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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show - some Wendy Vecchi Style

 So Wendy Vecchi - Studio 490... love her work and that of others who use her work and style... so this challenge was timely for me... I recently bought my first art parts and clearly for art sheets, and this was a good excuse to have a go with stuff...

 I feel one needs to get the signature bits of a style, and for Wendy-work it seems to be a recipe of :-
- dotty paper
- butterfly
- spectacular flower
- squared/graph paper
- an art part or three
- neutral colour scheme (frequently anyway)
- odd-ball theme/idea

 So here is a close-up of my version of spectacular flower, courtesy of the lovely Lin at Yours Artfully. She has fantastic tutorials on her blog, so check it out. I have wanted to work with metal for a long while and I fianlly did a class with her at her shop, L.B. Crafts.

These petals are from PaperArtsy dies. This metal started out bronzy coloured then I worked it with the tools. The pointy petals are done with what Lin calls the "scribbly scribbly" technique - literally scribble with a pointy tool... I painted with black then pool acrylic paint, then swiped off most of it, to leave the channels of the pattern etched in colour... that centre is a button/brad from Graphic 45 - total yumminess, introduced to me by the wonderful Laura Denison at The Paper Trail... she is a desginer for them, and makes the most amazing creations, including jewellery using these babies!!! Take a look, she's awsome!!

 Here is the mandatory dotty butterfly, here made from TH kraft paper put through the Vagabond in a swiss dots embossing folder, then coloured and dots enhanced. I used some homemade coiled wire for it's body and antennae. The arful tag from TH is coloured in the same way as the flower, attached with a swivel clip, hanging from a hitch thingy... the flowers are creamy Prima, inked and misted a very lot...

 TH sprockets and gears and spinners contribute to the steampunky flavour of the piece, as does the beautiful Vintaj piece in the centre of the art part pocket watch...

The wings are stamped from a birdie, by TH then cut out and aged with vintage photo and broken china inkiness. It's all mounted on a little frame, which I left unpainted cos the colour was just right. The leathery-look backer is a piece of crumpled/ironed kraft glassine paper - actally there is a ring of petals in the flower made from that too... wonderful stuff!!

So, I hear you cry... too much TH and not enough WV!!! However, when you listen to Wendy demo, or you read her blog, you realise SHE uses a lot of his inkiness and idea-ology too, cos they work for the same companies, and they admire each others' work... so it must be ok for me then!!! Whatever, I really enjoyed making it and hope it fits the bill over at SSSS, as I love their challenges and the high standard of work submitted there...

Thanks for looking, again, and for leaving your fab comments - I love 'em and want 'em quite shamelessly!!! tee hee!!!
Love and Light


Angie said...

STUNNING! Love the metal tidbits...and the flower is AMAZING! Have bookmarked the tutorial for someday when I'm feeling brave.

Beryl K said...

Wow Frankie, a stunning piece of art work
Beryl x

Kat said...

love your frame,
fab use of metal,

wendy vecchi said...

this is...LOVELY!
The pocket watch looks GREAT!

Candy C said...

Very cool design. Love the pocket watch and that metal embossed flower is beautiful! Very stunning piece. Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! <3 Candy

Anonymous said...

I love it, great mix of both Wendy & Tim goodies, love Lin's metal flowers and I'm signed up for one this summer.



Terry said...

Hey there love the pocket watch and your colors wowwhoooo and the metal embossed flower is just great thank you for joining the DT from Simon Says Stamp and show. Hugs Terry xxxx