Saturday 22 March 2014


I cannot help but be in awe of the fantastic artwork from Jo Firth-Young.
Her stamps and her interpretations of her designs are amazing, and if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then I am seen to be flattering her at every turn.

I have never heard of a master board but can see the positive aspects of creating them and decided to take up the challenge.
As usual, Jo makes things look easy and I just piled in with my usual vigour and found that I had to stop and really think about this.
I enjoyed fitting together my jigsaw and didn't try to drench everything with colour but gave some scribbly hints. I used a mop-up paper with green and yellow inks on to stamp and cut out leaves to give a contrast. My colours are Derwent colour pencils.
Pleased with it and can see me playing again. Thanks Jo.


  1. Lovely vibrant board Hazel, don't think I'd want to cut it up though
    Happy craftin

  2. Gorgeous! I love creating background papers but I hate cutting them up lol

  3. What a great job, hazel! I think these are really difficult to do and you nailed it. You should scan this one,

    Lucy x

  4. Hazel,
    This looks fantastic, I did get a chance to do one(post in a bit) it's not as full as yours because I was getting dizzy. LOL I really like mine too but like Darcy said I'm not sure I want to cut it up now. LOL

  5. Looks great Hazel!! very pretty xx

  6. Hazel, it is gorgeous. Love the colours.

  7. Excellent. Wanted to have a go at this myself but don't know if I will have time. Yours looks great. Love the stamps you used and the colours

  8. Wonderful work! Great composition and beautiful colours, just gorgeous!! xx

  9. Fabulous! I wasn't aware of master boards either but I am now and may create more.
    Thanks for the kind comments on my blog.

  10. very pretty - love how you've just edges some flowers xx

  11. Wow vibrant and gorgeous agreed cutting it up will be hard!! Thank you for your kind words on my blog :)

  12. Gorgeous Hazel, love the colours.

    Emma x

  13. The experts do make it look easy don't they, lol! You've done a fabulous job of making it appear so yourself and the result is beautiful. Love the vibrant colours and those leaves really pop! I still haven't had chance to catch up on last weeks PA posts so haven't seen Jo's masterboard yet. Must admit the couple of times I've tried it I've not found it easy and once I've got it right I am reluctant to cut it up or cover it, lol!
    Lesley Xx