Monday, May 16, 2011

Wow guest designer for Grungy Monday.

Yes me a guest designer! I'm so excited I can hardly write. See this is my first time, yes I'm a virgin guest designer, so be patient with me if I stumble or fumble a bit and please help me if you see anything I should be doing differently.
So here's the juicy details. Linda over at Studio L3 host Grungy Monday each week in honor of his Craftiness Tim Holtz. Each week she chooses a Tim Holtz technique and asks 2 guest designers to make something with the technique and post about it. So this week it's my turn.

This weeks technique is Distress Ink colour blocking. It's an easy and versatile way to make a background.

As soon as I got the e-mail from Linda with the info I watched the video right away. And although it's a really easy one I was kinda stumped for ideas. I played with it on some scraps of plain paper to get the hang of it and try out different colour combos. Then I let it sink into my subconscious for a week or so(no I wasn't procrastinating...okay maybe a little) things started to form and once I started it the project grew from a small plaque to a whole book. LOL. That's just the way things work out sometimes. I actually didn't get all the pages done that I wanted to. I have 2 more on the go. Hopefully I'll get them done in the next day or so and can show you then.

I used the Colour Blocking technique for the background of each page. On this one I adhered some old book print on one side first and then did the colour blocking across the whole thing. It was interesting to see the different effects on the 2 surfaces. The inks reacts differently on the different surfaces creating different colour intensity.
Here I used a numbers Crafters Workshop stencil on the already colour blocked background. It just took a little Tea Dye DI to get the numbers to pop out over the blocking. I like the way it tones down the but doesn't completely cover them.
Again here I used some scrap paper to cover part of the background before doing colour blocking. This paper reacted differently from the old book print. I think the old book print absorbs some of the ink making it more muted that other surfaces.

This book was a lot of fun to create. Can't wait to get the last 2 pages finished. It's been a while since I've done this kind of project and I hadn't realized how much I missed it and really must find more time to do this kind of creating.

I hope you enjoyed my book today. You really must go over to Studio L3 to check out what everyone else has done with this technique.

Here are the supplies I used:
Crafters Workshop- stencils
Ranger- Distress Inks
Sizzix- Dies
Tattered Angels- Glimmer Mist, stamps
Studio 490- stamps
Tim Holtz- stamps
Hampton Art- stamps
Prima- flowers, leaves
BoBunny- Edgy Album

Thanks for stopping by have a creative week.

30 comments:

Zuzu's Blog said...

This tag book is Stunning!!! I am sure it wont be long before you get asked again ... For example I run a challenge blog called alter it monthly with two friends, and would love to invite you as a guest designer some time if you are interested. Its for altered art of all kinds.

Gabrielle said...

This is just fabulous! The colours really gel together and I really liked the numbers peeping through. I hope you have as much fun being the guest designer as I did last week!

Marjie K said...

Fabulous book! You made so many different backgrounds using this technique. Wonderful job!

Karen said...

This is beautiful! I love every page. Great examples of the technique.

Nancy said...

Very cool, Wendy!!

jude said...

This is absoluteley stunning hun,im sure youll find time to complete this gorgeous creation.Lovely to share the Guest Designer spot with such talent!
hugs judex

Beverly Gotthardt said...

As a first time GD this is a beauty. I see Zuzu has already asked you over to her place, not surprised, but you might have a hard time surpassing yourself.

StampDancer said...

Wendy, this is absolutely awesome. Everything just goes together so well. You did a super job.

Regina said...

I love this!!!

Createology said...

I came over from Linda at Studio L3 and like what I see. Your dragonfly tag book is wonderful. Happy creating...

Melinda Orr said...

Wow this is awesome!

Gerri Herbst said...

coming over from studio L#. Loved your book, very beautiful!

Rosa said...

Gorgeous! I love it!

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

You are the queen of tags. Fabulous!!

Lori said...

These are wonderful pieces, and your technique is great! Congrats on being featured on Grungy Monday!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's breathtaking.

Chris A. said...

This is one awesome book! I love dragonflys so this made it even more special

Anesha said...

Love your book, it wonderful!!!

Shelly Hickox said...

This is seriously amazing!! I love that metal flower - truly a work of art!!

wearestampers said...

I love your book! The backgrounds look great on each page!
Pam

BrianK said...

WOW!!! Wendy, this is spectacular! I am thrilled at all the details you put into your piece. The colors are soft and warm creating the perfect background for all your elements. Loved how you combined different papers on the background before stamping, super cool idea. Great job and thanks for being a guest designer.

Terry said...

Linda picked an awesome guest designer and no one would ever know you are a first timer! You rocked this challenge. I love every page exquisite page you created. The details are fabulous in your creation!

Terry said...

Oh, I am now your newest follower! Congratulations again for being our Guest Designer!

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

Wendy - Your album was certainly an inspiration. I loved all the different methods that you tried out. Thanks!

Debbie said...

Gorgeous tag! Love the colours you used and the design! Awesome job! Congrats!

Alison said...

Your book is fabulous Wendy, a work of art! I love all the different pages you made!
Alison x

Alexa said...

What a fantastic book - so much work but it looks amazing!

Kathy Eddy said...

Wow, what amazing color-blocking you have done here! No wonder you are guest designer! Awesome pages.I better sign up to follow your blog now!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Your book is FABULOUS!! Congrats on being guest designer .... GREAT job!!

Sam said...

This is stunning! This is the first chance I have had to have a proper look and so glad I did. Wonderful. Can I have it please?
Thanks for your kind comment on your visit to me.

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