Sunday, 11 May 2014

Design seeds and pan pastels

Have you ever visited the Design Seeds site? If not, pop over as you will be blown away at the colour palates they create as a starting point for your creativity. My only problem with the site is that there are sooooo many inspirational colour palates I would love to use, I can never then just choose one!

For my project this week over on PAB Pan Pastel Challenges, I have used the following colour palate for no other reason than it really inspired me because of the warmth and the depth of the colours. The colour palate is called "Geode Bright".

I decided to decorate an MDF box that I have had for eons. I haven't decorated it until now as didn't know what it's end purpose was to be and I find that I need to know that, to help me then "create" something. Are you the same? Do yo have to have a purpose for the object before you begin? It only happens to me for 3D projects but for card making, I can just make a card because I want to, not necessarily for a theme ..... weird I suppose!

I primed the box with gesso first and then using Maimeri modelling paste and the large Chrysanthemum  stencil, created a really thick, rough raised layer which I made sure went up and over the edges. I then had fun with my pan pastels colouring first with Yellow Ochre tint.

To add depth and warmth, I have then added metallic Soft Gold, Diarylide Yellow Ochre and Raw Umber. No precise method here other than, slap it on here and slap it on there!

Next the decoration of the box lid and I have used various stamped images and die cuts, all chosen to remind me to write about and/or scrap my holiday travels. All images have been aged with my pan pastels and then highlighted with metallic soft gold or metallic rich gold pan pastels.

Not sure why I took these photos at such a jaunty angle but there was obviously a reason at the time of taking, which I can't remember now ... ! The stickers you see are from 7 Gypsies and the typewriter is a Tim Holtz alterations die from sizzex. Even my buttons were given the pan pastel treatment.

I have decorated the sides too starting with some Teresa Collins paper (which I have distressed and aged), adding butterfly die cuts (Tim Holtz alterations) and 7 Gypsies stickers.

The 7 Gypsies word stickers you see around the outside are all travel inspired or are travel related quotes which I thought would help me when I come to write up/scrap some of my journeys.

On the butterflies. I have embossed them with the Chrysanthemum stencil to match the top and then aged them in places. Please do not panic about the white paint you can still see, as I have another plan for decorating the inside of the box!

Phew .... thinks that's all and never know if you should show more or less photos. I probably do more as sometimes it is easier to show you what I mean, rather than yo having to try and translate what I have written ... lol.

Before I go and tackle some domestic chores (yawn), can I remind you about 2 things:

1] Pop over to fellow my PP Teamie, Claire, who has written a brilliant tutorial on how to create clouds with pan pastels. You can find her blog HERE..

2] My Polka Doodles 5th birthday candy is still running and you have the chance to win one of the Work and Play Cd's and all the details are HERE. You can even download a free digi image and paper pack too!

Definitely think that's it everyone as by now, your eyes probabaly need a rest. Many thanks for popping over as love to read your comments and suggestions and this evening I am locking myself away to have a blog rummage session (to catch up with you all) and maybe a little time on Pinterest too.

Have a greta Sunday,

x x  x

Products I have used:

Metallic PanPastel Palette Set270.8 Yellow Ochre Tint - Pan Pastel  250.3 Diarylide Yellow Shade - Pan Pastel  280.1 Orange Extra Dark - Pan Pastel    Chrysanthemum Mask/stencil A4  Maimeri White Gesso 200ML  Maimeri Light Modeling Paste 200ML    

I am entering my box in to the following challenges:

A Sprinkle of colour: anything goes
Altered Electics 
Artistic Stamper - in the garden
Crafting Musketeers - anything but square
Lia Stampz - anything but a card
Natalie and Amy's challenge - stamping
We Do Doobadoo - lots of layers
Simon Says: Spring flowers
Crafty Creations - anything but a card
Opus Gluei - flowers for all


Linda Simpson said...

WOW Lou this is stunning! I love the gorgeous texture you have created, beautiful papers and embellishments too!
Linda xxx

Terry said...

Wowwzerss Lou, what a fabulous project you have made hun, love the colours and the little detaills, hugs Terry xxx

Laine said...

This is a stunning project. So much work and detail. An absolute delight.

Claire Boelema said...

This is stunning Lou. I love the texture and colours. xxx

Andree said...

A wonderfully decorated box, I love the stencil relief. The warm colour palette is perfect for happy holiday memories x

Claire said...

Wow love those colours Lou and the box looks stunning, gorgeous depth of colour and so many lovely details. I'm just the same with 3d projects, I need to have an idea of what to do before I can decorate them. Hope you're having a good weekend
Claire xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous lou and beautiful made.

gr karin

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

Hi Lou stunning project hun love it great job hugs Judith xxx

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely card for Crafting Musketeers challenge 13: anything but square, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x

Avril Ann said...

OMG, Lou, this is stunning, so much work and detail added here, I have to agree with you about the reason for an altered art project, kind off like that myself...hugs xxx

Kate M said...

What a fabulous box you have created - I love the texture and colours you have put on - so much detailed work - great project - love it!!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW this is awesome Lou!
Did you get my email? If not, let me know ... re: May Step Sister

Nancy said...

Fabulous project, Lou! Thanks for joining us at Lia Stampz! :o)

Alison said...

This is fabulous Lou! Thanks for sharing your altered box with us at The Artistic Stamper.
Alison xxx

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting Musketeers.

Emily Leiphart said...

Gorgeous box, Lou! I love how you stencilled the lid and coloured it. Wow! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Spring Flowers!

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

such a beautiful project - thank you for sharing over at EE this month x

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

such a beautiful project - thank you for sharing over at EE this month x

butterfly said...

Wowzer, that's fabulous - such amazing colours and texture, a brilliant make. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper.
Alison x

Fran said...

Gorgeous , thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month , Fran (DT) xxx