Saturday, 3 June 2017

A Change

Have had two full days at home this week!
Put the washing in as soon as we walked through the door Thursday night (about 11.30pm), managed to get it all dry and ironed yesterday, packed again for this week (away again tomorrow!) and then sat down today in my much missed craftie space for a couple of hours.
Straight after my tour (the one here in England not the one abroad) a friend lent us the use of their static caravan on the South Coast. We had a lovely couple of 'down time' days, much needed and it was really nice to relax.
I collected a few shells from some walks along the beach and we generally just lazed about for 3 days. WONDERFULLY FABULOUS!!
I wanted to give them something to say thank you so this is what I've done......
Apologies for the shadows on the pic - it was a right palaver trying to get a decent photo at all!

So I started off with a piece of left over watercolour paper, (might just get in under the gates before it's dark in the Playground then.....) painted the sky with watered down Stormy Sky DI. Masked off the bottom half and did a bit of sponging with Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss and Crushed Olive to make a grassy hill then masked again and used watered down Salty Ocean for the sea.

The sand is sandpaper! Stamped the birdies (Wetlands - SU), ripped the sandpaper and then went over the torn edge with white wax pastel. Ran the same pastel along the sea to make something that remotely resembles waves.

The yacht was on a sheet of laser cut thingies that I bought simply years ago - found it when I was in the drawers looking for the sandpaper - I just snipped it off and stuck it down - surprisingly it looks like the boats on the Solent where we were.
The shells were from those collected and I added a tiny bit of string - for no other reason than it was well - just there in the drawer!
The shadow box frame was painted with white acrylic paint (suitably thinned) then I used a large flat brush and dragged Iced Spruce DI across it.

I am actually rather happy with this - It's only a small piece - about 4 inches square, and I really hope the recipients like it too. It's been a long time since I've done anything other than cards - well in fact it's been a long time since I've done - well- anything!!!
So am sharing this little thank you present with the following challenges -
Scrap + Craft - A/Goes with String (and I know it's only a small piece but it IS String!)
SOTSS - B is for Beach
A Inky Mess - Anything Mixed media
Rubber Dance - Inspiration Photo

Thanks for taking the time to look and I love reading your comments - promise to be round to visit you all very soon. x


  1. Well I never Viv!! are a dark horse....this is absolutely wonderful! One talented lady all round. Love how you have created this scene with your sandpaper and mementos and I am sure your friend will have it in pride of place. travels you have a key in your back that you wind up when you come home...ready to go again?? xx

  2. I think this project will be treasured Viv. It looks fabulous, a wonderful scene.
    Yvonne xx

  3. Fabulous Viv, take care in your travels.xx

  4. This is so beautiful Viv, a real treat to your friend, I'm sure she'll treasure this. You are so talented sweetie!

    Love and hugs

  5. This is fabulous! So glad that you got to enjoy a few days off, it certainly inspired you x

  6. This is lovely! Thanks for joining us at SoSS, Jo x

  7. Sorry, I didn't realise that you had two posts so a tad later with this comment.
    This is a really lovely scene and looks great in the frame, love the little birdies. Glad you had a great time.

    Kath x

  8. Hi Viv a lovely present for your friends and a wonderful scene you have created with your inks and the sandpaper, love that you could add some shells into the shadow box and the length of string finishes it off nicely. Thank you for coming to play with us in Snippets Playground this fortnight, good luck in the draw, have a wonderful week... Megan GD

  9. This is simply a FANTASTIC work of art Viv.

    Hugs, Sarnie xxx

  10. What a lovely gift. Love the sandpaper sand. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  11. What a beautiful summery and warm scene! I love this piece of art. Thank you so much for joining the Rubber Dance Challenge.
    Hugs, Anita ♥

  12. Oh how lovely Viv! Tell you what, you will need a total rest after all this running around! LOVE this wee piece and it's in the Playground so my guess is the string may be the snippet?

    Lovely to see you in the Playground!


    Di xx

  13. Absolutely fabulous!!! everything is perfect. thanks for playing along with us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for the B is for Beach

  14. This piece shows your true artistic talents. At first glance I wondered if you'd used photos to make the landscape. A marvelous piece and such a wonderful thank you gift!

  15. WOW this is striking, lo9oks just like a painting. Wonderful. Cheers Judy

  16. This is beautiful! Thanks for getting beachy with the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

    Majo - DT ♥

  17. Oh my, its absolutely stunning... love it x

  18. Popped over from the rubber dance blog to say I love your wall art. What a thoughtful gift, so creative and loving all the elements you've put together. Sounds like you had a lovely time too? x

  19. This is gorgeous Viv and a lovely thank you present to your friend. So glad you had some time to relax, that must seem in very short supply in your present position. x

  20. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift!
    Thanks for getting beachy with Edna and the sisterhood of snarky stampers!!

  21. Oh, wow - this is so pretty! I would hang that on my wall ;-)
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Rubber Dance ♥

  22. Wonderful gift, awesome piece! Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge 💕

  23. This is fab - just the sort of thing I always get attracted to in seaside galleries. I'm sure it was appreciated as it's so wonderful.


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