Saturday, July 19, 2014

Challenge #176 and Stamp Carving: Quarter repeat

Challenge #176

This weeks' challenge was to Bring Your Own Beverage to your tangling session :).  So, spill your drink on your tile, or paint with it, or do whatever you want, then tangle over it.  Fun, fun!!  You can see the directions here.


 
I started with my morning tea and with the stirrer, made a few marks (the lighter ones.  Then once the tea had steeped, I made a few more marks with a corner of the teabag (the darker ones in the middle).  Then added some drops around with my afternoon tea :).

This tile was spilled on the same way (at the same time) as the one above.  I ironed both tiles today, and then chose the second one to tangle on.  Here is what I came up with.


 I decided to tangle only on the "tea painted" parts, and used the tea stains as my string.  It turned out really weird, but I really enjoyed the process.



Stamp Carving: Quarter Repeat
This is the next to the last lesson based on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's book Carve Stamp Play. :(  I enjoyed it too much!!

Here are the stamps I created for the quarter repeat.  Actually, these were just tests with a cheap eraser I got (that carved like butter!), but since our condo is up for sale all my art stuff was put away (even the little box I had separated to stay) and I have not had time or patience to go to the basement and look for it... these will have to do for now :).

I started out with a very simple one, all it has is a "leaf" shape from one corner to the opposing corner, with 2 squiggly things at each of the other corners.  When you stamp it several times, this is what you get:

Left: just the pattern printed over 5 times across and down
Right: the same piece, after being painted with H2Os and outlined in pen and ink

This pattern is also very simple: a squiggle at opposing corners joining at the center around a circle, and a V at each of the other 2 corners.
Left: stamped 5 times across and 5 times down
Right: after I played with it with H2O's and pen and ink

13 comments:

  1. I love your tile. It's very different and very exciting. Your stamps are simply marvelous. They make me want to get my stamp making supplies out.

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    1. Thank you, Kia :) Yes, I agree about my tile being different - I took some time last night to go through all the others on the Diva's site. They are always so inspiring!! I love this challenge, and it keeps me creating which is always nice.
      Thank you so much about your comment on the stamps. I'm having such a wonderful time designing, carving, and then seeing the results, that I think I will keep doing it after the workshop is done.

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  2. I like your tile. To me reminds me of a gnarled limb of a tree that has been through a lot. I know it was not entirely intentional, but I like the color of your stain.

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    1. Thank you, Donald. Yes, I tried when the tea had not fully steeped and it was too light (you will see it above), so then I used the drops from the tea bag when I was taking it out of the cup, so... much darker :) I can only think of some weird "thing" out in space when I look at it, so... glad you can see something different :)

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  3. i love the tea tangle! you made the string the star of the piece...and I love how 3D it looks. Like the shell of a sea creature, washed ashore

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    1. Thank you!! I used a brown colored pencil for the shading, and that's what made it a bit more dimensional, I think.

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  4. I love the way your stained tile turned out. It's so cool. Great.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer; I appreciate it.

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  5. Wonderful result! Great choice of tangles! Your stamps and the results are beautiful, too!

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    1. Thank you so much, LonettA. I enjoy it all :)

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  6. I really like the way you only painted the stained parts. It maybe weird but it has something mysterious in it.

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