Monday, July 19, 2010

The Compendium of Curiosities Challenge - Week Six




Ah, if it's Monday morning it must be time for another Compendium of Curiosities challenge.  I have to say, I really do look forward to them each week.
Click on the link above to be taken to Linda's lovely blog and get all the details, plus, that's where you have to go to share your challenge piece.  If you have Tim's book, play along.  It is fun, it gives you a focus, and it will give you something really special to do every Monday.  And, did I mention there are prizes involved as well?  Linda explains all this better than I would, so hop on over there to get the scoop.
Anyway, this week's technique is one I do use quite often and was happy to use again.  Here is a front-on view of my piece:
(If you click on the photo you'll see more detail)
Now, by now you know that we CCC participants are not sharing the actual technique details, but we can talk about materials and other things we did.  
First off, I found a very thick chipboard tag that I ran through my Big Kick inside Tim's "woodgrain" embossing folder.  I have to tell you, as thick as the tag was, the embossing was deep and gorgeous.  I inked it twice, once all over with vintage photo and then again with walnut stain, hitting only the raised areas with the darker color.
The bit of old dictionary page was inked with rusty hinge and brushed corduroy. 
As for the main attraction, the birdie....he's covered with some old sheet music and the crown is covered with a bit of old advertising.  The edges of the bird are inked with some black soot.  His crown is inked with crushed olive and edged with forest moss.  Love those two greens together.
What is he perched upon?  A bit of that rusted barbed wire I received from my Montana pal Julie.  I attached the bird to the wire by wrapping some linen cord around both.  I used LOTS of foam dots to bring all the layers to the same level.
Here's a slanty sort of sideways view so you can see the dimension:
I'm likin' it, and can't wait to see what all my crafty friends come up with for this challenge.

39 comments:

Lori said...

You like it? I LOVE it! Gotta love that old dictionary paper, you just have to make sure you check some of the words, sometimes. Ask me how I know this. Love that embossing, sheesh, I think that's one folder I don't have yet. Hard to believe. Awesome touch with the barbed wire, love that!

SusanK said...

To die for ...that's what this piece is! I gotta get cracking on my entry!

AngieHallHaviland said...

EILEEN!!! GEEEZZZ you are quick....I'm not even finished going through Monday morning email and you've already made this AMAZING TAG!! WOW and I do mean AMAZING!!! LOVE THIS!

wwilloww said...

I love it!!!

Helen said...

I'm liking it too. It is fantastic. Want to be home and playing, not at work and - not working. lol

Nancy Lynn said...

I love this piece in which you used some of my favorite things, i.e., dictionary pages, sheet music......especially the rusted wire. Just another great piece of your artwork.

Kathy Eddy said...

Wow, that barbed wire from Julie really finished it off perfectly. Great job Eileen.

Tammy D said...

Eileen this is just amazing. I love it.

Kerry said...

Eileen, that tag is beautiful! I love it, love the colors. Every piece you make shows how much you care about your art.

Chrissie said...

Omigoodness... beautiful just doesn't quite describe it. Every element is perfectly chosen. AMAZING!

scrappin-scrappin said...

Wow you are quick!! Love it!! Don't ya just love those embossing folders!! The barbed wire just makes it!

Netty said...

Ooh so quick and with great results, love it. Especially your embossing folder (must get that one) and all the other pieces you have put on it. Great start to the challenge. Annette x

Helena Virpi said...

That is downright GORGEOUS!!!!

Linda Ledbetter said...

ShaZAM, girlfriend, you knocked it out of the park AGAIN! What a fabulous tag! LOVE your design, your multi-medium work, your ingenious use of rusty barbed wire...everything! This is one of those "hang it on the wall for everyone to admire" pieces of art. Bravo, Eileen!

Victoria said...

It's beautiful, Eileen!

Dawn said...

Gosh you were qick and it's super dooper! love the twig you made too

love Dawn xx

WendyP said...

absolutely stunning !!!! awesome awesome awesome !!!
I have got to get me a copy of Tims book - saving my pennies as its costly to buy it here in Australia.
But love love love all the creations you are sharing !

studiorose said...

This is wonderful. Love birds, love crowns, love birds with crowns. The barbed wire is amazing! Love the dimension. Nice job!

Bearcrazyman said...

Excellent... As Always..

PS Your Embossed tags will go out tomorrow..

teri said...

Now that is a bird with an attitude!!

Kim said...

Fabulous!! I Love the colors and the dimension!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh WOW WOW WOW Eileen!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...

Your tag is SO cool! I love the wood grain embossed tag and rusty hinge has become my new "favorite" DI color of the week, so I love seeing that! The stick is a great addition, too! Love the bird, too!

minnie_mac said...

Superb tag. Great texture and dimension. Love it.

Marilyn

Dorothy said...

Awesome!!

Sherry said...

What a fabulous piece! I used the same birdie die cut - but my branch isn't a patch on yours! Love it.

Maggie said...

FAB FAB FAB I love the barbed wire touch

Maggie

Shoshi said...

Eileen, you are one completely talented lady... This tag is awesome. I love each individual feature, but the combination brings them all together beautifully. I do love that woodgrain effect!

Patzee said...

Heaven help me, the first thing I noticed was the barbed wire. Brilliant! This certainly does pop pop pop. Absolutely awesome! Love the woodgrain and the cool crown, too.

donna said...

Incredible tag! That bird looks so proud. and I love the branch. I look forward to Mondays too!

Terry said...

Love that you perched your adorable bird on the wire! Amazing challenge piece!

Jane said...

Fabulous. I love seeing your wonderful work week after week. You give me such inspiration!

Craftyideas said...

Gorgeous tag. Love it.

craftytrog said...

Your l'il birdy tag is gorgeous Eileen! Love his rusty perch!

Lillian M said...

Eileen this tag is gorgeous!!!!!
But i do LOVE everything you do.....
Lillian
http://www.canadianscraptramp.blogspot.com/
http://inkspotsandstampinupthoughts.blogspot.com/

Scrap Vamp said...

I love that bird! So sweet! and that crown on its head is so cute! Also loved the cardboard underneath!

Shirley said...

I love your tag! The embossing is great and I really like how you did the bird and the branch.

Minxy said...

what a crackin piece of work, love the background and the twig best

MarleneMAZ said...

Gorgeous tag! I love the crown you used on the bird, what is it ??