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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Craft a Scene - second go this month

This is one of those cards that developed as it grew.  It is intended for the Craft a Scene challenge for a Moonlight scene.  It is tiny, having been created from offcuts of Clarity shiny card, and a cut down pearlescent card.

I started off being inspired by a painting I saw on the Antiques Roadshow at the weekend, which was just clouds in the moonlight.  I thought that would be a cool image to go with.  So the first thing was to tape down the shiny card so it stayed put and gave me the white edging.  Then I put the moon mask in place before taking a piece of cotton wool and shredded it before pressing it hard into the Versamark pad.  Then I put it randomly over the whole piece of card in wisps, placed a piece of copy paper over the top and used the brayer over the top of that to give the clouds.

Once I had done that bit, I loaded the brayer with Adirondack Cloudy Blue, and did the usual routine of getting rid of most of the ink and then doing a wheelie.  A second layer followed that to deepen the colour from the top right corner downwards, then a layer of Denim over the top of that. 

I wanted to ground the whole thing with the tops of trees peeping at the bottom of the card, so I used one of my Clarity trees to hint at trees.  Once that was done, i looked at it and realise the whole picture had changed.  I could not see clouds so much as mountains in the background and a lake.  So I added a few more trees round the edge of the lake, left it all to dry before buffing it up with a piece of kitchen roll.  The moon is still there in the background, but the clouds have changed a bit.  I was going to highlight the trees, but then I decided that with such a small card, it would be better left alone.


Elizabeth said...

Hi Maggie, I love this card and enjoyed your description of how it evolved - serendipity at work, I'd say. Elizabeth x

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Stunning! your brayering skills are really good, I'm hoping to master the brayer one day. (after my course hopefully:))

jacqui x

NancyD said...

Really fabulous technique - your very brave. It turned out wonderfully! Good to see you joining us again at Craft a Scene. NancyD

BetteK said...

I just LoVe this one Maggie ... my favourite colours and type of scenery! Well done you! Love Debbie xXx

Sheree said...

Wow!! Maggie, this is an incredible scene! I love that it's so different and it really showcases the talent that you have! You really ROCK!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Craft A Scene!

Sally H said...

It is beautiful, Maggie! Great cloudiness and colour

Sandy Hulsart said...

Very cool mystical moon; great depth of scene with the misty trees. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Craft a Scene challenge blog.

~Tammy~ said...

Another one of your works of art in a smaller form!!!! Just breathtaking!!!

Lisa said...

Amazing job, love the scene, thanks for joining us a Craft a Scene, hope you can join us again!!!

Bernie said...

I just love this Maggie. STUNNING!!! Looks like the scenery in our majestic Cascades!

Deanna said...

Maggie this is such a stunning scene!Great colors and technique.