The tray is a lovely size - not too big, but big enough to be able "fill" the spaces and looks quite lovely standing on the little stand which can also be purchased to go with it.
I started off by painting everything roughly in DecoArt Raw Sienna Acrylic Paint.
The "rough painting" was intentional as I wanted to then overstamp using this lovely woodgrain stamp ....
... which is quite effective using dark brown ink over the painted surface. I blended a little of the dark brown ink around the edges too.
I found it easier to paint the individual pieces first before glueing it all together. It also made adding the background paper easier too.
I broke the thistle spray into smaller pieces so they would fit into the frames in the tray and after painting with white gesso splotched bronze paint here and there.
I wasn't too keen on the bronze colour so knocked it back with two or three coats of gesso but some of the bronze is still visible.
I am very taken with the opportunity here at Calico Craft Parts to order single bespoke words for a project and with such an array of different fonts on offer it is very easy to find a one which suits all our different styles.
I had great fun looking for little bits and pieces to fill the shelf spaces.
All the flowers were handmade in order that I could get the right size without being overpowering. There are a number of tutorials on my blog HERE if you would like to know more. I have used tiny little stamens normally used for cake decorating, but they are a little more blossom like than the larger ones.
It is amazing how much "spring" themed stash is lurking in my craft room! From some large sheets of scrapbooking paper I found some lovely little labels, birds and butterflies.
A reminder then that spring should really be on its way! It is certainly later here in the Northern Isles which is probably why I went down the sepia route! Our daffodils are just about the open so there will be some colour in the next few days.
As always, thank you for joining me today and I hope you are having a lovely spring wherever you are.
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