Friday, May 27, 2011

Three little things...

Hello Everyone,
Well, I've just cleaned my WHOLE house, I've got tomorrow off work and I'm off to the Artsy Crafty Weekend for some serious playtime...I think that counts as a hat-trick! So, with a clean conscience (and home) I can share this week's offering for Grungy Monday. If you are joining in, do read Linda's post about links, copyright and due credit in regard to Tim Holtz. I think a lot of folk think that because he's very successful, both artistically and commercially, that it doesn't really matter if you bend the rules. All I can say is, no one likes having their work stolen or falsely accredited - however big or small you may be. Do unto others, love thy neighbour...etc., oldies, but goodies.

So here's mine - sticking with tags as I quite like the limitation in size. This week we're dabbling with a kind of Brushless Water Colour technique which, in a nutshell, is stamping with a misted, inked-up stamp!


The technique can produce quite a soft feel, but I wanted to still keep things a bit grungy. I have cut a tag from a textured design paper and white-washed it with some Snow-Cap Dabber. I have used Adirondack in Juniper, Butterscotch and Cranberry and stamps from the Mini Ornates and Urban Chic ranges.

Here you can see a bit more of the texture. I gave it a good dose of distressing and blended Fired Brick and Brushed Corduroy around the edges. The words were stamped in Plum Archival ink. I splashed on some water and started to scratch away some of the paper so it kind of looks like an old canvas. Then, for the sake of market research... I decided to do it all over again! On Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky-Back Canvas.






The canvas soaks up more of the water but I still like the look very much. More or less the same but blended with Rusty Hinge and Fired brick this time, stamping the words in Black Archival.






I do love this canvas...there's so much you can do with it. If I'd had more time I'd have been stitching all over it...!
I went for the natural one, you can also get it in white. I definitely recommend some playing around with it.

 
And coincidentally Mr. H's technique was also chosen as last weeks challenge over at Everything Wendy Vecchi. I had just five minutes to spare but you can see how quick, versatile and effective it can be...

So that's my Grungy gossip for today....and now I'm going to come over to yours. I hear Blogger is being moody with the comments but I will do my best.

Thanks for calling by and all the lovely comments from last week about my tag and Memorabilia piece. I am extremely honoured and very excited to share that I am the featured artist over at The Kraft Journal today!!!!!! Thank you so much!


Hey, it's now Friday over here... The weekend has landed! So make sure you have a good one.

Sarah.

18 comments:

Kelly said...

Love it, I love the brown edges, very beautiful. Nice color effect!

Chris Arlington - Canada said...

Fabulous tags, Love the stamps you used and the colours. Hope you had a fun weekend. Wanna dust my house???

Jane said...

Perfect. you totally rocked this challenge. Colors, stamps, tag. Both of them! I love your style.

Sue West said...

Gorgeous tags, I love the effect you have got using a canvas background.
Sue :)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic pieces, all of them.

Dawn said...

All so pretty ;0)

love Dawn xx

Juls said...

so many fantabulous creations! HUgs Juls

Candy C said...

All of them are fabulous! <3 Candy

kissinia said...

I like these tags. Beautiful. Look quite simple, but I can only imagine how you have been working on them to create this look! Congrats on kraft journal - well deserved. kissinia

Marjie K said...

Each one is a beauty, Sarah! And congrats on your hat trick!

Sunshine Girl said...

Sorry I am late passing by I havent been doing any papercrafting but lots of sewing so I have been busy! Love the artwork on the next two posts and your desk looks very creative - I might have to give canvas a go it looks like fun - will wait for my scrapping mojo to come back first though. Thanks for popping by my desk on Wednesday and enjoy your fabulous weekend.

Sue Smith said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

hazel said...

Beautiful tags.
xxx Hazel.

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

Sarah - you are truly amazing. These are so beautiful.

Suzi B said...

fabulous...love the grungy colours :)

Linda Ledbetter said...

Sarah, I love the grungy, dreamy look you created with this technique! You did a spectacular job with the GM challenge. The colors are beautiful and this really does look like an old painting. And, what a great idea to duplicate the design on Sticky-Back Canvas.

Your Beatles quote tag is also FABULOUS!!! Congrats on your wonderful art and you much-deserved Featured Artist spot at The Kraft Journal!

BrianK said...

Sarah,fabulously soft and grungy. Your tag is awesome, wonderful idea to use sticky-back canvas. Very creative. thanks

Evelyn S. said...

I did not get around last week to see the beautiful "brushless watercolor" creations....yours is just fabulous! I love the mix of colors, that special butterfly, and of course, the sentiment. Wonderful!