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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Welcome!

Hi there and welcome to the all new Beebaab Crafting Supplies blog, where we will announce news about the shop, post tutorials for projects to get your teeth into and talk about anything else we think is worth a mention!

We hope you will enjoy visiting us here.

Today we would like to share with you a beautiful piece of art created by our very own Julie Brooks and we think you'll agree, it is gorgeous!


Julie used the following products available from our shop to make this project:
- texture paste
- white gesso
- distress inks: fossilized amber, mermaid lagoon, broken china, pumice stone, twisted citron
- acrylic paint: DecoArt Media Fluid Quinacridone Gold; DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic White and    Black
- archival ink: jet black
- Dovecraft Dragonfly Die
- Crafter's Companion Textures Elements Stamp Sets: Splats and Accessories 2, Words to      Inspire 1 and 2;
- Craftwork Cards Stamp Set: Celebrations
- Imagination Crafts Stencil: Mosaic

You will also need a 10 x 8 inch canvas art board and a brickwork stencil, together with the following tools and craft basics: spatula, brush, craft sheet, acrylic block, mister, white double sided tape, strong glue.

1. Apply the texture paste through the stencils using a spatula;
2. Once dried, paint the whole thing with a coat of white gesso and leave to dry.
3. Apply Quinacridone Gold to the brickwork and a mix of white and black acrylic paint (to create grey) to the mosaic sections.
4. Once the paint has dried, take a moist piece of kitchen towel and wipe most of the Quinacridone Gold off the brickwork. This gives it a weathered appearance.
5. Start adding your ink colours. Apply colour directly from the ink pad to a craft sheet or acrylic block and add some water to make more of a wash. Use the brush to "dribble" the inks down the canvas board - hold it upright and press the bristles at the top edge of the board, allowing the ink to run down the board and travel where it chooses. Move the board around to get the coverage you want. Use the mister to spritz it and spread it even further if you wish.
6. Remember to dry your piece between layers of colour and between adding colours to avoid a muddy mix.
7. You will probably find you'll want to add more colour because distress ink does lose some of its vibrancy as it dries.
8. Die cut the dragonfly from black cardstock.
9. When your canvas is completely dry, stamp your chosen words from the Words to Inspire set using archival ink - this is oil-based and sits well on top of the water-based distress inks.
10. Fix your dragonfly in place using strong glue. Shape the wings a little to lift them away from the canvas.
11. Work around your words and dragonfly adding more interest using the Textures Elements and Celebrations stamp sets until you are happy with it.

Julie also added a few black microbeads here and there for a little extra texture.

We love the combination of colours in this piece and the words are perfect. Did you know that dragonflies have been in existence on Planet Earth for over 300 million years? They have become synonymous with our ability to overcome hardship, be strong, be courageous and be happy. Amazing creatures, and so, so beautiful. And this piece of art certainly makes us happy!

We hope this inspires you to create something beautiful today.

Enjoy your day, whatever you're doing.

                 Team Beebaab

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