Monday, 8 August 2016

Pastel Herbarium

Hello on Monday, dear Friends!
Are you ready for a new art aventure and fresh inspiration from my Creative Team?
Today it's Olga's turn and her beautiful new collage is a great reminder that summer can be just a perfect time to collect all kinds of nature's treasures. Do you have your own collections yet? We'd love to see your creations inspired by today's post - feel welcome to share on Finnabair & Friends Open Studio fb group. Enjoy! :)
This time of year, when meadows and forests are filled with numerous species of herbs and wild flowers, I collect these treasures and keep them dried and pressed in thematical herbariums for winter days. This time I would like you to join me in a bit more creative way.
I started with sealing the page with a generous coat of Clear Gesso which is a perfect starter and doesn’t let any media soak through. This step also allows to keep visible the background underneath.
When the coat of Gesso was dry, I put a few blue Alchemy Paints in a horizontal manner.

Then I covered the blue background with White Gesso in a rather messy way, leaving some colours lurking under the white coat.
To increase the contrast, I added a drop of Black Gesso and pink acrylic paints. After such preparations I stamped horizontal patterns with black ink.

Then I glued down a poppy head chipboard and a vintage label below the plant.
To add a bit of dimension, I used 3D Gel which was put with a palette knife through a stencil.
To highlight the poppy head, I scribbled some circles and filled the plant with seeds in the shape of Black Micro Beads.
Then to obtain a vintage effect, I added some tea stain drops and then covered the composition with Blue Mica Powders.
I hope that you will also find your inspiration among summer fauna and flora.
Enjoy your holidays!

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