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Aall and Create itac17 Challenge 2 – Asia

Hello again.

Today I am sharing this challenge post which I admit I am very behind in posting. Never mind it has to be uploaded by the end of the month so better late than never even if I am now 2 challenges behind!

I am not sure if what I have made has ticked any of the boxes.  To be honest I really am struggling with the brief and the standard of work is just infinitely better than mine.  If only I could draw things would be much easier.

This piece is made up of something which I knew I had here and I’ve actually made this into a large bookmark.  The base is made from a page of the Kaleidoscope pads by Hunkydory and which I have coloured as best as I can and folded in half to make the bookmark (secured with red line tape for extra strength).  The design itself is something which I made for A level textiles about 20 years ago when the brief was Asia! I made up a load of samples using this lettering which I took from something someone gave me from China and which is supposed to represent my Christian name.  I developed all these samples and then from there made a white silk wrap with two of these at either end, embroidered with beads.  My bestie still has it as I made a dress as well.  The design was drawn onto a piece of cotton, coloured red and then a red piece of thin satin stitched over in the design in red.  The colours have distorted over time and even though I haven’t done the greatest of jobs I have at least used something which was sat around doing nothing!

Until next time.

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A

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Aall and Create itac17 Challenge 1 – Europe

Hello friends and welcome to a different post from me as this time I am participating in a challenge which is something that I do not normally do.  I am still questioning whether it is a good idea to participate as I have seen the other numerous posts and mine is nothing short of substandard in my humble opinion.  Maybe if I could draw properly then I would have a chance, but here I am am showcasing my take on the Europe theme.

This MDF house shape was something which I had started to play with and it had paper on it.  I ripped off most of it and painted over it with what remained of Paper Artsy Blueberry Acrylic paint.  Its patchy in a lot of places but I just left it hoping that it would end up being effective.  Once that was all dry I had a look through some of my MDF shapes and all I can say is “Thank You Dreamees”.  All my MDF shapes have come from there and I was especially pleased to find the Eiffel Tower amongst the stash.

I decided to play with my distress oxides and chose Black Soot, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap.  I activated it with water and dragged my Eiffel Tower through it.  I heat dried it and then continues to spray with water and build up the effects on the MDF.  I left it to one side as I could not think of anything else to add at this point.  However I then realised that I had some “faces” and chose a Wonky Tonk Girl set called “Daydreamer” and inked the face and added it to the Eiffel Tower, I like the effect.  This was set aside to be placed on the house later.

Next I decided to paint some clouds and some birds to add to a travelling theme.  I used two MDF hot air balloon shapes and I embossed them to look like they were coloured. I drew in the lines with a sharpie.  I wasn’t sure if the effect was there but it looks nice.  I used red and white ribbon so I had a red, white and blue theme.

The oval MDF plaque has been covered with an embossed piece of paper.  This paper was run through the same distress oxides that were used on the Eiffel Tower but I ran the scrap of paper through a Tim Holtz Paris embossing folder!  I then used a Tim Holtz stamp and embossing powder for  “Life was meant for a great Adventure”, I thought that it was appropriate.

Everything had dried and I placed everything and glued it with my hot glue gun.  I felt something could be added and I then realised that I had some Euro coin and some Polish Zloty.  So I got them from where they were sitting and glued them into the box by the Eiffel Tower.

So this is my challenge and I feel like I have done the best my can but my best would not be good enough, but if I don’t challenge myself then I won’t know how I do.

Take care and thanks for stopping by and I’ll post soon.

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A