Welcome to the land of Shiny

The home of exuberant amateurism.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Dress Form Canvas using Tim Holtz Die Sewing Room

I'm entering this canvas in the Crafts and Me Challenge 46 which is the theme, Anything goes.

I'm also putting it forward for My Mojo Monthly and the August theme of Muse it and Use it.
This splendid project is the brain child of a lady called Sarah (Sasa) whom I've not come across before but is very talented (makes amazing Clean and Simple cards amongst many other styles) and she gives lots of creative ideas and interviews a well known artist each month and she also asks you to talk about your project and your creativity.
She interviews colourer extraordinaire and fabulously diverse paper crafter  Kim Dellow this month, Craft Stamper published amongst many others and member of many Design Teams past and present.
Now Kim says she's just starting her creative journey so that would make me a single celled egg still waiting to split ;-)
Kim also says the best way to improve your paper crafting is practice practice practice. Which is so true and so obvious, but like many obvious things unless some one points it out to me I don't necessarily realise these obvious things.
I think this is a good example of how beneficial pointing out the obvious can be!
It's a great post, interview and blog do check it out if you have the time.

My contribution to this topic is not to underestimate the usefulness of designer papers to get a stalled project completed. 
How many projects do you have hanging around unfinished because you've made a mess of the background or other part that you created yourself?
Which ink, stamped or paint background didn't go right for you and so your project remains unfinished because you got disheartened by your efforts?
When this happen to me which is often, I go look through my designer paper stash and see if there is one I can use to rescue my project or I buy one especially for it.

This 5 by 7 inch canvas is an example of how a Designer Paper got this project finished.
Underneath the Tim Holtz designer paper background (from the Vintage Shabby pack) is a really boring acrylic painted background I made that I thought was too mheh, on top of that is the ugliest mess I've seen in a long time which was my first attempt at collaging torn book pages and torn designer papers and tying them together (I use this term very loosely) with more acrylics.
I'd already made the embelishments, the die cut sewing room and tattered florals by Tim Holtz and was pleased with them but was disheartened at this point with my canvas and ready to give up.
So I found a designer paper that complemented the embelishments  and got this project finished and me smiling again.

One of the questions Sarah asks her interviewees is "You are going back-packing in the Himalayas for a year and may only take 3 crafting items. Which - and why?"
My answer would be a mirror, tweezers and a back up pair of tweezers 'cos I ain't making nothing with whiskers on my chinagin. 

Click on it to make it bigger.  Said the bishop to the actress. (That one's especially for you Linda, I bet that afterwards they drank chicken soup.)

I made you all wait for the picture, sorry.

Happy creating!



Gini, this is fabulous - the combination of soft pink and blue is so pretty and quite different from your usual vibrant colours, but I LOVE it.

Hope you are having a happy weekend - love and hugs, Sylvia xxxxx

sasa said...

Hi Gini,

Thank you for your wonderful post - this is exactly what I mean...a really fab post full of great thoughts! Love the subtle pinks and blues with the splash of white from the polka dots - and the DP is perfect as a background.A job well done I say.
Thank you so much for sharing your work and inspiration with My Mojo Monthly!

StampDancer said...

This is gorgeous! I love the colors and the background with flourishes.

Sherry Edwards said...

What a pretty and feminine piece of art Gini, I love it! What I tend to do theseadays is make my own background, make a mess, then just use it anyway - well they say in art there are no mistakes - LOL. Failing that, yes, turn to some lovely papers. I must admit I have quite a few just collecting dust.

If you'd chosen a yellow polka dot paper I could have been reminded of Timmy Mallett on TOTP - something about an itsy bitsy bikini - so I'm glad you chose the pink instead!

Kristen said...

I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE that floss covered spool. Buttons are always a hit with me too. This is a really neat creation!!!

Have a GREAT day, Gini!

Jane Wetzel said...

awesome Gini! very very cool...love it!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic piece of art, great color-combination.

Elizabeth said...

Lovely project and I so enjoyed the back story ... I'd probably given up and chucked it in the bin so have got to congratulate you on your tenacity :) Elizabeth x