Pam and Nancy spent the entire Memorial Day weekend assembling the 12x12 canvases for everyone in groups 1 and 2, not merely arranging the tags artfully, but adding so many touches to pull it all together. And then the monumental task of carefully packaging everything, toting boxes and getting it all in the mail. Bravo Pam and Nancy!
I couldn't frame the piece traditionally; I didn't want it under glass and I wanted to preserve the title on the top and the danglies on the bottom. Oh, I could have hung it as it was for sure, but felt it deserved a grander presentation.
I found an unfinished 17x17 wood frame with a perfectly flat surface and NO GLASS. I sanded it, applied a coat of gesso, then just went at it with various glazes and distress inks and my distressing tools. The canvas fit nicely over the opening, (attached with some super sticky tape) and it is on a wall where I can see and appreciate it daily.
I've also been busy doing some chunky ATCs (blocks of wood cut to ATC size, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 AND 1 1/2" thick) in a very vintage style. What's so cool about these chunkies is how you get to decorate so many sides....5 to be exact. Yes, I do know that they have 6 sides, but the bottoms where they rest on a shelf are embellishment free.
Just about everything I used to make them is from Tim Holtz, unless otherwise noted. Here's a one side at a time view.
(Photos inside Filmstrip Frames die cut from PID)
(Photos from Tim's Lost & Found paper stack, covered with rock candy distress crackle paint)
(words done with my old style Dymo label maker. All sides
were first wrapped with Tim's tissue tape.)
(How could I resist using a part of Tim's At The Movies stamp set? As I commented months ago when the set was released, not only is Eileen my name, but the movie theater across the street from the house I grew up in was The Biltmore. Was I meant to own this stamp or what?)
I plan to spend a good part of this gray and dismal Sunday working on some canvases for yet another ATT swap, and getting this week's Technique Tuesday ready. What artful things are you doing today?