Sunday, January 13, 2013

Ah! A glimpse of your Soul

Hello - I created this one for two purposes, the Flying Unicorn Swirls and Twirls challenge and to attempt a technique by Solange Marques. She described this as prolonging the photo with paint in one post. Mine doesn't come close to her mastery but it's a start. The wonderful team at the Flying Unicorn helped me break it down.

Her blog is if you are interested. She is fantastic.

The papers, frame, alphas and some of the flowers are from the Flying Unicorn December kit. I fussy cut out the bird cage and inked with distress antique linen and brushed corduroy. The architectural corner stamp is Tim Holtz. The large flourish leaf is misted with Perfect Pearls Turquoise, Ditto Turquoise and Tattered Angles Cork. I masked a Crafter's Workshop template and stamped when dry a scrip stamp. The dragonfly stamp is inkado and I embossed with olive splatter (Sparkle and Sprinkles) and inked with sage and brushed corduroy distress inks and fussy cut. I borrowed a cool EK Success punch that made the tiny holes. I embossed the Kaiser Craft Frame with a splash of silver then Distress Vintage Photo powder.

I used gesso and molding paste to build up the paper to photo, then attempted to pull the background of the photo out to the page. I did ok with the top of Myles' head - the leaves and grass were a bit more difficult to render. Practice - Practice. LOL.

Leave a comment with your thoughts...


  1. This is beautiful, I love the old fashioned rustic theme throughout your pages:) and the colors are amazing!!

  2. Wow, I love the vintage look of this project and the blending of the colors.

  3. I think you're on to something with that 'prolonging the photo' technique! I like how it transitions the picture into the rest of the layout. It makes the whole piece seem like one integral unit, though as you look at it, more is revealed in the details.

  4. Simply amazing! Love the teals and greens (my favorite colors) over the more earthy tones really balances the piece out. I wish I was as talented as you are obviously are.

  5. I love the way the photograph melts into the paint - very good match in the colors! So good I didn't realize it was painting until I re-read the description. I love this one.