We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Enjoying the SILENCE .....

Time for the second Craft Barn Quotes and Lyrics challenge.  The two words are SILENCE and DAZZLE.

I've chosen a Confucius quote -

If what one has to say is not better than silence,
then one should keep silent.

I've used thick cartridge paper and sticking to my 10 x 8 format.  I found an A4 sketch book I can stick these challenges into, just need to decorate the cover!

Spritzed some Tattered Angels (the ones that were working!), followed by some Dylusions through a stencil. I flipped the stencil over and used it as a stamp on other parts of the paper.

I've not had much practice at handwriting words, but found this format is quite easy and pleasing to do for beginners! Stamped leaves (from a Dylusions stamp set) - some in Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, and some in black Stazon, which I clear embossed.  Bit of a disaster, I was going to use black Archival Ink but dropped the pad, face down, into my box of clear embossing powder ..... I did try and wipe off the powder, but it is the fine detail stuff.  I now have a lovely gritty ink pad - ho hum! it may come in useful!

Anyway, back to the project - I decided to use glass paints for the leaves, as I wanted a transparent colour. The glass paint did sink into the card, so I then covered some of the leaves with Glossy Accents.  The glossiness has not come out in the photo.

The moth (stamp is Designs by Ryn) was stamped onto white canvas - as I wanted a brighter image - and painted with the same glass paints, then cut out.


  1. A very colourful page and a great quote - you can't beat a bit of Confucious.

  2. Gorgeous page, I love the colours and stencilling background. You lettering is wonderful as well, the moth by Ryn looks great. Cheers, Shirleyx

  3. Great quote and beautiful page to go with it. Love how the leaves and moth seem to pop.

  4. Lovely leaves on a beautiful background.

  5. f you hadn't said that moth was a stamp I would have thought you had cut it from a magazine Kay, its beautiful! Apart from your splendid artistry that must mean that glass paints on canvas works beautifully?

    A truly lovely entry my dear xxx

    1. Hi Karen - I've got this pad of artist's canvas which has been gesso primed, and it just like the stuff you get on a canvas board. Glass paints work beautifully as it doesn't sink in too much, so remain glossy and bright. K.xxx

  6. Hello Kay, the vibrant colours and stencilling in this is awesome! I also like Lucine with those leaves. So happy to hear that you are enjoying your new stamp :)

  7. One of my favourite entries so far this week, loving the colours you have achieved, wonderfully coloured moth, it is stunning.

    Thanks for the tip about glass paints, will have to try that :-) xxx

  8. Visiting from the Craft Barn - What a fabulous page and a cool quote. I love your leaves & I too am a fan of Ryn's stamps. Great use of the moth. :o)

  9. A fabulous page, great background and images.

  10. Lovely page, it feels so free.
    Quite a few spills happening in the studio :-)

  11. Beautiful page! LOVE the colours and the leaves!

  12. Beautiful page. x

  13. Great quote, fabulous page.

    Sylv xx

  14. I really like the glass paint for the leaves. They are quite see-thru and I like that. I now know not to get clear embossing powder around ink pads (grin). But the page turned out great, regardless.

  15. Beautiful page, love the colours and those leaves are stunning, great effect with the glass paint, I've been looking at glas paint reduced in our local Hobbycraft, now I've seen how cool itcanlook I may have to make a purchase :0) MMx