The brilliant mixed-media Gothic Arches challenge site is presenting TEXT as our challenge this week. As seen in my last two posts, creating text collages as backgrounds is my favourite technique at the moment, so I had to jump into this challenge.
And here is how I made it:
1. Cut arch shape from cereal box cardboard and stick on various text pages.
2. Paint with gesso and paint scrape pink, brown and gold paint
3. Add dictionary page, ephemera and embellishments.
Gothic Arches has started 2010 with a theme of Birthstones. With my birthday in August, my birthstone is Peridot; not up there with the diamonds, emeralds or sapphires in the precious stones world, but still a striking green. And one of my favourite colours.
Stamps by Collections (alphabet set and checkers), See-Ds Boutique Grunge (swirl and crown) and Studios Astarte (post marks and “Air Mail”). Stamped in Graphite Black Staz On. A little Gesso for fun, applied with a dry brush, over the black stamped images. Image from Go Make Something. Also Making Memories Rub on alphabet set in white. And some of my collection of green beads.
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Gypsies is the theme this week for the Gothic Arch challenge. This made me think of faded, rich velvets, gold coins and fortune tellers. So here is my gypsy, being watched over, daring to look into her own future.
The background was made with the credit card painting technique. Stamped in Brilliance Galaxy Gold was the harlequin stamp (Stylish Images) and the grunge lace (Boutique Grunge, by See-D). Stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black was the eyes (Sunday International) and “Enchantment” (Eclectic Images). The black paper lace border is by “Simply Borders”. The gold coins on the chain is a necklace I’ve had for a very long time and actually found it when I was looking for it. I was excited as I think it makes the piece.
The year has started grunge, with Gothic Arches. My research for this topic took me to Wiki, where I was informed that Grunge music includes the likes of Pearl Jam and Nirvana (cool). The look includes torn jeans and more of an attitude than look. And you can only be grunge by not being grunge – or something like that! So here is my (non) grunge piece:
Background painted with walnut ink, flourish stamps from Boutique Grunge set by See D’s (stamped in Adirondak Espresso), lettering and clock face by Collections. Wings from Grungeboard. French script stamp by Stamp Oasis, with Sepis ink. A little gold paint also added.
I had lots of fun making this. The arch size is a great format and my ideas seem to flow really well around the space.
This week I have joined a new challenge site – Gothic Arches. Their challenge is theme Vintage Children for this week.
Gothic Arches - Vintage Children
I created my own arch and cut it out with my new Pazzles cutter, which I also used to make the “ballet” lettering and the ballerina. The ballerina image came from Karen Whimsy‘s fantastic image site. The vintage girl image is from the Collage Images group on Flickr – certainly worth joining if you are always after images.
Swirls stamps are part of the Nightingale set, from See-D’s (stamped in Brilliance Black and Galaxy Gold inks) and the music stamp is from Stamp-It (stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy). The white images are from a Collections plate.