Sunday, 23 March 2014

Craft Barn Q&L - Flower

I don't know who is picking the words, but I do want to thank them!  I am digging out some fantastic albums albeit on the new fangled i-thingie...So this time, on the Q&L Challenge, we had a choice of Flower or Travel - I had a great one for Travelling - but I am not allowed to conjugate, apparently (thank the lord...), so I went for Flower, and came up with Children's Crusade, by Sting.

The children of England would never be slaves
They're trapped on the wire and dying in waves
The flower of England face down in the mud
And stained in the blood of a whole generation
Midnight in Soho, Nineteen eighty four
Fixing in doorways, opium slaves
Poppies for young men, such bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a Children's Crusade
I also thought it was quite apt because this year is the centenary of the start of the First World War. 

So, I am still going for A3.  The background is a variety of Distress Stains, aiming for the darkness of the battlefields, highlighting the edge of trenches.  It fades down to green with the graves in the foreground.
Over on the right I have my Soho bar, and a few syringes lying in the doorway.
I also made up a decoupaged poppy, to link the two scenes.  I used Viva Precious Metal paint in Crimson, and it is pretty heavy in the mica stakes!
I wanted the writing to be in white, but I am going to have to try even MORE ranges of so called markers.  I ended up using sharpies, as they worked fine on the Distress Stain.  Didn't have a white one. That will have to be rectified!!
Hope you like!
Centura Pearl
Inks and Paints
Distress Stain: Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood, Picket Fence, Old Paper
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Brilliance: Starlite Black
Viva Precious Metal Colour: Crimson
Liquitex Basics: Mars Black, Titanium White
Papermania: Build a poppy
Craft: Art Nouveau numbers
Bling and other stuff
Sakura Pens


  1. My white sharpie is fabulous!! Love your page, it's stunning, and I've never heard this song before either, but you've interpreted it beautifully.

  2. Visiting from the craft barn - I think this is a fabulous tribute to both the song and the war. Bravo Moofie :O)

  3. This song is definitely new to me, but I loved your interpretation of it. You have such pretty handwriting. You put a lot of effort into this art, and it illustrates the song perfectly.

  4. A very thought provoking layout and song lyric. You have captured the essence of war and drug abuse so well. Love how you have done this. I, too, am waiting for a half decent white pen/marker, have 4 different ones that are useless!!!
    Lynn x

  5. Love your page, the song is new to me Helen as already said, interpreted beautifully. A really powerful page. I have yet to find a white pen that I can write with successfully!! I have tried most....waiting for a Sharpie white paint pen to drop on my door-mat! xx

  6. This is a wonderful page and I love how you joined all the elements.