Thursday 12 January 2012

In the abstract...

I tend to be a fairly neat and tidy crafter (finished product-wise, not process-wise!) with a leaning towards the figurative when I choose stamps for a project. Throughout 2012, we're having a monthly challenge on UK Stampers and for the first one, I decided to go a bit more abstract!

Salamanda is hosting and for January she has asked us to create a wall hanging using material from old clothes, metal, tissue paper and stamps. No new purchases allowed, only stash you already own.

I used a piece from an old pair of jeans for my base (about 20cm x 16cm) and stamped randomly with some numbers and circles. I glued scrunched up tissue paper down one side and when dry I painted with acrylic paint and then rubbed a tiny bit of Rub n Buff over to highlight the texture.

The bubble border was stamped and then coloured with acrylic paints (all of which have been in my stash for at least a decade!).

I embossed metal from a drinks can and stuck it to mountboard scraps for stability and weight. I used gesso and acrylics to colour it and then rubbed most of the colour off for a shabby look. I cut up the piece and then stitched the three separate chunks to the base with florist's wire. The metal washer and stud were ones prised off something in the past - so long ago I forget what! - and stored in my "useful bits" box.

I stuck a strip of mountboard across the top at the back for stability and then added a coiled wire hanger to finish.

A&P Numbers (Ma Vinci's Reliquary)
Bubble Border (Lost Coast Designs)

Versacraft by Tsukineo (Midnight)

White tissue

Denim from old jeans
Metallic turquoise, metallic blue and silver acrylic paints
Rub n Buff by amaco (Silver Leaf)
Drinks can metal
Metal washer and stud
Drink Me embossing folder (Couture Creations)
Florist's wire
Crop a Dile
Rubber washers (used as circle stamps)

Thanks for stopping by!


Kaz said...

Yes this really is different from the norm for you Joanne, but it is lovely. Very abstract and funky x

Crafting Queen said...

Great creation.

Rachelxx said...

Super job Joanne!

Kath said...

Quite different but very good. I love the colours.

Effie said...

Great piece of recycled art!

Zoechaos said...

Super hanging, love the spring XOXO Zoe

salamanda said...

I am loving this and the recycling works wonderfully.

Paula Whittaker said...

loving the scrunch tissue paper effect.

Hazel said...

Wow! this is stunning - love how you put this together x

Anonymous said...

You continue to amaze me with your talent Joanne! This is so lovely and will look beautiful on a wall!

Carole said...

I didn't mean to be anonymous, that was me,

Sid said...

Loving this piece it makes great use of recycled materials in a fab way !!

Karen said...

WOW! this is really different for you isn't it? I really like this piece, so many messy techniques involved! xxx

sam21ski said...

WOW This is certainly different, love your recycled materials and the way you've used them. Looks very textured.

Great hanging Joanne xxx

Mari said...

This is just stunning. Love it - especially how you used such different materials!

Deborah said...

Wow, love the tissue paper effect, Joanne! A fab wall hanging - and most inventive.

Unknown said...

This is absolutely stunning. I just adore the mix of textures and different shades of blue. I am so glad you did close up photos to see the minute details which are absolutely gorgeous and so original

tracy said...

this is very different for you joanne-it's lovel ;)