*WARNING: THIS IS A LONG POST! Grab a cuppa coffee or tea....
It's been quite a long time since Hels and I did an "I Challenge Thee" session, and last weekend was just perfect for it! We finally had a shared Sunday afternoon available for a Skype session, and my mojo was definitely lacking and needed a *boost* !! When we looked back, we discovered we haven't done this since February! Sometimes all it takes to boost your creativity is having a friend share in your creative time, even if it is only over a computer, from thousands of miles away - it really helps! What would we do without Skype... Love it!
So... here's the concoction of requirements we came up with:
- 8 x 8 wooden shadow frame (available from Paper Artsy)
- Paper-piecing / collage technique on frame
- 2 3/4 " square mini canvas
- Idea-ology: screw eyes, corked vials
- Stencils with modeling/molding paste
- Random stamping
- Additional embellishments of choice
Hels was SO kind to send me some of the luscious 7 Dots Studio "Dreamer" collection of papers designed by Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair). They are available HERE in the US and at The Stamp Attic in the UK and trust me, they are *gorgeous* ! So I knew I had to use them. Here's the project all finished, then I'll get in to the details:
I started with the plain, unfinished wood shadow frame and gave it a quick coat with the Sand paint dabber from Ranger. Then I got out my 7 Dots papers and started cutting lots of various square and rectangle shapes and layering them all over the frame, inside and out, including the outside edges. I sanded the edges of paper on the frame and distressed the raw edges with gathered twigs distress ink (my new favorite brown in the distress palette). I also outlined around the top layers of paper pieces with a Stabilo All black pencil and went over it with a water brush to blend. Instant shadows!
Then I used THIS stencil from Dylusions and spread some Golden molding paste mixed with mushroom paint (Ranger) through the stencil with a palette knife. I didn't like the stark brown color, so I added a small amount of green patina perfect pearls over the diamonds, and then added some additional highlights with black archival ink and copper Inka Gold.
The plaster-ish "stuff" you see on the edges is Sand colored Terra, spread with a palette knife and then inked with gathered twigs distress ink, and black soot on the edges. Love the look of old plaster.
The 2 3/4" canvas in the center was also paper-pieced with 7 Dots papers, with added stenciling and Terra like the rest of the frame. I also added an idea-ology mini gears, game spinner and an antique brass rivet. The canvas was hung from the inside edge of the frame with screw eyes, jump rings and wire pins - all from idea-ology. The words are from Tim's chit-chat stickers, inked with antique linen and outlined with the Stabilo All black pencil.
The corked vials were painted with a light coat of Juniper and Cloud paint (Ranger), distressed with (wait for it...) gathered twigs distress ink, and then I used my hand carved stamps with coffee / olive archival ink, rolling the bottles over the stamps. I outlined some of the stamping with a black pitt pen to help the patterns stand out.
I kept adding embellishments until I was happy with the balance and the look of the piece... Here's some shots of the details....
This challenge definitely boosted my mojo and got me going again. Thank God for good friends and Skype! I had a ball making it... I confess... the idea to use Terra came to me in a dream! Yes, I actually had a very long, repeating dream about this piece! Love it when that happens! And the best part is that I actually remembered the idea and used it!
Don't forget to go to Hels' blog and check out her STUNNING piece! You'll love it!
Thanks for hanging in there through this LONG post - hope you enjoyed our project!