Monday, February 28, 2011

The good, the bad and the "taking ugly to a new level" ....

The good
I made this layout for a wonderful blogging friend Judy of Rogue Artist. She is an amazing artist and she showcases so many different artists on her blog ... just take a look at all of the interesting art down the right side of her blog ...
She asked me if i would do something for her dearly departed little girl Precious ... and so i did ...
this is what i came up with


I put a lot of heart into this page ... Judy has told me she loves it ... so it's all good ... and the best thing about it is that i feel good!  and it's good to feel good ... and yes, cheesecloth is my fave thing to play with right now!!!

a whole lot of technique also went into this page ... this large corner flourish is by Pink Paislee and started out as a cream colour ... i used a combo of coffee glimmer mist and white and pink acrylic paints to get it to a point where the colour worked with the background paper.


and this wooden birdcage by Kaisercraft came out really well ... it was inked, then heat embossed, first with silver, then with utee and finally painted a bit to give it a worn metal feel ... i love playing with techniques, its a whole other feel good situation...


The bad
omg, every single time i try to take a photo of a layout or project along comes Honey to try and insert herself into the shot ... it's like she's saying "Mr. DeMIlle  err Mommy , I'm ready for my close up"
bad dog ... very bad dog, but very photogenic ...


The ugly ...  truly taking ugly to a new level
believe it or not there is a lot of work in this grungeboard keyhole ... i had this fabulous idea ... i sprayed it with two tones of brown glimmer mist, letting it dry between each coat ... then i inked ares of it in a sepia tone ... and then again with a verdigris ink .... and it looked gorgeous ... and then, i went to cover it with  distress crackle paint in distress pewter, so that all of my lovely inking would show though the cracks ... in my mind it looked gorgeous, various colours and highlights and lolights and glimmer coming through the cracks ... and i got this ...

yeah ....
i guess i didn't stir the paint enough, because what a got looked like goo ... and it was goo that didn't dry so no crackles .... so i helped it along with my heat gun ... and it bubbled
so now i have this finished piece ... that looks like a malformed keyhole that was covered in slug slime ... sigh ...

Peace, love & paper
~Jo

6 comments:

Kelly_Deal said...

Wow! A truly stunning and beautiful layout, perfect remembrance for Precious. Honey is adorable too. My little guy Dexter is the same way, always trying to have his Polaroid moment.
Kelly

Izzy said...

Gorgeous layout you made for your friend... and sometimes what you have created in your mind doesn't quite turn out the way you want it too. The key hole isn't that bad... I'd still use it!

laterg8r said...

you gotta break a few eggs to make an ommelette :D

your lo is gorgeous, i thought the background was gauze :D

Kathy said...

Wow!! What an incredibly gorgeous page. It's so clear how much love you put into this page Jo! It's absolutely stunning! And, even though your keyhole didn't turn out, it served it's purpose, you brought a smile and chuckle to my lips. Loved how you described your little adventure with this piece. Good on ya for experimenting my friend, that's how masterpieces are created!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful page this is. Absolutely lovely.

Lynn Stevens said...

First off the page you made of Precious is just that precious, You did put your heart into this. Its so sad when we lose our fur babies. Makes me want to cry!
Next how can Honey be bad? shes so sweet!!!!
and well your keyhole looks pretty cool to me. looks like its old and vintage at least in the picture.
Just stick an old key with it and your good to go!
hugs Lynn