Friday, 20 July 2012

Simon Says - No Rules!

This week, the challenge at Simon Says Stamp is - anything goes, no rules - make what you like!  Hels Sunday Stampers challenge is 'Bits and Pieces' - great song - and to use embellishments. So I decided to combine the two.

I had an unexpected afternoon off today and though I should have been doing a couple of design team pieces, found myself - finally - altering this torso I have had hanging around naked for months (years actually, I bought it at least one year ago, if not two..)

 Started with a layer of gesso then Paperartsy Fresco paint, 'pea coat', added a layer of crackle glaze and top coat of 'honeydew'  and waited for the magic....
 Once the paint had crackled, I added a sash - a piece of toning patterned ribbon from my stash, and made a belt-come-pinafore  from some blue skeleton leaves, and tied some fibres round the waist.
 Painted some metal wings with a light wash of the pea coat blue paint, and dried, (they fell off before the glue had dried, looks like I stuck them back on a bit wonky!!)

Finished it off with a fabric flower embellishment (Wendy Vecchi's Blossom Bucket range) that I lightly coloured with some blue distress ink, and a philosophy tag pinned into the waist.

Found a bit of natural light in a window to get some photos!

Off to link this up now, Simon Says are offering one lucky entrant a $50 voucher....

19 comments:

isisimaginings.com said...

Lovely!

sam21ski said...

WOW lucky you getting an afternoon off, you must have a very understanding boss

Great torso by the way

Sam xxx

brenda said...

Hello Helen,

Here at last, thanks for bearing with me last week or two. At least my new voice recognition system seems to be working nicely, I'm well chuffed in fact I managed after-effect quickly as I'm not a natural techie.

Your piece of artwork really is something very different, very imaginative and totally inspirational.

I was watching the footy but gave up a half-time!

Hope you have a good weekend and a bit of sunshine.

B X

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is charming. I like how you were able to meet both challenges with one truly incredible entry!

inkypinkycraft said...

A beautiful piece, fab colours.. I have one of these must get on and do something with it! Great make trace. X

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fabulous.

Karin said...

wow its a beautiful creation!

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful transformation of the torso Helen. Annette x

Redanne said...

You have done a beautiful job on this, I have one and had not the faintest idea what to do with it so thank you for the inspiration!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love your altered dress form Helen, the crackle is gorgeous and makes for a fabulous backdrop . Love the flower at the top of the bodice and the wings are fantastic. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Hels Sheridan said...

Helen, you have a gorgeous torso there (ok, I couldn't help that rofl) Seriously though, it is... LOVE those gorgeous colours, lush indeedily... thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper xx

Lori said...

Great piece Helen! Love the texture on it..... wonderful!

flutterbycrafter said...

This is awesome, love all the texture, crackle, stamping, wonderful piece xx

monique said...

Wow such a great big awesome project

Sue said...

Wow this is amazing, and you found some sunshine to photograph it by lol x

Carmen said...

Loving all that crackle and what you've done with your headless torso (makes you sound like an axe murderer *g*) Just lovely colours.

Samantha Elliott said...

This is great Helen. I am doing something of a similar nature at the moment, but she is not ready to be seen in public quite yet! LOL!

alison said...

awesome altering Helen, it looks amazing! x

Gabrielle said...

Love this sensational torso Helen. The whole piece is stunning - love how you have kept it all this time and suddenly found a design for it - I do that too so it's refreshing to know I'll have some use for all my bits and bobs someday too! I bet this looks stunning decorating your home!