Friday, 16 May 2008

Home is where the art is...

... is a quote we've all heard before, I'm sure, but I couldn't resist it today! :o) I've just joined what I think is going to turn out to be a really fun swap! Each person has to make 21 itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny houses, send them off to the organiser, then gets 20 back from other artists in return.

Each house must be 2.5in wide and can be anywhere between 3 and 6in tall. Apart from that, all rules are off! I think 5 or 6 tiny houses arranged in a line will look awesome in the right frame, I'm really looking forward to seeing what I get sent back - I need more art on my walls! :o)

I thought I'd have a go at just a couple today, to suss out the lay of the land, see if there were any mistakes waiting to pick me to happen to or any problems I hadn't forseen - all that malarky! :)

The right hand house was coloured with distress inks (shabby shutters and broken china), stamped with basic grey and fontwerks flourishes and painted with a waterbrush and fired brick distress pad.

The house on the left uses the batik resist technique. It was stamped with the tree in embossing ink and clear embossed. After the rest of the inking/stamping was finished, I placed some brown paper over the house and ironed it with a hot iron - melting the embossing powder again so that soaked into the brown paper and was removed from the house, leaving a white image behind.

I'm not sure if I'm going to include these two into my swap or not. To be completely frank, I just don't like the one on the right. Those of you that read my blog regularly will know that from time to time I put "mistakes" onto my blog, and this is one of them, lol! I will approach the rest slightly differently I think - I just hadn't really taken on board how small they are, and am a little wiser now! :o) 3 more tomorrow, watch this space.

I hope you like them, click on them to see a larger view!

18 comments :

Hels said...

They are absolutely gorgeous Dan...I love them!! And they are so tiny yet so much detail is on them....wish I could join you with the swap :O)) Or maybe just a 1-1 swap....*hint hint* LOL

mrsspook said...

ongzDan these are fab, Im not sure which one I like best.
Well done again

Andrea said...

Dan I think its only you that ever sees mistakes in your work as I know I can not, love these as they are just adorable and look forward to seeing a row of detached houses, how Fab xx

She said...

Great little houses. :-) xxxx

jen said...

These are amazing, i like them both!!

Clare said...

I just knew your houses would be fabulous - now Im having a crisis - Im even more excited about the swap - but also quite sure mine are going to look pants compared to these little beauties!

Fae said...

I now even have more of a complex about doing this swap - your little houses are fabulous!

AngelaC said...

Dan,these tiny houses are so fantastic and gorgeous!

Mee said...

Mistake, where I can't see it! Dan your work is fantastic and so inspirational :o)

Sarah aka Flo said...

Oh looky here! Beautiful little houses!

You might not like the one on the right – but I ADORE that picket fence!!! Reminds me of Desperate Housewives :)

I am so so so excited about this swap – because I get to see ALL these lovely little works of art in real life!!!

Angie C said...

Wow Dan, I love both of these, they are stunning

Linda Elbourne said...

They both look great Dan .... I can't wait to see the street X

elliemook said...

Oooh these are fab. Really must try the resist technique, some lovely new stamps arrived today so might give it a go with them. Just need to find my iron lol x

Nic said...

I adore the one on the left, you just have the best stamps, and a real knack using them :O)

Ann said...

Amazing - love them all Dan, I adore the way your colours all blend in & are so vibrant, brilliant as always!!

Anne said...

I'm not taking part in the swap but if I was I would be MORE than delighted to receive either of these houses - trust me, they're FABULOUS!!!! I love your use of colour and your stamping is perfect!!

Netti said...

I've just been getting up to speed on the House/Tag debacle as I'm new to your site and the Tag Your It one. Anyway, just looking around your great site and love these little houses. Personally, I really like the one on the right!

Netti said...

AND the one on the left, I should add, in case the last comment implied otherwise.lol

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