Monday 9 July 2012

Love and Anger

This weeks theme on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "Layered". My piece this week is inspired by one of my favorite songs, Love and Anger by Kate Bush.

The specific part of the lyrics that were running through my mind when I created this piece was:
It lay buried here, it lay deep inside me, it's so deep I don't think that I can speak about it to anyone.  It could take me all my life, but it would only take a moment to tell you what I'm feeling.
If you're unfamiliar with the song and you'd like to check it out, you can find it here.

Obviously, given that this week's theme revolves around layers, I wanted to bring a lot of depth and dimension into my project.  That probably doesn't show up too well in the main photo, but hopefully the other pictures will give you an idea of the depth and layers that are included.

Ok, a quick skip through what I did...
  1. I started out by stamping and colouring the two men with promarkers, blending Distress Inks onto the edges in places.
  2. Using a craft knife, I cut open the chests to make doors.
  3. I created shallow boxes from black card, which sit behind the doors and hold the hearts.  The base of each was covered with a piece of Destinations card.
  4. The hearts were stamped and coloured then mounted on 3d foam.
  5. I used a piece from the Destinations paper stack for the rear side of the doors and added brads as the door handles.
  6. The text was printed on the computer.
  7. The background was a piece from the Retro Grunge paper stack, stamped with Tim Holtz's "rays" stamps, one of my favourites.
  8. Finally the whole piece was matted onto white, then black card.
 Luckily I had a deep enough frame to house this piece, it's probably about an inch or so deep in total!  I've also included a photo here of the red man with his doors closed, just to show that they worked, and that I did take the time to colour the parts you wouldn't normally see! lol

Supplies I used included:
Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)


Debi said...

what a cool creation! I love it and I love how it was inspired, Debi x

misteejay said...

The second photo certainly shows the dimension on this piece. Love all the detail Dan.

Toni xx

Julian said...

Really clever piece. You have a knack for combining words and imagery in a way that is whimsical and at times ambiguous - I love that in this piece, I can't quite pin down a simple "message" - it's more about symbols and ideas and a feeling. Plus, the doors are totally cool. :)

Hels Sheridan said...

Wow, how cool is this Dan????? I LOVE IT, those little doors are genius! Hope all be goodly with you x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Such a clever piece Dan, I love to read your write ups and once again your piece is so unique, you always think outside the box, I love it. The dimension is wonderful, and the doors inspired. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Dan, I love this! I am not familiar with tha thong, but I will be! Your piece is truly inspired and I love how you have altered Tim's stamp of the winged gentleman. That is such a cool and original idea! I love how you have colored them and placed them side by side. This is truly a great piece! Hugs, Candy

May said...

You always manage to amaze + delight me with the detail in your work.

Gillian .... said...

Hey Dan:) Your winged gentleman are just fab, love how their jackets open to reveal another layer behind, very cool. x

butterfly said...

Love this piece - so quirky and original, eye-catching and thought-provoking... what a combination!
Alison x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what an awesome creation,great idea with the doors, your collage is breathtaking. Love all the details and coloring. Fantastic art work!

email: said...

Cool framed art, Dan! I really like the added element of the boxed in pieces that can close and open with wire!

Simon Says Stamp!

fatmonica said...

Love it-it's so inspired.

mark gould said...

As always Dan an amazing piece, definitely more art than craft, Always look forward to the new challenges to see what you and the others have made.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the artistry that goes into your work. Blessings!

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