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Harlequins and the Colors of Spring

Hi everyone it's Danie here today. 

I think earlier I mentioned that Spring had arrived here in Australia well at least where I am, because a few days later in some parts it snowed and was some of the best falls of the season.  It's a noisy time here with lots of birds flocking in to feast on the not quite ripe mulberries in our neighbours yard.  It's also a time I find myself wanting to be more active, and when it comes to active with art there is nothing like a good play with the Gel Plates as I love creating my own papers for my projects.

I grabbed out the paint (3 primary colors and black and white) and the Harlequin 6 x 6 stencil.

I don't like to clean in between paint layers and prints, as it adds to the unique randomness of the print which I love, and I don't stress too much most of the time about lining up each layer as I often cut the prints down to use.  I love the colors on plate, brayer and stencils all blending and creating new color layers and its a total surprise what you end up with.  My favorite print of the day was the one that reminded me of the mulberries which were attracting the birds to the garden.

I had a card in mind for this print.  But wasn't at first too sure what to add as the main focal image or too embellish.  A Flower perhaps given its Spring? 

Have you been watching all the wonderful projects shared using the beautiful ones from Prima this month by the Design Team here at Altered Pages, there are so many different ones to choose from.

In the end I went with repurposing an ATC I had made last year of a rose which brought in a flower and also some other shades of color.


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