Monday, October 3, 2011

The Vecchitarian Diet...

A very good morning to all!
It's good to see you... I'm just back from a lightning visit to family in Bruges, so I'm recovering from partying, Euro-hopping and 29 degrees in October!!! But without further ado, let me tell you it's Wendy Vecchi Week at Simon Says Stamp & Show! Reason for another party I'd say. From fluttery flowery to quintessential quirkiness, we are celebrating the oodles of loveliness that is Studio 490!


I really wanted to create a fitting tribute to honour Wendy and the joy of artistic expression she exudes, so I created The Vecchi Coat of Arms.
A Coat of Arms is a heraldic symbol of achievement and identity, so just perfect... and as I played around with my Art Parts I could see it all taking shape. I really wanted to achieve a multi-layered dimensional effect and  began by creating a floating Flourish Frame using nuts and bolts to raise the frame from its base. The base has been covered with design paper and generously inked with Stormy Sky and Broken China. The frame is inked up with Rusty Hinge and over-stamped with Alphabetically Art.
My Fanciful Peeking Diva is stamped in Cobalt and rests upon an upturned  Pocket Watch body. She definitely needed some regal head wear which was provided thanks to two wings and a scallop. I inked them up in Ranger Pigment Ink, dried them before adding a few coats of various Distress stains before some stamped detail. I added Butterfly Wings and then glued everything together.

I kept everything supported with foam stacks, chopsticks and a prayer while it dried!
To stay true to tradition I needed some cresting and a motto so I inked up two Art Part Leaves in Rich Mahogany used just two words, stamped onto a Mica scrap. A key to 'unlock creative freedom' adds the final touch.
I've been playing with Wendy's stamps and Art parts for a while now and sometimes you'll find me doing full-on girly and then another time the slightly obscure, and that's just fine. It's all part of my creative expression...I can be whoever I want to be! We all can, be fearless!
 
I really enjoy the versatility of Wendy's designs and would encourage you to give them a go and discover some new paths! You can get inky, get stamping and play with dimension. Wendy's work does indeed have a distinct style but more than that it's about feeling free to make art and just be! If you fancy having a dabble but are wondering where to start... 
Here's something I made Saturday. Just one Wendy butterfly and some scissor time. It's that simple!
For more recipes and tips on the Vecchitarian Diet, take a look at the wonderful work from my Design Team mates on the DT blog. Every week there's a generous $50 prize draw and we hand pick our three top artists! The best of both worlds...
I hope you have fun creating, I look forward to seeing your work. Be yourself, be fearless and enjoy!!! Thanks for being here! I hope that everyone, including Wendy, enjoyed it...

Be seeing you all soon in the realms of Blogdom!
Sarah.

23 comments:

Juls said...

love your make!! I adore the gorgeous bright colours ans the dimension you have created!!

P.s, It was really great to see your blog featured in the craft stamper mag this month!!!

Hugs Juls

Heavens2Betsy said...

Your Coat of Arms is absolutely stunning. I like every element you've used to create your piece - hear headwear particularly. Lovely. penny

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous 3D layering Sarah. I love the colours and design, it is so effective.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

What a perfect tribute to everything Wendy, a coat of arms, absolutely perfect. Love the dimension you have achieved on this piece and the creative use of the art parts, very clever. Love your blog post title too, very imaginative. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Sarah...your Wendy coat of arms is beautiful! I love all of the beautifully blended colors and how they all work together for a lovely piece. Love all of the Art Parts you so imaginatively used to create plumage for Miss Wendy's tiara, etc. Just a lovely and creative piece! You certainly did Wendy proud! <3 Candy

CraftyLoops said...

Love the coat of arms, its really fabulous and the butterflies are perfect. Lee xx

Ann B said...

Wow Sarah! I love your use of colour, always makes me want to have a go myself.
Congratulations on being featured as blog of the month in Craft Stamper - well deserved.

Ally White Cat said...

How incredible! wonderful work of art. Congratulations on all your hard work.Stay blessed.

susan s.

you are a shinning star for all the world to see.

Paper thoughts said...

Hiya I have been Blog crossing & your projects caught my eye.
I Was wondering if you would be interested in applying for our Crafty Blog DT...We do not sale anything, we just share crafty creations on our blog for inspiration to other crafters, You can post something you have made for previous blogs & we only ask you post a article twice a month (could be one creative(your work), one inspirational(ie another blog or other persons work)
If you are interested please contact Debbie for more details ... rainbow_poppy@hotmail.com
Our blog is http://itsacreativeworld.typepad.com/its_a_creative_world/
thankyou either way xxx

Wanda H said...

Sarah, these are WAY cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kim Dellow said...

Gorgeous! I just love the rich blues and reds together. BIG CONGRATS on your blog feature in the Craft Stamper! I was so pleased to see you there! Have a fab week. Kimx

Dorothy said...

Totally awesome!!

kissinia said...

Sarah, this is beautiful!

Dragon said...

beautiful as always... my story on my blog!!!!
frankie
xx

Lori said...

Oooo, ultra fabulous, Sarah! Love all the Wendy-ness going on!

Chrissie said...

Wonderful as ever Sarah, and many congrats on your feature in Craft Stamper... it is SO well deserved! Thanks for the mention of Less is More too!
You are always an inspiration!
Chrissie

Gillian .... said...

Hi Sarah ... THE Wendy Vecchi coat of arms is just perfect... adore the bold colours, and the floating frame is fab, another inspirational DT project. x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

I love this project, Sarah! The browns, blues, and teals look positively lovely together!!

You would undoubtedly make Wendy very proud!! ;)
*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp

Terry said...

Hey there Sarah, well you know I just love butterflies and the use of them behind the pretty eyes of The Wendy is just great, love your colors very bright, absolutely amazing another job welldone sweetie wohoooo..
I absolutely love your AMAZING project I just know that The Wendy will love it. Hugs Terry xxxx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Another fantastically original out-of-the-box creation. The idea of making a coat of arms for WV is absolutely brilliant and your details are oh-so-very clever. Love the floating frame held together with nuts and bolts and your colors are a treat for the eyes. You never fail to delight me, week in and week out!

Hope you are having a great week.

Hugs,
Linda

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