Sunday, 31 January 2010
Play Date Cafe Challenge 14
This week's Play Date challenge has 5 colours - dark green, white, lilac, orange and dusky pink; inspired by Sarah's sister's garden design. GULP! So most people probably thought straight of flowers, right?! But I wanted to do something different.
When I was reading the Saturday paper, there was an article about the artist Mondrian who uses bright bold blocks of colour and whose work I love. So I thought maybe I could do something - very very vaguely - along those lines - in the challenge colours. I have several Hero Arts shadow stamps of various sizes but decided on just two - an oblong and a small square. I rummaged around in my drawers of ink pads and found the green, orange and lilac but was really struggling for a dusky pink. I decided the gaps I'd leave would count for the white. I took a piece of thickish white card and played around with the inks, adding a few black for some contrast (not sure whose stamp that is, there isn't a label). I left it overnight, not sure how to finish it for the challenge.
Until a few hours ago the piece didn't have any pink in at all and I was going to throw in the towel, then I found a Rangers Antiquities inkpad called Chinese Red - which isn't red at all, but pinkish. It's a bit tenuous, but I hope it will do. Then I had to decide what to do with it - it measured just slightly over 8 inches by 6 and a half, I overstamped the "may all your dreams" by Penny Black randomly over the card and spent some time trying to find something to put on top - I couldn't just enter a piece of home-made background paper!! Eventually I decided to trim it to fit an 8x8 inch card (yes, another one) which I covered with a piece of white/black spotty paper. I found some retro bloom chips (Craftwork cards) which I painted with Claudine Helmuth purple palette paint and when they were dry, stuck on some lilac buttons that I had threaded with lilac glittery thread, added a bit of glitter and "done" as Gordon Ramsay would say.
I've turned it into a birthday card for my best friend Claire for later this week. I hope she - and the Play Date Cafe - like it!!