Saturday, October 22, 2011

Art Parts Project!


Since Hels and I had quite the Wendy Vecchi experience, naturally we wanted to play with Art Parts and Studio 490 stamps.... here's the project I made...

I started with the small rectangle frame and base.  (***EDIT*** this background technique was used in Wendy's class on Sunday.... credit where credit is due and all that... ) Cut a piece of sticky back canvas slightly smaller than the base and stuck it to my craft sheet.  Applied a thick uneven (think old plaster walls) coat of gesso with a foam brush, heated to dry, and then applied rusty hinge distress stain over top, dabbing with a baby wipe to expose some of the white areas.  Then used Wendy's script and circle stamps over the top.

Used Viva's Terra (sahara color) to dab over the frame, and then swiped jet black archival ink over the raised areas to highlight the texture.

Stained the leafy vine with peeled paint distress stain, stamped with the new "square-ka-dot" background stamp in olive archival ink.  Used aged mahogany and crushed olive distress stains on the art part flowers, stamping with 490 background stamps, and added a resin flower from Michael's to the center, after coloring it with rust alcohol ink.  Highlighted the resin flower with gold paint dabber.

Then cut two mini rosettes in coordinating patterned paper, and used one of each to layer them together, with a Maya Road resin flower in the center (also highlighted with gold paint dabber).  I distressed the patterned paper with brushed corduroy distress ink before folding the rosettes and assembling with a glue gun.

Added two mini bottles by Tim Holtz, using Wendy's labels (colored with scattered straw and barn door distress ink).  Attached to frame with hot glue.

Added the key and 490 sentiment, and finally added the scalloped borders at the top and bottom, painted with black paint dabber.

The last step was to finger swipe over many of the elements with Inka Gold.  This stuff is awesome... a little bit goes a long way, and it gives a gorgeous gold shimmer to whatever it touches.  But be careful... it's addictive - and while a little goes a long way... more, in this case, is TOO much, in my opinion.

Hope you enjoyed this project and take some time to play with art parts - they're so versatile... you can ink, stain, paint them, cover them with paper, canvas, fabric... possibilities are endless!

Thanks to Wendy Vecchi for the inspiration!

See you soon...

~ ellen.


Vic said...


Kaz said...

blooming gorgeous!! love it xx


Gillian .... said...

Hey Ellen .... Oooo this is totally gorgeous, like ROCKING gorgeous, love what you achieved using the canvas, the rosettes are to die for and oh the bottles *drooling* .... so glad you guys had a fab adventure! Thanks for letting my apron stay at yours lol:) xxx

Helen said...


Gabrielle said...

Oh my! This is gorgeous! Looks like you and Hels learned so much at the feet of the master! Really must come and see what secrets Michaels holds!

betjunroe said...

Love this piece Ellen. Now I need to get more art parts so I can make one too. Love the pics of your Sun. project with Wendy and glad you and Hels had such a great time! Bette

Hanna said...

Ooooh, I just love how distressed and beautiful this is! Such a true masterpiece! Absolutely gorgeous!


Silvia(Barnie) said...

So wonderful.