Monday, 12 January 2009

Crusade 27 - Shape up!




Not in the physical sense...phewwww!

Michelle Wards latest crusade is to shape up...take a shape and run with it!
I made up my mind right at the start of this crusade to keep my shape simple and so finally decided on the heart! The first thing I did was to use some leftover lino and cut my own heart. Initially I cut one 'lobe' larger than the other and (of course) I forgot about the fact that when stamping everything is opposite so of course my large lobe was on the wrong side. I ended up cutting it down more so in the end my heart shape had two fairly equally sized lobes. I then stamped with it on a brown mailing envelope. Something I had seen done in several art books but had never tried. I loved the way this came out. It has an almost poster like quality

Next I took some wax rubbings of my heart as well as of rubber stamps and painted with watercolour. Another technique that Michelle told us about last year whereby the wax resists the paint. This also gives an awesome effect and I have got so much better at it now that I am not trying to make it perfect! I also used my paper punch on this page and then found such a wonderful title for it when looking through my cuttings box. My cuttings box is something I started a while ago, just cutting out titles and pictures from magazines and throwing them into a box. Its great that we can make art without it costing too much money. I am so up for recycling whenever possible. The only thing that stops me is space! I have so many lovely boxes that I intend to do something with and I'm afraid to say I am stockpiling them :lol: Anyway, here is that page...

Next I used some modelling paste pushed through a stencil and then painted with some Stewart Gill paint that I had leftover from another project. This would be great with a bigger stencil as this one was a bit small. The page just had glimmer mist as a base. A bit more stamping and the page was done.

This next page was a bit of freestyle...I havn't been doing arty stuff for very long and sometimes I think I put too much thought into it but I am starting to find that I just go with the flow occasionally and get something done without thinking. These pages are starting to come together in a way that appeals to me and this next page was one of those. I don't even know what I did cos I just 'rolled with it'. I just love these heart shaped doillies...I bought them a while ago and always knew they would come in handy.

more next post

11 comments:

michelle ward said...

vallwow - two posts covering the heart shape! great job julie - so many great views here and in the next post. i especially love the 'rolled with it' one. thanks for sharing with the team!

g said...

Hi Jwels! Great job of the challenge (is that what they're called?)

manda said...

it looks like 'just rolling with it' works for you, Jules - way to go.

Lisa Dawn said...

I would like to see some close ups of the pages. they look great.

Chris said...

Nice work, a multitude of roses! And I neglected to congratulate you for your win!

cathsheard said...

Hey those are all cool but the brown envelope one really grabs me. Great work!

Lorraine said...

I love this especially the wild at heart page which was one of my fav films..thanks for your great comment on my blog

LostLuggage said...

I have been in such a heart mood..these pages are all great! The HEART?! Why didn't I think of that ;)

Kim Mailhot said...

I love hearts and have been using them in my art in lots of ways lately ! You have done a great job exploring the shape ! The modeling paste is a good idea ! Forgot about that stuff.

A hearty well done, Crusader !

runningonink said...

You did awesome with this shape challenge! I love all the hearts you did! It is so fun to see what shapes people did!

Sue at Stampndaly said...

I love these pages. Very vintage looking.