July 9, 2013

Small packages...

Hello everyone, Alison here, with a small and simple offering today.

This is done on one of the small papier-mâché hanging boards, so it's less than 6 inches tall and about 2.5 inches wide (didn't measure the depth, sorry - I guess about half an inch).
This one had actually been through a couple of layers of crackle paint technique that wasn't quite doing it for me.  So, in the end, I gave it a really thick coat of white acrylic, using a hard bristle brush so that I got really strong texture in the paint.
I stamped the adorable little boy from the Bluebird set onto a tea-stained tag using Sepia Archival.
I roughened the edges with the Paper Distresser, and smeared on some gesso with my fingers for a  weathered look.
The meadow grasses around the bottom of the plaque are from Generation Redux, again stamped in Sepia.  These hedgerow flowers are so beautiful - very delicate and, as you see, very small images.

The sentiment is from the Think and Wonder set, and seemed appropriate for the little boy as well as for this little hanging board.
So that's that, really... I toyed with adding some wooden flourishes to echo those in the image, and I played with a couple of other embellishments but, in the end, I liked it best in the simplest possible form.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  As long as you include at least one Artistic Outpost image, we'd love you to join in with the Referral Program here this month - so come and play.  See you again soon.

Designer: Alison Bomber
Words and Pictures

32 comments:

Helen said...

Alison I love this - the thick paint on the background is great! Love those images.

inkypinkycraft said...

Looks gorgeous, I have my eye on this set! Gorgeous make as always , love the neutrals x hugs x

Brenda Brown said...

Love the simpler style Alison, great images together. X

Yvonne Garner said...

Alison, this is priceless. You have taken images from three sets and made a fabulous work of art. Bravo!

Deborah said...

Looks lovely kept simple, I agree. I love the sepia grasses against the rough textured white.

Von said...

Fabulous Alison :)
Von ♥

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh wow.. that is just AMAZING!

Gio said...

This is so adorable, Alison!!

Ephemera said...

Beautiful Alison love the vintage cream and sepia, a winning combination. xx

Rita said...

What a unique creation Alison. I love the sepia colouring and the whole vintage look. Another stamp on my wish list. Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Mary Elizabeth said...

How precious!! Love the image. The sentiment is perfect for it!! I agree ... any other embellishments would have taken away from the feel of this piece. There is an old Quaker song that starts out with "'Tis a gift to be simple." This hanging is a gift. -- Mary Elizabeth

Redanne said...

Simple it may be, but it is stunning nonetheless. Love the little boy image so much. A gorgeous piece Alison. Hugs, Anne x

craftimamma said...

This is wonderful Alison. I love the texture made with the brush and the simple colour theme. The wild flower stamps are really sweet and very apt for the little boy in his countryside get up.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Oh, this is lovely, especially those meadow grasses, which I love. It's really nice to create something simple and small sometimes: it's perfectly beautiful. Julie Ann xx

cathylynn said...

Bravo Alison! This is wonderful! Love the textures and color tones. Great stamps too! Yep another fabulous job!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Dianne said...

Woohoo first to comment here:O), the texture is lovely, loooove the sentiment,the finish on it is wonderful, love the meadow grasses, I'll have to go check out the stamps when I get home, thanks for sharing Alison and have a wonderful day..

Bonnie Irvine said...

Alison, I wish I could sit beside you and watch you create. You come up with the most beautiful monochromatic and neutral pieces which I find so challenging. You have such an eye for combining elements to move the eye around the art and have constant but not competing interest. This piece is awesome. I love the size and shape as well as the fabulous combination of stamps and tones. ...sigh...beautiful.

Astrid Maclean said...

Lovely hanger with one of my all time favourite AO stamps. Love the simplicity of those neutral tones, - gorgeous!

Terry said...

Small and precious! Love the layers and crackle. So much vintage fabulousness! Hugs!

Carol Q said...

so cute - lovely weathered and aged effect.

Netty said...

Love your pretty stamped hanging, Annette x

May said...

Gorgeous work Alison, Love the texture & fabulous image, Love the sepia tones... Hugs May x x x

die amelie said...

A beautiful little treasure indeed, Alison! Love the saying! And the love put into this piece of art that is visible everywhere on it.

Hugs,
Claudia x

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely beautiful Alison! I love the little boy stamp and the sentiment is perfectly apt and sweet. Nicola x

Sue C said...

Beautiful project Alison, the background looks great the paint over the top of the crackles is great. Sue C x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous, Alison. Love your choice of sentiment from my favourite set. Would be lovely for your little nephew,

Lucy x

Dorthe said...

Beauty comes with simple Alison,
love your piece, love you stamped on the sides ,too- and the boy stamp is the sweetest !!
Hugs,Dorthe

coco said...

So beautiful... I really love it Alison !! Coco x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Simply lovely - one of my favorite stamp plates! Such a beautiful piece of work.

Hugs,
Linda

Chris Warner said...

Fab hanging, great imagery. Chris xxx

Chris said...

Fantastic piece Alison and such gorgeous stamps, I love the vintage/shabby chic look and the textures. Chris x

Buttons said...

I love that you always seem to be able to rescue projects that aren't going your way. This is beautiful. Hugs, Jenny x