Recently returned from Nicaragua, I'm gradually getting back into the swing of things here in Connecticut. In looking through the trip photos, I came across this lovely view of the newly whitewashed Cathedral in Leon, where we were based. This is an historic cathedral, and generally has been rather grungy due to the effects of weather and pollution over time - but they have done a beautiful job making the grand lady pristine one again.
The photo puts me in mind of Astrid's wonderful recent make featuring St. Paul's Cathedral. And that inspired me to get in one more challenge this month, specifically for CountryView Craft's latest challenge....it has been a bit quiet here due to travel and subsequent sorting out at work and home. I've tried to persuade the cats to housekeep in my absence, but so far, they are sadly lacking in that department :-)
As Astrid's make evoked a sense of history, I thought of one of my favorite pieces of art in Nicaragua, this lovely Mary statue, and started browsing through my stamps for an image reminiscent of this icon.
And I came up with this.... I did not take step-outs, as I was in a hurry.... but here are some closeups.
The background is from Lindy's Stamp Gang Nantucket Island Sea Grass Green that I had prepared and not used for a previous project. Because of the shiny/metallic nature of this spray, I chose to stamp the image with StaysOn Jet Black Ink. I then colored in with Distress Ink pens in Broken China, and Worn Lipstick. Her cheeks are Spun Sugar. I added some recently acquired Tim Holtz star brads in silver as a crown....
I sponged some Pumice Stone Distress Ink through a doily stencil and then added some Tiny Tattered Florals (which I love - they are so easy to make with the included quilling tool!)
The last step was to apply some Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste through a stencil.... This was then colored by applying a lot of Frayed Burlap to my craft sheet and thoroughly spritzing it. Then I used a very soft Japanese brush to paint the crackled areas. And here is the final project.
Thank you for stopping by.... and if you've time, please leave a comment as I always love hearing what you think!
I will be posting this at Country View Craft's May Challenge and Brenda's Visual Journey.