Sunday, 8 July 2012

WORKING OUTSIDE MY COMFORT ZONE

I have been working with the fabulous Vintaj Patina's from The Stamp Attic this week and working outside my comfort zone. Those of you that are familiar with my artwork know that I love my vintage, grungy colours, although I do work with bright colours on occasion too. However, I rarely use purple in my artwork so it was time to put that right and experiment a little.
I used the Victorian Gable colours here and I have to say I am quite pleased with the results and they are so simple to use.  The Patina's are an opaque ink specilly formulated to adhere to metal. Before you begin to use these inks you need to shake the bottles until the mixing ball rattles to mix the pigments. I simply applied a couple of blobs of each colour to my non stick craft sheet and used a flat paint brush to apply to the metal.
I applied Metal Foil Tape to a tag which I cut using the Tag and Bookplate die and embossed with the Postale Texture Fade and then coloured with the Vintaj Patina's. To embellish I added one of the Monarch Butterfly brass blanks which has been embossed with the Fern Fronds embossing folder and again coloured with the Patina's and attached with jump rings to coordinated ribbon.   I have then used the Precision Sanding Block to highlight the raised areas and reveal some of the brass. I coloured a piece of white card with broken china, dusty concord and shaded lilac Distress Inks,  applying the ink to my non stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and mopping up with my card. adding the sentiment from Wendy's An Eye For Art with black Archival Ink.
For added interest I have included two butterflies cut from card coloured with Distress Inks as before using the Mini Butterflies die, adding further dimension with the Pen Nibs.
Film Strip Ribbon has been stapled into place and FLY added using Alpha Parts.
The metal foil background has also been sanded using the Precision Sanding Block to reveal some of the bare metal, I am loving this Patina look.
This close up shot shows you the fabulous detail achieved from the Fern Fronds embossing folder and the wonderful effect you achieve from sanding with the block.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x





19 comments:

Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun this is fantastic,gosh the colours are amazing and the detail Hun is out of this world,just stunning,love it,hugs Cherylxxxxx

Buttons said...

Seriously, where do I start?!! This should be framed it's that good. You really should use purple more often as this is just stunning. I have been looking at the patinas and they are definitely on my wish list (together with a spare million!) The brass butterfly has such depth of texture and the pen nibs add even more beautiful detail. I could go on but that will be the end of Sunday!! Hugs, Buttons x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...WOW...ooo what a delight this Tag is! gorgeous romantic hues set the background off a treat to show your rather lush butterflies to their gorgeous best...Tracy you never fail to delight my eye!!...Mel :)

Minxy said...

You would never know this is out of your comfort zone, its just beautiful x

Paula Whittaker said...

looks like you can use and do anythng Tracy...wouldnt have thought you were working out of your comfort zone seeing this.Fab as always x

Barb Cady said...

This is really stunning, please leave me it in your will! I love the way you have embossed and then coloured the metal tag, what a truly great idea! Thanks Tracy, another winner! x

Sandy said...

Oh Tracy you´ve made a dream in purple.
Absolutely awesome. Love the butterflies. xoxo

Sandi said...

Tracy this is stunning, I love how you used the nibs for the butterfly bodies, hugs

Carol Q said...

I think that's absolutely stunning Tracy what a gorgeous colour scheme.

May said...

as usual - you blow me away! I really love the detail and all that lovely soft purple. So fantastic!

Lori said...

Love all the texture, and those colors are amazing! Great work as always Tracy!

Brenda Brown said...

Tracy you could use any colours and they would be stunning together and with your style. Love this with the Patinas and the metal tape.
hugs {brenda} xox

TonyR said...

just loooove these colours tracy ... the patinas are amazing! i have the rust colours but need to use them ... the patina set is on my list!
usilg them on foil tape is such a cool idea - simple but i hadnt even thought of it! need to try them out now with your ever inspiring works of art
fabulous - quite fabulous! xxx

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

OOhhh Tracy, STUNNING, I love the effects and colours on your metal tag, well done!! I may just need these paints they are fabulous! Have a great week, shame about Murray:{ Gay xxx

soapHOUSEmama said...

Purple is my favorite color and I always find it so hard to craft with! YOU did a GREAT job here!

Suzanne C said...

GORGEOUS! If this is outside your comfort zone you surely didn't show it! Love this!

Anita Houston said...

So beautiful! Love the metal and these soft purples are great...even outside of your comfort zone...lol!

lynne said...

Hmmm I don't believe you when you say you are outwith your comfort zone!!!!
Beautiful tag with amazing dimension.
Funnily enough purple is a colour I rarely use.
Wishes
Lynne

Terry said...

Hey there Tracy well I fell in love with this AMAZINGLY made Tag, you did a fabulous job on this one wowwzers loving the colors cause they are my favourite hihih the butterflies are just amazing and the little gold touch loving that too...wowzersss Fabulous job Tracy, you should use the fabby colors more often eh Hugs Terry xxxx