Sunday, 5 July 2015

We're Over Half Way Now!

Gentle Reader ~~~

Week Five brings a fresh variety of prompts and suggested media too. Up until now I am using predominantly what I have to hand as I do not want this to turn into an expensive project buying yet more materials to add to my collection ~ it is time I used some of what I have!

The prompt for Day 29 was Ice Cream ~~~ okay, shush! I know, we all scream for ice cream!  I did a layered hand dyed tissue sea/sky with a pearlescent golden sand for my background.  The wood cut style stamp can be waves on the sea, or hills against the sky, depending which way your traditional deck chairs are facing. The chairs and gull ~ with his beady eye waiting for that scoop of vanilla ice cream to fall from the crunchy cone ~ are stamped images, coloured by hand and cut out then stuck to the scene with foam pads giving a 3:d effect ~~~



Day 30 and the prompt was Telephone. Okay, self confessed Whovian alert ~~~ I couldn't pass this one up without a reference to my favourite Time Lord, could I?

I had a lot of fun planning this one. It is not meant to be a great work of art, I wanted to keep it more graphic style and simple to let the humour and the geek speak for themselves ~~~


Day 31 Trivia ~~~ okay, I went a bit off piste with this, but stick with me ~~~
Not one to take things at face value, and not wanting to go down the route of finding some obscure fact to portray, off I went to Google.
Trivia has it's roots in Latin, two words, tri {three} and via {road} In Roman days, this was the name for the point where one road divided and became two, or the point where three roads converged. People would often gather for short periods of time to pass the time of day and chat about snippets of information ~ which is how the definition of trivia as we know it today, snippets of information, came about.  If you are interested, it might be worth a Google, because I was quite surprised at the origins and other things I learned just by researching "Trivia"

So, I thought, gathering of people needs food, so let's have a picnic. A rough sketch in gouache, with type written text using my late Daddy's vintage Imperial typewriter and my own home made carbon paper using an oil pastel ~~~ Tea with that sandwich, dah~ling?


My late Daddy's vintage Imperial Typewriter ~~~


Day 32 the prompt was Weather ~~~ woha boy! could go over board on this, what with all the different types of weather, rainbows, weather songs, list goes on, but in the end I settled for a jolly yellow sun with a few raindrops that are not going to rain on the parade ~~~ because I don't care what the weather man says ~~~

hand dyed tissue; typewritten text with home made carbon paper on tissue; Spectrum Noir sun on water colour paper {cut out and stuck on}; pearlescent ink raindrops ~~~


Day 32 the prompts were either Mad Men or I Love Lucy. I have never heard of Mad Men, and know very little about I Love Lucy so I went off prompt with a set of Hobby Art stamps of sunflowers and coloured them in by hand using Spectrum Noir products from Crafter's Companion.

I long to visit Provence to see the sunflowers in the fields, and lavender in long purple row upon row under endless blue skies ~~~


Day 34 the prompt was Flag.  Naturally, I did a little interpretation of the Welsh flag, and it was a lone Welsh flag in a sea of Star Spangled Banners, so here it is ~~~ I used a sticker of the Red Dragon and included a small group of daffodils as they are the national flower of Wales ~~~


The final day of Week 5, Day 35, was Portrait. Struggled a bit, but then the muse descended and Saint Anthony helped me find a small envelope of old postage stamps I'd saved for just this very moment. As he was helping me find them, we came across a packet with a perfect image of the Mona Lisa on the front! Yay ~~~ exactly what was needed to help fill the card! A couple of other found bits and bobs and Robert's Your Mother's Brother ~~~ {or Bob's your Uncle}


Onwards and Upwards, as they say, to Week 6.  Do stop by mid week as I'm hoping to put up a wee entry on the garden!

