Sunday, September 1, 2013

I Challenge Thee ... Art Parts Extravaganza


Yesterday Hels and I had another of our famous skype sessions and her mojo needed a little jump start so we came up with a recipe.  We were both ready for a good play with our Art Parts so we decided to go big!  Here's our recipe - all Art Parts by Wendy Vecchi:

* 3 large art part covers (5 1/2" x 7")
* large queen with crown and wings
* gears/cogs
* crayons
* flowers optional
* leaf/flower scroll
* small square frames
* small hand
* other Art Parts of choice
* Wendy Vecchi's new Signature Archival Inks by Ranger

Here's my finished piece:

Since I've been enjoying my abstract brayer painting I decided to apply it to Art Parts!  First, I painted each Art Part with a coat of white gesso.  I used my brayer and several tones of blue paints to create the background on each large art part cover.  I love the way the colors blend in unexpected ways, and I like that there is still some gesso showing through.

Then I used Wendy's new gorgeous Archival Inks to apply color to each art part piece.  I used the ink pad to swipe ink directly over the gesso'd art parts, leaving a streaky, shabby finish.  Because the archival inks are oil based, they do not fade out like distress inks do.  They keep their bright color, which is the look I was going for.

For the bee, the queen, and the fly, I used the coordinating stamp from Wendy's Studio 490 collection to stamp with her new watering can archival, which is gorgeous GRAY color.  It still give the impact of jet black, but not quite as intense.  Love.

Once I had all the pieces painted, I adhered them to the art part covers with regular white glue, and then glued each base to a large piece of foam core, with a small strip of blue around the border - salty ocean distress paint.

I stamped out the sentiment with a mini alphabet set, and added some accents with my black pearl pen.

I hope you like our Art Parts Extravaganza - it was fun to come up with a recipe that left room for our respective creativity to show.  And it restored Hels' mojo in the process - win, WIN!  Be sure to check out Hels' piece on her Sunday Stamper post today!

See you soon....

~ ellen.


Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Ellen, Just popped over from Hels' Blog, I love this 'I Challenge Thee' project, stunning.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Wow, that's stunning! I'm always fascinated by how different your & Hels' 'I challenge thee' projects turn out.

Hels Sheridan said...

Totes amazebobs hunny.... love how even though we used the same stuff, it is soooo very different... love the White Queen, she is kinda cute! Thanks for restoring Mr Mojo, I am playing today again! Love ya xxx

inkypinkycraft said...

this looks great, love the way you have both made such different things x trace x hugs x

Nan G said...

Amazing! Love the way you've colored the art parts, looks shabby chic yet has brilliant color! And to think Hels used the very same art parts yet hers is so diff from yours! Another great 'I challenge thee' piece. Hugs

whyducks said...

love the colours, texture and just everything!

Anita Houston said...

So colorful and fun!!!!

Kay Wallace said...

Love this "triptych" of fun with "all things Wendy"! And, yes, her new colors of inks are just the best!

Annette Green said...

What great effects you got on this fun piece of art Ellen. I, too, am loving Wendy's new inks. Awesome art, as always!

sara j said...

love the way the color plays....bright but shabby!

Gita said...

I really love the look of the brayer for the background. i must give this a try.