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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

May's Calendar Complete

Lots (and lots) of pictures to show because it looks different when you tilt it in the light.
(Click pics to enlarge)

 To make the background I didn't draw all the flowers,  I used a (posh!) wallpaper sample page:
 Those lines (above) you see are all silver.  Which gave me the perfect background to make a batik effect:
(Picture shown yesterday) 
I blended watercolour paints and pens and then splashed the page randomly with a plant sprayer.
Today I blended the colours more and for a 'lily pond' effect, I sprayed the whole background with gloss acrylic varnish.  I then positioned my paper flowers (from sale, Oxfam), and stuck them down.
To finish off, I added the numbers by hand on the paper flowers and coloured the chipboard title letters with matching soft pastels.

To see everyone else's fabulous creativity for this year-long project, click here:
The Kathryn Wheel

Thanks for looking and for any comments,
qwiksave

20 comments:

Cheryl said...

gosh hun these are all amzing,loveing all the detail,they look brilliant hugs cheryl xxx

thekathrynwheel said...

Aha! I see how you did the background now! Brilliant! Love e silver bits of the background peeping through :-)

flutterbycrafter said...

Great idea to do the silver bits, lovely background

PaperPumpkin said...

Your May calendar is spectacular!!! Very creative way to do the background. I love your vintage-look April, too! ~Kathy

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

The background is great, very clever use of the paper flowers... love it!

Sam said...

Wow! Loving your background, its stunning and gives an amazing effect. May have to try this in my art journal if thats ok?

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

What a clever idea! Love the colours.

sandra de said...

OMG the detail is gorgeous. thanks for the extra pics and the how to info.

Sandra Hall said...

Wow oh wow! Your May page looks amazing! x

ally said...

beautiful page

Dawn said...

That back ground really works! and love the idea of lilies on a pond that's exactly what it reminds me of.

Love Dawn xx

Terri Kahrs said...

Absolutely brilliant! LOVE those luscious sparkle and shimmer! Thanks so much for your visit and your lovely comment! Happy May! Hugs, Terri

Lynette (NZ) said...

Love this - I am always looking for new shapes for the days. Happy idea

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Wow gorgeous colour, really vibrant and the background is beautiful :-) (I was wondering how you'd done it)
Anne xx

Anesha said...

Wow, amazing page, love the background you created!

patcrafts said...

Brilliant background, love all the silver bits and the journal flowers.

Holly said...

The background is beyond gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the process. I love the flowers for the days too :)

chrisg said...

How ingenious and so effective and the colours are stunning - great creative work

Siobhan Brignull said...

what a clever idea to use wallpaper, feel the need to pop over to homebase now, LOL :)

Sheila MJ said...

Oh I love this - very differnt, really great background. Sorry its taken me so long to come and see it!

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