The first 'S' word that inspired me this week was Shadows and as I have made a canvas entirely out of cream card stock and cram paint it is the Shadows that play an important role in how the finished piece looks. It made me think of all the elements we all include in our work that add texture and layers and even if we are not fully aware of it it is the shadows that we create that add the interest and drama to our creations. Working entirely in one colour lets you see all the shadows and I think they definitely add the drama to my Water Lilly Pond.
The other 'S' word was Scissors and they were the most used tool as I put together my canvas I used them to cut out my Waterlilies and Leaves and believe it or not all the lettering. I would rather not have had to cut out the letters but I did not have a chipboard alphabet small enough to use so I hand cut all the letters for my verse. It took me quite a while as you can imagine and there were a few points when I thought.....'What am I doing?!' But I got there and I am quite pleased that as they are hand cut they have the same charm as using your own handwriting does on a layout........However, I will be keeping my eye open for a very small chipboard alphabet all the same ;-)
As you can see my Scissors certainly got a work out. Each of the Water Lilies have 7 Layers and a finely fringed centre.....and as I mentioned before those hand-cut letters.
Look at all that fringing. It takes a while but I really love the fluffy finish it gives to the Lily centre.
I wrapped my box canvas with embossed strips and corners (more shadows!) and added a few creamy pearls to look like brads.
I also used pearls to make the bodies of the Dancing Dragonflies.