Sunday 8 June 2014

Get Some Texture

What a great challenge and a great opportunity to study Tim’s techniques

I wanted to do a small canvas 8" x 8" but ended up doing a 12" x 12" as I made a washed acrylic background using DecoArt Acylics Carbon Black, Aquamarine, Quinacridone Gold and One Step Crackle

The main background was made using the Crumpled Kraft Suede technique using Distress Stain Inks, Persimmon, Peacock Feathers, Walnut Stain
I just love the softness this technique creates, the other technique was Enamelled stamping using The damask from Wallpaper & Wood stamps Using Aged Mahogany, Evergreen Boughs and Black Soot inks and clear embossing enamel

The face was Stamped from Classics 5 stamp set and coloured with antique linen, Marigold, Walnut Stain and Black Soot
The headress was made from Weathered Textiles, Birds & Baubles Damasks and a Papillion butterfly coloured with Alcohol inks

The Designs by Ryn Hummingbird and Moth were coloured in the same way and finished with DecoArt Triple Gloss

The banner was coloured with Distress inks Aged Mahogany, Evergreen Boughs, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain, the centre was a piece of braid and lace, covered with Gesso and painted with DecoArt Antique Teal, Blueberry and Metallic Glorious gold

I also played with the Gilded Kraft Glassine technique but didn't use, saved for a future project!

I loved this texture challenge a great opportunity to revisit techniques and learn more :)


  1. Beautiful Jools, colouring looks really rich and a great collection of beautifully executed techniques, love it. I really need to get round to inking up my classic 5 set.
    Amanda x

  2. Oh Jools, you always have the coolest ideas!! Love that head dress!! The whole piece is stunning and I can just about predict already that this is going to be another winner!!

  3. Amazing Art! Love the colors, textures and techniques used. Xx

  4. Really gorgeous too!!! Coco x

  5. Godness....this is utterly beautiful, Jools. Love the colours and the awesome mix of light and shadow on this canvas. ♥

  6. Absolutely brilliant! I have wanted to use that face and create a headdress but haven't done it yet. This piece is magnificent. The coloring techniques, the texture the placement, just everything about it draws you into the picture. I appreciate so much when artists share their techniques, so thank you.

  7. Jools, this is so very beautiful! Love the vintage color palette and all the texture techniques you used, but I especially love that image. It just speaks volumes for that era and I love it!

  8. This is wonderful Jools, another mini masterpiece (well not so mini!). The face is so beautiful with the headdress and I love all the beautiful textures you have created for the background. Absolutely beautiful work. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

  9. Another glorious offering - amazing colours, and that headdress is stunning! Beautiful texture in the background (obviously!)... Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

  10. Superb work Jools. I love the way that crumpled kraft suede background contrasts and compliments the acrylic background and the whole design exudes elegance. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  11. This is gorgeous!

    I love all the textures and patterns you used. The color palettte is so elegant!

    Wonderful piece!

  12. Hey Jools, I just love those dark colours! Red and blue is a favourite combination of mine whether it's cherry and navy or bright red and turquoise. Just beautiful! The combination of paint and patterned texture in this is really neat too. Love it! Just noticed Lucine in there too... Thanks so much for getting in touch :)