It's definitely going to be a thermals night tonight. Minus 3 degrees? What are they thinking of? Mind you, I shall be the first one complaining when it comes to the summer heat and after all, it is the middle of January.
Talking of January, I may have mentioned before that it is my favourite month which I know most people find rather odd. I think part of the attraction is that I was born in January (yes, I'm a mountain goat) and have just celebrated my ??? birthday.
One of my birthday treats was to download one of the fabulous Craftscapes digikits from Daisytrail as I've been looking forward to experimenting with them ever since they came out. The kits contain stunning water-colour style images which you build up in layers on a blank page to create a scene. I was a bit unsure if I could get things like perspective etc right but the kits are so easy to use, even a non-artist like me could do it.
I chose the kit called English Town and this is my first design. I started by making a row of houses in the background, then moved to the foreground to create the wall, bicycle and trees section. After that I added the fountain and the surrounding flowers in the middle distance. I then had great fun adding in all the tiny details to the background such as hanging baskets, bunting and a pillar box. Once I'd filled in the stone paths, then added the church and the castle, the design really began to take shape. Finally the background went in with the addition of some very clever translucent clouds.
I was pleasantly surprised how well it turned out and I can't wait to do another one. All I need now is to find an 8 x 8 frame and I think I've got a nice piece of wall art or home decor.
If you'd like to see some more designs using this and other Craftscapes digikits, take a look at Heather Alger's projects on the Algera Designs blog. I think you'll be impressed.
Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015