Monday, 1 April 2013

Easter roundup.....and Simon Says Stamp and Show

Hi there friends.
Bit of an Easter Round up as well as my entry  for the Simon Says challenge, so if you are here for that, feel free to scroll on down till then!
I've been absent a while so thought I'd tune in again to say hi! Easter is always a special family time for us, and this year my Aunt and cousin came down; as a bonus, elder daughter tagged along too! So we've been out and about, on Good Friday we spent time at The Friars, a Carmalite Monastery which is a lovely and peaceful place.




 Then on Easter Sunday, after the Easter Bunny had paid a visit! We went over to Lullingstone for a walk and a spot of geocaching.....



Then, today, Easter Monday, we went off to Scotney Castle, again braving the cold!




And, in between that, my cousin tasked me with altering a photo frame for her....... So here it is. I forgot to take a photo in the beginning but it was plain black, not overly exciting. Now, it looks like this

It never ceases to excite me when, just by playing with gesso, paint and gilding pastes you can end up with something that has the look of old metal!
 I used a circle pattern in gesso for the writing and the frames are much more textured with a stipple. Layers of Tim Holtz Paint dabbers in Expresso, Bottle, Cranberry and more add the colour tones and everything has been aged with Bitumen.
Some Glassine flowers, metal key and butterfly embellishments and a word band finish everything of nicely!
So at least I've been able to create something; I've also had time to help Alyssa empty my studio of stash!!!!!!!! Actually more a case of making sure that things don't disappear unless I want them too LOL. I've also made her another four sketchbooks too, so all in all it's been busy but fun!

Simon Says Stamp and Show have an anything goes theme this week so I'm entering my frame into that! I was thrilled to receive the Top Three award last week for their water challenge so thank you so much for that!





10 comments:

butterfly said...

Glorious patina on that word frame - what a fabulous project!
Alison x

Almo said...

Hi Neil, Fabulous frame, congrats being in the top 3 with the water challenge. Hugs Mo x

Candy C said...

Neil...I really like the way you have altered this frame to appear much more vintage. Love the glassine flowers and the almost rusted appearance of "LIVE". I'm sure your cousin is very pleased with the new and improved frame! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Debbie said...

This is gorgeous! Love the old metal, almost rusty look. Gorgeous flowers too!

Wishes
Debbie

Helen said...

Great pics of your outings, in the cold - very brave of you! and the frame looks gorgeous!!

Julia Dunnit said...

Gotta love a family weekend. and great job on the frame, you wouldn't know it, its fab.

Maura said...

Gorgeous frame, Neil!

Dianne said...

The photo frame is gorgeous, love the patina, and your weekend looked wonderful, spending time with family is the best part of Easter, thanks for sharing your with us.. Fabulous photos...

Tracey said...

LOVE your addition to this frame! Gorgeous Glassine flowers...perfect touch Neil! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show :)

Anita Houston said...

Uber fantastic! The rusted metal look is perfection...looks so real! You aced this! Love the photos of the family and scenery...wonderful!