Thursday, 5 July 2012

I Challenge Thee...

... I know I say it all the time but I do love a good old Sunday Skypey sesh with Ellen because invariably we do an "I Challenge Thee" where we are really strict and have a list of stash we are allowed to use. This weeks sesh was a bit different... we are both feeling in a rut with ink and stuff so we decided to chose some different items... and... old/neglected stamps. Here's the list of goodies useable: Canvas board, Paint, texture paste, old/neglected stamps, masking tape, Alterations Strip Die, Prima Flowers, Embossing Powder, Stencils, Scraped Paint technique, Splatter technique and a theme of circles and diamonds. Cor blimey... it was SO nice to get out of my comfort zone and try some new stuff.



Who knew that painting and stamping Masking Tape would be such fun!!! (I know, you are gonna tell me you have done it before but... it would seem I have been lurking under a rock lol) A lot of the inspiration for my piece has come straight from the marvel that is Anna "Finnabair" Dabrowska. If you haven't seen her work before, take a look HERE. Seriously, she is an inspiration. Her style is loaded and yet it looks clean... it is hard to describe really, you have to see it to understand it. Anyways... she is, as I said, totally inspiring me at the moment.. you know, to try something else, something different to what I normally do.


This canvas was one of those things that I just couldn't leave alone... like 3am can't leave alone. I have gone back to it a couple of times to add a few extra bits of beady things... and I have also re-discovered my love of embossing powder. I think because most of my artwork is grungy and inky, I neglect these things badly. I used Queen's Gold Embossing Powder, which is IMO, the best gold powder I have used so far. It is fine and a proper gold... sometimes a gold powder can be a bit greeny, not this one :O)) The stamping on the edges are some Catslife Press stamps I have had for 272 years and haven't used since I moved house over two years ago (naughty Hels) and the word in the middle is a gorgeous grungy stamp from The Artistic Stamper. You might be able to see some script on the masking tape... that's also an Artistic Stamper stamp - they have some cool backgrounds and scripts you know :O))


Well, I reckon I have waffled enough for today... please do hop on over to see Ellen's GORGEOUS creation - HERE it is. I am off to play again... can't keep me away from paint and texture paste at the moment lol Thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

27 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

Wow, thisis fab, love the colours and textures..off to look at the link now!! Another great piece Hels, hope all went well yesterday, trace x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...Hels this is totally gorgeous, loVe all the texture and intricate details, and your colour choice is yummy... yep I to have seen this lady's work and you have described it spot on...Mel :)

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow Hels, that's incredible!!! And so gorgeous, I love the textures & every detail is perfect.

Helen said...

Gorgeous, and love the texture, the colours are so pretty.

Jo said...

Hels, this is gorgeous, love the colours and the gold just pops and adds great texture along with the flowers. Love it! Jo xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Yummy piece!! Did peeps use the word gorgeous before? Well it is! Just happened to see Ellen's piece too, they are both so different yet equally gorgeous (yes there is that word again). You know by now I LOVE Finnabair, I think she is going to be the new TH. You do her proud!!

Rita said...

Hels, What an Absolutely Astounding piece of Art. You must be thrilled with the outcome too. The colours are fabulous and all the additions make it a very iteresting piece. You always give us such Inspiration. Hugs Rita xx

Joanne said...

You make some wonderful projects but I have to say that this has stolen my heart. It's bloomin' fantastic. Is it going on Etsy?????
Hugs Joanne xx

Michelle Webb said...

Oh Hels I love, love LOVE this! I really like the colours and all the embellishments you've used. BRILLIANT! Michelle x

anna christensen crafts said...

Stunning! Phew! Hels, for me... YOU are as inspiring as Tim Holtz. This is such a beautiful piece... texture heaven... glorious work hun xxx

PS Hope you and Grim are okay after yesterday. My ex husband's dad worked on the railway all his life, so my heart went out to you yesterday

Miriam said...

fabulous! I just love what you have done xx

snazzyoriginal said...

Oh wow,wow,wow,wow,wow - speechless! Off to see Ellen's piece now xx

ellen vargo said...

Textured, painted, heavenly gorgeousness! Love our skype sessions - I think this may be our best one yet! Love all the textured layers and trying new techniques! But mostly... love you... :) Els xxx

Julia S-W said...

Just completely and utterly gorgeous. Off to check out your link!
Juliaxx

Buttons said...

Stunning. I love Ania's work and you have definitely got it here. Loving the background colours. Hugs, Buttons x

Minxy said...

Absolutely stunning, Anna really knows how to inspire that's for sure x

Karen said...

gorgeous canvas - that is so stunning Hels, well worth challenging yourself and your very clever friend too! hugs Karen x

Aquarius said...

This is absolutely scrumptious with all the lovely textures going on and the delicate colours - totally brilliant!! Off to check out the links now.

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Love this! and love the stamps too on it :)
Hope all is well
xx

Lori said...

OMG Hels, you and Ellen totally ROCKED this challenge! Such fabulous work!

Julie Short said...

Wowee you must look after your stamps! Seriously though love, love and did I say love your wander outside your comfort zone.

Carol said...

What a stunning piece Hels - love the colours x

Redanne said...

I think the time has come for me to use the expression you use that I love the most - this is totes-amazeballs! Wonderful colours, love all the beads, the embossing and although I hate to admit it, I have not used masking tape either........Crafty hugs, Anne x

butterfly said...

Absolutely stunning - heavenly colours, and so spontaneous and dynamic. Just gorgeous - I'm awestruck! Off to check out Ellen and Finnabair. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous work x

Mary said...

Wow. Just.....wow. I can't even begin to describe how gorgeous this is. And I can definitely see the Finnabair influence! This is just so wonderful... Yeah. Wow. =)

B. said...

This is amazing! I wish I could do what you are doing as well. I'm speechless.

Anita Houston said...

I have no words good enough! This is absolutely my new favorite of yours...just eye candy for my creative soul!!! WOW!!! Amazing texture and color!

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