March 16, 2011

It Takes A Village... To Make Art (Parts!)

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share this new piece I made last weekend, which was featured on THE Wendy Vecchi's blog today.  That in itself has sent me into the *stratosphere* with excitement and appreciation of Wendy's generosity, support and encouragement!  Not only is she an UBER-talented artist, but a really nice person, too. 

That said... I have had this village project in my head for months... ever since the previews for new products coming out for January's CHA.  Once I saw the Residences Art Parts kit, there was an instant vision of this village.  So, once the new Art Parts arrived at The Queen's Ink, my local store, I was all over it!  It all started with the cool square yard-stick that I found at an antiques mart in Havre de Grace, MD close to where I live.  Nowadays, yard sticks are flat (and boring), but this one was square, so it provided a solid base for the project.  There's a pic of it from the side below.

Here's the finished piece.... better grab a cuppa coffee for this one - it's a monster post! 

We'll start with the Houses:  these were born from the "Residences" kit from Wendy's Art Parts line.  I primed each base piece with snow-cap pigment ink, and then used distress inks over the snow-cap, which gives you a pastel effect to the distress color palette - how cool is that!?  Then I added some of Wendy's background stamps over that - in the hopes it would look like wallpaper when you're looking through the windows into the house.  Also added some crochet trim (Melissa Frances) to the windows to look like curtains.

On the large house, I also primed the top piece with snow cap pigment ink, over-inked with weathered wood distress stain, and then painted a white wash vertically to give the effect of bleached wood. 

On the small and medium houses, I used Wendy's dashed-stripes background stamp (Let Your Heart Have Wings stamp set) to give the effect of wood siding.  The doors were inked with distress ink, and then stamped with coffee archival ink with Wendy's torn paper label stamp to give a wood grain effect.  The roofs were done with grunge paper and Tim Holtz' texture fades and then inked with distress inks.  The roof peaks were painted with a watered down Gold Iron Ferro (by Viva) and then white-washed.

The flower on the left is from the "Flowers" art parts kit.  I inked the stem and the base with crushed olive distress ink, and then stamped just the base with one of Wendy's backgrounds in olive archival ink.  Then I inked the flower with wild honey distress stains, and fired brick distress ink on the edges, and stamped a Studio 490 background over the flower with coffee archival ink.  I added some of Tim Holtz' ball chain to the stem with Claudine Hellmuth's multi medium.  The center of the flower is a sprocket/gear from 7 Gypsies, and a Tim Holtz button over that.  Again, attached these pieces with multi medium - it is a FABulous adhesive and doesn't take too long to set up.  The metal piece under the flower is something I got at Lin Brown's shop (LB Crafts) when I visited Hels in England last month.  Sorry I don't know the brand name, but if you're in the UK - Lin has them!

The "tree" is from the "Leaves" art parts kit. I inked this piece with peeled paint distress stains (it looks darker than normal, because the art parts are not white), and then stamped with Wendy's script background in coffee archival ink.

The car is from Wendy's "For the Guys" art parts kit, and the matching stamp is from the Destination Art stamp set.  This one was very straightforward.... inked the car stamp with jet black archival ink and then pressed the art part down onto the stamp (much easier to line it up right this way).  And then added some Tim Holtz snaps to the wheels - simple!

The stars on the rooftops of 2 houses are from the "Bottles and Borders" art parts kit.  I cut two stars off of the star border.  Had to be careful doing this - I used a craft knife and worked very slowly.  I still had to even things up after cutting.... didn't come out straight the first time.... inked them with wild honey distress stain, and then added rock candy distress stickles.

And, finally, the "handmade" hand.... this is from the "Dress Forms and More" art parts kit.  Applied fired brick distress stain to the hand, and then used just the word "handmade" from Wendy's handmade art stamp, from the Artfully Noted stamp set.  Added a jump ring to look like an actual ring on the hand.

The house numbers are a combination of Making Memories metal number charms and metal rings from Susan Lenart Kazmer's Industrial Chic line, which is available at Michael's.  LOVE this stuff!  The winged heart on the rooftop of the large house is from 7 Gypsies, with a Tim Holtz fleur-de-lis charm hanging from it.

The arrow and the aRt letters are grunge board, and were painted with black paint dabber, and then lightly swiped with Inka Gold.

