Friday, April 2, 2010

The Aim of Art

Happy Friday Peoples!!  And Happy Easter Wishes!! (for those who celebrate).  It's time for this week's
Just for Fun® Friday color challenge.  This week our colors come from Sherry, who found her inspiration in

According to The Toad, I pushed the limites on my color choice.  According to me, I went with a more cranberry/rust shade of red and my yellow is more of a yellow green.  I'm just going to point out that if you go to paint store and look at all the red and yellow paint swatches, you'll see HUNDREDS of different shades. That's all I'm sayin'!! hehe


My project was inspired by something similar that Sherry did a few weeks ago.  I love her roses and have been wanting to try them myself but was waiting for my T!m Holtz Sizzix Tattered Floral die to arrive.  Then I got the idea to try it with some metal (hindsight:  I should have made a least ONE rose out of paper first, just to get the feeling of the process.  But that would have been the smart, easier thing to do.  I decided to jump off the creative bridge first and check the depth of the water later! hehe).  I cut out the medium 6 petal flower using some Spiced Rum metal from TenSeconds Studios.  I then flipped the metal to the backside (that is plain aluminum) and colored it using alcohol inks in Terra Cotta and Raisin.  Then I ran the flowers through the Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder so that I DEbossed the dots.  Using really stickly red liner tape I put the flower together using this tutorial.  Now, one thing I learned is that metal is NOT paper! LOL!! While you can curl the edges, I realized that metal can curl much tighter and had to carefully unfurl some of the petals.  Which lead to some of the overworked edges showing more of the aluminum color. Putting the flower together was a little tricky as the metal does not manipulate like paper does and wrapping the red liner tape was a bit tricky.   The leaves were hand drawn to fit my rose on a scrap piece of metal and colored with alcohol inks in Lettuce, Pesto and Raisin.  Tip:  color your metal BEFORE you do the detailed embossing work.  That will allow the ink to get into those recessed grooves (ask me how I know this!! geesh!!)
Here is a close up of the rose:


While not the perfect rose, I CANNOT wait to try this again!  (Yes, that is fair warning!! hehe)

On to the rest of the project!

I then painted the outside edges of my cheapo $1 wood frame from Michael's (found these  two years ago...Christmas time.  Idea was that I was going to alter the frames as gifts.  Obviously THAT never happened!).  Then I covered it with English Meadow paper from Colorbok using Tombow mono multi liquid glue.   I sponged around the edges of the paper and the inside of the window frame with Distress ink Aged Mahogany. Being on the T!m mode, I pulled out my Elegant Flourish die and cut two of the smaller flourish from grunge paper.  I colored it with Black Soot Distress ink and then spritzed it with Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist in Pearl (that would be the "white" splotches" in the picture.  IRL, they don't show up!! Gotta love the camera!!).  The sentiment from Just For Fun® was stamped using Archival Jet Black onto a piece of Whisper White that was cut out (with NO embossing) using my classic oval Nestabilities. The edge was sponged again using Aged Mahogany.   The scalloped frame was cut out from Cranberry Crisp cardstock and embossed using the scalloped oval nestie.  I then took a strip of clear rhinestone accents and colored them using alcohol inks  again in Lettuce, Pesto and Raisin.

I have to say I LOOOOVE how this turned out!! (especially the metal rose, that is my favorite part! hehe).  I can see quite a few of these around my work area for "inspiration". 

 Speaking of inspiration:  make sure you check out all the other gal's creativity (and leave some special love to Linda.....sniff, sniff.  She has realized that while she may look like Wonderwoman (welllll, a blonde version, hehe) and creates like Wonderwoman,  she cannot do it all and wants to make sure she has time to spend with her grandkids this summer (gotta give her kudos for having her priorities in the right order!!)


I hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend, no matter how you chose to celebrate it!!


Emily said...

You really worked this challenge and it's gorgeous. Really like your take on the colours. Love the rose...if that's your first time making one, I think you got the hang of it quite nicely! It's beautiful!
Thanks for sharing! :o)

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

geesh! don't you ever stop??? this is absolutely gorgeous! that flower is to die for! i mean to really die for - beautiful! wow!

and what does the toad know? red is red (any shade), and the same for yellow. ok. black we're pretty much set on! don't matter! this is still beautiful!

Sherry Cheever said...

I think it's now time that you fly here and teach me the metal because you are fabulous with it! I had to go back and look when I read frame because it didn't look like it at first . . . but it does! GORGEOUS!

KAT said...

I love that metal rose!!! Love love love it!!! I haven't tried any metal work yet except for using some metal tape... must put this on my to do list because girlfriend yours is stunning!!!!

Anonymous said...

This Toad guy sounds pretty smart. You pushed the limits on this one. Your colors are off.

Anonymous said...

I want to see more stuff from Toad. He seems to have a good eye and is very creative

Carolyn King said...

what a totally strikingcard. LOVE that gorgeous rose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Riet said...

Very beautiful, and what a beautiful flower you have made.