Saturday, 16 June 2012
Just the Bees Knees ..............
My father-in-law's sister, May Atkinson - a most wonderful person (the Bees Knees is a 1920s expression for a wonderful person). She grew up in the East End of London, born within the sound of Bow Bells, so therefore a true Cockney! I love this photograph and am pleased to say that even into her eighties her hair was always "crimped" and she wore a very fine black net over it to keep it in place. She was a lover of life!
I decided that some of my layouts are becoming a bit "samey" (even though I like them!) so I decided that I would do something quite different and inky for this month's Swirlyhues challenge. Thankfully it suited this month's colours which were quite a challenge to put together.
I used a complete hotch potch of supplies:
I dragged Glimmer Mists and Smooch Spritz over cream card for the background and then used Antique Linen Distress Ink over a large mask. I toned down the inks a bit with some splodges of white gesso (how I love that stuff!) I used Tarnished Brass Distress Crackle Paint on the bracket but it is very "brassy" and needed toning down too with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Then it really was a massive hunt through my supplies to find black and orangey papers and embellishments. I also added more of my own flowers.
I am pleased with the end result and glad I branched out a bit and did something different. It really is worth hopping over to Swirlydoos and having a look at the fantastic layouts made by the Design Team using these colour hues.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend - it is terribly cold here still (we've got the heating on!) but at least it is dry.