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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Opus Gluei Challenge #135. Where'd you get your suntan?

This fortnight's challenge is mine and it's to make a project based on anywhere you could get a suntan.
I thought we could think about traditional sun holiday destinations or your back garden/yard, on top of the Eiffel Tower, sitting in a canoe, anything really that you can make a story up to explain how you are getting a suntan so it fits the challenge, you know how I love a tall story.
For example, the mermaid whose dream was to get a suntan and how she managed to fulfill that dream. How did she do that? Was Sponge Bob Square Pants or the police involved? Maybe her fairy Grandmother came to her aid? How did she stop her scales from drying out?

I am over here in very soggy England, we have had rain, rain and more rain for what feels like a very long time but if it would just stop raining for a few days I might be able to get a suntan in my back garden.
If I was to lie on tinfoil out in my garden right now you would here the rain drumming on the tinfoil fortissimo style (the music term for very loud which I looked up on Wikipedia, gotta love that website and all the wonderful people who have contributed to it).

I need a raincoat and some fake tan...

So here is our house in the middle of our street.
 I loved that Madness song from 1982, yes, it really was that long ago!
You can see them in action over here on youtube if you fancy a bit of nostalgia
Pssst turn it up very loud ;-)

Click on it to make it bigger.
I used a 5x7" canvas that I painted with acrylics to make the background in nice bright colours. I put a coat of Decoart Ice Crystal glamour dust paint over the top. This gives a wonderful subtle sparkly sheen to it.
I die cut some white clouds on textured white card using Memory Box dies.
I used book pages from the wonderful Author Louise Rennison book "It's OK I'm wearing really big knickers!"
 If you love colloquial English then you will love Louise's writing style plus she is very funny.
I used a retired set of Chocolate Baroque stamps called Retro Florals and the brights range of Ranger Adirondack Dye inks to stamp with.
The birds are Inkylicious.
I used scraps of designer papers for the windows and doors and the die cut fence panels are by Go Create.

Happy creating!


Jane Wetzel said...

Hello dear Gini!! How you be? LOL I did like that song quite a bit :) GREAT houses on your street and very creative ! hugs, jane

Dawn said...

Hi Gini, loving your bright and cheerful canvas. The houses are fabulously quirky.
Hugs x

Karen said...

Hi my lovely! OMG was it really all those years ago? Now I feel old.....ish hahaha! I love these houses and am also intrigued by the decoart stuff you used. Is it clear then and where did you get it from??? xxx


Fab. houses Gini - love the text and the vibrant colours. I'm sure you could easily get a suntan in that back garden - it's sooooo summery and sunny. Madness sang that song at the Queen's Jubilee concert - it was amazing - hope you saw it too?
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Rosemary said...

Oh, how I loved the nutty boys of Madness, fancied Suggs more than I should admit. And like the poster above, I really enjoyed seeing them on roof of Buckingham Palace (truly YOUR house) for the Jubilee concert. They've aged but rather well.

Enough of this walk down memory lane, onto your delightful project, oh pretty hostess. I love this canvas. yes, the sparkle is there and the scene is wonderful. I love the color and the words you've chosen (Mum appears on several of the homes, as it should as well as snogging and Good Lord - definitely things said in homes). TERRIFIC inspiration, my dear.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the colors and whimsical feel of your neighborhood collage. Blessings!