Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Let the Games Begin - Rick St Dennis Airless Chambers post

There  are so many things about this image,  Smilin' Joe Skull with Roses, that really amuse me: the broken skull contrasted with the beautiful roses, the hat with the ace of spades tucked into the band, the burning cigarette (Live) in Joe's (not so live) mouth. Anyway, I just HAD to colour him and create a mixed media background where he could star. You can find Smilin Joe in Rick's Zibbet shop or his Etsy shop.

I coloured Joe with Prismacolor pencils and tried out a new tip I thought might work. I was watching an encaustic video and the instructor used a piece of pantyhose to buff the wax and remove some of the bloom. Anyone who colours with Prismacolor pencils knows that this will occur at times if you press too hard and get a waxy build-up. Well, guess what...the buffing with the nylon removes some of that build-up or bloom, too, allowing the colours to be more true without the haze. Bonus! Joe was fussy cut and matted in black both for greater strength to pop him up and also for greater contrast with the background.

The background began as a layer of subtly printed kraft paper, distressed and inked on the edges, and matted with black cardstock. Jet Black Archival was used to apply the Dylusions  harlequin stencilling. White gesso was used to apply the TCW Mini Circles stencilling. A strip of black cardstock was embossed with a chain link pattern and highlighted with Treasure Gold wax so the pattern would show. Two playing cards and a layer of cheesecloth were adhered behind the popped up image.

The sentiment was computer generated, torn around, and inked on the edges with Black Soot Distress ink. It was then popped up on foam and baker's twine was wrapped to the back from each end. Black enamel dots embellished the ends. The two final details were the skull charm and a black corner triangle to which more stencilling was applied. I love how this turned makes me smile.

Thanks for joining Joe and me today. We do appreciate your fine company. For more inspiration using Rick's fabulous images, fun challenges, and some wonderful sharing of projects and knowledge, come and visit:
our Facebook group
our Airless Chambers blog
our Rick St Dennis Gallerie
our Tuts and Comments blog
Hope to see you there.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania ~ We Think You Are All Charming (Cuttlebug machine and Lifestyle EF)
Creative Card Crew ~ #65 Masculine
Loves Rubberstamps ~ #110 Anything Goes
Haunted Design House ~ Macabre Monday Eerie Inspiration (skellies)
The Corrosive Challenge ~ #202 Color Me Happy (Prismacolor pencils)
Left of Center ~ #34 Use metal (skull charm)
A Step in the Dark ~ #5 Dark Fantasy/Anything Goes

Life is good; so is art.


Creepy Glowbugg said...

Fabulous card! Love the colors, and the great mixed media background! Nice tip for pencil users, too.
Who knew how useful pantyhose are?!
Thanks for joining us in the dungeon at HDH!

Aluna said...

Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew. Good luck, Joanna DT

maureenjscott said...

This is fabulous Bonnie!!!! Love that you're on the RSD Team, love your work! Your colouring is awesome and great tip about the panty hose! Thanks for joining our challenge at LOC this week! Remember we are now weekly so there's more chances to join in and win! Mo dt coordinator xxx

Teresa said...

Another work of art Bonnie!!! Love the image and all the elements you have added. Good tip about the Prismacolours (pantyhose - such an American word...we call them tights here!!!) Thanks for joining us at A Step In The Dark - good luck x

jonim52 said...

Great card. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.

Shanna Shands said...

I love the colors on the card. Thank you so much for playing at Loves Rubberstamps!

DonnaMundinger said...

Another fab creation and bonus tip, Bonnie. Love your background and how your colors pop. Thanks for joining us in the dungeon at HDH. xxD

Jan said...

This is great for our masculine challenge at CCC xx Jan

Fiona (anubis 1 ) said...

Great card, fabulous colouring and a great tip to top it all off. Thanks for playing with us in the dungeon at HDH.

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

Hi Bonnie, loving your colouring of ol' Joe and the added texture really shows him off. Going to have to keep that tip filed away in the back of my brain somewhere. Thanks for that and thank you for sharing your art with us again at HDH xxx