Thursday, 23 August 2018

Faith is Like a Lily (Christina Rossetti) by Jennie

Hello and welcome!

Today I am sharing a quick project which was really fun and relaxing to create. 

I have had this gorgeous lily in my stash for quite some time and didn't think my painting would do it justice. But I decided to give it a go as at the moment I have a number of beautiful lilies flowering in the garden and wanted to be able to remind myself of their beauty later in the year.

Christina Rossetti's words were in my head while I was painting:

Faith is Like A Lily,
Lifted High and White.

from the poem Hope is Like A Harebell

The flowers were painted with gesso, a watery coat first, then building up a little more at a time so as not to lose the gorgeous engraving. I didn't mind the brown of the base showing through here and there as it all adds to the ethereal feel!

The leaves were painted in a similar way with a sage green chalk paint, keeping everything as light as possible.

For my background I chose a Calico Craft Parts Beer Mat which was painted in the sage green chalk paint and again got light coats of watery gesso, building up each layer slowly to give a distressed finish. Finally a little over stamping with a text stamp here and there so as not to overwhelm the lily.

A soft and gentle little coaster which would make a lovely front for a card or mini book. I actually rather like to have seasonal coasters propped up here and there on my kitchen dresser to remind me of summer days.

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

Jennie x

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  1. So elegant and pretty, Jennie - a beautifully painted lily and inspired by wonderful words.
    Alison x

  2. Jennie, your lily is exquisite. I really love the colour choices, which are absolutely perfect.x