Thursday, 5 August 2010

You Never Make Anything Like That For Me...

...were more words uttered by my dearly beloved Grim... on Saturday night, when I had just made the Sunday Stamper for this week... and what is it about him??? He has this inbuilt sensor that susses out any surprises I am planning for birthday/anniversary/Christmas etc pressies for him... anyone else have a hubby like that??? For example... I will think to myself that I will buy him a CD for his birthday/anniversary/Christmas etc and lo and behold, he walks through the door a few minutes later holding the exact same CD I have been thinking about buying for him... thus spoiling another pressie idea... So, for the last few months I have been a-thinking *don't worry, I do my thinking sitting down now-adays... otherwise the old brain cell will become exhausted* that I want to make a piece of wall art for Grim for his room - he has a Room of Equipment - which is not unlike my Room of Stash... save for the fact that his room is much smaller ROFL. Anyways, I have been saving bits n bobs for months now... you know, to put on this piece of art for him. So, the Sunday Stamper was a "trial" piece to see if I could make what was in my head... I showed it to Grim for approval... and that is when he said..."you never make anything like that for me"... typical! Anyways, I decided to go ahead and make the piece... and here it is:




I used Terra, Ferro and Rock Candy Cracklepaint to make a really texturey frame... and... please all make sure you are sitting down, you may faint when you read this... I didn't use... Traditional Tan!!!! No, not a single drippy drop went near the piece... I used... Claudines Blank Canvas, which is as nice as Trad Tan but not the same colour ROFL.




I also used Claudine's Teal paint.. which was a tad dark for my project so I plopped *don't you just love that word... plopped...say it several times and all of a sudden it sounds really funny... erm.. just me then???* Where was I? Ah yes, the texturey bit... stamped into, heat dried, splodged with paints... added shimmery colours using Precious Metals Paints - Silver and Turquoise..using Cut & Dry foam for applications... and then finally... Silver Dabber... plopped onto a craft sheet, picked up with already filthy dirty fingers... and smudged over the Rock Candy bits...





The bits in the middle... old letterpress letters, the Battleship from Monopoly... Grim usually is the Battleship... and reckons I should now be... the Old Boot (charming huh?) The numbers make up his birthday and age *yes folks, you have found out the truth, Grim is 84 LMAO.. he's not really, I just said that to ensure you all know I have a sugar daddy LOL* The key next to the watch pieces... Life-Time... the ickle train... if you didn't know already... Grim drives trains for a living (which is where we met, all those years ago when I was a young slip of a gal, starting my training and they put me with him so he could teach me how to drive trains for myself...ah, misty eyed memories...anyways... enough of the slush) The heart on the wings...cos even now, after all these years together, he still makes my heart flutter *sorry peeps, am I making you feel ever so slightly queasy with all the sentimentality?* The bottle with the silver bead chain - that is supposed to be Vodka, his fave tipple...the crown, cos he is my Prince Charming... and the propellor cos he loves planes... and the Swallow... ah, that image used to adorn the old ladies of the railway, the Intercity 125's or HST's... and Grim drives those, they are his favourite *as they were mine too* and finally, the resistors around the frame... cos he loves all things electrical and gadgetty :O))




So... how long is this post??? Well, cos yesterday I broke all traditions and did the shortest post in the history of Ink On My Fingers... I decided to bore you all rigid with my inane wafflings and witterings about this piece.. I could have just said... "this is what I made Grim for his birthday" but then you may have been left wondering why in the heck I had added so many random things to a piece of art... I just thought of a better title for this... it could be... Art Imitating Life...mmm, nice! Anyways, I am offski... Grim has a week off work *hurrah and thrice* so we are off for a gentle stroll cos I have that horrid nasty spasmy thing in my back again and I can't move about properly ... a gentle stroll may just ease it up! Thanks for looking... and if you have read to the end of this... a hug for you for reading my waffles... TTFN...

Hels x

32 comments:

ellen said...

WOW! This piece is simply stunning!! And I'm so proud of you for resisting the trad tan! I know Grim will treasure it. Thanks to you (and Grim) for sharing it with us. How did the cake turn out? :) Thanks for getting back to your waffling - it's such fun! I always LOL atleast once! Hugs ~ Els. xx

Tracy Evans said...

What a lovely piece of art for Grim, and so many bits and pieces that mean something to him, you have really worked hard on this Hels. How to you turn them out so quickly, takes me ages to make a piece with so much detail on it. Hope Grim had a good birthday and enjoyed the cake. Enjoy the stroll. Tracy x

whyducks said...

Oh I just love this and the colour is wonderful! What a lot of happy memories for you both. I don't think my husband would want me to make him a piece of art, lovely as he is! Maybe it is my art! Sorry about spasms, hope they ease soon hun xx

Kaz said...

Short comment for a long post - Love it!! xx

Rosie said...

Love the piece and I'm sure Grim will be delighted when he realises its for him? You do make me laugh Hels, reading your blog is as good as a tonic!

