Monday, 17 November 2014

GD spot for Country View Challenges

I was honoured to win a top 3 and be asked to take up a guest design spot on Country View Challenges - it meant getting my head around the topic 'Bugs, Bees and Butterflies' while we were away in Austria. Time to think and plan on our train journeys! 

I decided on a reverse canvas piece using neutral colours
I started by adding a coat of Gesso followed by some texture paste through a stencil around the frame.
Added some paint(Paper Artsy Snowflake and Nougat Frescos), stencilling, ribbon, twine, lace and beads
 Then the butterfly element….

 Added stamped butterflies(Tim Holtz attic Treasures) on to layers of corrugated card, gauze and Hessian (burlap)
Some other bits and pieces and it was time to assemble.

The little spray in the corner contains some seed heads picked on a walk - gessoed quite heavily!
This is going to be for a certain little girl who likes butterflies!!

I hope you will take a look at the fabulous inspiration from the Country View Design team and be inspired to take part in the Bugs, Bees and butterflies challenge this month

Thanks for looking, I would love to read your comments if you have time to leave them, Chris


Astrid Maclean said...

It's an absolutely amazing project Chris, and I so love that neutral colour palette! Great textures too with the addition of the hessian and corrugated card, - just stunning and big congrats on your well deserved win!!

Pamellia Johnson said...

This is absolutely amazing Chris! WOW, I love so many details about this! Your neutral palette is gorgeous and your textures are fantastic! Love the butterflies on the newsprint and your big flower is stunning! Congratulations on your guest spot and your top 3 win! big hugs :)

Ruth said...

What a beautiful reverse canvas, love the neutral tones Chris, and so much to see. Fabulous piece full of depth. Ruth x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is incredible. For such rough materials (burlap and corrugated cardboard), this turned out to be decidedly feminine. What a perfect mix of materials and embellishments. Wonderful take on the theme. You did the GD position a great service!

Juliz Design Post said...

Stunning project Chris. Love the shabby feel and the delicate shades and mix of materials. So very feminine and pretty.
Congrats on being over at Countryview, so well deserved.
Julie x

Redanne said...

This really is a beauty Chris, so feminine and I love all the texture you created with all the lovely elements you used. Beautiful, really beautiful! Anne xx

butterfly said...

Absolutely exquisite, Chris - gorgeous neutrals and the different materials and textures are just wonderful. Fabulous to have you with us this month at CVC!
Alison xx

Sue said...

Hello Chris,
One huge thing I love about being on the Dt of CVC, I get to meet people who create like this!!!!!
This is a gorgeous piece of mixed media in a neutral palette that is so attractive to the eye. I love your choice of elements, they all work so wonderfully together; texture, dimension and also movement.
All the necessary requirements for a great piece of Art.
You have done the Guest Spot proud.

Neet said...

You should be very proud of that Chris, it is a lovely piece of mixed media.
Hugs, Neet xx

Georgie C said...

Look at all those gorgeous butterflies, pearls and flowers, the shades of neutral are so lovely to look at too. xx

Joanne said...

Well done Chris this is gorgeous indeed

Connie said...

What a gorgeous piece, you amaze me. I love how you layer away and everything looks so elegant. If I would have even had the talent to come up with all the elements, I would have never been able to layer them as you did. You worked your magic again. That plus tagging alone on your trip to Vienna . . . my, oh my . . . this visit to your site was a real treat.
Thank you,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Nikki Acton said...

Great project Chris, so much texture and love the colour choice. Xx

Dianne said...

Well Miss Chris you have done a exquisite guest design spot, you knocked it out of the ball park, all the creative design pieces, lovely warm earth tones, love the burlap backing all the elements, that certian little girl is going to adore this, congratulations on your spot light guest design creation, thanks for sharing, what a fantastic visit this has been so many wonderful sights, fabulous creation, jammed packed with inspiration, hope you have a wonderful week, (((( HUGE HUGS ))))

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Wow This is absolutely beautiful!! I love the neutrals color and many different embellishments mixed and very fantastic project. Thank you for nice comment. xxx

Rein said...

This is stunning!