Monday, 23 May 2011

Renaissance Man

It's another Grungy Monday, hosted by the lovely Linda over at Studio L3, and  it's so exciting to be one of this weeks guest designers. I've had a real blast with this weeks fab watercolour technique which you can find full details of over at Tim's wonderful blog, which I've taken to randomly dipping into, because where ever you end up there is always something really good to look at, or to try out. 
Go and check out the fabulous art that Linda creates, and also please drop by my fellow Guest Designer Ellen's brilliant blog which is full of amazing art. Then don't forget to visit the All Things Tim  discussion Group at Yahoo where there is a Grungy Monday file full of fab artwork as well.

I had a bit of a dilema with this technique. Should I go bold and vibrant, or use a more subtle colour scheme. At heart I'm a grungy girl, so I finally decided to go with, as you can see, a fairly subdued range of colours.  I think I'm aiming for a faded Italian Renaissance look here.


The background  is made using paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stack, which I've painted with some watered down Snowflake Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paint. This gives a matte finish which is just wonderful to stamp on. I have used distress inks (Vintage Photo and Broken China) for my watercolour technique stamping, rather than the Adirondack Inks that Tim uses on his blog, and they work really well but give a softer, more translucent effect. The image of David is from one of my favorite Tim stamp sets, Artful Artifacts, and the script is a from a PaperArtsy Hot Pick stamp set.
The flowers are made using the Tattered Florals die and some Kraft Glassine paper, which I scrunched up and sprayed with Blue Smoke Perfect Pearls Mist. I also used this to spray the Trimming in the centre of the right hand flower and attached to the Baubles.  Behind these I've used some Tissue Tape, and after a bit of fiddling about managed to get the words I wanted in just the right places.


I've used two mini canvases, the top one I've used back to front and covered with the Architechtural blueprint paper from the Crowded Attic Paperstack. It made a perfect little niche for the small Fractured Doll, who I thought looked a bit like a minature of Michelangelo's statue of David, although for modesty's sake some bits are missing.  To give the frame of this mini canvas more depth and texture I have used the little diamonds stamp from Tim's Mini Muse set, and the floral spray from Artful Flight. 


For the second mini canvas I stamped the pens from the Artful Artifacts set on to tissue paper with coffee Archival Ink, and then used beeswax to fix to the canvas.  To get a nice sheen  to the wax I have just buffed it with the side of my hand, and then finished off by adding an Ideology pen nib.  I have a real problem getting my camera to get this bit into focus, and this seems to be about the best it can do, it's the least fuzzy option.

My frame is a cheapy from Wilkinson's that has been painted with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paint in Traditional Tan, randomly stamped with some of the same images I've already used , and then distressed  with a bit of hammering and some Old Paper  Distress Crackle Paint, which has been inked over with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to get into the cracks. Then I just couldn't resist using a little bit more Ideology goodness to finish off.
I've had a great time making this project and love this technique, so in the interests of art and science I am going to try it with as many different types of ink as I can find in my stash. So far, some have worked better than others, and I'm finding inks that I can't even remember buying!
PS I'm just writing this Wednesday 07.00.  Blogger is doing something really wierd and I am continually logged out of my account each time I try to leave comments on some blogs. (Apparently it's a known issue that they are trying to do something about).  Until they get it fixed I can only look at all the beautiful artwork at Grungy Monday this week.

18 comments:

Terry said...

Congratulations on being our inspirational guest designer! Love this shadow box with all of the fabulous details!

Brenda Brown said...

Sue this is a real designer piece - just magnificent. I love all the details and your colour choices.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Dragon said...

Really fabulous piece... LOVIN ghe colours
Frankie
xx

ellen vargo said...

Hi Sue - your piece is AMAZING! I absolutely love it! Glad we were able to share the title of guest designer together - look forward to seeing more of your work!

Ellen xx

Artyjen said...

Lots of great ways to use those T!m products Sue ;)
Looks fabby.
xoxo Sioux

Plume said...

This is an awesome piece! I love the renaissance feel of your project. The colors are subtle and the finishes you used certainly convey an old world ambiance. Bravo!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful piece Sue, love the renaissance feel and the subtle colour palette, perfect. Tracy x

Netty said...

Terrific shadow box Sue and love the subtle colourings and all the great details. Enjoy your week and congratulations on being the GD this week. Annette x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fabulous piece and wonderful inspiration.

Marjie K said...

Beautiful shadow box! Love all the soft coloring and details.

Wendy said...

I just love this. I like that you went with the muted tones, I wish I had too. The bright colours are just not my thing. Thanks for sharing.

craftytrog said...

Your piece is so beautiful Sue! I love everything about it!
Alison xx

Jane said...

Wow! I am glad I hopped on over here to read your description. At first glance it isn't that obvious. Your art is beautiful, and so detailed. Great inspiration.

Lisa Somerville said...

Fab piece, wonderful details!

minnie_mac said...

What a fabulous piece. Love the muted tones, the frames, the crackle finish, the flowers. Everything !


Marilyn

Evelyn S. said...

Oh...this is such a wonderful piece! I love seeing it up close. I think my favorite part is the mini canvas of the pen nibs! It's all just a WOW creation.

Chris Arlington - Canada said...

Stunning! I love everything about this. Keep creating!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Sue, I'm beyond grateful that you shared your enormous talent as Guest Star Designer for Grungy Monday this week. I've always admired your art-- without fail, it's elegant and perfectly created, and this wonderful assemblage is a great example of your style! The composition is wonderful, and the collection of elements and textures couldn't be prettier. You've definitely achieved the faded Italian Renaissance look you were hoping for. It's truly a masterpiece!