Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Street Team Crusade!!

Time for another wonderful artistic experience with Michelle Ward and all of the wonderful crusader artists out in blogland!! No, this is not about FOOD!!!!! This Crusade is all about using partial images to add interest, texture and mystery to our artwork. the idea is to make the viewer wonder about what they are looking at. To get people involved and to ask questions like, "How did they do that?" " What am I REALY looking at?"
I have been taking baby steps towards getting a Visual Journal off the ground. I have been creating some background pages and collecting images and stuff to include in a potential journal, someday!
I have a pile and an envelope all ready to go, but other things always push this project ot the bottom of the list. When this crusade first got posted, I decided that i needed to find a way to fit it into what I was having to do to make it more of a TA DA than a TO DO!! ( Don't you just love that- CREDIT Michelle Ward of course!! Make it a Ta Da instead of a To DO!!!!)
I was creating labels in a mad rush to get some artwork down to a local gallery for some pre-Valentines sales (fingers crossed). I ahd some background pages already made. Iwanted to creat labels using gesso resist and spray Glimmer Mists and I thought that by using the already created background page as my "drop cloth" I could add more layers and texture to the journal page and create the tags at the same time. I am not sure that this will yeild the air of mystery but I do think that I will achieve partial images and texture and interest.

This was my starting"drop cloth"journal page.
Then using gesso and some of my favorite stamps, I stamped on the blank tags.











Now you can see the stamped cards and the bits of gesso overstamp on the "drop cloth" sheet.

Next I lined up the dried tags on the Background piece and sprayed away with several colors of Glimmer Mists. (I am begining to notice that I use these sprays quite often!)

Here is the final result. I think that I managed to achieve my goal of playing with the challenge, making it work wiithin my work time frame and achieving lots of interest and texture for my journal page. So now I am one step closer to getting this Journal page done, but at least now it is ready to add to my book so that when I have a moment for adding more, it will be all ready to go!!



Here are the tags that I needed for labeling my artwork. Now I can move these from my To Do list to the TA DA List!!!!

Here is one of the pairs of earrings (loaded sideways again-grrrrr) and ready to go off to be sold!
Yet another TA DA!!!
Thanks so much Michelle, for the inspiration, the energy and the From To Do to TA DA concept!!!
Now I am off to visit the blogs of other Crusaders to see what marvels they have wrought!!

Edited-2/23/09- Several folks have asked how I get the Gesso of of my rubber stamps. If I am using an unmounted rubber stamp I have a bucket of warm water at the ready and I throw the paint covered stamp into the bucket. As soon as I am done stamping, I use an old tooth brush to make sure that I get all of the paint out of the stamp. If I am using a wood mounted stamp, after stamping I take it immediately to the sink and scrub it gently with the toothbrush in a bucket of warm water. As long as you don't leave the wood mounted stamps soaking in water, theyw ill be fine. If for some reason they do come unglued then you have an unmounted stamp!

27 comments:

michelle ward said...

Elizabeth - wow! It was really fun to take the walk through your process and then see the totally fab finished piece. Love all those masked tags - great effect, and totally P.C. And you got cool tags as a bonus! Thanks for sharing your work with the team!

LostLuggage said...

How awesome, Elizabeth! Those tags are such a common supply around here...I LOVE how they look over your gesso stamped background! I'm totally going to try that!

Michelle said...

very cool. I love how the page turned out. great idea!

The Junkin' Yaya said...

Great job sweetie! Love the depths of the piece and the colors....xo...deb

Regina said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Your Portion Control pages look wonderful, very interesting! I just wonder, what would you do with them further? IMO they are beautiful as is...
Regina, St. Maarten, DWI

Regina said...

I love your yummy colors and I think I'm even more impressed that you multi-tasked on this one. Sometimes it's the time constraints that bring out the most creative ideas.

Megan Warren said...

The tags are great - but your drop cloth journal page is fabulous. Thanks for a great idea!

Julie said...

thanks so much for sharing your process...I love what you have done here and you have got your tags too...looks great!

cathsheard said...

Great tags, they look fantastic. And Glimmer Mist, mmm, well I am starting to use mine more lately, somehow it is growing on me.

Chris said...

I like hearing about your process. You really made this work. It's great for the Valentine's holiday, too. Love the curlicues!

Marilyn Rock said...

Wonderful process and beautiful results! Happy Valentine's Day Elizabeth!

My name is CINDY...... said...

That was amazing, thank you for sharing. I love the idea of using the tags to create something else not just themselves (if that makes sense). Note to self, aim for more Ta Da and less To Do. Great phrase.

Judy said...

This worked out really well! I really like the way the page came out - lots of mystery. Tags are nice too and earrings are beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day.

belle2create said...

Hi Elizabeth
great JOB!!! Love the tags and that stamp is fab, stampin' with gesso is great and i am sorry we cannot see the beautifull glimmer from the glimmer mist. Thanks for sharing and you know what: some day some that journal is on your TADA list too!
Hedwig

Robin said...

I LOVE scrolling back and forth between your pretty but rather blah paper and the finished, layered, TA-DA paper! Oh my, aren't layers the best. And I love your explanation of Michelle's concepts. I've just GOT to figure out how to take a workshop from her one of these days. Your post makes me want to go directly to my studio (without passing GO or collecting $200) and PAINT!!!!!! And if wishes really came true, we'd take a class together some day or find a place/way to paint together. Robin A.

Jacky said...

Love the gesso resist technique and how clever of you to incorporate your drop sheet into Michelle's challenge...you are truly awesome Elizabeth!

Jacky xox

Jude said...

Gosh, that's rather lovely!!

Cathy W said...

Simply wonderful -- I enjoy seeing the changing process. But I must ask: What are glimmer mists?

I love the concept of the "To Do's" finished into "Ta Da's" too!

Judy said...

ooooooooooh, sooooooo yummilicious!! I like the idea of using the gesso as a resist and can't wait to try it myself!! The drop cloth journal page is a great idea......oh no: am I heading down the path of yet another obsession myself? Oh NOOOOOO!!!! LOL
a bit late but nevertheless: happy Valentine's Day.

xo

Deborah said...

I love what you have done here. Well done.

Dianne said...

wonderful job...love all of the results!
Dianne

KathrynAntyr said...

Gorgeous colors! I love using my blotters - I often cut them up and remix them into my journal pages. Yours my dear is simply divine!

iHanna said...

Ta da to you!!! Now why didn't I think about tags as a shape? :-)

Kim Mailhot said...

Wow you had some fun with the Portion Control ! It's great that you have a whole bunch of pieces to use in the end, from your tags to the backgrounds. Very cool !
Cheers !

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Elizabeth... great project, love the journal page you created and the tags you made at the same time! Love the results, but am really curious, how do you get the gesso off your rubber stamps? Great post, thank you!

Robin said...

Wow, wow, wow. Love your page, love your tags, love your energy, love your work.

LaY hOoN said...

Huh , love to see each and every steps you showed here.
It's seem so much fun to experience it.

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