Paula Whittaker said...

Nice to see you now have a little time to yourself to create.....really like the piece you've created.

Glennis said...

It really is a lovely piece of art ,Lottie

Christine B. said...

Hello Lottie, so glad to hear Mr Lottie doing well. I have been thinking of you both.
Absolutely love your beautiful creation. It's truly wonderful. Hugs x ChrisB

Nana Rogers said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Oh Lottie I just so love this one, she is so fantastic!

gardenpinks said...

This is superb Lottie, love the way her hair floats and the fish are swimming amongst it. Beautiful colours too and so happy for you that you were able to spend time creating :)
Hugs Lynn xx

Angelnorth said...

Absolutely gorgeous Lottie, it has a wonderful ethereal quality to it! Hope Mr Lottie is making steady progress.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is beautiful, Lottie! Lovely to see you crafting. I can't tell you how thrilled I am that all has gone well for Mr Lottie. I have been thinking of you such a lot and wondering at each step. Can I uncross my fingers and toes now?

lots of love

Lucy x

Effie said...

Love your mermaid.. She's fabulous.

Sid said...

That plaque looks fab Lottie !

FredaB said...

Your page is beautiful. Glad Mr. L is back home and doing well.

Hugs
FredaB

Createology said...

How very grateful to hear that your husband is recovering from his surgery. And very grateful to hear that you are able to be creative along with your nursing duties. Blessings Dear...

A Magical Whimsy said...

This is a beautifully, fascinating piece. You are so talented! I love the mermaid theme you used and thank you for the hits on what types of glues and sealants you used and the types of embellishments you used also.
It's awesome!
Teresa in California
http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

A Magical Whimsy said...

Oh, yes...and prayers are going up for Mr. Lottie's health recovery.
:)
<3 lots of love