Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Tuesday and it seems set to be raining again (for a change!!!)

Wotcher peeps,

A project to share with you today .... I signed up for a mail art swap with a few crafting pals and need to "prettify" four envelopes along the theme of "BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL". Once done I have to send one to each of the others on the list - sounds simple BUT one of the four set the bar very high! Louise opted to zentangle hers (see it here) and made a SPLENDID job of it .... so my project was no longer the "prettification" of four envelopes but had to be rehashed in to a worthy arty project - hmmmmm, HOW to proceed......

ENVELOPE #1 - gesso'd and inked

Stamped and sealed - revealing a gap in my stash .... no MATTE medium! Used gloss instead.
Envelope #1 reverse

Materials used:
  • Address area masked off with a piece of acetate and low tack tape
  • Gesso brushed over the surface and allowed to dry
  • Dylusions ink sprays: London Blue, Bubblegum Pink, Sunshine Yellow
  • TCW stencil - water spritzed through, allowed to develop and then blotted with paper towel
  • Images: cracked glass, large & small pocket watch, wings and sentiment by Visible Image, Splatter by Paper Artsy
  • Inks used: Memento rosebud, tangelo, grape jelly, Mediterranean blue. Versafine onyx black. Color Box gold
  • Basics gloss gel medium
For the reverse of ENVELOPE #1:
  • Distress Paints: spun sugar, seedless preserves, weathered wood, spritzed and smooshed!
  • Number image by Close to my Heart, Small clock with wings by Rubbernecker all other images and sentiments by Visible Image and all stamped using Versafine onyx black with the exception of the Paper Artsy splatter in Color Box gold
Time for a little doodling around the address square - or perhaps some edging stamps?

Sunday was such a glorious day by comparison with pretty much EVERY day since November of last year that we felt we had to take advantage.
My husband is a radio controlled model plane enthusiast and hasn't really been able to fly outdoors since before Christmas so .... with a nice day in progress we thought we would set off and see if the field he and his fellow club members use is accessible. It wasn't via the conventional route but there IS another way and we did get through - but this is what we found ....
This field normally has animals in it

This is the regular parking area!

Guess he won't be flying there any time soon, sadly, but you CAN see what a beautiful day it was - couple more like this and it will soon dry out.

And after such a glorious day on Sunday what was Monday's weather like? Chucking it down much of the day - darn it! A good opportunity to crack on with my mail art though - only four to do so I hope to have them all done by the weekend and may even get to work on the challenge below but we'll have to wait and see about that one.
FYI Stamplorations have a new sketch challenge going (launched Monday 17th) - you until Feb 28th to upload your entries here
Have a lovely Tuesday


Lauren Hatwell said...

Smashing project there Kathy. I love what you did with it.

Good job hubby got his new super-duper indoor plane. By the looks of all that water it's going to be a little while before he'll be heading back out into the field...

That said, it WAS a lovely day yesterday wasn't it.


Louise said...

great mail art. I especially like the front of the envelope with the brightly coloured inks and the shine to the project.

Lesley Thomas said...

Nice envelopes Kathy, but I can see your point with the lady who zentangled hers. Re your DH and his planes, he could always fit floats and call them sea planes!

SARN said...

OOOh! Get YOU with the inky mail art! FAB! xxx

Clare Lloyd said...

mail art looks ace Kathy. x

serendipity said...

Fab envelopes, Kathy - would cheer up any postman's day.
Dreadful flooding, but in the sunshine it looks so pretty till you know it should be a field not a lake.

scrappyjacky said...

Great envelopes....mail is so much more exciting in arty envelopes.

Debs M said...

great make Kathy - sure it will bring a smile to the posties face :) x