Here's the new sketch challenge that the design is based on...
For the background, I started with a piece of solid colored paper, and used matte medium to paste it to a base of 140 lb. watercolor paper. I knew I'd be using wet mediums on top of the paper, and wanted it to have a heavy base that could absorb the wet mediums without buckling. Then I gesso'd on several pieces of cheesecloth as the start of the textured base.
Once the gesso was dry, I used a combination of sprays and Distress Inks applied with foam applicators to add spots of color over some of the gesso'd areas, leaving the rest of the gesso spots white. The final step was to fingerpaint (yep...I fingerpainted it on...it was fun! LOL) Distress Stickles in Spun Sugar, Broken China, and Frayed Burlap over the front, to add more spots of color and texture, and just a subtle hint of sparkle.
Here's a closeup of a piece of the front that shows all the ingredients in one place...
There's a diecut doily under the sentiment block, and a twine wreath in addition that sits on top of the horizontal sentiment block. Each on their own didn't look substantial enough, but together, they counter the weight of the heavily textured background and the wider sentiment block...
The sentiment itself is stamped onto a piece of a diecut tattered banner...
Patterned papers: Maja Designs Vintage Summer Basics
Dies: Spellbinders Scalloped Borders One; Sizzix Flowers Branches & Leaves; Lifestyle Crafts Antique Doily;
Tim Holtz Tattered Banners
Lace: TheFunkieJunkie.com Punch: EK Success Round Binding Edge
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts Sentiment stamp: Simon Says Stamp/Friendship Messages
Pearls: Recollections Miscellaneous: cheesecloth, gesso, Distress Inks, Distress Stickles
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