Saturday, 14 June 2014

Craft Barn Q&L - Mountain

I guess most of us have songs that bring to mind specific events.  I can remember EXACTLY where I was when I first heard The Joshua Tree - in the bath in my boyfriend's flat in Yeovil!  The perfection of Bono's voice and the soaring music made me come running into the lounge, dripping everywhere!  March 1987.  It's still one of my favourite albums, and when I saw 'Mountain' was one of the words, I knew the song I would be choosing for this Craft Barn Challenge (which I am only making by the skin of my teeth!).  I saw U2 at Wembley, in August '93, the night Salman Rushdie came on stage.  Possibly not the best gig I have ever been to, but that doesn't change how much I love The Joshua Tree.  Hearing this song took me right back to Yeovil, and that flat.


So, as usual, I started with my Centura Pearl card, A3.  I created the mountains by scraping grunge paste and texture sand over a mask torn from card.  Whilst searching for those, I also found some texture glass, unopened.  Hmm....  Oh yes!  It has that distinctive ammonia smell, but once you get past that, it's lovely!  When dry it allows movement of paint nicely.  So I set that aside to dry - for about 2 hours!!  I spread it on quite thick.  This will be used through stencils more in the future, methinks.
The lyrics have been stamped onto card that has been coloured using Distress Inks, mixed with interference red Perfect Pearls spray.  Had to be bling somewhere!  Having stamped the words, I tore them out and edged each with more DI.
Paint - lots of colours, mainly PaperArtsy Fresco Finish, but with some added iridescent white, to give the mountain tops a bit of a shimmer. Plenty of dry brushing.
When I had assembled it, I added a frame using film edge stamps, which gives it closure - unlike my love of that song, and that album.
Hope you like!
Paint and Ink
PaperArtsy Fresco finish: Snowflake, Pea Coat, South Pacific, Hyde Park, Guacamole, Limelight, Mudsplat, Seaweed  (said there was a lot!!)
Winsor & Newton: Iridescent White
Distress ink: Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass, Wild Honey, Iced Spruce
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Potting Soil
Brilliance: Pearlescent Ivy
KaiserCraft: Cursive Script Alphabet, Film Edges
Bling and Other Stuff
PaperArtsy: Grunge Paste
DecoArt: Texture Sand, Texture Glass
Perfect Pearls Mist: Interference Red


  1. Love all that texture on the mountains and the film edges stamp around your page!

  2. Love how you have done the mountains. Not used texture sand or glass before, need to look into this as great effect. Excellent quote to.

  3. Those mountains look SO realistic in the close-up photos. Your use of these textures really made them come to life. I didn't think I'd heard of that song, and would not have recognized it from the title or the group. But the words "still haven't found what I'm looking for" resonated with me. Yep, it's the only part of the song I actually know, but now I can't get it out of my head!

  4. Love the textures on your page.

  5. Ahh, that song - so fabulous, very haunting. You have depicted it beautifully here. The textures and colours are wonderful and on A3 size too, that's amazing :D

  6. Oh I love this, it has so much texture.

  7. it has such great movement in it, it looks like the mountains are running.