Sunday saw our very first Inspiration Sunday over on the Folk It Facebook page. Throughout the day, I shared some of my experiments and practice with you to hopefully inspire, encourage and demonstrate ideas to our lovely Folkers out there. Just in case you missed it, I thought I would put it all in one place for you.
Play with colour...
All these boards and the work today was completed using only one pure colour - tomato red. The variety of shades were then created by adding white (the absence of colour) or black (a mix of the three primaries).
You can paint boards as you go or if you want to test them out, use a painting journal to test out various shades until you find one you are happy with. Remember to make notes of the colours/rough ratios you used!
Don't forget the techniques you've already learned!
Using the lace pattern from the kit, I added vintage roses to create a focal point to the design. I love the way the dot hearts also stand out in this design. Remember, this could also be done horizontally across the board too for another look.
After adding vintage roses to each board, you can create a variety of looks by adding leaves, dot roses, changing the border on the lace, and playing with the colours you use for the vintage roses themselves.
It's ok to limit your palette
Don't be afraid to break the rules. Leaves don't have to be green. By sticking to a limited palette - in this case different tones of the original background palette - including the warm white on its own (see the earlier post) the image is striking and the leaves do not become the focal point.
Don't just focus on your card.
When you are painting your card from the kit, don't ignore the envelope - as we've already seen, the details make all the difference. Use comma strokes, vintage or dot roses, more lace...the world is your oyster.
Experiment with your materials
Experimenting with colour does not stop with paint. Try out different coloured cards/envelopes for completely different looks. Mount the board onto card before putting it onto a white card. Again, work with what you have - I had these left over from another project. Different styles of envelopes also allow you to try out different patterns which is great to build skills and ideas.
Make time for yourself
There is always the danger of just sitting down to paint only when you have a project you need to complete...for a gift, to update a room in your home, for a greetings card. The trick is to give yourself some 'me time' to practice, to experiment and relax. Whatever's going on in life, painting can give you time to switch off and forget about your worries even if just for a short time.
Practice makes perfect.
As the final post for our first inspiration Sunday (which I hope you've enjoyed) I just wanted to admit that even with 20 years experience of painting, I look at what I've done this week and had to acknowledge that some of my experiments have worked better than others. Every time I sit down and paint I can guarantee that I learn something new. The key to it is being gentle on yourself, being proud of your achievements and not criticising yourself for the things that haven't gone so well. Instead, come back to your work later and see how you could improve next time.
I look forward to seeing your delicate lace work soon