Thursday, 21 January 2016

Love is {NOT} in the air......Emerald Creek Dare

It is time for a new challenge at Emerald Creek Dares and this time
the team was challenged to create Valentine's ~ For All The Single People. Sort of Valentine's Day themed but not necessarily filled with all the mushy romance if that's not your thing. Quite a challenge since I have not been single for 25+ years. So as I pondered this challenge while enjoying a Venti Pike Place it came to me - I LOVE COFFEE!

I decided to do a small 5x7 canvas ~ this is one of series of canvases that will be hot beverage themed and displayed above my coffee/tea corner in my kitchen.
Let's get started.....

I started by mixing some Dina Wakely Glazing Medium with a bit of Candied Apple Distress Paint.
I appled this to my canvas with a pallet knife and my fingers. While this layer was still wet I added a couple of drops Fired Brick Distress Paint to my red glaze mixture and using my pallet knife added this colour to my canvas. Lastly, I added a couple of drops of Aged Mahogany to my glaze and using my fingers added some to my canvas.

I next made a mixture of Crackle Paste and Texture Sand Paste (both from DecoArt Media) to use with my Tim Holtz Brick Stencil. My mixture was probably 50/50 but if I was to try this again I will definitely make sure that I went heavier on the Crackle Paste so the cracks would be more visible.

After I let the paste dry completely, I applied a mixture of Golden Fluid Acrylic Burnt Sienna & Glazing Medium to the entire canvas. while this was still wet I used a baby wipe to wipe back some of the colour. I applied more of this mixture to the bricks 2 more times until I got the colour I liked.

I then added some stamping to my canvas using Archival Ink in Black & Potting Soil. I love how the stamping on the bricks looks like graffiti.

I used my Fresh Brewed Die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix for my main focal point.
I cut it from chipboard, painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and gently sanded the edges before spritzing with Ground Espresso Distress Marker.
The sentiment was one I found on Pinterest and I used a combination of Chit Chat stickers & stamping on paper.

I used my Interlaced Hearts Stamp from Emerald Creek as the steam coming from my coffee cup. ;)
A Prize Cameo Charm, also from Emerald Creek, was perfect for the the front of the cup.
I added some Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder to the outer edge of the charm before filling the centre with glossy accents, 3 coffee beans and some red glitter.

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today!
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 "Valentine's ~ For All The Single People" inspiration
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Emerald Creek Design Team


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  1. so many elements come together to make a delicious looking project!!! now i need coffee!

  2. This is beautiful and I love the background - fabulous!

  3. Replies
    1. I knew you would like this one. ;) Thanks, Nicole!

  4. Great explanation of how you created all the beautiful textures and colours! It is such a beautiful project Julia! 😊

  5. Love your canvas, Julia! Love all the texture and colours on the canvas!

  6. Well, this is definitely the way to my heart! Amazing artistic creations and the smell of coffee! Yummy project with such fabulous design elements in the layers. So cool!

  7. Beautiful use of EC charms, Julia. I love that texture in the background! Gorgeous piece of art.

  8. Absolutely love this!! The red is so gorgeous...and I too have a love affair with coffee!! :)

  9. LOL, that is fabulous Julia, wonderful graffiti covered bricks and brilliant idea to use the interlaced heart stamps to simulate the steam. Deb xo

  10. Love coffee and art and you have combined the two steamingly well. Hehe! Gorgeous graffiti and grunge. Awesome sauce design! ~Niki


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