Earth Day – Going green, etc.

Had a very busy day yesterday at the Scrapstore and at home, so I didn’t actually get anything ‘arty’ done till 11pm last night when I sat playing with a Daisy-maker, given to me by a very good friend who has insufficient attention span to complete a round, never mind a daisy – the downside of having had a stroke, being unable to get left and right brain functioning as they used to. So, lucky me – and I just get to play with her toys and make her stuff to say thank you – we both win!!

Once I’d got the washing out, the parcel shipped (had to wait for it to be collected), I took the dogs to the woods and called at the Post Office in the next village. DD was having dramas at school and sent me some texts…. so I got home, completely unsettled – always am where the child is concerned when trouble’s brewing…. and proceeded to make a lot of background sheets. Yay!

I’d prepared the Faux Grass* well over a week ago and proceeded to paint it today, and some of it went onto a rather cool card. Here’s the background simply painted with green and black acrylics and a little drybrushed gesso left on the paintbrush!

 

*Faux grass is simply cs (in this case, brown), coated thinly with PVA glue, sprinkled with dried herbs, patted down a bit and then left to dry overnight – Trish Bee’s background Noise challenge #7  Embellished with a bit of gold acrylic paint – applied with a sponge.
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Smells good, too!! Created By Hand’s challenge is “Go Green!” for today is Earth Day, so here’s the card I made with a piece of that background, which also serves me well for Artygirlz, as (would you believe my luck?), they’re asking for handmade backgrounds this week! I call this type of thing “synchronicity”…
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 Okay – here are the other backgrounds… another Group Background Noise challenge (#8): Scrunchy magazine background, for all those mags you never throw out, in the true spirit of recycling: Before painting
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After painting with red and purple acrylics – stunning innit?!! Dabbed with gold after drying.
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Heather Robinson reminded me about a technique I’d meant to try with her droplets of food colouring on watercolour paper, although the first time, I forgot about the salt, but nevertheless, this is what happened:
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And in the spirit of Lisa’s challenge to be “Abstract” (SOYBS) this week, I produced this little plaque which I named “Mood Swing” – going to a stressed out mate soon.
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Then I dropped more colouring onto another sheet of wet watercolour paper, sprinkled coarse sea salt onto it and covered with clingfilm (plastic wrap) till it dried. Here are before and afters…
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So pretty…. and you can’t buy papers like that can ya?!! Lastly, here’s a pic of a leather and bead choker – the leather is from a belt I bought and unravelled on Sunday and the beads are made from natural wood. So I think I’ve been very “earthy” indeed today!
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TTFN!! xoxoxo

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27 Comments

  1. Sandy

     /  April 22, 2008

    Woooooooooooow they are so stunning. Oh my gosh, amazing. So striking. Love them all.

    I have a great Candy on my Blog 🙂

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  2. Stunning work Rosie!!

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  3. Fantastic…stunning work.

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  4. carol.rochester@ntlworld.com

     /  April 22, 2008

    Fantastic work Rosie love the backgrounds they are brilliant and the cards are fab WTG

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  5. Fantastic backgrounds, love the colours .

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  6. Rosie, you ARE incredible – believe in me !!! Never seen someone before being sooo brilliant in creating background – WOOOOW…!!!

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  7. And truly: I´m not able to find any boy with a nuts hat on… *lol*

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  8. Faye

     /  April 22, 2008

    Wow, Rosie, you really can make great backgrounds. And the Earth Day card is wonderful.

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  9. WONDERFUL backgrounds! Isn’t it FUN to do up a nice big batch at once…just having a “background day…”like your cards too.

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  10. OK Rosie, you have rendered me speechless! I’ll try the adjectives I know, like: Gorgeous, Wonderful, Amazing, Fabulous, Stpendous….none of them are good enough for this! Can you tell that I LOVE your backgrounds?? The quality and the quantity amaze me!!

    And…..There are really no sufficient words of gratitude for your post of my work on Inspirational! You have truly “artiphied-my-heart”!! I left you a message there in the comments….THANK YOU!!

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  11. Fab work Rosie, love all your background experiments.

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  12. very beautiful work and thank you for sharing the backgrounds technics

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  13. great work Rosie and thank for the technic !

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  14. Gorgeous backgrounds. I love the one you picked to use for my challenge. Fabulous colours. I find it so much more fun to make things as the making it half the joy :0)

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  15. Fantastic backgrounds the colours are wonderful

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  16. wow Rosie you have been busy great backgrounds
    Thanks for joining In with the Arty Girlz challenge
    Crissi xx

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  17. Great ideas for making one of a kind backgrounds. Thank you!

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  18. fantastic backgrounds TFS !

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  19. Those pieces are vonderful lady!! Very creative.

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  20. all really great backgrounds Rosie. Really unusual card. Bet it smells great too

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  21. Flippin Nora Rosie don’t you sleep 😉

    How do you get time to create all this art – they are all fantastic!!!

    Thanks for joining in with Arty Girlz once again xxx

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  22. WOW you have been org er busy all the background really rock!!!!

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  23. Interesting background

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  24. Well well well Madam Rosie!! 😉 I love your backgrounds! Your faux grass is amazing! Wish I had a sniffovision button on my computer! And the colours on your magazine scrunchie bg are AMAZING! Talk about eye popping! I love them! If your gonna make backgrounds you should never be afraid of using bright colours thats my motto! The brighter the better! Sunglasses at the ready! Hey I finally did the tagged list 😀 Better late than never huh 😉

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  25. wow ,Fabulous backgrond !!!

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  26. jogry blok

     /  January 31, 2009

    Hi Rosie,
    At this moment I making the backgrounds Trish Bee’s background Noise challenge #7 I noticed your website,. Love it! More beautiful backgrounds
    to make.Thanks for sharing,
    Jogry/bali

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