Friday, April 15, 2011

The Background in the Spotlight-Grungy Monday

Howdy,

This is a scheduled post so hopefully it will grace your screens whilst I am hot-footing it around Holland and Belgium. This is my third tag for Grungy Monday over at L3 hosted by Linda. I know tags aren't the most original idea but it's kind of fun to build up a collection and alas my storage doth overfloweth...This week it's all about Ranger Color Wash Sprays. If you're going get that inky, then grab them all and have a party I say...My tag is all about letting the colours do the talking...

 I have used a sheet of watercolour paper as my base, and covered the whole surface with a multitude of colourings and mediums before cutting out a selected area to adhere to my tag. Great material for texture.
Here you can see a section that has firstly been dribbled with green paint and dried. It had then been randomly sprayed with Wild Plum and Butterscotch, also using a flower stencil to add more detail and paler areas. There is also a touch of Walnut  Gold Glimmer Mist too...I have then added some gesso details with a plastic cup and the edge of a paint scraper...you could use anything you want. Mmmm, what can't we wipe gesso on?

 Minimal decoration - just an intriguing face and a strong sentiment. I have added a simple punched paper scrap and a little frame. It was silver, so I used my alcohol inks to colour it and then found this little star of a girl amongst my snippets. I cut a circle from mica as a front which gives it a glass-like quality.


 The word stamp is by Wendy Vecchi and I like the muted colour - not too in your face. The edges have been distressed and coloured with spiced marmalade ink.
Just added a simple piece of white lace to the top and that was that... I love these vivid tones and random patterns...and was very happy for once to cut back on the decoration.

Hope you enjoy your dabbling too...

Sarah.

10 comments:

Julie Shoemaker said...

Love the color and texture of this piece.

sandra de said...

Gorgeous colours and the more I see of the colour washes the more I think I will have to get some. Enjoy your break.

fairy thoughts said...

lovely tag, where the colour does all the talking
thanks for sharing
janet

donna said...

Beautiful background and I love your embellishment...Donna

marit said...

Hi there! I finally have some 'free time' (worked too hard last month) to come visit you in Brittain, and then I hear you are in Holland and Belgium! You are lucky with the weather - have fun on your trip!

I LOVE the color wash sprays, I thing I have (almost) all the colours and it's great stuff to play with! Your tag is beautiful!

jenny said...

Just stunning Sarah... love all the color and how fabulous to use mica in the frame... sweet little face as well...

Hugs
Jenny x

Terry said...

Such a beautiful tag! Love your background and the colors are fabulous! I did not have any of that spray and could not play, so next Monday, I will be grunging!

BrianK said...

Hey Sarah, the colors and the sentiment (who doesn't love the Beatles) say it all. Your tag is scrumptious and needs nothing more.

Daniele said...

colours work really well together craeting an interesting background

Linda Ledbetter said...

Sarah, I hope you had a lovely holiday, and I'm so grateful that you scheduled this post so we can all admire this gorgeous tag! The Color Wash looks spectacular the way you used it, and the entire design is so elegant. I like that you let the background show-- it's a masterpiece!