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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Eileen Hull / Crescent collaboration 2

Hello Friends!

All this month Eileen Hull and Crescent Artists are collaborating and the Inspiration Team
have been given some wonderful Crescent products to play work with.


This project used the Crescent Artists Photo Mat Art Board.  It is a large board measuring
11" x 14" and will take a 4" x 6" photo in the recess.


The board can withstand quite a lot of mediums, paints, inks and sprays.  I will take you
through some of the steps ...

First of all, I put the die cuts I wanted to use, on the board, and roughly marked where I
wanted my curved element to be.  I gave the board a generous coat of Daler Rowney Acrylic Gesso.
Next, I applied a good layer of IndigoBlu Texture Paste.  I was trying for an 'arty' feel so
I left the top and bottom bare.  I also added some Prima art stones for extra
texture, to the bottom 'sand' section.
For my 'ocean' element I mixed a dot of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Primary Cyan to 
some Titan White.
To create the 'sand' element I mixed a dot of Raw Sienna into some Titan Buff.
Once the colours were applied, I left it to dry naturally.  The board did warp ever so
slightly, but once dry it flattened out again.
Next, I added my elements.   First, I added a layer of gauze - some white and some dyed blue to create some softness.  I used Eileen Hull's Romance Flower die and Rendr Paper to 
create the clam shell flowers, Tim Holtz die cut dollar and star fish, some other random
die cuts from my stash, some real shells and lastly some wooden elements from 
To create the window part I cut some Eileen Hull mat board and marked the window area.  
The area was coated in a thick layer of Golden Fiber Paste.  
Once the paste was dry I sprayed it with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains in 
Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean.
Once I had added my die cut elements I created a recess by cutting a 1/2" piece of mat
board which I glued to the inside of the frame before attaching the inner piece to create
a shadow box effect.
Finally, a close up of some of the elements I added.

I really enjoyed using the Crescent Artists Photo Mat Art Board.  You can see a short video clip
of ways to use the Board HERE.

If you have the time, please do pop over to Eileen's blog where you can see my hugely talented
teamies' makes with both the Photo Mat Art Board and the Rendr Paper.

As always, thanks for looking, I really do appreciate any comments you leave
and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

27 comments:

  1. LOve love love this Anne! Sea theme is absolutely my favorite theme with Christmas! this project is absolutely wonderful! barbara

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  2. Oh, Anne, how I love your sea themed projects and this one is absolutely amazing! I adore the way how you created that shadow box and your colors are simply stunning! Wonderful die cuts choice and a beautiful design! It's brilliant, my friend! Thanks so much for the detailed step by step! Big hugs! Branka xx

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  3. Another fantastic sea themed project Anne, and that substrate looks brilliant!! I love how you used the photo aperture like a kind of shadow box, so clever. The addition of the little shells to the die cuts is just perfect too and great colours!

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  4. Lots of yummy textures and wonderful details Anne xx the paste and stones look fabulous and the rich colours of the sea amazing.
    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie x

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  5. Absolutely stunning Anne! You and seahorses are a match made in heaven! The colours, their depth, all the textures and die cuts make for one beautifully happy and harmonious scene. Nicola x

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  6. Oh my gosh, Anne, this is absolutely stunning!! I love the magical underwater scene you've created!! The texture is amazing!! The seahorses are so beautiful!! All of the shells and details you added are just perfect!! This makes me happy to look at!! What a gorgeous work of art!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  7. Wow! What a totally fabulous Sea themed project. You have undoubtedly showcased the photo Matt art board excellently. Such lush colours and texture . Thank you for taking me to the seashore today . I feel well n truly spoiled with all the beauty you have created .
    hugs x

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  8. I do love your under the sea creations Anne. This is fabulous.
    The texture, depth and detail are wonderful.
    Toni xx

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  9. Anne this is a beautiful piece of art- the colors and textures and dimension makes it truly spectacular! Great blend of materials too!

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  10. Lovely piece Anne the texture is fabulous and works so well for,the sand. That pop of red works so well. These seahorses are becoming a trade mark of yours, we love them. Tracy x

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  11. Your collection of seahorse art must be impressive! LOVE this...love the white space! Gorgeous!

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  12. You are making my head spin --- this is so spectacular Anne - really a gift from the Sea!! Your design work is fabulous - what a treasure!!!! You were born to create treasures from the Sea and let's not forget your mini houses -- they are really fabulous. When it comes to the Blue Ribbon Designers -- you certainly qualify!!!!!
    sandy xx

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  13. Oh Anne! This is awesome! The textures, the colours - everything! It's amazing my friend! xxx

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  14. this is absolutely wonderful anne - and the subject matter made me smile - its so very you! The texture and colours are fabulous - wonderful xx

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  15. Your project is stunning, Anne! You are one of the most creative people I know. The elements, coloring, and texture with this piece come together to create a one of a kind work of art!

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  16. Were you ever an Art teacher, Annie? I'm trying to remember. You sure missed your calling if you weren't! Even though I don't work with these elements, I'm always mesmerized by how effortlessly you create and what you do to get to the end magnificent result! Thank you for taking the time to do that; it's a lot of work to chronicle it! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

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  17. Brilliant textures, elements, composition and design Anne, this is truly a wonderfully summery work of art and I love how you coloured the seahorses. I love this die too and have used it for a project due later in the summer but I guess it will have more outings before then. Huge hugs xxx

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  18. Oh Anne, you make the most gorgeous beach themed projects!! This is just amazing! I love the flow you created with your trail of seashells and sand dollars, like a collection that the tide brought in! Wonderful texture, works well for both the sand and the water. The little cubby is definitely a highlight, with that fabulous seahorse! Just love it all! hugs :)

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  19. wow wow wow...what a beautiful creation and I love your wonderful window filled with beautiful seashorses...shame it's not warm enough here for a trip to the beach but your creativeness has made up for it...hugs kath xxx

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  20. Seahorses again I see! Love all the colours, textures and elements on this piece. It would look fantastic on the wall. Great design!! Elaine xx

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  21. This was just like being at Seaquarium to look at this. And it was fascinating looking at the pictures delineating the process of each step. Each time I think you've surpassed the previous projects, then you do it again. The rich blues do so reflect the shades of the water one would see looking through the 'window' at a huge acquarium, and this is so splendid. You have used these products in such an artful manner. (most of which are unfamiliar to me! Really love the sand texture too!). TFS & big hugs.

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  22. LOVE this!! as always Anne your projects are fabulous!!! totally totally gorgeous!

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  23. Anne, you have really hit your stride with this seaside themed piece! You can tell you really love the sea by the beauty of your beachy projects! I love that sandy, watery background on the frame, but the recess is what steals the show for me! Love this! You rock the ocean theme! Hugs!

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  24. What a fun piece, love it Anne. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  25. Oh wow! I just love this Anne, fabulous scene and I do love that seahorse!

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  26. There's something fishy about this Anne, I think is fab,this is full of wonderful great textures and beautiful colours. It makes me think of warm tropical seaside holidays, just what I'm needing when here, the heavens have opened and the heavy rain seems like, it's forgotten to stop. Alexandra x

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  27. There's something fishy about this Anne, I think is fab,this is full of wonderful great textures and beautiful colours. It makes me think of warm tropical seaside holidays, just what I'm needing when here, the heavens have opened and the heavy rain seems like, it's forgotten to stop. Alexandra x

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