Sunday, March 01, 2015

March Calendar Challenge

Well, unbelievably I have managed to complete Darcy's Calendar Challenge on time this month! 

These were the rules for March:
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique -  use a candle or wax crayon as a resist
3. Add a title, using letters or words cut from a magazine/leaflet in a ransom style.

I have to say this one did not come easily, I think because the original painting doesn't have a clear distinct focal point, but here's my finished product: 

This page started off as a painting of Loch Katrine by Sir John Lavery.

When I started on this painting I didn't have a clue what to do with it, so I just slapped on some gesso, and then some paint, like this:

I was feeling rather lost at this point so I looked through my stamps and found a set from Paper Artsy (JOFY Collection 14). As soon as I saw them I decided to use the original parts of the calendar as flower centres. Once I had made that decision the rest was easy. Except the part about using a candle or wax crayon as a resist. Mine just didn't want to resist! But it's there if you look closely you can see some wee blue circle marks on the background-that's my wax crayon, very subtle!
I finished off with the ransom lettering of a quote. I must confess this is my least favourite part of my page.


Claire said...

Love this Pam, great idea.

Darcy UK said...

Pam your resist circles actually do pop out more than you think. Again you have a total transformation here, the original is a bit lifeless but your version is so vibrant and light reflective.

massofhair said...

Congrats for getting your page done so early Pam! A fab original page and a fantastic transformation, loving how the light plays around your flowers and great colours:-) xxx

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Wow what a fantastic calendar page, love it, a great idea, many calendars are so boring, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.