Friday, 30 September 2011


...yes indeedily, I have had men on my mind this week! Well, three men inparticular, namely; Uncle Fester, The Beast and Jack, who are all residents of the Octopode Factory... where the Friday challenge theme is... MEN! And, I am incredibly honoured to be asked back to Guest Design again for this fab challenge. Now... I know I have said this before but... I was a snob when it came to "digi" stamps... thinking that a stamp is made out of rubber and you have to add ink to it to see what the image is. Ahah! My snobbery was well and truly dispersed when I first happened across these delightful digi's from the fair hand of Lily Chilvers, who happens to not only be an incredibly talented artist but also... get this... she just turned 18 yesterday! So... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lily! And... if you do prefer to use rubber... Lily has now had some of her Octopodes made into rubberstamps... result!!! Anyways... HERE is a linky to the challenge blog... where you will be inspired I am sure, by all the gorgeous arty pieces from the Design Team :O))

So... Men! A very easy subject for me as I always seem to veer towards the more masculine things in this world we call creativity... the colours, images, themes etc... so I challenged myself... make something with a bit of colour.. and a flower... so I did! The shadow box is 8" square, so that means the centre piece is about 6" square. To get the little men images onto the cardstock, I resized them (I did make an emergency phone call to my IT guy (ahem... Grim!) but his phone was switched off... so I panicked and pulled a few hairs out whilst stomping about on the laptop... til I sussed it... tis easy really) Anyways, I have resized the little fella's and printed them out.. then cut them out.. then coloured them with Distress Stains and a paintbrush... and then got very busy with some Colorwash Sprays.

I used Red Pepper, Sunset Orange, Butterscotch, Stream and Sail Boat Blue... then whacked some Bronze PP Mists over the top and let the colours merge together before blotting off the excess. I added some circles and lines using a craft scraper and a bottle top and then set about placing the images onto the card. It was then that I sat and stared at it... mmmm, needs words... but what words? I was going with Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil and See No Evil... cos it does look like each of the fella's would fit one of these categories.. but the words ended up being too over powering... so I then though...aha, there's three of them... so.. the Three Wise Men idea was born. I used "This Charming Font" to make the words, printed and cut out and coloured with Pumice Stone DS.

The frame was easy-peasy... I wanted a contrast to the centre... so that stood out more... and being as I am rather partial to a bit of black and white, I set about painting the frame with white Gesso and Charcoal Black paint. Once it was dried, I used a little charcoal pastel stick and smudges around the white so it isn't so bright... and then went around parts of the images to add some depth. Phew.. I think that is all... Cor blimey... I had a whole heap of fun making this... don't forget to hop on over to see Lily and her DT to see the amazing art and all of the amazing Octopodes too.

Well, that's me for now... thanks for looking... have a lovely sunny day! TTFN

Hels x


Fuchsia said...

Cool shadow box!!!

I was a bit weird about digi prints too but have dipped my toe and gone right up to my knee so far LOL

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Well I love these three wise men. Fabulous shadow box Hels, love the black and White. Tracy x

SannaS said...

awesome!! brilliant!! stunning!! love it!!! =)
hugs, SannaS

Joanne said...

What a wonderful job you've done. I must have a look at these images 'cos they are right up my street. Boo.
Hugs Joanne xx

craftimamma said...

Wow Hels, I go away for a week and come back to ................. this fabby project. I've been trying to resist the Octopode stamps for a little while now but my resistance is wearing very thin and you're not helping, lol!

Lesley Xx

Shyamal said...

Really nice and informative blog, keep it up buddy…Thanks for sharing.
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Alison said...

Brilliant! Love those wise men Hels! xx

DonnaMundinger said...

This is a serious HOOT, Hels! Love what you've done with the 3 Wise Men LOL xxD

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fabulous piece of art - great background and images.

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