Sunday, 1 February 2015

Candlemas, Imbolc, Groundhog Day

Having sometime to get back into crafting is great - making the time is something that I need to keep doing, get that balance between work and creating for me! So I had great fun today creating a piece of art for Sunday Postcard Art. This weeks theme is Candlemas, Imbolc, Groundhog Day. To be honest, I had to look them up, apart from Groundhog Day! But all are festivals, or day of celebration about the arrival of spring, and celebrating various elements associated with that on February 2nd.

After a bit of visual research, a key theme within these seems to be the Goddess form, snowdrops and candles. I went with the idea of the snowdrops and candles, creating a watercolour study of snowdrops for my background, using masking fluid to block out the petals to paint the background, then painting the leaves and stems, only to cover these in masking fluid to get the background a darker shade without ruining the leaves. I rubbed all this off when dry and added flecks of white acrylic paint to give a feel of snow. I then decided to use the Tim Holtz candle die, cut and coloured the edges with distress inks and layered on the top of the painting. I hope you like the end result.




Head on over to SPA to see other fantastic examples of this theme. Looking forward to next Sunday!

5 comments:

peggy gatto said...

I adore your snowbells!!! I have them in my garden!!

Electra said...

These are remarkable! Bravo!

Kersten said...

A delightful card - it's as though the candles are offering their flame to early spring growth. Happy midwinter! :)

Deborah said...

Wonderful watercolour art, Sally. I love the splatters of white against the dark sky.

Julie xx said...

Love the flowers. So clever x