17 comments:

  1. I am agog! How very fascinating, colorful, incredibly creative, etc., etc. Am enthralled with this idea!! How long does it take to do each one? Do you have time limits? How are you getting anything else accomplished? So much output!! Very good job!! Jane xo

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    1. You are very kind, Jane. Thank you. I do not have any set time limits, but my aim is to not over think what I am going to do and to accomplish the card as quickly as possible. Some I put together in ten minutes, others take an hour or more. I do, however, work on them off and on through the day, as time from my duties as a carer allow.

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  2. I really like your sun, and the card with all the sunflowers. I got a kick out of the phone booths, and the two paper cups.
    I had the most delicious fresh made coconut flavored ice cream at our local country ice cream shop yesterday.

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    1. The Telephone prompt was a favourite to do as The Doctor had been playing in my mind for a few days with that prompt. It just had to be done.
      Pleased you enjoyed your ice cream!

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  3. I think you did a wonderful job with the "portrait" one. How great that you had the items on hand. I really am drawn to the sunflowers. They are my favorite for this week. I am looking forward to see what your creative mind comes up with next!

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    1. The Portrait had really played on my brain, and I had no idea what I was going to do until a rummage in my boxes of delightful tricks gave forth all I needed and it just came together! Oh! for a muse that does descend when called upon! Deb xoxo

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  4. Oh, Deb! Your Week 5 artwork is truly amazing! Each card is so unique and I have found inspiration from each one. From the wonderful stamp of hills/waves, to the bold graphics, the beautiful images of the sunflowers and lavender fields of Provence, and the charm of vintage postage stamps... So many wonderfully clever ways to use your artsy stash! I know your Daddy is smiling, just knowing that you are using his vintage typewriter in such creative ways!! Your artwork this week has me thrilled and excited for who you are... and who you are becoming! Carry on, sweet friend! Creative blessings! ♡

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    1. Well, I'll give you that they are unique as each is hand made I doubt, no matter how hard I'd try that I could recreate exactly. It gladdens me to hear that you, master of card making, has found inspiration herein, but then again I think we all glean our inspiration from each other. Deb xoxo

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  5. The sunflowers and lavender -- beautiful! My favorite though is the flag, I'm a sucker for anything Welsh, as that is my mother's homeland and my cousin lives in Brecon (with a view of the beautiful Beacons from her front garden). Thanks for your always delightful blog!

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    1. What an inspiration it must be to live in the beautiful Brecon Beacons! I hope you get a chance to visit your cousin someday. Thank you for joining in here today, and if you trundle through my photographs, and on my sister journal Tales from a Celtic Heart, you will find more images of Welsh scenery!

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    2. Oh, I will trundle through! Can't get enough Welsh scenery. My husband and I have begun making still tentative plans to go back again next year. We were there last May and had the most marvelous time.

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  6. What wonderful creations! You already know which one is my favorite...The "stamp" one!! I look forward to seeing what you create for us and the world this week! Also, anxious to see what treasures you find and "capture" to share from your garden. Hugs from across the sea, Donna E.

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    1. There you are! Hello! Yes, I must admit I was thinking that you would particularly like the stamp card. I wonder why? I think the garden entry will be up by Thursday as I have a busy couple of days ahead with birthdays to cater for. Deb xoxo

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  7. It's hard to pick a favorite again, but I do love that Sun.....and the Sunflowers! Have you started thinking about how you're going to display all your cards when you've finished? In an album? On the wall? Some other ingenious idea?

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    1. Thank you Cathy. Yes, I have already started thinking and am narrowed down to two ideas. I will either find and decorate, or make, a suitable sturdy lidded box similar to a recipe card box; or I shall use my new toy ~a We R Memory Keepers book binding machine ~ to make a special spiral bound book for them and mount each one, annotated, per page.
      You should see what one lady on the FB Daisy Yellow Icad page is doing ~ she is stitching hers in to a quilt! I think it will be a piece of wall art eventually. Deb xo

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    1. I love the typewriter too! Partly because it belonged to my dear Daddy, and partly because I love old typewriters, sewing machines, and telephones!

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