I have a memory like a sieve, and constantly refer to lists and calendars, so I thought I would make one ready for next year.
First I took an offcut of mouting board. I painted this with BEACH HUT over that I stamped the text from both EDY01 and EDY02 using a chalk versamark ink.
I then used the cog background stamp from EDY02. I dabbed on BALTIC BLUE AND HAYSTACK ...
I have to say this was the most difficult stamp to design, very fiddly and a bit of a nightmare, but totally love this stamp as a background.
I wanted to knock back the stamping just a little, so I used a textured brayer to add a little SNOWFLAKE, not heavily, just a thin coat. You can see the brayer leaves a mesh pattern.
Next I stamped the heart vine from EDY01 around the edges.
Then I mixed some GRUNGE PASTE... with Eggplant,Squid Ink and Little Black Dress.
I used this through a script stencil, again around the edges.
I then coloured the hearts with London bus and Claret, adding white highlights with a Posca pen. I brushed a little WHITE FIRE... over the grunge paste.
This is how it looked at this point.
I needed a focal image. I took a piece of vintage music sheet, I stamped a collage of my stamps onto it.
I then painted part of the hearts.
The next stage is to paint the surface with GLOSS GLAZE.. I painted on about 8 layers. Once it is fully dry, turn it over and spray water onto the back, then start to gently rub away.
it does take a while but it worth it in the end, you are left with just the glossy glue that has the colour image in it. This is known as an 'indirect gel transfer'.
I used matte glaze to adhere the transfer to the calendar, then added a small tear off calendar pad..
You can find all types of different printable calendars online. I used one from HERE...
Finally adding a ribbon at the top.
make yourself a calendar ready for next year...