Thursday, 1 June 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge May 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge

May 2017


Hello - here is my CB Challenge swansong and I am sad that this is indeed the end of an era. The month of May has been very traumatic for me and my family and I'm currently finding difficulty in putting ink and colour onto paper. However, as a long term contributor to the challenge, I could not let this event go unmarked. 
Hope you like my effort!

·         Stamps:- Chocolate Baroque – Serena, Birdcage Collage, Flora Musica.
·         Inkpads:- Ranger Archival
·         Cardstock:- white
·         Canvas:- Pebeo 20cm x 20cm
·         Colour:- Pebeo paint – green pearlescent; Paper Artsy Fresco Acrylic Paint – Jade, Bora Bora, Beach Hut, Limelight; Derwent Inktense Pencils; Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens – Clear, Purple
·         Miscellaneous:- White Texture Paste; Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste and Metallic Gilding Paste - Lime Burst; Sequins – Purple; Self-adhesive gems
1.       Spoon white texture paste onto canvas and spread over in different directions with a brayer. Allow to dry.
2.       Paint areas in the named Fresco Finish paints, stippling into uneven areas. Allow to dry.
3.       Sponge small areas with Lime Burst Sparkle Texture Paste.
4.       Add some Lime Burst Gilding Paste to chosen areas.
5.       Stamp Serena three times onto white card using Archival Black. Colour all three with Inktense Pigment pencils and decoupage. Glue onto coloured base canvas.
6.       Stamp Birdcage Collage nine times onto white card. Colour feathers, leaves and flowers to suit and cut out.
7.       Glue separate leaves into place. Add tail feathers as a headdress and embellish with gems.
8.       Construct flowers from the birdcage images and add leaves. Glue onto the canvas to suit. Add beads to the centres.
9.       Decorate corner with feather images. Add flower constructed from a flower from Flora Musica image. Add gem to centre.

10.   Scatter sequins and glue. 

Et voila. . . . . Serenity!


  1. Hi Shelagh, sorry that things are so tough for you right now. Your canvas looks as though it has been very therapeutic, I always find crafting very peaceful. It is a beautiful project, great use of a mixture of stamps to create a finished piece. Thanks so much for your continued support throughout the challenge, it has been a pleasure to see your designs and lovely to read your comments along the way, thank you for this entry into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Judith xx

  2. Hi Judith - and thank you. This one is going on the stairwell 'gallery.' A definite keeper! X

    1. The light does not pick up all the sparkle from the paste or pens but I loved the depth of colour captured by this shot. Thank you to Mike, my resident photographer, who spends much of his time and energy striving for the perfect photo. X

  3. Hi Shelagh, wow your canvas is stunning. Beautiful texture and Serena looks stunning. So sorry to hear you're having a difficult time, I hope things improve for you soon
    Thanks for joining us at Chocolate Baroque for our final challenge
    Claire xx

    1. Thank you, Claire. It was a pleasure and may I say a distraction to try to create something pleasing despite all the sadness - sadness that it is the last challenge and sadness due to circumstances. ;~}

  4. WOWeeeee! A truly stunning canvas. Fabulous textured background. Thank you for all your support to the Chocolate Baroque Challenge. Sorry to hear that things are tough for you at the moment. Take care - hugs x.

    1. Thank you, Anne. Your kind comments are much appreciated. X