Sunday, 9 July 2017

Pastel July 2017

What are the odds of two comps turning up with pastel colours in the one period? Pastel! Artastic AND Double D? Not my favourite style. Its so soft, so dainty, so very girly that its not a style I use that often. So it was a challenge.

I have done cross stitching and small stitching work most of my life. I got cross stitching. I can't knit or crochet - my grandmother and mother gave up trying when I was young because I was the only left handed person in the family. And most of my female family member didn't use a pattern - they did stuff from memory. But I enjoyed following cross stitch patterns and eventually, made some of my own.

But its been a while since I did anything in the last few years, until I came across these Zentangle stitching projects. Its a black line work thing on a cheap piece of cloth with a selection of threads thrown in. And you can stitch it any way you please. Plus, the tight weave of the cloth and whiteness of it, makes it possible to use a black pen and draw in extra bits, thus making it more your work. I've been using a long-stitch type effect and just going for it. Its not finished. I've been doing it almost 12 months. But I LOVE it.

So I took a photo of my work so far and used that in the pastel page even though it is not pastel coloured. It's always a challenge for me as a digi scrapper to get some items to 'go pastel' when they are bold colours originally - for some it just doesn't work and for others it just takes more time than usual to get them to that state - like the ribbon and the paper flower.

Stitch Me - I Dare U - digi Jul 2017 -  Double D July
Although I initially had this page in the Artastic July comp - I don't qualify for it - I accidentally used it for another comp which was not a sketch. oops. So I created another page for the Artastic July comp - see Small.
The stitching shaped text run says "I love my Zentangle stitching challenge - I can do it how I like, add my own bits and pieces, and use whatever colours I like . It's like painting - but its stitching." Artastic also required use of a pen on the page - so I used my own scanned handwriting for the "i dare u" title text.

The colours and shapes in the Double D inspiration inspired me to use the paper flowers, ribbon, and rounded shapes in the background like the balloons in the photo.

Double D Pastel challenge

Ingredients: Cilenia Curtis ValC Designs Fly With Me (balloon shapes),  Akizo WAH [Paint 1 and 2, doole (stars), Flower 3 (paper flower), Foliage 3 (leaf)], Geld Changes Paint Splotch, Far Far Hills Feast Love Skimersan 0011 (ribbon),  Feli Designs Gentle Spring - Stitches (around photo), Traci Reed Designs Bad Sewing Machine no 18, set 6 white (border)


  1. Beautiful designed creation, very creative, for our current challenge of pastel colours too...hope to see you next challenge.. Double D Challenges{DT aNNie}

  2. So creative and beautiful Kylie! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Pastels’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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  3. Very interesting and informative. Wonderful design. Thanks for sharing with us at Double D Challenge Blog. We are looking forward to seeing more of your creations.
    DD DT

  4. Wow! This is superb. So pretty and creative. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenges.
    Amelia (DT Double "D" Challenges)

  5. Wow Kylie, this page is amazing. Love everything about it! Thank you so much for joining in with ARTastic this month.

  6. So beautiful! A lot of exciting details :) Really great! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at ARTastic! :)

  7. Unfortunately we can not accept your LO because you may combine with a sketch challenge only. We really hope to see you again next time :)
    ARTastic :)

  8. That's ok Tone. I still had fun creating it. I will try and remember that for next time. Or, if I get time, I'll do another page for Artastic.

  9. Very nice gentle colors and use pens!
    Thanks a lot for joining us at ARTastic!

  10. Lovely digital layout you have done Kylie
    Thanks for joining us at ARTastic

  11. Beautiful colours and fab design. Thank you for sharing this with us at Artastic 😊

  12. Well done for challenging yourself, doing pastels. I love how your page turned out. You always doing such interesting journalling :-). Thanks for joining in with us again at ARTastic.

  13. Cool! I like that you used your own scanned handwriting in this. Thanks for creating with us at ARTastic!

  14. Amazing!! Always amazing!! Thanks for sharing with us at ARTastic! Anna xo

  15. Cool page! Thank you for joining in with our July challenge at ARTastic!
    Evelyn xx

  16. Love your page and your photo of your stitch makes me want to see more.

  17. I'm in love with this page and how you've made the soft pastels work so well with the photograph. Would love to see the piece you are working on when it's done. I'm the same can't crochet but love my cross stitching. Thanks for playing alongwith ARTastic.


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