Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Seeing Spots and Colorful Fragments

Ahhh, so happy to be back home, crappy weather and all, in the land of fast free food delivery and never ending art supplies.

This week (we're up to #28!) the Compendium of Curiosities challenge is colorful layered fragments, and the Simon Says Stamp and Show theme is polka dots.  Not related?  I can make it work!

I took a break from my current tag mania, and did a little (4x4) wall hanging on a coaster:


You know the rules of the CCC are that I can't give you the directions for the colorful layered fragment (you really need Tim's book anyway, so if you don't already have it.....get it!)   But I do want to say this:  if you do not have the tool mentioned to do the coloring, there is another way, and it can be found on Tim's blog here.  It's what I did, and it works really well.

I used broken china and shabby shutters distress ink on the background, then stamped over it, first with gesso, then with olive archival ink, using a Wendy Vecchi polka dot stamp.

The image on the fragment is, of course, my all time favorite Wendy stamp, the art chick, and though the text is a bit tongue in cheek, I really do think she's gorgeous.  But, some find her strange or even creepy.  Go figure.

To continue the dotty theme, I made a hanger for the coaster with some spotted ribbon from Stampin' Up.


31 comments:

SusanK said...

No tag???? What? Gasp! But I love her anyway! I didn't make a tag for the polka dots either, but I digress. Glad you're back and in the swing of things artsy!

Joan Fricker said...

Cute!!!! I love the colors.
Glad you have you back home!

Lori said...

Art chick and dots...who knew? Glad to see your muse didn't stay in Florida, although I would have been tempted to...lol...this is a great piece, love it! And, thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Wanda H said...

She looks good... very colorful!! Great job, Eileen!!!

Alicia said...

LOVE the polka dots and bright colors! Glad you made it home safe and sound and ready to create already! *Hugs*

Deanna Cosgrove said...

What a great combination of the challenges. Love that stamp. Thanks for sharing another way to do it---although I ran out and got the tool last night just for this :) Love the saying too!

Vic said...

Fantastic (as always)!

Diann said...

I've been waiting to see what you would do for the dots and Tim's challenge....it was worth the wait!
I've been checking since you returned for your latest! Love your ART chick! Diann

Barbara Mason said...

She's lookin' good Eileen...thanx for the reminder of that Tim technique. I can't seem to remember them all - fancy that!!! She is definitely a Florida gal!

Inge said...

hello Eileen,

glad to hear you're back home and busy creating !

The woman is not really my kind of image, but I love how colorful you made the fragment. It's a colorful project : I like your combination of the colors on the fragment and the background.

greetings from Belgium
Inge

Nancy Wethington said...

Great work Eileen. Thanks for playing along with Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog!

Patzee said...

Welcome back. Glad to see you are shaking things up in the new year! This 4 x 4 is so cool. Dots are totally underrated and you have given them their due.

Meggymay said...

A real cute piece, great colours. Thanks for the tip on where to find an alternative method.

Dawn said...

Love the Art Chick and the "spots". I can just see this hanging on the door to your art room.

Kathy Eddy said...

She turned out so cool Eileen. Ties in nicely with the polka dots too!

Dorothy said...

love it Eileen!

Jason said...

welcome home! Glad to have you back. Great Hanging!

Have you stopped by my blog I have some clips, I would so love to see what you come up with using the pic of my grandma
~Jason

wearestampers said...

What a fun and funky image! Great job coloring it in!
Pam

Shelann said...

Love your knob hanger, great fragment and sentiment.

scrappin-scrappin said...

Your fragment turned out gorgeous!! When that stamp first came out I didn't like it but she has grown on me and I now love her!! Great job Eileen!!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Nice sentiment and embossing!!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

-Sarah

Kristy C said...

very cool!!

MarleneMAZ said...

Just fabulous! love what you did with the challenge this week.

Celeste said...

I love it

Bearcrazyman said...

Very Cool as always.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS hanger, Eileen!!

Plume said...

Wity, whimsical and funny!

Nancy said...

Whoo hoo! She's home!

This is great, Eileen! Love the colors!

Candy C said...

Really cool piece! I have that stamp but love the way you did it for the challenge! Love the colors you chose ... very artsy! :)

Linda Ledbetter said...

I know I keep saying this over and over, but it's the absolute truth that everything you create is completely delightful! This darling wall hanging brought a much-needed smile to my face, and I'm totallyl in love with your Fragment lady! She is TOO CUTE!

Shelly Hickox said...

Gorgeous! I think I might need that stamp....