Monday, April 4, 2011

Grungy Monday, Week Two

Welcome to another Grungy Monday, brainchild of the wonderful Linda Ledbetter, who knew she risked sending untold numbers of Timaholics into withdrawal when her Compendium of Curiosities challenges came to an end.

I'm very excited this week, not only because the new challenge is a great one, but because I am one of the guest designers!  So, you'll see my work here and on Linda's blog.  How cool is that!  Sharing that honor with me is the very talented Maggie Harris, so be sure to visit her blog as well.

For the details of this week's challenge you'll have to click here and watch a video.  Yep, you'll be seeing Tim demo a very cool technique, using matte multi medium as a resist.  If you don't have this Ranger/Claudine Hellmuth product (and it is, in my opinion a must have) I believe that any matte medium will work.  Also, you'll notice that Tim is using a stamp that he made by cutting craft foam with one of his dies.  He featured this technique on one of his 12 Tags of Christmas in December.  If you don't have any dies or foam, I'm thinking you can try this one with a manufactured stamp.....just make sure you remove the medium from the stamp before it gets a chance to dry.  Anyway, enough talk.  Here is what I did, a wall hanging that is roughly  6 x 7 1/2".


I did have a foam stamp I made from Tim's birdcage die (back in December I think a lot of us went foam stamp making crazy), and I followed the technique in the video, stamping it with the medium on sheet music.  After thoroughly drying the medium, the page was inked with wild honey, rusty hinge, crushed olive and chipped sapphire distress inks, which makes the cage really pop.

I added some swirly stamping, using black soot distress ink.  The edges of the piece are wrapped with tissue tape (one of the new ones....the one with the butterflies), and the grungeboard flourishes are from the elements set, already embossed with swirls.  They were colored with broken china and peeled paint distress stains, and then sprayed with a perfect pearls mist (heirloom gold + water).

The bird was inked with both forest moss and black soot distress inks, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set to give him a little shine.  The wing is fastened on with the tiny attacher.  I used one of the foliage idea-ology pieces to do double duty.....give him some head feathers and an eye.  Pretty neat, huh?

The rest of the embellishments are some foliage flowers, corners, some chain to hang the cage, and on the cage front, a plaquette (one of Tim's newest idea-ology pieces), because even a bird might find it useful to have an address.  So, my bird resides at 31 Grunge Street, between Holtz Drive and Ledbetter Road in the town of Distress.  In case you wanted  to come for a visit.

40 comments:

Lori said...

Wow! This is SO Cool! And..congratulations on being the guest artist! How awesome and exciting! Just love your canvas!

Maggie said...

Fantastic Hanging Eileen I love the bird cage stamp nearly went that way too!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Wahoooooooooooooooooooooooo....CONGRATS GIRL!!!! Your piece of ART is GORGEOUS!!!!! I LOVE it and what a blessing they have received to have you as a Guest Designer!!!

Dorothy said...

Gorgeous Eileen and congrats!!!

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Beautiful! Love how the bird cage turned out.

Gerri Herbst said...

Such a beautiful piece. Birdcages, music sheets are my fav and I love your combination.Congrats as guest designer.gerri

Terry said...

Fabulous and totally cool creation! I can't wait to play!! Congratulations on being this week's GD! Wishing you a Grungy Monday!

Nancy Lynn said...

Congrats on being the Guest Designer. You so deserve it. The canvas is beautiful.

Alicia said...

Great piece of Art Eileen!! Congrats on being the guest designer- THEY are the lucky ones! *Hugs*

Elaine Akers said...

Congrats for being selected as a guest artist. I am really liking what you did for this canvas. Wonderful!!!

SusanK said...

Congratulation and well done on the art!

scrappin-scrappin said...

Beautiful Eileen!! Congrats on being a GD, great job!!

Katknit said...

I love your ART this week....and what a special address the bird has....your so clever.... and congrats, I know you will be one of the best ever guest designers Tim can have!
Charlene

Jingle said...

Fantastic piece!!!

Helen said...

Stunning art,and well done, guest designer! I am not sure what I will do for this challenge yet, but it will have to go some to match you!

Vic said...

Wow, I love your wall hanging! Congrats on being a designer.

Debby said...

That is absolutely beautiful! Way cool colors and effects with the resist.

Caroline Hallett said...

Fabulous tag - and love your address for the birdie!

Dragon said...

Congrats on being first guest here on GM... fabulous piece... I am addicted to that birdcage!!
Frankie
xx

Evelyn S. said...

Your grunge work is totally amazing! I so admire the detail work!

Lisa said...

Looks great! I love the flourishes and the colors you used.

Diann said...

Your ART is wonderful and I'm sure this group was most pleased to have you as Guest ARTist! Diann

jenny said...

Absolutely gorgeous Eileen... Love your grunge with all its detail... I think I may have to play along this week... looks like so much fun...

Hugs
Jenny x

Marjie K said...

Love it! So many details... and that address you threw in at the end cracked me up! Need a special GPS to find that intersection

Gail Bales said...

Love your wall hanging. My favorite new thing was the little plaquettes. Thanks for the idea, love your birdies address-lol. BTW-I am so happy I got one of your pages in the Altered Ancestors Swap. It makes me laugh. Congratulations on Guest Designer-you so deserve it.
Gail in Oklahoma

Bearcrazyman said...

The Steam Punk Bird is Fab!!
I love it. Linda knew who to pick to rock this Monday.
Great Job!!

Plume said...

Just perfect project! I love the colors, the theme, the mixing of metal embellishmeny with grungy swirls! Just beautiful.

Helena said...

This is GORGEOUS, Eileen! I just love everything about it, the colors, the bird cage, the birdie, the plaquette and the story:)))) Great job!!

Sue West said...

This is so lovely, what gorgeous colours. Beautiful.
Sue :)

Candy C said...

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! LOVE it to pieces! Congrats for being featured on Grungy Monday!!! Well deserved honor for you! Your work is amazing! <3 Candy

Patzee said...

Love your colors and textures. The sheet music weaving in and out is wonderful. Super cool address for your bird cage. Congrats on being a guest designer--well deserved!!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, I love your card. Congrats on beeing GD this week.

Shelly Hickox said...

I absolutely love every bit of this! The bird is totally cool!,

Jane said...

I love love love your piece. Congrats on being the guest artist. I always admired your work during the CCC week after week. The address was a stroke of genius!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

YIPPPIE, so TICKLED to learn you are one of this week's guess designers for GM!! How FUN...Congrats!! You piece is FABULOUS!!!! :)

minnie_mac said...

Absolutely gorgeous stunning piece. Love all the elements.

Marilyn

Shelann said...

I love the colors, patterns and details is all just great. Thanks for the inspiration this week.

Nicholas said...

Eileen, this is totally gorgeous!!!

Wanda H said...

Eileen, that comment from Nicholas is actually from me... I didn't realize my son was signed in. Sorry!! Wanda

Chris said...

Terrific piece! Congrats on a well deserved honor!