Friday, 27 February 2015

Alphabet Soup

Hi Lovely Followers!

Managed to create a mixed media page for the latest Artist Trading Post Challenge, Alphabet Soup. This is the first time i have entered an ATP challenge, all of the design team created wonderful and inspirational pieces so i just had to have a play.


Visited their bricks and mortar shop last Saturday, i got a couple of the new Princeton Catalyst Tools, a Colour Bloom Spray called Precious Stone and a Silver Aladine IZink.


Called next door to see the lovely Ecclesbourne Railway. We were served the best latte from a vending machine in the  Pullman Restaurant i have ever tasted, highly recommended place to visit!

Our journey to Wirksworth took us through hail, snow, sleet and the sunshine you see above, the weather turned out to be rather glorious, even for our return journey.

Alphabet Soup 

My project didn’t flow, struggled with every bit of it but i hope you enjoy the images.


Once again i used a lot of product, the new Catalyst wedge and spatula are fantastic, i will be adding to my collection. Easy to clean and they make using pastes over stencils so easy.

The above image is after i had sprayed the base with Precious Stone Colour Bloom spray and then sprayed over the TH Measured stencil with Shimmering White DecoArt Mister Spray.


Used a TCW 210 number collage stencil over the top  of the sprayed background. I applied DecoArt Crackle Paste through the stencil using the Catalyst blade and then while the stencil was still in place i used the Catalyst Wedge over the top to add some shapes to the crackle.

When this was dry i sprayed Violet and Turquoise DecoArt Mister Sprays over the top, dried them and then added my new favourite TH product, Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.

The macro image shows the texture from the crackle paste and the very subtle colours of the Precious Stone spray and the DecoArt Misters. You can also see the lines the wedge left, i really like this effect.


I am so sorry that the timeline of the project has gone from background to finished but i went back and forth to it over a few days and didn’t like what i was seeing so didn’t take too many pictures.

I did however enjoy the embossing of the metal tape,  the black paint over the top of the letters, rubbed back to give that aged look. Applying two different DecoArt Antiquing Creams, Patina Green and Raw Umber to add even more aging.

Using the new TH Mixed Media thinlits dies as stencils was wonderful, i added one of them to the bottom left hand corner over the top of some of the embossed and aged metal tape.


Added three different washi tapes down the centre of the page, then added three stamped words from Stampotique and Tim Holtz.

I really dislike the flower i made using the Tattered Floral Bigz die, something wasn’t right i think it was the colours of the layers it didn’t match the rest of the style. Went ahead with it anyway.


The centre is from an old jewellery necklace took apart. Still it doesn’t look right…


I made some paper rolls from old medicine information sheets, i used one for the base of the flower, coloured it with Iced Spruce Distress Re inker and then some of the Silver IZink over the top, love the shine and one for the stem which i covered with the embossed metal tape.


Macro of a couple of the metal covered letters.


After leaving the page to sit for a couple of days i realised it was the white of the flower centre that was bugging me so i stamped over it with a new mini Finnabair stamp called Dot Grunge.


Happy mail arrived this afternoon and my new Dylusions Sentiments stamp set Laugh ‘Till You Leak arrived. Used one of the sentiments on my page.

Hope you are not too disappointed in my Alphabet Soup, it came together very last minute. I might even add it to a piece of mount board, maybe that’s what’s missing! If i do will update the post.

Looking forward to your comments and feedback be it good or bad.

Thanks for dropping by.



  1. I think it looks fabulous, so many things to see and admire! Specially love those letter, they look stunning!! And how lucky to actually visit ATP's shop!!

  2. Great piece with super textures going on here!
    Lucky you- sounds like you had a most wonderful shopping trip!! Don't you just love new art supplies?! ")
    thank you for your visit-Jackie

  3. Wow, oh WOW, Mo. You really DID use a lot of products on this one. It shows, too. It is simply gorgeous and stunning.

    So nice you got to see ATP's brick and mortar store, and the weather sounds like what we are going through right now, without the sun, of course.

    Beautiful, beautiful entry.

  4. Well you may have had some struggles but the result is fantastically glorious!!! Bravo Mo, bravo!! :o) x

    1. Thank you for your comment on my calendar post Mo. My page was fast and fun and I'm happy with the outcome. xox

    2. Hey there, I'm back again to thank you for your comment on my Anti Journal pages. Aww, you're too kind MoH but I am delighted that you like the two new pages {{Hugs}} xo :o)
      ps - I sure hope you like your wonderful work ^^above a little more now it's been completed a few days ((hugs))

  5. It is brilliant - I've been looking at each photo on the zoom to see all the awesome details. A truly wonderful creation and absolutely nothing disappointing about it - so wish I could reach out and touch/stroke it because the texture is magnificent Karen xx

  6. Amazing layers of colour and texture, so much to look at!

  7. I think it looks great, Mo! It was a fun challenge, so glad I found it.

  8. It looks great, I love all the different textures.

  9. Looks fabulous Mo
    Amanda x

  10. Bet you had fun at the ATP store. It's so nice to view and touch the fabulous products of so many great brand names.
    Wonderful details and textures but I love the metal letters.
    Great to have you join in with us at ATP and hope to see you again
    Hugs Annie x

