Thursday, 30 September 2010

Break out the Art Parts!

Well, just for those of you who mentioned the Art Parts in the Ally Pally Stash pictures, I decided to break open the pack!!

I spent some time after my hairdresser left this afternoon (re-done highlights and a haircut) reading Wendy Vecchi's 3rd book that I got at Ally Pally.  I didn't want to read it too closely straight off, as I wanted to glean some ideas without copying one of Wendy's designs completely.

So, after dinner and whilst Liverpool were only drawing again, I got to work:


I started by covering one of the square frames with tissue tape. It's a bit more fiddly to do neatly than it sounds (or maybe, I'm just ham-fisted!)
I sealed it with a thin layer of matte medium (and then proceeded to get it stuck against a piece of paper towel while the glue dried....

At the same time, I covered the base to the frame with a piece of paper from Tim's Lost and Found paper stack (this is the back of one of the alphabet pages - or is it the front, lol?) and stamped a Wendy sentiment on it in black archival.   you can see in the top corner a butterfly - I stamped this (Wendy V) onto a reject piece of a tag from my Monday Compendium challenge (wasn't happy with the colour but here I like it!)

The finished piece. As I can never cut the antennae out from these butterflies very well, I decided to make them with some thin wire. (wire work isn't my strong point, so they're not twisted very well!)

The flower is also from one of my new Wendy sets, stamped in black stazon on grungepaper and then just sprayed with a DI reinker (spiced marmalade) and some perfect pearl powder. Finally I added a type charm from my idea-ology stash.   I couldn't get any close ups because the flash is bouncing too much off the tissue tape!

You get 3 of these square frames (these are about 3 1/2 inches square) and 3 rectangular ones in a pack - I paid just under £7 which at the time I thought quite a lot, but maybe not when you think about it, it's only just over £1 each - and they are quite sturdy and great fun to use!

16 comments:

flutterbycrafter said...

Ooooo, I likey. That new stamps looks fantastic, lovely piece of work.

Netty said...

Beautiful work, x

Pam said...

Fab hugs Pam x

Joanne said...

This is so lovely. That flower stamp is a must.
Luv Joanne xx

Sam Poole Designs said...

OOoo I'm so jealous! lol Lovely art work helen. Thanks for sharing! Sam x

brenda said...

Beautiful artwork Helen adn the butterfly finishes it off perfectly.

B x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Fab creation Helen -love Wendy Vecchi's stamps (I have her first book and keep promising myself to buy 2 and 3)!! Great technique, and I love the flower and butterfly.
Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Artyjen said...

I like that lots :) I keep contemplating the WV stamps! But I also keep trying to convince myself I don't need them LOL....you may have swayed me you naughty person!!!
xoxo Sioux

Tracy Evans said...

I have been wondering about the art parts, they don't seem too expensive either which is good. I keep telling myself I don't need the tissue tape either but everyone is using it, tempting. Great piece Helen. Have a good weekend. Tracy Evans x

Gez said...

Amazing frame. Looks like you had great fun with this.. enjoy the book. :)

hazel said...

A lovely piece of work.
xxx Hazel.

Sunshine Girl said...

Love the frame and the wire work looks great to me - thanks for the inspiration - I have just left you an award for having such a lovely blog on my blog - its at http://www.sunshinegirlnicola.blogspot.com/ - Nicki (aka Sunshine Girl)

Sue West said...

This is just lovely Helen. That new Wendy Vecchi stamp looks great,and the frame is fab. I think I might have to invest in some Art Parts (better start saving after a trip to Artisan on Friday!)
Sue x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Fabulous piece Helen, the flower stamp is wonderful :-) Don't worry about the antennae I'm sure some real butterflies have wonky ones hehe
Anne xx

Shar said...

Stunning!

craftytrog said...

Wonderful art Helen! x