Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Favorite Stamp, Shabby Chic-afied

So, this week, Simon Says Show Us Your Favorite Stamp (except they spell it favourite).  Which means I am pretty much assured of being able to use whatever I create for the Grungy Monday challenge as well.  As long as stamping is involved.  There I am, early Monday morning, waiting for it to be 8am my time, so I can see what Linda L. has planned for us.  And it is a great stamping (yea!) technique from Tim.  In fact, it dates way back to December 2007, one of the 12 Tags of Christmas, and it is called shabby chic.

It's always difficult to select a favorite anything.....stamp, color, song, book.....there are so many and for most of us the concept of favorite is kind of fluid.  That being said, I do know what ONE of my most beloved stamps is, so I'm using that one.  It is the artsy chick stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Art Rules set,  and I do use it a lot.  Also I just liked the idea of doing artsy chick in shabby chic.  First I just played around with the technique on scrap paper, trying different paint colors. Looking at the array of samples on my work table, I was hit with an idea.  If one artsy chick is good, how great would eight be?  And this is what came out of that:


Each part is ATC size, and they are done on black foam board.  Which I painted black as per Tim's directions, because I found out the hard way that the technique just works better on a painted surface.
And, because I had just scored a bunch of metallic paints, I used them instead of the paint dabbers and I absolutely love this variation.  The bits of gold, however, were done with a paint dabber and a stencil.  I added some number rub-ons (which I sanded a bit to shabbify them) and decided it would be more interesting if they were out of order.  Then I just arranged them on a larger piece of foam board, and it is, as they say, ready to hang.

It's always a little difficult for me to photograph anything with a shimmer, so I hope this close up gives you a better idea of how the metallics work.



25 comments:

Nancy said...

Very cool, Eileen!!

Tammy D said...

Love the technique. Love the colors you used.

Marjie K said...

What a great twist on the challenge - kind of warhol in style. Looks great!

Helena Virpi said...

Those artsy chicks look really chic :)
A lovely piece of art, Eileen!

Angie said...

VERY nice! Clever, clever, clever! Great colors!

SusanK said...

Super! And I used black cardstock b/c my black paint was being stubbornly thick. Will get more to see if I prefer those results; the black c/s just doesn't look as sharp.

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Those are super cool girl!!!! As always AWESOME job!!!!!

Kaz said...

Fantastic!!

Kazx

Nancy Lynn said...

This is really nice Eileen. Way to go.

wendy vecchi said...

she looks so flippin cool!

Vic said...

You rocked!

Artyjen said...

Looks like you had a great play time! ;)
xoxo Sioux

Elena said...

I love this stamp too. You are always so damned creative!!! And you were "waiting" at 8:00 o'clock for the challenge??? AM???? Okay, we really need help here!!!

Diann said...

Those metallic paints you got sure paid off...they look great with the ARTsy chick! How FUN! Diann

Bearcrazyman said...

Way Cool... All together they look like a Warhol!

Sue Young said...

OOOH!You used my current favorite Wendy stamp!!!!!!!LOVE these!

Lori said...

Wow! She looks fantastic! Could it be... Octo-chick? lol! Sorry, I couldn't help it. Looks great with this technique!
Oh look, my security word is coofic - what you get when you combine cool and terrific. lol. I really must get some sleep...

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

I love this stamp and your color blending!
Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!
-Michelle
michelle@SimonSaysStamp.com

Candy C said...

Eileen...this is very cool! A study in Shabby Chic!!! Love the Wendy stamp you used for these pieces. Thanks for sharing them with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

Jane said...

Again - you rocked this challenge. I love your art and the creative take. Great colors - and yes - I too wish we could really photograph the shimmer.

fairy thoughts said...

love the colours, this is so unusual.
thanks for sharing
janet

sasa said...

she looks just fab in any shade of bling! Great creative piece! Found you at GM but also want to say Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

Sarah

Crafty Chick Designs said...

What a fun take on the challenge. The colors are delightful together & the gold dabber adds so much to the artsy feel of the piece.

Debbie C

Linda said...

What a fun piece! Love the metallic paint!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

One of my favorite techniques and you have made it so cool using the metallic paint. Very clever and artsy! Great to see you joining in the fun with us again this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.