Monday, 18 April 2011

Mermaids

I can't remember the last time I managed two posts in one day, rather pleased with myself LOL.  I am joining in with the Stampotique challenge and this time around we are challenged to use NEWSPRINT/OLD BOOK PAGES in our artwork. I love using old book pages in artwork so this challenge was a must for me.
I have created an accordion card using watercolour card which I have sprayed with Adirondack Color Wash in denim. I added a few splats of water here and there to add to that underwater kinda theme. I have used Octopet, torn book pages and Jo's Flower Cube for this side, oh and a fabulous fish embellishment, I do love my embellishments.
I have used a white gel pen to add white dots and OCTOPUS around the body of the octopus.
CURIOSITIES was stamped with archival ink and OCTOPUS was computer generated.
On the reverse I have used the Stampotique Mermaids Smumanha and Smushallaum. Both have been stamped onto old book pages and cut out.  I have also punched out several circles from old book pages, one even has the word curious on one of the small circles, these are the little touches I just love.
I have added the word MERMAID in archival ink and added highlights with white gel pen. Jo's flowers have been stamped in white acrylic paint.
I have added circles with white acrylic paint and dots using a white gel pen. I am also submitting this piece for The Sunday Stamper challenge where Hels is celebrating her 1000th blog post and 150th week of The Sunday Stamper and in honour we are challenged to CREATE using the products we love, the techniques we love and designers we love.  Hels also has some fabulous blog candy on offer.  I am going to try and create a second piece for this challenge that is Tim related but I thought I would do something a little different for my first piece.  Why two pieces, well I could not fit everything into one piece and I admire so many designers so I thought I would highlight a couple LOL.  This piece hopefully shows my LOVE of challenging myself to do something a little different from the norm; I LOVE embellishments which you will already know if you follow my blog; I love unusual, quirky images and the Mermaids and Octopet from Stampotique are definitely that; I LOVE the designers from Stampotique and admire their artwork and LOVE to use it in my creations and finally I LOVE to get inky and messy and if you could see my blue fingers now!!!!!!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Take care, Tracy x x

24 comments:

Willy said...

What a great accordian card, Tracy! Love the colours and (of course) the stamps.

Valerie H. Wilson said...

Brilliant - as always!!
Val :)

Meggymay said...

Love these stamps, your sea theme is fantastic.

Carol Q said...

I knew it would be these guys as soon as I saw your blog post. Wonderful under-the-sea atmosphere Tracy.

Helen said...

Wow! Wasn't sure about the mermaids when I saw the stamps, but seeing them put to ink as it were, they do look good!

mustavcoffee said...

Fabulous Tracey, I love the Stampotique mermaids they are so challenging but simply wonderful. The idea of stamping them onto print is great and your whole creation is simply fantastic. :0) xxx

Hels Sheridan said...

Corrrrr, Tracy, I loooove this heaps... Octopet looks fabulous! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper x

Netty said...

Oh wow Tracy this is fabulous, great colours and stamping and love the book page cut outs and that fish which is a brilliant touch.
Have just seen your felting projects below and wow they are gorgeous as well.....You are definitely on a roll my friend, Annette x

dutchstamptramp said...

Wow so fabulous! Wonderful idea for these stamps and I love what you did with the pages. Thanks for joining the Stampotique designer's challenge

Kaz said...

This is stunning Tracy! I always enjoy seeing your take on the challenges as they are so imaginative. What I really like is the fact you wrote out the mermaids names!! Definately a gold star for that!!
Thanks for joining us at Stampotique.

Lisa Somerville said...

Fab use of the Stampotique images/challenge! Wonderful monochromatic accordian fold! Thanks for playing at the SDC!

Lori said...

Wow, Tracy, this is awesome! Love the colors, and such a creative theme! Love it!

Suzanne C said...

The details are fantastic as is the whole project. Loved seeing all the different images and touches with the white gel pen. Like visiting the aquarium! :)

Basement Stamper said...

You did a great job love the colors and design of this card. The white gel pen is fantastic!!! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

Cheryl said...

oh wow love love this,great design and my fav colurs too hugs cheryl xxx

Gillian said...

Great under water themed piece using these new stamps, the colourwash effect background is just perfect.x

Wendy said...

Love that blue......hope you managed to keep it under control lol
Nice work Tracy x

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Wooow, this card is soooo coooool! Love the under water theme and the octopuses and the embellishments are great ;) xx

Lynn Stevens said...

There you go being all artsy on us again, brilliant work Tracy!
hugs Lynn

Claudia said...

This is so wonderful!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Fantastic card work, brilliant composition of stamps, colors, letters and b ackground.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Tracy, that's really fantastic, just wonderful.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

I love the contrasting B&W against the sea of blue. Wonderful work Tracy. Flows beautifully (no pun intended as its an underwater theme lol)
Thanks for joining us once again on the Stampotique Designers Blog.

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, I love this inky watery creation :-) Thanks for joining the challenge, kate