Sunday, 1 August 2010

More Music

Hi, I've had a very lovely but busy weekend with my best friend who came to stay to help make her wedding invites. (I've got some pics and will probably post them Weds as part of WOYWW). It has meant however that I haven't had much time for any other crafting but I did manage to spend a couple of hrs this afternoon after she'd left to have a play with some new bits and pieces I purchased recently from The Artistic Stamper. They have a new challenge blog where the theme is 'Something Old, Something New' and this is also the theme over at Sunday Stampers. I've never really moved away from creating cards and scrapbooks but have loved looking at all the wonderful Altered Art and other creations since I started blogging and fancied a try, though was nervous about tackling it. This is what happened -
This was inspired by a tag I made the other week for the Compendium of Curiosities challenge, Music is the theme over at Alter It Monthly, a challenge I have had my eye on but not been brave enough to attempt so far. As music has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember and I have played an instrument since I could learn to read I figured this was as good a time as any to have a go!
....And despite my wariness I really enjoyed this-  I started off with a paper mache blank, applied a thin layer of Claudine Hellmuths' Studio Gesso with a really cheap rough brush as I wanted to see the strokes. I used an initial layer of Milled Lavender distress ink followed by Frayed Burlap and Dusty concorde over a Tim Holtz's mask, I covered chip board pieces in downloaded sheet music (Catch a falling star - Perry Como, if you're interested!) and added distress inks and smudges of Milled Lavender Distress stickles.

In the top right corner I stuck some more sheet music, coloured with dusty concorde and painted with Rock Candy crackle paint. I wanted to lift the piece a little so tried sprinkling some glitter into the wet Rock candy (went a bit over the top with it though!) and then rubbed more Dusty concorde over the top once it was crackled (wiping off the excess.). It's not very clear in the photo because of the flash but I think it adds a lovely texture, just a bit too much glitter!

The quote inside the frame is from Leonard Bernstein and is just printed from my PC, then I embossed the whole thing with super gloss clear powder. I layed a piece of card which I'd distress inked and then stamped in the recess before adding the quote piece.  Some flowers, buttons - (which I'm quite taken with at the moment), Tim Holtz die cut flourishes and a few crystals finished the whole thing off. I also added some silver metal corners, also from The Artistic Stamper, which I though about colouring but decided I liked them plain.  Looking at the photo I'm not sure if I should of added some more sheet music collage to the frame, but, it's done now, not going to start messing with it. It's my first attempt at a frame and practice makes perfect so they say! 
So- this is going to  -

Sir Stampalot Challenge - Bring on the Bling (I did over do the Glitter after all!)
The Stamp Man - Take 2 Colours (Purple and er...Frayed Burlap!)


  1. This is lovely Esther, I particularly love the colours you've used. I think you were really brave to attempt something so big for your first attempt at altering. Worked though didn't it, it's great:)
    I can see why you were spurred on by your tag it's gorgeous too:) xx

  2. WEll, I have to say hun, that this is... amazing... for a first attempt at something altered... yipppeeee, tis fab and now you can make more art stuff :O)) Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper and the Artistic Stampr challenges... oh, and.. now I am singing... catch a falling star and put it in your pocket... that is supposed to be my job on a Sunday... with teh song titles for the SS... ROFL.. thanks hun... lovely x

  3. oh wow how stunning is this hun for your first attempt wow you must make more hun ,hugs cheryl xxxxx

  4. Thank goodness you took the plunge and joined in at last :)
    Lovely Item well with in keeping of your theme.

    Thank you for sharing it with us and I hope that this is just the first of many. you have many items here in your blog I have enjoyed seeing.

  5. Its fabby Esther, am sure it will have pride of place in your home. Annette x

  6. You did a lovely job...I can't wait to see what you do next!

  7. You've done a fabulous job with this frame.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sir Stampalot challenge this month.
    Clare x

  8. Really lovely and very different. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot bling challenge.

  9. Hi - this is great ! Love the colours & the theme & how it's all worked together !

    Do you mind me asking - how do you get the pictures throughout your blog post - mine just shoot to the top of my post regardless of where I have my cursor when I try to insert them !!

  10. I'm loving that the new challenge has invoked so many peeps to try new things, your first attempt at altering you say. are you quite sure.. looks like a pro did it to me xx its ace!
    Thanks for joining in with the ASCTC and good luck
    hugs Minxy

  11. Wow this is an amzing piece of artwork , l love it. hugs chris xx

  12. your creation is beautiful,Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

  13. Glad you took the altered art plunge Esther, and what a first piece, great work.

  14. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for entering it into The Stamp Man's Take 2 Colours Challenge :)

  15. So Gorgeous, Thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting

  16. This is lovely, beautiful subtle colours

  17. stunning frame! Great colours and lovely bling. Thanks for joining us at Sir stampalot this month
    Hugs, Sally

  18. Gorgeous frame, so inspiring!

  19. Wow! this is great, and thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper new challenge.. ;))

  20. Ester this is just gorgeous.... I love the colors you chose, and the big musical notes are awesome.... I've gotta find some of those... so many projects I do are regarding music, and those are a must have in my art arsenal... beautiful job !!!


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