Monday, 1 November 2010

A Touch of SHABBY, A Touch of GRUNGE, A Touch of AUTUMN

I've had a little time to enjoy my crafts today as my children are back at school, so more time for me to play, so I have created a little something for the following challenges:-
Compendium of Curiosities with Linda - INDUSTRIAL GRUNGE
Sunday Stamper with Hels - AUTUMN
Simon Says Stamp & Show - SOMETHING SHABBY
I have used the INDUSTRIAL GRUNGE technique (page 54 of the book) on my bird house, although it is a little difficult to see the metallic effect on the picture but I assure you it is there.  I'm not allowed to give you the details of the technique but I can let you know that I used Copper Metallic Mixative as my base colour and added DI Wild Honey.
I also applied the same technique to the leaves, I did spend a great deal of time distressing all my pieces too add to the aged feel of this piece.  The base piece was painted with one coat of Gesso, two coats of Claudine Hellmuth Sky Blue paint with very light highlights of orange acrylic over the top which was applied with an almost dry brush. To add to the SHABBY feel I used a baby wipe to remove some of the paint from areas of the bird cage and from the edges.  My bird is coloured with DI Tumbled Glass, with text added in Wild Honey.  Metal bottle caps coloured with Alcohol Ink have been added to the bottom of the cage and I have broken the bars to the cage to set my bird free.  A SHABBY flower has been added using The Artistic Stamper Flower Power sheet, along with a rusty heart and SOAR adage ticket.  Enjoy your evening, Tracy x x

28 comments:

flutterbycrafter said...

Love it, great work, I particularly like the use of the bottle tops, would never have thought of that. xx

Netty said...

Oh wow Tracy this is fantastic. You have done a brilliant job with the technique. Annette x

Helen said...

Just got home from work, so whilst the dinner is in the oven am catching up on my blogs! I Love this, it is gorgeous. Hope to have a crack at least one of these challenges tonight!!

Hels Sheridan said...

Wow Tracy, this is another amazing and gorgeous creation... I love your style hun! Thanks for joinin in with the SUnday STamper x

Yelowflower said...

Oh my, that turned out excellent! Love the bottle caps!

Jolanda said...

What a lovely piece! I especially like the bottlecaps - I have saved some at home but never used them.
Jolanda x

WW said...

WOW! They all look like rusted pieces of metal, very cool!

Joanna K said...

Stunning, I love the grunge style! And this is the most beautiful shade of blue....xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have a thing for rust and it's my theme in a RR I'm currently in. These really DO look like rust! Lovely.

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is really amazing always love seeing what you come up with hugs cheryl xxx

Lori said...

Whew! Way to cover three challenges, and you did it so well! Love everything about it, and thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Jen said...

This is a fabulous project!!!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Hi Tracy! I'm so happy you had some time to play, and you most definitely used it wisely. This is a gorgeous piece! Your distressing looks awesome, and I love the way you arranged the elements on this lovely work of art. The button for the bird's eye is so clever! And that rose! WOW!

You achieved a perfect, rusty, aged beauty, and I just love what you've created!

CuddlyBunny said...

Ou! What a neat creation!

Your distressing is excellent, and the mix of ingredients here ... bottle caps and flowers and tokens! Awesome!

Jennie said...

Love the piece.. great use of the bottle tops :))

Sue said...

Like the rusty effect on the leaves and bird cage......very industrial!

Meggymay said...

wow, a fantastic creation

craftytrog said...

Fantastic design Tracy, & those colours look wonderful together! x

Sherry said...

What a fabulous piece of art, all the different elements are lovely!

MarleneMAZ said...

This is fabulous! love what you did with this week's technique.

Katie said...

Beautiful piece, thanks for joining us over at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Katie xx

Jackie said...

It's lovely, Tracy! Great work.

donna said...

Wonderful piece. I love your button eye!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

I like the "birds" pieces at the bottom of the birdcage. The button eye is a nice touch too :)

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

-Sarah

Linda Elbourne said...

This is beautiful Tracy ... I have entered the CCC for the first time this week :0)
Thank you for joining the team at Simon Says Stamp and Show again this week!

JeanFB said...

Wow, I love, love, love this piece! Love the colors, the textures, the birdie, the flower, the lace - everything. Fabulous artwork. :)

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh Tracy, This is awesome, Love the bottlecaps! your so creative!

Barbara Mason said...

Great piece Tracy & the addition of the bottle caps is truly clever! Love it.