Saturday, 11 May 2013

A STRANGE FLOWER RISES FROM THE PAVING

The challenge at "Sunday Postcard Art" this week was to make a 4 x 6 inch postcard on the theme "Chevrons", the challenge at "Art Journal Journey" was to make something in a different way from your usual techniques and the challenge at "Artful Times Challenge" was "Blooming Marvellous".

These are the four different (from usual) techniques I tried here.

First, collage, which I admire very much when made by others, but have never quite got the hang of.



Second, stamping, with which I challenged myself in this previous post and am trying again.  I made the paving by making a stamp for the paving stones and stamping with copper on to navy blue card.



Third, using shiny paper foils.  I love foils, especially the ones with patterns and text.  I have dear friends who selflessly provide me with sweetie papers.



Fourth, monoprinting on glass, using shiny paints and watercolours.  If you're wondering what the white bits are, they are the remains of pieces which were collaged on but were hurriedly taken off.  It's a challenge.



Gave it a photo-editing spritz and made it lighter, to become the top part of the postcard background.



Then painted a page to make the "curtains",



added sequins and beads,

all of which made the postcard.




A strange flower rises from the paving.

28 comments:

Annie said...

Nothing plain and ordinary could ever have risen from this awesomely creative piece. It could only be a new one of a kind species...and with glitz to boot! Now I've got to start saving my candy wrappers too! You are so talented and clever!

limmelon said...

Step one - eat the sweeties ! Really creative, very difficult to get the textured effect to come across in a photo. Colourful & Awesome !!

froebelsternchen said...

how clever that is..and yummie!

thank you so much for this fab entry for Art Journal Journey in may!
xxx Susi

Deborah said...

I love the way your mind works :-) Fab postcard Sheila.

Judy said...

Loved walking your creative pathway, Sheila, what a fantastic result - brilliant!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great postcard! Thanks for sharing how you created it.

Von said...

Fabulous combination of techniques a truly wonderful hanging :)
Thankyou for sharing it with us at Artful Times
Von ☺

Liz said...

Great process and result Sheila. Love the stamping on the navy blue paper, i may have a play with that colour combination.
Excellent result

Rosie said...

fabulous postcard

Unknown said...

I really like all the elements of your PC the stamp you created is amazing! Happy AJJ Dxx

chrissie said...

Very creative and so colourful

Love Chrissie xx

Jeanette said...

Wow, this is great. I'm tipping my hat to your creativity.

Linda Gibbons said...

Wow, your creative process is so complex--it's fascinating. and this is one beautiful, unique blossom!

Deann said...

I love your artwork it is just so fresh and unique this is awesome Sheila...WELL DONE!

bohemiannie! art said...

Wow. As I said on Flickr...I LOVE this piece. I love all the different techniques you played with too! Each one of them is a work of art...and put together...they're SO wonderful!!!

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

Sheila what a fantastic post, you are so creative, love your strange flower and your stamps.
Anni

janie said...

I love all your colour combinations but especially like the patterned blue and copper paving slabs, altogether beautiful colour combinations and very clever use of materials culminating in a very pleasing work of art.

PiaRom said...

amazing, how many techniques you use here to create such wonderful magical plant ;) I wish I could be a bee and taste her shiny blooms ;) LOVE it ♥ Conny
http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

Neet said...

That is so different. A lovely piece of colourful modern art there I think.
Thanks for sharing with us at Artful Times.
Hugs, Neet xx

MorningAJ said...

I'm loving that pavement! I'd never have thought of putting copper over navy. It really works.

Unknown said...

I totally loved reading this post and the title is genius. its wonderful! Cx

Electra said...

It's a wonderful postcard and it looks like you had a great time creating it!

maria f. said...

Whew. I'm tired after that journey! I'm lovin' that pavers stamp you created.

Jester said...

Wow, such wonderful pieces and I love how you have used the sweet wrappers!

~*~Patty S said...

Your colorful postcard is super!
oxo

Miki Willa said...

Thank you so much for sharing your I really enjoy collage, both admiring and doing. Using the shiny paper really makes the flower come alive. Your paving stones are wonderful. What did you use to make your stamps? Have you ever used rubber erasurs? They work great for small stamps. What a fun project!

Redanne said...

So many wonderful techniques and what a brilliant result. I love your piece of art. Anne x

Julia S-W said...

Hugely creative postcard and I love the bright colours you've used.
Juliax