Clarity Challenge 14 – Monochrome

For this challenge I was ready with a plan, As it was  Easter this month and had  bought the stamps at Harrogate. I was going to do an Easter  card.

I waited patiently for the April theme to be announced, Monochrome?, that’s okay, I can do that.

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Then I lost three weeks, there I was at the beginning of April happily having a play with my new acquisitions from the Harrogate Show, and the next thing I know  its Easter and I had totally forgotten to enter the challenge.

I know what happened,. A little four letter word happened, WORK, and then  I had promised we would redecorate the kitchen while I had a couple of days off over Easter.

So to plan B

While waiting for the paint dry in the kitchen I managed to have a bit of a play at an idea that had come into my head.

As I was painting I had been thinking (as you do ) about the monochrome theme and it brought up images of old sepia photographs. Now I have not done much with water colours, so I just got some watercolour paper and Vintage Photo distress ink and had a play with  techniques I have seen being done . My first attempt was literally just seeing what worked and what didn’t. Then a new piece of watercolour paper and considering I didn’t really know what I was doing

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As I am lucky enough to have lived by the seaside all my life , (when Barbara Gray put the offer on her blog  for the seaside stamps I just  had to have them). this was the scene that “just happened”

I am not known for doing simple cards, so this was really different for me . Just Vintage Photo Distress ink , water and a paint brush, and a distress marker pen (for the birds and boats) and no embellishments, lol. There is a lot of room for improvement but I really like how this card turned out and will definitely having another go  (when I get time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Lovely, so much atmosphere. Thanks for entering the challenge and good luck.

  2. Amanda Branston

    Very relaxing! Lovely scene! Thank you for entering the Claritystamp Challenge, good luck! x

  3. Oh this is lovely Julie, and would look great framed and on a wall..I bet it brings holiday memories to most people….such great colour tones perfect for our challenge. Thank you for entering and good luck…Jo. X

  4. I really like this one! And a great reminder that summer is just around the corner….we hope! Good luck with the challenge and thanks for entering! xx

    • Lisa

      I’ve seen Julie’s entry in the flesh, it is fantastic X

  5. Julie this is a beautiful card, I really like your shading on the sea. Good luck with the challenge. x

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