Welcome to eclectic Paperie's second eTeam Picks Challenge! The eTeam Picks Challenge is held on the third Thursday of each month and each challenge is an opportunity for you to be inspired by one of our eTeam’s creations, to share your work, and to be entered into our challenge prize drawing. Our hostess this time is the talented Donna-Marie and her challenge is to create a piece of art which includes something folded. How fun is that!
I decided to work on a flat canvas this time, starting off the process by covering the background in Pan Pastel. I bought my Pan Pastels individually which is not the way to go. eclectic Paperie has these fabulous sets where the colours are combined so that you can shade and the colours work together beautifully. The mixed media 1 set is on my wish list. Anyway, after I finished blending and layering the Pan Pastels, which is such an easy process, I sprayed the canvas with workable fixative so that they would stay put and accept whatever I did next. I pulled out The Crafter's Workshop Chevron 6x6 stencil and worked Faded Jeans Distress ink through it.
Switching to Dylusions Number Jumble 5x8 stencil, Rusty Hinge Distress ink was applied next. Broken China and Faded Jeans were applied over the Dylusions chequered dots 5x8 stencil. This was building up both texture and interest while keeping the colours soft. Drywall tape was added in three places (more texture) before stamps were randomly applied. Wendy Vecchi's Art word from An Eye For Art was stamped with Faded Jeans. The coffee rings from Stampers' Anonymous, were stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and the zigzag from Dylusions' Inbetweenies set was stamped with Memento Teal Zeal.
The folded text paper seen above came from an old book. It was inked on each fold with Vintage Photo, stitched with baker's twine, stamped with Dylusions Inbetweenies line dot stamp and Coffee Archival ink and then adhered to the canvas. Doodling with a Micron Sepia pen and a white Pentel Touch pen was added to emphasize some of the stamping and stencilling on the folded piece and the canvas as well as frame the outside edges. The edges, as well as the orangey sections, were further deepened with an application of Worn Lipstick Distress ink.
While paint and ink were drying on the canvas, I worked on the woman who would be the focal for the canvas. Her face was stamped on white cardstock using the Dylusions stamp from Bits of This. She was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut. The eye band was stamped and coloured a second time so that it could be popped up on foam dots. I love her face!
The arrows started out as 1 3/8 x 3" rectangles of paper from Authentique's Peaceful pad and Lily Bee Design's Persnickety pad. The arrow shape was cut and the bottom section was folded into the center twice. The challenge is folded paper, after all! It also gave the arrows greater substance and dimension.The green reverse side of the Authentique paper was a little too green for this piece so half was covered with the snipped scraps and the other half got a coat of Fresco Finish Beach Hut transluscent paint to help it fit in with the turquoise palette. To me, those arrows represent her thoughts being sent out into the world (hence the sentiment) but also work for her hair :)
Her wings are Wendy Vechhi Art Parts. Love playing with those. They were covered in more of the Persnickety paper, easily trimmed with an exacto blade, and sponged with Beach Hut and Snowflake Fresco paint with Worn Lipstick Distress ink near the top edge. Doodling with a Micron pen added more detail to the edges.
My lovely's body was a torn chunk of corrugated cardboard that just happened to be this shape and was sitting on my desk from another project. I used Fresco Finish paints in Beach Hut, Inky Pool, and Snowflake to highlight the bumps. Three washers which I confiscated from the kitchen junk drawer became her buttons. Her arms were printed from a Tumblefish Studios collage sheet and fussy cut to slide under her torso.
The sentiment was computer generated, printed on kraft cardstock, and torn around the words. Crumpling and inking with Vintage Photo added to their grunginess. Finally, white rings were added by dipping various lids into watered down Snowflake paint and applying them to the canvas with a slight twisting motion. Overlapping on the words, image, and folded text helps to embed these pieces into the background creating a more cohesive look.
Can you tell I had a blast creating this altered canvas? If you haven't tried this type of art, I encourage you to go for it. There are no rules, no great amount of thinking, and you probably have everything you need to get started. If not, the eclectic Paperie shop certainly has it. For links to the shop for some of the products I used, just click on the thumbnails below. This type of art is a very freeing process...pure play! Thanks for visiting today. Be sure and check out the eP blog for Donna-Marie's amazing take on this challenge as well as other DT members' creations linked up below the main post. I'm excited to see what you create using folded papers!
Life is good; so is art.