Hello Everyone,

Well it’s the beginning of the month again – so it’s Clarity Challenge time. Are you, like me, surprised at the way this year is flying by? I can’t believe it’s October already. We had some great entries for last month’s challenge, which makes it very hard for the DT to pick the top five.

This month is all about stencils. Here’s my sample:

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I’ve decided to do a canvas for this challenge, and at this point apologise for the lack of photos during the stages. I was so involved with it that I forgot to take them along the way.

I took an 8 x 8 Clarity canvas and painted it using PaperArtsy acrylic paints. As you can see it was a random pattern. Then using the Lantern Pods stencil I pulled some grunge paste through one of the images, and left it to dry. Remember to clean your stencil and tools of grunge paste as soon as possible otherwise it will harden on them.

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Once the grunge paste was dry, I replaced the stencil and added some Treasure Gold, Emerald gilding wax. Using the hexagonal centre of the Square Honeycomb stencil, I added pattern to the corners using flitter glue from IndigoBlu and then Variegated Green gilding flakes.

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It’s really hard to show you the effect – as they appear more gold than green.

I stamped Imagine and Inspire from Word Chain 5 onto tissue paper and embossed it in gold. These were then added to the canvas as shown above using Slap it On from IndigoBlu. To help the tissue paper meld into the coloured canvas more easily I added some of the paint to the glue and then repainted the edges. This was a tip from my good friend Jo Rice – thanks Jo! I then added a shadow at the base of the flower using a charcoal pencil.

The canvas was then layered onto a larger 10 x 10 Clarity canvas.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for you to enter the challenge. We love seeing all your work and you could win a £50 voucher.

Ingredients

Stamps: Clarity Word Chain 5
Stencils:  Lantern Pods, Honeycomb Square
Other: Clarity Canvases; PaperArtsy acrylic paint; Indigoblu Flitter glue and Slap it On; Treasure Gold gilding wax; Gilding flakes; Stampin’ Up! embossing powder; Versamark ink pad; tissue paper