Other embellishments used were:  hitch fastener (Tim Holtz) used as doorknob on large house, Maya Road chipboard heart, with Tim Holtz crown charm, red seed bead for doorknob on small house, lock on med. house and key on small house are also available from LB Crafts (UK).

Here's a few shots from the side to show the dimension a little better.

Phew!  I think I covered it all... if you have any questions please feel free to ask.... I had an absolute blast making this project - and I'm so grateful to Wendy for sharing it on her blog.  Thanks to everyone who left comments on Wendy's blog and also on my blog.  Hope you enjoyed the detailed description. 

Have a great week, and definitely find time to play with Art Parts!  The possibilities are endless!  One thing that really helped me was to take all the art parts out of their packaging and put them all together in one container - it helped me see to see different ways to use and combine them.  Have fun!

Big Appreciative Hugs....

~ ellen. xxx

PS - all the Studio 490 Art Parts, Studio 490 stamps, and Tim Holtz products (inks, stains, paint dabbers, idea-ology) are available on-line from eclectic Paperie / Simon Says Stamp in the US, or LB Crafts / The Artistic Stamper / The Stamp Attic in the UK.  If you are local to the Baltimore/Washington area, they are available at The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD.


Leslie said...

Love this!!! You did an incredible job - Wendy was right to put your work on her blog!!!

Hels Sheridan said...



Said it before hunny... I shall say it again...





and... WHOOOHOOOOOOO on being a guest on Wendy's blog... congrats!!!! xx

Cassie_lu said...

the details on this is amazing and the work you put into it is out of this world

Dragon said...

This is just fabulous and congrats on tour feature... Not tried any art parts yet but it looks as if I should start after this inspiratioan

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

This is such an awesome work of art. I love all the fun details.

Marijane said...

This is an amazing project and thank you for the fine details!!! I am a huge fan of Wendy and you did her proud with this lovely little village. The houses are just darling but my favorite part is the "flower-tree" with the ball chain trunk. Wow, you've inspired me to give a village a try!

Helen said...

What an honour to be featured on Wendy's blog - saw this there yesterday, it looks just as good again today! Love the chunky ruler you found to balance it all on - how cool is that!

Nancy Wethington said...

WOW! Fabulous project. The detail is awe-inspiring.

Dorothy said...

Ellen, this is amazing!!

Debby said...

I saw this on Wendy's blog yesterday and it is amazing! I love what you created. That yardstick was a great find! Need to find some square piece of scrap wood and play!

Candy C said...

Hi Ellen! Oh my gosh, this is absolutely darling! I saw that you were the featured guest artist on Wendy's blog yesterday! Congrats on that! All of the thought that went into this piece is amazing! I LOVE everything about it...way cool! Thank so much for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge & sharing this truly wonderful creation with us!

Lori said...

This is so awesome, I have no words...just totally butt kickin' Wendy style art goodness. I LOVE IT!

Nancy said...

Like everyone else - I LOVE this!! It SO rocks, Ellen!!
Congrats on being Wendy's guest artist - well deserved!

2amscrapper said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Congrats on being featured on Wendy's blog--so well deserved for this masterpiece! The details are amazing!

Connie Paxman said...

Ellen a work of Art...saw this on Studio 490. Your Hear and Soul went into this creation.
connie paxman

karen said...

Congratulations on being a guest on Wendy's blog. Your town is wonderful, a very thoughtful and inspiring piece of artwork. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Terry said...

My goodnesssss I LOVE IT....your right with parts you make art and blimey this is ART Great JOB wowzerssss thank you for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge Blog. Hugs Terry xxx

Barb Cady said...

Found you on Wendy's blog, this is marvelous! I really want to make one! Really fabulous work, very inspiring.

funkycrafter said...

this is so wonderful. seeing the larger photos with all the details is so cool. the level of detail in this piece is amazing. the weathered "wood" on the roof slats is so realistic. i have bookmarked this entry because i know i will want to come back to see it often.

Netty said...

Oh wow this is totally wonderful, you are so talented and creative. Annette

Val said...

Ellen - this is just fantabulous. A wonderful project.

Laura said...

WOW this is AMAZING !!!!! its taken my breath away it must have taken ages to make, but well worth the hard work

thank you for your good luck wishes for my new shop :) xxx

stephanie said...

This is absolutely stunning!

Dawn said...

This is pretty amazing congrats on being in the SSS&S choice three, I can certainly see why.

love Dawn xx