Monday, 5 November 2018

Mid challenge inspiration - Once upon a nightmare/dream.

Hello everyone
My word the weeks are certainly flying by now aren't they?
Before you know where we are our American Friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving and then it will be Christmas. It must be an age thing because I certainly don't remember time going this quickly when I was a kid. Mind you the six week summer break certainly seemed to go quite quickly, maybe I just don't remember time the same when I was younger? Hey ho.

So time for team Aurora to pop in and give you a little bit of mid challenge inspiration for our current challenge which is:

Now when I first saw this challenge I thought, well that's easy mine will be once upon a dream because there are dozens of dreamy images in Mitzi's collection.
But then I thought, hang on minute - why don't I step outside of my comfort zone and go with Once upon a nightmare for a change?
Well, that's exactly what I decided to do in the end.
And do you know what? I surprised myself!
I really enjoyed doing something a little darker.
Okay, it is not really really dark but for me it is something way different to what I normally do.
So, I decided to use DARK PRINCESS for this challenge.
You can find here here on Etsy
and here on Aurora Wings.com.
Now as I said this is way out of my comfort zone so please be kind:
I decided to add the image to a canvas which I painted black with acrylic paint and then matted and layered the image onto some gorgeous Designer Paper from Claritystamp.  This is from the pad called Shenandoa which you can find here.
I'm a bit disappointed that the paper buckled when I added it to the canvas  but I can't do anything about it now.  Think I used a bit too much glue! DUH!
Anyway, I can tell you that it took me hours to colour all those little red flowers but I am really happy with them.  I decided to go with monochrome for her skin as I think that makes it look darker.  There are four layers of five colours on the blue flowers.  I had done three layers and every time I looked at it I just wasn't happy so back I went to go over them again.  I am so glad I did as I think they now look how I wanted them too.
In real life the picture is quite a bit darker than it looks on these pics and it is now hanging in pride of place in my craft room.  After spending so much time on it I can't stand the thought of parting with it so on my wall it will stay.

The background is done with Prismacolour pencils and again there are four layers of four blues on here and then I blended them with my blending pencil to soften where the colours merged.
I hope you like her - I have to say I am really chuffed with it.
I also sprayed the entire image with Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle in Silver.  In real life it gives the image that extra bit of umph!!

Can't wait to see how many dreams or nightmares we get for this challenge.
Hope you have as much fun as I did.  Remember, part of the challenge is doing something you wouldn't normally do so why not challenge yourself this time.

See you soon