Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Birds of a feather

Carol and I had fun last year doing a series of technique pieces with Tando chipboard. We thought we'd have another play for 2011 so over the next few weeks we'll be revisiting some of the 2010 products and techniques and throwing in some new ones, too!

We decided to start simply with some colouring on the white lined board. I've used an inchie, a twinchie and two dominos to make this little wall hanging.

The surface of the board is smooth enough that it takes a detailed image easily, even stamping with a dye-based ink and not resorting to Versafine! Sponging ink around the edges of the piece is also easy as the ink goes on smoothly for a nice graduated effect.

Perhaps most importantly for many people, Copics work well directly on the board - yay! I blended three shades of brown on the bird's breast and belly as well as on the single feather image. The eggs have a slightly deeper blue shaded in at the base, too.

Being nice and sturdy, the board is also easy to handle for fiddly jobs - I added Dymo label words to a domino shape, covered with aluminium tape and burnished over to get the raised lettering to show through. A little acrylic paint and a light sanding and you're done.

I punched holes in all the pieces with a Crop a Dile and wired it all togther with some twigs in between. Spring may not have sprung with full convinciton yet but maybe this little hanging will encourage it along the way!

Stamps: Bird Notes (bird and feather), Farm Chicks (egg) - Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets

Inchie, twinchie and domino shapes by Tando Creative (Tando stockists list can be found here)

Adriondack by Ranger (Espresso)

Distress ink by Ranger (Tumbled Glass)

Copic markers

Dymo label maker

Aluminium tape

Acrylic paint (raw umber)

Crop a Dile


Florist's wire

Thanks for stopping by!


Scrappy~Sarah said...

Beautiful piece of art work, love the rustic feel.

Carol Plume said...

I really love this piece Joanne - the twigs and metal really add something to the nature context of the stamps...FAB! xx

Kathy said...

This is just lovely, Joanne, what a perfect little wall hanging for Spring time!

Gez Butterworth said...

Very pretty Joanne. Love the blue's & the natural elements. Brilliant.xx

Effie said...

Fantastic piece of art!

Sid said...

This is just fantastic, loving your framework of twigs !!

Lulabelle said...

What a great piece of artwork!

Jean Franks Beck said...

Wow! Love, love, love this piece, Joanne - such beautifully colored images, and such great textures and elements. Gorgeous!

Hearts Turned said...

Fabulous, Joanne! Love all the texture and details here--just perfect!

Glad you're getting a little springy over there--hope it stays around for a bit!


Cynthia said...

This is fabulous, Joanne! Thanks for sharing and playing along over on SCS. I appreciate the inspiration!

sam21ski said...

What a fab idea and this piece is gorgeous, such a rustic feel to it xxxx

Kaz said...

Joanne I love what you've done here - the twigs and wires are so inspiring. xxx

Traceyr said...

What a unique piece of artwork Joanne. I love the "rusty" wording.


hazel said...

This is a brilliant hanging, I love everything about it.
xxx Hazel.

Joan said...

Fab hanging, love that bird. I really like the dymo tape letters
covered with the metal tape, what a great technique.

Caroline said...

Beautiful Joanne - love how you have grouped them together to make a larger square. Interesting to know that the white lined is good to use Copics on too!

Karen said...

Oh Joanne!!!!! This is such a beautiful piece honey! I love the rustic take on it with the twigs xxx

Di said...

Such inspirational crafting Joanne, I so want to have a go at this xx

Laura Evangeline said...

This is really pretty and COOL!

salamanda said...

I love this - all the proportions and different pieces work so well together.

Alison said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the way you used the twigs Joanne! So inspiring! x

Kaz Hall said...

this is a wonderful piece of art, love it!