Tuesday, 5 November 2013

GRUNGE ESMERALDA

Those of you who have been reading Orange Esmeralda will know that Grunge is not Orange Esmeralda's middle name.
So when the "Three Muses" challenged us to make artwork on the theme "Grunge/Print Background" she was disconcerted but also up for a challenge.

She consulted her distant relation, Mr. Grey Esmeralda


who, sad to say, was not much help.

She went to the Craft store and bought some Distress stamp pads, as she was feeling slightly distressed, and alcohol inks because they sounded a good idea, but didn't make much headway with these either.


She reread the challenge theme : 
Our theme for next week is GRUNGE/PRINT BACKGROUND. Bring out your silhouettes, stamps (rubber or digital), brushes, splatters, dripping ink and coffee stains and design a masterpiece of grunge. Have fun.

So she got out a watercolour paintbox, brushes, a glue stick, stamps, stamp pads and a magazine for text, and started having fun.

She drew out a plan, a Grungy landscape plan, and started drawing and painting.  


Then one little bit of paper accidentally landed on another bit of paper and she was entranced by this small picture.




Several very exciting days later she had this little flower card




and this little tower card




and this little house card from the first idea





and more, which she will keep for another day.


So, maybe not what some of you might call Grungy, but it was Stampy and Painty and Texty and Fun.

42 comments:

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

lol, what a beautiful story dear, as always! I am gonna show this to my daughter :)
Anyhow, cards are superb! love them!

Valerie-Jael said...

I call it gorgeous, the rest is not important. You had fun, and you supported the ailing craft industry with your buys, a noble deed! Hugs, Valerie

Annie said...

Look at you, Sheila! Daring to accept a challenge into the unknown. How wonderful that you did, I love your grunge style! It's beautifully refreshing. It leads us all into a new direction where grunge doesn't have to be so dark and dirty looking. So there's a Mr. Grey Esmeralda...he's so wise looking. Hard to believe he was not able to guide you in your adventure into grunge. Love your beautiful cards!

limmelon said...

Mr. Grunge's Tower is absolutely fabulous. Really clever. The little flower seems to sparkle. Brilliant, love them all, Awesome !!

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

Sheila- You gave your own fabulous and artful interpretation to "grunge!" I love what you've done, as always, and your fun explanations.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what exciting days did you have?! You forgot to say a very big "thank you" to the Three Muses ....

and all the pieces are simply gorgeous!

Ozstuff said...

Sheila, I am so thrilled that you grasped the challenge and ran with it, giving us a delightful collection of grungy pieces in your own inimitable style. I love the journeys through art that you take us on and I love your work.

Karla B said...

Lovely ideas!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Terrific presentation for the grunge background theme...wonderfully created.

indybev said...

Good for you, Sheila, for reaching out of your comfort zone and finding fun in the journey. I love your grunge expedition!!!
(Thanks for the very nice note)

Judy said...

Fun set of fab art, Sheila, love your bright Christmas cards, too and your other art of course!!

Christine said...

It's a delight to read your stories and those little cards are so beautiful, creative and fun!

Jez said...

I love the whimsical story that surrounds your lovely cards, and the way your ideas developed into those inventive images.

Bill said...

As long as it was fun that's all that counts! Your story is so much fun itself. :O)

johanna said...

i can really see the fun you had!! and it is delightful for us you share it with! wonderful post, sheila!

Ritva said...

you have your own unique experession. Love it.

sirkkis said...

I love your fun stories and your lovely art put together. Superb, Sheila

Alex Leitner said...

I am sorry I had to delete my first comment, there was a kind of muddle in there...

I really don't understand, why you don't have more followers. Everybody who has read your postings once must be a true fan of yours, I am sure. Thanks for the grungy story and the introduction of your distant relative Mr Gray Esmeralda. It made my day! (And I am still thinking of the party-trees. I saw there are two women-trees and only one man-tree. Are you sure, it won't end up in some jealousies?

LonettA said...

The little cards are so beautiful and I always love your posts!

Junibears said...

A wonderful adventure and a lovely story! xx

Karin said...

great story and beautiful cards!
Groetjes Karin

Deann said...

You are absolutely right it is Stampy and Painty and Texty and fun you are a delight my dear...I especially love your little tower it calls to me.

Deborah said...

LOL welcome to the world of grunge Ms Esmeralda.

Gerda S. said...

I love the stories about the pictures! Very delightful cards are again formed.I particularly like the little tower-card.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

So funny, creative and amazing as always, your art works are magical.
I love them all:-)
I made too cards with prints, but I think they are not grunge enough:-(
Big hugs Anja

Sim said...

What a great collection of sweet grungies!
Your creativity is without limits indeed my dear!
Thanks for the fun story! :)

kat said...

Sheila these are so fabulous! You are stretching and evolving and your art is a delight, I love them all!

Fodie Ann said...

Sheila, these are beautiful little cards, with lovely subtle colours! My favourite is the little house card, and I love it's swirly stampings! Hugs!

Myriam Kozik said...

Love your story and great outcome on all the cards.

Beo said...

I love what you have created here - especially this fairytale like tower
Please excuse me now - I have to go back to your picture in order to walk arount in it....
Best Beate

Anni - My Creative Life said...

Oh Sheila I love the grunge style in your cards, they are all so wonderful and so is your story, wish you a lovely new week.
Anni

Jackie said...

Wow, three fabulous cards. I particularly like the third one - such a fab combination of colours and great composition. Jx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow three beautiful art cards! I can't pick a favorite, love them all. The textures & colours are wonderful. I love your story with this post as well :) I'm not sure why but I missed this post earlier, I've been quite busy. Have a wonderful weekend, Shirleyx

janie said...

Hi Sheila, your style is so unique, yet another little story for your children's book which both children and adults would devour. I love all your cards they are stunning.

LynnF said...

Hi Sheila! What awesome art! Simply wonderful colors and spectacular images.

Anonymous said...

Wow, amazing, Sheila ... don't think you needed any help from Mr Grey Esmeralda here! They're all so fabulously colourful and fun ... my fave is the tower ... love the colours! Anita :)

CS-CreativArt said...

So lovely all your cards and your story!

Jeannette said...

OOoh,I love your grunge story orange and your cat is so funny and cute,i love him,and your tiny door its faboulsus with in the cactus,great idea.
thank you orange for your nice comment of my blog,iam glad you looked my work,big thank you.

Greetings Jeannette

Lorraine said...

very cute cards

Yvonne said...

Such a fun piece, Shelia! So nice to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words :)

Pia Rom said...

Haha you always make me smile...yes grungy thats a challenge assuredly :)But how I love what came out of your arsty mind...love the flowershape and the sweet house is my all favorite!! and btw. very grungy for sure :) ♥ Conny
Piaroms Art Journaling

TinaW said...

I've yet to figure out what "grungy" means in the art world. To me, it means dirty, messy, something that needs to be washed. I'm pretty sure that's not what they mean, though. I LOVE the little house card from the first idea. Adorable!