Monday, 2 April 2012

April Showers ~ Designed for Happy Daze

Hiya hope you have all had a good start to the week. 
It's a new month and so that means a new Happy Daze challenge. The theme is April Showers show us your favourite water technique.   I have to admit I’m not really one for techniques, so you can keep it simple like me. Or you can really let your imagination go wild and show us your different skills and methods.
The challenge is opened to anyone all we ask is that you use one item that is available in the Happy Daze shop.  One lucky winner will be drawn at random to win a  £15 voucher and free P&P to spend in the Happy Daze shop. Maximum of 3 entries per person & you must use at least one product which can be purchased in the Happy Daze shop.
  • You can enter by blogging you address to the linky widget here
  • emailing your picture to
  • uploading your photo to their facebook page

For this steampunk canvas  I  used a variety of  stencils to build up layers and washes of paint to create the background,  and I used water colour paints on my stamped image.
I used an old book page and gave it a light wash of gesso then I used the Lost Coast Designs Balloon Guys stamp as my focal image. I coloured with a combination of watercolour paints and distress inks and rubbed on Inka gold around the edges.
The two embossed panels are made using ten seconds studio metal in slate, humungo tape, card, this was run through my big shot using an embossing folder. I distressed the panels with sandpaper and sponged on different acrylic paints in black, red and orange until I achieved the desired effect and then rubbed on Inka gold.
I used black stazon to stamp an image onto an optical lense then applied gilding flakes to the back. I used a metal corner, a Tim Holtz hitch fastener , sprocket gears, game spinners and time pieces to finish my canvas.

Have a great evening, looking forward to season 2 of Game of Thrones even without Sean Bean. xx


Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Woooow, Paula, your canvas is absolutely gorgeous! Love the embossed metal and the colouring on the balloon - what a superb vintage piece! Hugs, Joanna xx

Anonymous said...

The way you selected the hot air balloon to add colour is clever and exciting.
Congratulations on another stunning project in CS.

Daniele said...

what a wonderful creation, love the staempunk element

Cath Wilson said...

Love this, Paula - you've done an incredible job of it and I commented on the HD site - in fact, I bought the LC stamp because of it - I had been thinking about it, though, lol. Great work and so rich x

Astrid Maclean said...

Such a stunning project Paula! I looked at ti already on the Happy Daze blog, gorgeous!!!

downrightcrafty said...

wow love the elements on this gorgeous creation
Hugs Kate xx

ps I have some candy if you are interested :)

Fliss said...

This is another stunner Paula and the washed out background is the perfect backdrop to the fabulous balloon ship.
Fliss xx

Shirl said...

Another winner Paula, love those colours on the balloon such a vibrant contrast with the black & white men in the boat.

Hugs Shirley x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic canvas, love the coloring of the balloon.

Maria said...

Wow, what a stunning creation Paula! Love the colours in the balloon, and the embossed metal looks fabulous. Love the effects you've achieved.

Maria x

annemarks said...

Gorgeous colours really works well :)

Netty said...

You have created a fabulous canvas, so much to look at and terrific colourings. Annette x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous piece, love the embossed metal combined with the image, fantastic. Tracy x

Katie K said...

Hi Paula,
Each and every detail on this canvas is fabulous. I love all the elements, they are a piece of art on their own and they also complement each other very nicely. I don't do any mix media art but adore all your creations.

Anonymous said...

Hi Paula. Fantastic creation. So much to look at. Love the ballon. Inspiring as always.
Regards Florence xx

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous steampunk canvas, I love looking at all the detail, fabulous colouring too, Gay x

Elly said...

I bet you know i'm on my knees with this canvas!! Absolutly stunning (:o)
xoxo Elly

Anonymous said...

Absolutely brilliant canvas. stunning steampunk and composition.
hugs June x

Redanne said...

Paula, your creation is amazing and looks anything BUT simple. I love that hot air balloon - I can feel another purchase coming on! Oh Dear.

janet said...

whow what a gorgeous creation, I love the steampunk and the metalart.
regards, janet

Debi said...

stunning!!! your work is so inspirational, I'm also pinning away to Pinterest :-) Debi x