Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wild Roses by Jennie

Hello everyone and welcome to my second post of the month here at Calico Craft Parts. A gentle project for you today which I found very relaxing and quite absorbing.

Although I am not great with a paintbrush (more a splat it on with a palette knife sort of person!) I just adored this Flowering Dogwood Sprig and just felt I had to have a go at painting it.

I decided to give the whole piece a light coat of watered down gesso first just to give it a "bit of tooth" and then gradually built up my layers of colours using chalk finish paints. I do find chalk paints give a lovely finish but I did use them very lightly and with a little water in order not to lose the lovely markings.

I don't have any photographs of the process but here you can see how I have used two colours of green for the leaves to give a little depth.

The white looks a little bland against the green so it did get a couple of coats and then once the yellow buds were dry I covered the whole sprig with a satin glaze. It is not really possible to see it in the photograph but it really does make a difference.

For this project I used the Large Sprig (measuring 120mm x 100mm) and it fits perfectly onto one of the 125mm x 125mm square Birch Plywood Blank Plaques. 

I used the darker green chalk paint as my base and then used DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle in White - I just love watching it crackle right in front of your eyes! I then rubbed a little brown ink around the edges to give it a more worn look.

And finally there was just enough space to add some of the copperplate letters.

I love Roses but they are not easy to grow here in Shetland (especially in the wind battered valley where I live), so I have to rely on the Rosa Rugosa Shrub Roses, which do look a little like this Flowering Dogwood. I have both white and red growing in the garden but my favourites are always the white blooms which always look so spectacular against the surrounding greenery (and anything else I might manage to grow!)

I hope this little plaque will remind me of my summer garden when in the depths of winter.

As always thank  you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x

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  1. Such a lovely post, Jennie. That beautiful green is the perfect complement to the dog roses, which I love. This really evoked the beauty of the summer to me. xx

  2. Love the tranquility and tenderness of this, Jennie! Very beautiful! xxx

  3. What a beautiful plaque Jennie, delicate colours and wonderful texture with the crackled background! Our wild rugosa's are just starting to bloom here, one of my favourite flowers! Deb xo

  4. Subtle, simple and so beautiful!
    Alison x