Thursday, 19 May 2016

My Tip In Pages for Elizabeth

It has taken me a while to get this post done - I kept starting it and coming back to it!

You may know already but I am part of a group of artists making a series of Tip In journal page swaps.

This time my pages were for Elizabeth (who had the original idea that she should extend a two handed swap into a larger group)so I felt just a tiny bit of pressure..only joking!!!

Please feel free to skip the making of but I do hope you enjoy seeing the pages.
The 'rust' on the heart is cinnamon - onto a rust coloured background, the 'rust' on the label is a combination of different inks.
I dabbed on some paint with paper towel just over one corner and side then used some stamps randomly and some spattering. The heart was mounted onto a photograph of some rusty coloured marble.
Random scraps of old paper (including my old Food and Nutrition text book) which were then stained and stencilled over. The Eiffel tower is a TH die and has been covered with gilding flakes before mounting onto an inked and stamped label(and a little bit of fruit netting)There is also some distress inked and salted paper and some waxed paper
I loved making this page most of all! I rusted some cotton fabric by soaking it with some vinegar, water and some rusty keys. It was left on the balcony for a while. Instead of ironing I smoothed it out after rinsing really well(wearing plastic gloves - see Elizabeth's information about the harm rust can do in her post here)and when it was dry stamped one of my favourite Lynne Perrella images on to some of it. The corrugated card had so many layers of paint and ink I have forgotten what I used. Finally to complete this I used some ink stained muslin and some parchment paper to make a scroll containing the computer generated words.
I made three rough panels with texture paste and stamped into it using a key stamp which I then washed and used to stamp over the whole page of orange card. The lock is from a cropped photo. The keys are a combination of fussy cut keys and Tando Creative keys.
The words are part of a controversial poem by Lord Byron (A link to the Wikipedia page is here)
This is  my least favourite page - although I was pleased with the stained glass effect I got by dabbing a combination of paints through the stencil.
The fleur-de-lys was first covered with gold embossing powder then I added some Frantage bits for texture. The word 'RUST' is from an old parchment quotes booklet and actually said 'TRUST' and is mounted onto a square of ink stained chip board.
This page uses some photos I took recently - one of the rusty sculpture at la Defence in Paris and the other is a huge rusty piece of machinery in the carpark at Styall Mill- not far from home.
A pice of grey industrial looking flooring got the ink treatment as did the paper edging. The cog has stippled layers of paint. It took me some time to find some appropriate letters for the words as I kept getting distracted by articles in the magazines I used!!
This is my tag that contains my name for the purposes of identification. I know Elizabeth is a cat lover like myself so I sat 'him' on a roof!!
Another piece of corrugated card went through the inks and paints and then had a coat of satin glaze.
The Kraft tag was just smudged over with DecoArts Media fluid paint and stars added with the pointy end of a brush. The cat is based on one I drew in one of my journals ages ago and I wrote the words.

Elizabeth tells me she liked the pages so I had a "Phew!" moment!!

Thank you for your patience at the moment, I seem to be on the go most of the time! I will get around to some proper blog visits soon - at the moment I am rather rudely hopping about a bit!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful pages, one lovelier than the other, Elizabeth is delighted, I know. I have been getting rusty here, too this past week. Hugs, Valerie

Helen said...

great pages and I love the tag.

chrissie said...

Wonderful pages and great idea to join the swap. The tag is very apt for a cat lover and I love the depth of colour you used on that

Love Chrissie xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You misunderstood me, Chris. I didn't say I LIKE them, instead, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. They are simply terrific. And I'm SO glad you took us through how you made them, because I seem to have missed a bunch, like how you fussy cut those gorgeous keys.

Thank you again, dear!

My name is Erika. said...

These are great Chris. I love the idea of cinnamon. I'd seen that years ago but forgot about it. It looks so realistic. Happy weekend.

Mimi said...

As I scrolled through, these got better and better... enjoyed them all! Showing all of these in one post really showcased your creativity!

Dianne said...

fabulous pages Chris! love your interpretation of Elizabeth's theme...the 'cat on a hot tin roof' made me smile! and I really like that Lynne Perrella stamp too... ;)

on another it ok with you if I post the pages you made for me on my blog? just realized I hadn't done it, and intended to post all the beautiful pages I am receiving from this swap! how about it? just let me know...

have a wonderful weekend!

Crafty She said...

Oh Chris, what fabulous pages and I love ♥♥♥ your tag. xxx

Meggymay said...

Fabulous pages and tag, wonderful rusty effects, I can see how Elizabeth loved these pieces.
Yvonne xx

Marjut said...

Beautiful works.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your pages are a delight to look at. There are so many interesting details. Blessings!

Mrs.B said...

Wonderful pages Chris, all that rust looks fabulous, and no wonder Elizabeth loved the tag as anyone would.
Avril xx

Sandy said...

Wonderful pages and I think my favorite is the one you enjoyed the most in the making!
sandy xx

butterfly said...

Marvellous pages, Chris - so many fabulous things I've missed while busy - especially the first two. That rusty heart is simply amazing, and the Parisian sky is stunning. Love the square journal page above too.
Alison x