Monday, 11 February 2013

It's a Messy Thing!


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "something messy".  I've always thought of myself as someone who enjoys making a mess, getting covered in paint etc, particularly in crafting but it turns out that while that might be the case with inks and paints, bread dough is a different story!  I went on a bread making course recently, and while I absolutely loved the day, and all the different breads I got to make and bring home, I really did NOT enjoy kneading dough by hand.  I hated how sticky it was and how it clogged up my hands and fingers - you live and learn!  I do still plan to make bread, but I think I'll be relying on the dough hook on my food mixer to do the hard work.

This card turned into a bit of a design nightmare part-way through, totally due to my own mental twists and turns.  I started out with the whole thing planned in my head - it was going to be a piece showcasing Dina Wakley's stamp range, with a colour palette inspired by a scrap of Retro Grunge card stock that was lying on my desk.  Now, while the colour story remained constant, everything else went out the window as soon as I got started, I just kept changing my mind!

You can see that I started out with some of Dina's "grungy circles" in the background here, but after that I kept hearing Wendy Vecchi's "Jake" stamp calling out to me (it was new and unused) and I gave in and changed the whole piece.  Having said that, I'm not at all disappointed with how it turned out, in fact I love it, but it would be nice just to have an idea and then see it through to completion without all the shilly-shallying! :)


Supplies I used included:

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13 comments :

Anita Houston said...

When I first saw this I thought it was the coolest design ever! I love the position of all the busts...totally cool! The colors and blending are fabulous as well! Way cool!

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant! Love the background and the fade to white in spots which makes the images pop.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I always love to see how you use your stamps and I am never disappointed, you always use them so uniquely. Fantastic Dan and the colours are wonderful, so eye catching. Tracy x x

Sandra said...

What a great design! Love Jake on all his angles! Hugs, Sandra

Candy C said...

Dan, I"m so glad that Jake was persistent and kept calling your name! Your end result on this piece is really really awesome! I love your blended rich colors of your background. Dina's circles look really good and of course, Jake ... in all different directions is a really cool look and idea! <3 Candy

Andrea Kennard said...

This is superb Dan and ideal for a gentlemans birthday, mmmmmmm homemade bread x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Cool techniques and outcome, Dan! I'm glad you enjoy 'getting messy', because the outcome is fantastic!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Gillian .... said...

Brilliant Dan just brilliant, so glad you kept going with this project. xx

Helen said...

What a clever use of stamps. I love the interlocking design and the use of ink and not ink!! Great piece.

Lorraine said...

I like your stamping as its very arty..thanks for your comment on my painting

Maura said...

Cool Escher like design!

butterfly said...

I think your shilly shallying has led to a really great piece of art! I love the four heads getting progressively more (or less) inky, and the fab colours are so rich and funky!
Alison x

Norma Gomez said...

I love this Dan! I totally agree with you, I really love seeing my hands and clothes full of paint and ink.

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