Saturday, 4 May 2013

#3UP

So I was casually scrolling through my Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago and I spotted a few mysterious references to '#3UP'. There were no clues to what it was all about, but it seemed that by using the hashtag myself I might be taking part in something or playing along with something or volunteering for something - but having no idea what that something was...

I was brave. I attached said hashtag to one of my tweets, and waited to see if anything happened.

And you know what?

Something DID happen! Something exciting, and crafty, and fun :) Something that involved secrecy and creativity and three surprise goodies in the post :) Something cooked up by the lovely PaperArtsy!

The DM (Direct Message) I received asked me for my address, gave me a crafting deadline, and swore me to secrecy. PaperArtsy freebies, crafting time and subterfuge? I was so up for this project :)

The goodies arrived the very next day - which was a Saturday, so I had time available to craft immediately, result! In fact, I was so excited to get started that I completely failed to photograph the three items, oops... But I can at least tell you that they were a box canvas, a little wooden branch and a pack of three wooden butterflies (sorry, no link - think they might have been an end of line?) The butterflies reminded me of a favourite stamp, which decided the theme of my piece, and I was away...

For the background, I added and blended Mermaid and Sky Fresco Paints using a baby wipe, then stenciled on some Inky Pool through sequin waste and stamped more Inky Pool with corrugated cardboard and bubble wrap:



Butterfly paper tape was perfect for edging the canvas, and then I got a rough idea of where I wanted to place my background stamps (I'd already decided more or less where the wooden pieces would go). These stamped beautifully onto the canvas, it gives a lovely smooth and sturdy surface!



A generous spattering of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist added some shimmer, and I also brushed some Old Gold Fresco paint round the edge. To help my two 'focal stamps' - the clock from this set, and the sentiment stamp (origin unknown, sadly) to stand out better, I also sponged on a bit of Nougat paint:


In between times, while waiting for layers to dry (pesky drying times!!) I worked on the wooden branch and butterflies. The branch got a coat of Guacamole Fresco with Hey Pesto sponged onto the ends, while the butterflies were undercoated in Rose before having a layer of Crackle Glaze added with Claret on top. I also edged all the pieces in Old Gold:



I used Matte Multi-Medium to secure the embellishments to the canvas - love this super-strength adhesive! :)


I gave the little clock some hands by adding Tim Holtz spinners - it was easy enough to pierce a hole for the brad with my pokey tool! Then I realised that the green of the branch needed a bit of balance, so I painted and edged some little chipboard scraps and added them to the opposite corner.

   

All done! :)




Many, many thanks to PaperArtsy for inviting me to play along - and for making it so much more fun by being so mysterious about it!!

You can see the projects other '#3uppers' have made over on the PaperArtsy blog, they've been appearing there all week - mine is there tonight, which is why I'm allowed to break my silence at last... ;)

21 comments:

Kirsty.A said...

Oh. what fun. I love the end result

Abi said...

Oh my gosh how fun and how brave to take the leap and put the hashtag in. Your finished piece is beautiful. xx

Karen said...

What a beautiful project Mel and what a fun way to set the challenge.

dogmatix said...

Beautiful project. I love the colours and the interest that the stamps give the background.

Alison said...

How brave, Mel.....and what a result...stunning!
Alison xx

debs14 said...

Fabulous! And I love seeing the step by step process.

The Mann Fam said...

I love how this piece turned out! !

Jo said...

Wow, that is simply stunning!

The Creative Beast said...

It looks FABULOUS!! What a fun way to get involved with a creative project!! I can see I've really got to figure out using twitter and hash tags...sigh!

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a fun, fabulous project!
I especially like the stamped background.
Rinda

Miriam said...

Just lovely, I adore the blues you used.

Cheri said...

Really enjoyed seeing your process Mel - you have a wonderful grasp of how to layer the colors! LOVE the butterfly paper tape! Is that Tim Holtz?

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Wonderful! Love the colors!

Becky said...

Lovely project!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh pretty! Really like the overall effect and it was fun seeing your process and the project develop.

alexa said...

Wonderful to see all the different stages and the choices you made along the way ... Such a pretty end result!

Karen said...

This is simply gorgeous, Mel! I love the background and really enjoyed seeing the process.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

So much fun - lucky you! And I love the end result - lovely!

Scrappi Sandi said...

Fantastic!!! & I'm so glad you shared the step by step process to the amazing finished article!! :D

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

this just took me on a 2 hour detour to Paper Artsy and I ended up watching a bunch of their videos. LOL Great work. I'm still a beginner. Mostly collecting supplies that I don't know what to do with yet. (visiting from Librate your art)

Rachel B said...

I love this! Such a beautiful canvas! :)