This is my entry for October Prima PPP Challenge. As an update, this was featured at Prima.
Here is the palette.
Scraps Of Elegance and Scraps of Darkness kits to create this. I dug in my kits and found some great supplies.
I took this photo recently of my niece at the pumpkin patch, but did not want this to be a Halloween type creation. I am going to tell you straight up that the only cooperation I got in this whole piece was my niece in the photo. And usually she's not overly thrilled with Aunt Jennifer taking photos. I'm usually chasing her down beggin for mercy.
I must start by asking if you have ever wanted to put your head down on your art table and give up on a piece? Oh sure - I bet everyone paper crafter and artist has. I console myself by thinking this - it may not be true.
The following is my little testimony to tell you that the path is not always easy. The journey may be difficult, frustrating and seem hopeless, yet with a little perseverance and a lot of thought, the outcome can be satisfying - different than you expected, yet still satisfying. ( yeah I got all this philosophy out of paper crafting. too funny!)
So what happened?
As soon as I started this piece I realized the path was all wrong. I pulled out Prima's Donna Downy Poppies and Peonies 6x6 mask. I grabbed the Dylusions Crushed Grape. At that point I looked at my layout and new I was headed in a wrong direction. What a tragic mistake. It was just not the color I was looking for - love the Dylusions, but wrong color for this piece.
So I placed the mask down again on top of the Dylusions hoping to line up perfectly and added more color, more paint, more globs, more molding paste, more layers, more, more ,more. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Enough already.
I finally ended with flowers I could live with. But it took a lot of struggling to get there. It was not easy, not effortless, not flowing and really, not a lot of fun.
Once the mask layer was done, you'd think I was on easy street. Ready to roll and finish with a few embellishments. Normally that's how it goes. Not to be this time.
The gorgeous rich Prima Bel Canto purple flowers were my next meltdown. They are stunning flowers in person but needed to be altered a little. So the smack down started with them as well. I wanted them to blend in with my new vision of the page - which was totally altered from my original vision. Out came the Adirondack paints, Purple twilight, Sunshine Yellow, Lemonade, Snow Cap, Eggplant. Oh my gosh, please end this madness. So you can see where they ended up.
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Thanks a lot for looking.