Sunday, 14 April 2013

Inspired by Finnabair

 Hello peeps.  Over on the Snazzy's DT blog (a fabulous craft shop in Swindon...I recommend it if you are looking for the unusual and are in the West country) they have a challenge to be inspired by Finnabair.

Well, let be honest, its not difficult to be inspired by her work (if your are unfamiliar with her amazing work check out her blog)

So I decided to do a page on thick watercolour paper (its so thick I though it would be able to take the gesso and all the inks I planned on using!!).

I have not tried anything like this before and I was quite pleased with how it came out.

I started by using some texture paste through a butterfly necklace pendant and some sequin waste.  I added some fabric, flowers, beads, homemade resin flowers and hearts, washers, 2 hot glue cogs (I LOVE using hot glue like this) and then added some hot glue lines for even more texture.  I then gesso'd the whole lot (but forgot to take a photo of this stage!!).

I then used a selection of Dylusion inks and Tim Holtz DI to colour the page.

I then flicked water to add some distressing and flicked some black dylusions too.

I added a photo of my dad and me when I was first born, scratching the ink away and adding a little colour to help blend it in.  I finished with a hand drawn frame around the picture.

I think i will definitely try this technique again.

Happy crafting



  1. I love this, Kyla, and love your hotglue cogs!

    Lucy x

  2. It's beautiful, such subtle colours blended across the piece, and I love the doodling round the photo!
    Alison x

  3. Stunning Kyla :) and super blending in of the photo :)
    Von ♥

  4. Sorry for my delayed comment, i'm away at the moment.
    Thank you for taking part in the snazzy challenge, Your piece is just gorgeous xo I totally love the glue gun additions, what a clever idea {I will defo be trying that xo

  5. Beutiful softly blended colours and stunning textures xx

  6. Way to go Kyla! This is gorgeous and love what you have done here.

  7. This has turned out beautifully. The colours are somehow soft and bright at the same time. I love the use of the glue gun and all the texture x


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