Monday, 22 February 2016

Longing for summer.... by Astrid

Hello all, Astrid here with a project for you today.

I know, winter is still in full swing (at least in the parts where I live), but I cannot help but long for Summer.....

This started out as an experimental piece, playing with backgrounds and texture and might have become part of a journal, until I decided to use it for showcasing some of the amazing craft parts.
Here is how it started out:
Using various sprays over a background of texture and crackle paste with some gesso thrown into the mix.
The texture was achieved by pouncing into the wet paste with a scrunched up bit of aluminium foil.
My main embellishment was this lovely corner piece, it's the Lily MDF Wood Corner Embellishment - Style 38, size large,  you can find it HERE. First I just coloured it dark brown with some ink.
Next I adhered the piece to my background and with some Decoart Media Acrylic paints and a small brush I coloured the flowers inside the openings.
When the paint had dried I filled the openings with Glossy Accents and let it dry for several hours, the flowers (they look much nicer in real life than in the photo) now looked like glass.
The main focal point became a stamped and layered sunflower, I stamped it several times, fussy cut the individual flowers, coloured them with Distress Inks and then layered them up together.

Next I took a Curled Vine Fancy Flourish MDF Wood Shape - Style 3, coloured it in matching colours to my background, broke it apart in places and arranged them around my sun flower.

A bit of stencilling in one corner, to fill in a rather empty space

A sentiment and some background stamping

And with that my project was complete...
Well, hope you like my it and thank you for your visit. The shop is full with all sorts of new Spring and Summer craft parts, - do check them out!


  1. So so Stunning Astrid. Love the wonderful colours that you have used to create such an interesting piece of art. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. Outstanding and beautiful piece here Astrid. I´m exactly like you and can´t wait for the summer to get here. I´m sooo sick of the cold and just wait for the sun to peek out and flowers to begin to bloom, and your piece of art here tastye a bit like that.

  3. WOW Astrid, what a magical summer art work, I love the colors and the texture is marvellous!
    Yes I am longing for better sunny weather too, here is day for day dark rainy weather since weeks!
    Big hugs Anja

  4. Beautiful shiny blue flowers inside the corner piece , looks wonderful with the add of Glossy Accents , and your sunflower is gorgeous fuzzy cut, and layered with the other wood shape.
    It surely makes me think of summer, Astrid. :-)

  5. magical summer art, thanks for the tut

  6. So beautiful Astrid! I so love how you play with color! This piece absolutely makes me long for summer as well! hugs to you!

  7. That gorgeous sunflower gives such a lovely punch of cheer. Stunning background. Nicola x

  8. Oh my, what a gorgeous background Astrid! I love the beautiful sunflower too, it certainly makes me wish for summer too.... Hugs, Anne xx

  9. What a fantastic backgroun you created for your lovely summer flowers Astrid! Julia xx

  10. Lovely!! The sunflower alone speaks summer, but your gorgeous backgrounds enhance the feeling of that wonderful time of year! Love how you textured this!! xxx Lynn

  11. Wonderful textures and colours Astrid x the sunflower looks fabulous as do the wonderful Calico Craft Parts x I must look mine out and have a play x x

  12. Those glassy flowers within the ornate corner are inspired - beautiful! - and a gorgeous textured background for your flowers too.
    Alison x

  13. We have sun but it's not warm! This is a brilliant reminder of warm Summer days! Chrisx

  14. A glorious project, Astrid, so reminiscent of summer. I really love that background with the pouncing. x