Thursday 18 June 2015


Hello! Hope your week is going well :) I am counting down the days until my eldest girl finishes school for the summer. Can't wait to have the relaxed, stress free days :) We are having glorious *summer* weather, which always helps everyones moods!! :)

Today I am showing a project that has been in my head for quite some time. I eventually took the *plunge* and started on this project, slightly smaller than an A4 (208mm x 270mm).
 Two years back I attended Ania's classes in Newbridge. As part of the classes we got some materials to do some projects with. Well to my shame, I have not been able to bring myself to use them since the class! I love the colours and found it desperately hard to force myself to cut on some of the papers. But with a new focus, to use all the beautiful supplies I have, I have started using my pretty papers.

This is a mixed media project I completed. I am hoping to frame it, and possibly add more text to it. I am just practicing my scripty writing and trying to think of something *UBER* inspiring first!!

I used watercolours paint and watercolour crayons for the blue evening (sun-setting) sky. I drew and cut out all the houses from some 7 Dots paper, and stuck them down with some paste/glue. Next I drew and cut out the hills. I went over the hills with some watercolour crayons, and then blended them altogether with water. When they were dry, I drew the designs on with permanent marker. I also used a white permanent marker to add some details to all the designs.

Then I deliberated for a few days. I knew I wanted to add a tree to the left side, but wasn't sure whether I would paint it or fussy cut it. Painting won over, so I mixed some red and green acrylic paint together to come up with the shade. Of course my painting supplies are limited, (ie non existent) and I had to raid my children's painting stash for a paintbrush :/ Needless to say, the quality was pretty poor and the tree did not have as much detail as I would have liked. The edges were not very defined, so I went over them with a gold marker to add definition. I highlighted a few other details as well.

While I had acrylic paint out, I used some white to add the clouds in. I fussy cut out a stencil, and sprayed the tree with some mists.

I only have blue and yellow, so I sprayed the blue mist first and then the yellow on top. It gave a yellow tinge towards the edge, which was perfect - nearly like a sunset glow. I added some jewels to the tree for interest and dimension, and added some butterflies on the right of the night sky. I used a wooden embellishment "LOVE" to ground the tree ;)

With all the watercolouring and gluing used, the board is slightly buckled. When it is framed hopefully the pressing from the glass and backing board will reduce the buckling, but if you know of any magic solutions, please be sure to share them with me!!!! :)

Supplies used:
Paper for the hills - 7 Dots Studio - Nights Fever Dreamers Collection
Paper for the houses - 7 Dots Studio - Sweet Dreams Dreamers Collection, Domestic Goddess Over Used Tablecloth & Kitchen Wallpaper. (It is a little bit difficult to see the papers, as I went a bit heavy handed over with the designs ;)  )
Wood Embellishments (LOVE) by Prima Marketing Inc
Some embellishments I had in my stash
Gold, Black and White permanent markers.

I hope to enter this into the following challenges:
7 Dots Studio - Tree

Simon Says Stamp - Use Paste 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Favourite Technique and/or product (at the minute my watercolour crayons are my favourite product and hand drawn designs are my favourite technique)

Thanks so much for popping by.
Have a wonderful day,
Eithne :)


Becca Cruger said...

This is soooooo cool! It's very graphic and zentangle-esque. You have a beautiful imagination!

Borqna said...

Good luck!

Keren Tamir said...

this is so sweet. love it! Thanks for joining us at 7 Dots Studio Challenge!!

Pascale B. Scrap said...

Adorable project! I love those soft colors! Thank you for joining the 7 Dots Studio challenge!

Anonymous said...

Awesome x

Melenia Agapides said...

This is so different than what we normally see in 7 Dots Studio! Great work, I love your creativity in this!!! Thanks for sharing it with us at 7 Dots!!!

Emma Williams said...

Fabulous project and I love how you've used the papers to create your little row of houses, very creative! Thank you for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

Ella Swan said...

What a cute work!! Thank you for playing along with us at 7 Dots Studio!!

Riikka Kovasin said...

This is so awesome and unique! Thank you for participating to 7 Dots Studio's challenge!

Olga Siedlecka said...

So cute! Thanks for playing with us at 7 Dots Studio!

Grá O'Neill said...

Fabulous project, love the tree :)

Desire Fourie said...

A gorgeous project with lovely warm shades. Loving the zentangle elements.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}