Helen said...

I love this. No-one makes things like that for me either!! Course, I could make my own if I had lots of little trinkety things like you - hey, I can go shopping! I never seem to see bits like that though. Perhaps I just don't look. OK now I'm waffling. Hope you both had a great day yesterday. Is there any cake left?!

JeanFB said...

Gorgeous piece of art, Hels, and I love all the sentimentality you've put into it! Happy Birthday from blogland to the birthday boy! And.... just wanted to say congrats on the Craft Stamper cover! As soon as my copy arrived (a little later here in the US, I suspect), I saw it and said Hey I Know That ART!! LOL! Fab tutorial, too - you did lots of work with all those wonderful photos - was fantastic! :)

Jennie said...

what a great piece of asrtwork or should that be writing... made me smile...hope your walk eases the spasms...
Hugs x

Artyjen said...

What a lovely memory piece :) My DH could never be surprised either! Or perhaps it was me not being good at keeping secrets! LOL
xoxo Sioux

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Wow, Hels, this is gorgeous. I love all the hidden meaning in each piece. So well thought out. I love that you starting collecting all the pieces ahead of time too. Hate that he mentioned you never do anything like that for him when that was your actual intention. Although, that just means he liked what he saw. He will love it!!!

SusanK said...

What a nifty piece of art for that someone special in your life! I'm so glad you explained now only how you made it but what all the bits and bobs represent. Have a loverly stroll and enjoy your time together!

Sue said...

Hi Hels - love this - the colour is gorgeous and all those yummy bits and pieces - what can I say ......

Kathy Eddy said...

This is truly a piece for Grim to treasure. Wish him a Happy Birthday too. I love reading your long posts! So funny and always make me smile.

penibear said...

Hels, this is absolutely gorgeous. And I love the word plopped.

Julia Dunnit said...

This is moddy blarvellous Hels..I think you should print out the description section from your post and enclose it with the gift. Lucky Grim huh!

Linda Cain said...

This is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joanne said...

Oh Hels! you romantic person. I think Grim is as pleased as punch with his pressie. Mine would hve gone out and bought one before I'd finished it - yes, he is the same.
Luv Joanne xx

Sid said...

Lovely and it's my favourite colour too !!

Heather x said...

Stunning artwork Hels! I loved reading what each piece related to, it gives a story to the artwork :)
I always have such fun when I visit you and end up laughing out loud, hubby always asks what I am laughing at.....he's now hooked just as much as me to read your next installments :)
*hugs* Heather x

CuddlyBunny said...

Wonderful creation! I adore your little bits to represent things special to your Grim ... and the colors! Delicious!

... plopped ... plopped ... plopped ... plopped ... plopped ...

Fiona said...

It's a wonderful piece of art to be cherished with all those memories tied into it... wonderful :)

julie m said...

what a wonderfully wafflesly post (i guess i make up words too). even without the delightful description it is obvious that it was made with love. the colors and textures are so wonderful. you rock girl!

Wanda H said...

Yep, I read all the way to the end... Hugs back to you :-)) The canvas is Perfect... loved hearing the meaning behind each item. I hope you had a nice stroll and that your back is feeling better.

Lynn Stevens said...

Well if Grim doesent give you a big smack on the lips he should, What a well planned piece for your prince charming! All the things that mean so much to him. But where's a picture of you? you really need to add something of what he cherishes most his "Hels"
Wish Grim A Happy Birthday from us all!
hugz Lynn

Claire said...

Fab-u-lous Hels, beautiful art! I'm going to be muttering 'plopping' to myself and giggling all day now :-)
claire xx

inge said...

Hello Hels,

WOW : very nice piece : I like the blue and the textured background and all the "personal" little stuff that has meaning for him !

My husband gives me the space to do what I like, but I don't know if he would say " you never make anything like that for me"...and would love such a piece for him !

Treasure your Grim !
greetings from belgium
Inge

jodpea said...

Yep, u think ur being oh so clever n they suddenly pipe up "oh look what I bought this week" Ppl who just buy everything they want (instead of whining on on about whether they can afford it/justify it/will ever use it, like me) r just annoying!

cardesque said...

slushy but rather lovely!
I really love the fact that all the little pieces have so much thought and love put into them.

Spyder said...

fabulous completely fabulous!! I wouldn't know where to start! as for grim...well, we have the some...only I think of carrots and he (who does the cooking) is actually trying to tell me to buy them if I'm going by Tesco's! Itusually works!

(lyn))

judith@poppy cottage said...

Such a fabulous idea Hels, must store this away for my OH's in October, and use relevant objects. Hope the back improves, Judith xx

Violets Corner said...

I would love to play with your stamps :)

Hugs
Maarit

Heather x said...

me again hun, how do you stick the 3d elements down? I am trying to make a frame, I've painted it and stamped on it but now I am stuck as to how to glue the pieces on so they stay put lol.
*hugs* Heather x

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