Sunday, 12 February 2012

A wash with colour

It's the weekend again, oh how I love them, I wish I had a Saturday Groundhog Day and wake up on a Saturday morning every morning, until I had crafted myself out. I reckon I could keep going for a few years!

Below is letter No. 4 of  the 12 I intend on decorating.  My intention with the design of this letter shifted from my initial ideas. I wanted just a monochromatic letter. I painted it white, and stamped the words all over it, distressed it a little with Scattered Straw Distress ink, blackened the edges, and made the little book, I was going to leave it like this. I thought it looked simple and I liked it. But then I went to sleep and woke up the next day, and I thought it needed colour. So I went for a splash rather than changing the colour of the letter completely.




Do I want to stick with trying to decorate the letter with a theme associated with the letter itself  i.e. 'H' is for Happy, 'E' is for elegant. Some ideas I want to do don't even begin with that letter, I'll just have to go with the flow and see what happens.

The book was a little bit of fun to make. I stamped up an A4 sheet on both sides with a Debbie Moore written word stamp, it looks quite Medieval don't you think? Then I cut the sheet up into rectangles. When I thought I had enough pages, I stapled them twice in the middle to secure them, then glued them to some brown card. I distressed the edges, and stuck a small square of the text on the front for effect. The butterfly is a Tim Holtz stamp and the pen nib is also from T!m's idea-ology range.




The next day, I decided that was it, the letter had to have colour on it, colour made me happy and I would always want to put some on.  So without thinking I put a paintbrush in some thick white acrylic paint and painted a lightning streak across the letter, much to my son's horror. I then got my Adirondack alcohol inks out and dropped ink on my lumpy acrylic paint.  




I could see it taking shape, it was just what I wanted. And then......Happiness is a splash of colour!.....The sentiment was born.....I knew it felt right now, it was the colour it needed all along.  I did the words by painting a blank piece of white card with a thin layer of white acrylic paint, then dropping the same coloured  inks I used on the letter on the piece of card, then dried it with the heat gun. I then got my Hampton Art alphabet set and stamped my words out. I cut each word out and matted them onto black card.

I had been inspired by Dina Stamps Ponderings blog with the white acrylic circles and wanted to put a few circles on my letter too. I find myself going back to Dina's blog nearly everyday, I just love her artful creativity, really inspiring. http://dinastamps.typepad.com/ponderings/







The next letter is 'O'. I have a couple of ideas, but no doubt they will change. I'm at a wedding all day tomorrow, so won't get chance to craft or upload. :-(
Happy colourful crafting folks!
Michelle x


Here's a blog with a great monochromatic challenge, my creation falls out of their rules, seeing as I chucked a load of colour at it. But just wanted to share their lovely creations on here because they are all so inspiring. http://fashionablestampingchallenges.cottagecrafts.ie/?p=2541#comment-274


20 comments:

Alizabethy said...

Stunning piece of work - I love the texture and bright vibrant colours you used!

Trace said...

This is so clever, I do like how vibrant it is xx Hopped from DC

Linda said...

Its stunning, what an arty lady you are!

Tina Connolly said...

Wow, this is seriously awesome. Love the intensity of the colours!

Wendy L said...

Such a clever idea - great. xxx

TAM said...

Just found your blog via Hels Sheridan and Ink on my Fingers - just loving what you are doing with the letters to spell out The Hobby Room and looking forward to seeing what else you create.

Heike said...

Fab project and design. Heike xx

inkypinkycraft said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
inkypinkycraft said...

Great letter, love love love the splashes of colour!!!!hugs trace x

Hels Sheridan said...

Hi Michelle, wow, those colours really do pop and a fabby technique to use them too! Yes, it counts for the challenge... love is love in whatever form :O)) Hope you havehad a nice day at the wedding.. and thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

Wendy Fraser said...

LOVE it! Such clever techniques and the wee book is fab. xx

scrappysharon said...

Wonderful project....cant wait to see the rest...hopping over from DC busysharon x

Dawn said...

Wow, just brilliant!!

applejack cards by sue said...

Wow!! this is wonderful, looks stunning, I think I am inspired. What a beautiful project, I think I am certainly going to try something like this.

whyducks said...

Beautiful!

GoonerGirl said...

WOW this is fabulous. Chris xx

Lorna's crafty creations said...

This is fabulous ,great colours
Lorna xx

craftyeyes said...

such a beautiful piece of work welldone :D

Angela said...

Wow, this is gorgeous, its so colourful and the butterfly looks fantastic

May said...

WOW, This is Fabulous, I love the use of colour, fab idea with the butterfly x x Hugs May x x x

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...