  11. I think this looks amazing and I would definitely mount it and display it! I love the textures and the ageing on it and ultimately I think the flower blended well with the other elements. Your sentiment is brilliant! In a way, isn't that what the flower is saying? Sorry if this sounds a little strange, but it seems to symbolise that by being itself the world around it has or the background, if you like, comes to complement it! Those tools sound great. I have 2 Catalyst tools, but I should like to acquire some more! xxx

  12. Oh Mo you are too hard on yourself,this is a fab creation! Full of lovely textures and colour....what more could you want ;)
    Envious of your visit to the ATP shop,they have some lovely stuff
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  13. Great work Mo - fantastic textural piece, so much to look at. Nikki x

  14. Wow Mo, this is just incredible! I really love how you put together the background, it holds it's own even before you added the luscious bloom! I'm soooooo jealous that you have access to the their store, I really need to move to where you are!! Have a fab weekend my friend! hugs :)

  15. Each and every layer of your piece is just gorgeous! Glad you found some new tools/products that you enjoy working with. The flower is especially spectacular!

  16. So glad you had such a fun shopping trip, Mo! I am off on just such an adventure this morning. Love your oh-so-textured mixed media piece today. Your step-by-step photos and narrative was great. I smell a winner here!

  17. Absolute FAB! I love it, LOVE it!! Not sure why you're unhappy with the flower, I think it looks awesome :-)
    Sounds like you had a great trip! Thanks for sharing.

  18. I love your background with all the textures and colors, and I think your flower is great :-) Love how you used the new thinlit die - can't wait to receive my set! Thanks for stopping by and your positive comments - always fun to read. xx Lynn

  19. I am not disappointed with your piece Mo - it turned out fantastic in my all the elements and textures you came up with! Gorgeous! Happy with you that you could grab so many fab things for your hobby... that looks like it was a nice trip as well. I ordered some new goodies yesterday online in an art supplies store and look forward to getting the new toys!
    Happy Sunday!

  20. The shine and texture- just glorious! And what a weather mix you had on your trip.

  21. I just saw your comment about DLP and others. I didn't join DLP last year because I already had the calendar I was making and documenting at Kate's. I also thought the whole DLP thing was a bit too much for someone like myself, so I was glad when I found Journal 52, which promised I didn't have to buy anything, unlike DLP, which wanted a specific journal, washi tapes, etc.

    I also miss Craft Barn's Q & L, but like you, the whole thing didn't appeal to me this year.

    I sort of got roped into joining Claudine's APCs, even though I kept thinking I was out of my league. True to form, when I feel that way, I should NEVER join something I KNOW I don't have the products for. And, as I've said in the past, the process, not the product, should take center stage. I'll be SO glad when that challenge is over. And she acts like she's going to offer it again, too. Once I'm finished with the APCs, all I have to think about is Journal 52 and my monthly calendar. I feel like a weight will truly be off my shoulders when that happens.

    Please don't be a stranger, because I LOVE your art, and want to see it. You are such an inspiration, even if I have no idea about half the products you have (grin).

  22. Not disappointed at all, in fact happy to see you use your stash and enjoy the process. Metal tape is one of my favourite techniques, it looks awesome with all the embossing and ageing. Great colours and your flower looks good to me!

  23. Wow, what a beautiful piece - the colours just shine through and I love the flower you made. Your background textures are fabulous, and I'm going to have to google a lot of the products you are talking about as I've never heard of them! I think it's gorgeous but if you're like me you'll never settle until it 'feels' right despite what everyyone else says!

  24. I love this Mo, but I know what you mean about feeling something isn't right and not being happy! The textures and colours are wonderful! BTW I think I may have misled you about my stamping - I have edited the post now as I realise it didn't read right - I used existing small background stamps to make the background! Jealous of your visit to ATP but with a railway next door I can probably persuade the old hub to take me one day!!! Hugs, Chrisx

  25. I too think you should love this but I also know how it is to feel that something just isn't you. (My ATP DT piece is an example). However, your fears really are unfounded in this case. The background you created is superb and I would have been happy with just that but you added to the beauty with your other details and you should be very happy with your creativity on this project. Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange. Juliax

  26. Only just found this and really like it! can't imagine what it must be like to battle through adversity but you certainly won this one! xx

  27. Love this really like the white deco art shimmer spray over the crackle paste some times my best pieces come from my mistakes. Your comments as always really make me smile. Dee x

  28. Gorgeous creation with stunning texture, love it!!

  29. Not sure how I missed this! I love it. So many Scrummy layers and I love the paper roll. Might need to borrow that ideal :) xx

  30. Totally gorgeous, all those layers and details :)
    wishing you a lovely weekend xx

  31. Oooh this is fab MoH, love the flower! Even my Mum saves bits of jewelry for me now, and these usually end up in flowers or butterflies lol. Have a great weekend xx

  32. That background looks fabulous, so glad you persevered! xxx