Friday, August 18, 2017

ITAC 2017 Challenge 1, EUROPE: The Face of Printmaking

Hi everyone! I'm back with a mixed media canvas.. After a long period of papercrafting, I was craving for a treat! & treat means, MIXED MEDIA!!!  



I have worked all by myself for a long time! So, this time I decided to go for a challenge! & for that, I am taking part on a tournament! AALL & Create is organizing an international 6 week long tournament, ITAC'17 where there will be 6 challenges in total & also a loooot of experienced & amazing artist judges! I know, I'm new & am not very experienced yet! But, I still decided to take part as a challenge to myself! I want to see how far can I go when it comes to a selected theme! And also there is a lot to learn! :)


The first challenge is EUROPE- The Face of Printmaking. The theme & some suggestions have been given on the website & also some works from the judges.. I loved their work! & it was time for me to create!  

I was really confused what to do first! What if I miss some suggestions! What if my work is not good enough! Then I decided to go with a flow as always.. I kept the suggestions in my mind & started working.. 

I pasted some torn pages of an old oxford dictionary on the whole canvas panel with modpodge.. Then, lightly gessoed all over.. 
 
Then I glued a crochet lace on a side & also added some glass beads..Then I gessoed all over again & then added colors.. My primary plan was to add blue, some shade of brown & keep some area white where the dictionary print can be seen... So, I splattered some water on the paint (while it was still drying) & after a minute I pressed a paper towel to remove the water & paint.. This created a bleached out look like watercolors.. But, later I decided to add more patterns & all... 
 
On their suggestion, there was a point to add blue on the project as this is the color of the european union flag! So, I decided to add some yellow stars too! It added more texture & a splash of brightness on the canvas.. I pasted a corrugated cardboard (cut from an old box) & a strip of fabric underneath.. For the focal point I could add a face, as it was also a point from the suggestions.. But, as I don't do faces, I didn't have anything to make it & also I thought of adding something else.. So, I created a nest with jute strings & put flowers over it. Then I added the sentiments..

As the challenge is related with printmaking, I added some scribbles with black & white pens. Some splashes of gesso, & all other colors that ave been used here & some thumbprints with red! & lastly, I added some touches of gilding wax! 


Though I wanted it to keep clean & simple, it ended up very busy! But, I loved the final look.. Especially, when I see the details I added & the thoughts I had while going through the process, I feel happy! & I create to be happy! Don't you?

Hope you all liked my work.. Please leave me comments about your thoughts on my work.. Thank you!

Tavana



Friday, August 11, 2017

Sheena Douglass Winter Scenic Collection

Hello Everyone! Today I'm going to write about some amazing stamp & dies sets by Sheen Douglass. These sets are from Crafter's Companion coming on HSN on August 16, 2017.

These are called Winter Scenic Collections & there are 4 sets in total.. I have made cards with 3 of these..




This Set is called the "Christmas Deer" set. I have used Crafter's Companion prescored card blanks, which is a diorama card. I made 3 layers here.. The background is stamped & then colored. For stamping, I have used the stamp from the set, For the middle part, I have diecut the tree (the die is in the set) & then diecut the front part on the cardfront. There is also a stamp in the set for the deer & the sentiment. I sketched a little with the Spectrum Noir Artliner pens to match the tree trunk with the view.. Isn't that easy?!





This set is called the "Snow Drop" set. I tried to keep this one as simple as possible! I used a prescored "Square Center Step" card. stamped a square white cardstock with the stamp colored it, diecut the flowers & stamped & stick it just over the flower image to create a dimension.. & embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder. Then cut the cardfront & stick the stamped image behind it with hot glue (so that it has a little dimension).. and then I colored it.. For the stepped sides, I diecut with a die from another collection.. I've again used the artliner pens to sketch the parts which do not have stamped images..






This set is called the "Snowman set".. Like the  other sets, this has a stamp for background , a die for the cardfront & another die to match the stamp.. But, in this set, the cardfront has a bird on it (there is also a stamp for the bird). & the bird sits just over the image of the snowman! So, I diecut & stamped the snowman separately & added on the stepped part.. Also I have sketched the leaves that are not stamped.. The prescored card base I have used here is called the "Squared Side Step" Card.

Here was my handmade cards.. There are more amazing cards made by other DT members.. To know more & see more don't forget to check Crafter's Companion Pinterest BoardsInstagram & Facebook page. If you are on facebook, join our watch party to updated all the time! And if you want to know the timing of the show visit this page

Thank you!
Tavana <3