Thursday, 24 January 2013

What are you known for???

As many of you know, the theme at Simon Says Stamp this week is "what are you known for?"
Well to be honest, I think I am probably best known for my Friday Freebies.. but that is hardly something to show for a stamping challenge right?

So, I am perhaps also known for my vintage romantic style, therefore I am showing a little hanging I made in that style:
I created the background with the help of stencils and texture paste, covered it all with several layers of acrylic paints, a little bit of a paper napkin and some background stamping.

Now in my own mind I am also known for having entirely too much stash which gets used far too little, specially art materials and stamps. For that reason I set myself the challenge to use a stamp that hadn't been inked for years, the beautiful Ophelia from the Stampsmith. I also used some liquid pencil for shadows, again not used for ages... Both the butterfly from the Tim Holtz Papillion plate and Ophelia were stamped on specialty stamping paper in black archival, fussy cut and then I tried to blend them into the background as best as I could by colouring first with Distress inks and then layering a bit of paint over Ophelia and putting a bit of frayed thin gorse behind .

The shadows were created with said Liquid Pencil, - hard to see on the photos. Finally the raised bits were highlighted with several colours of Treasure Gold carefully blended with a little brush. Again, the photos just don't show this properly sadly..... The sentiment was computer generated.
Well, thank you for visiting and I will be back tomorrow with the usual Friday Freebie.

48 comments:

Margyz Paper Games said...

Hi Astrid, What a gorgeous little hanging. I love the colours and the textures and the butterfly is just stunning. Absolutely love it. I'd also like to thank you for your lovely comments on my blog and I'm thrilled you've become a follower. Thank you so much. ox Marg

Ros Crawford said...

Amazing work ... The detail is terrific!

ike said...

Utterly breathtakingly, AWESOME. Gorgeous colours and I love the stencil/paste bit :-) xxx

Maryann said...

Oh my goodness, this is so gorgeous. I absolutely LOVE it. The blue color has always been my favorit color, and the shade you used here are amazing and also another favorit the butterflies. This is just fabulous work Astrid. I really wish, I could create anything like this, soooo stunning work.

Fliss said...

Another absolutely stunning creation Astrid. The textures look so beautiful and the colour combination is gorgeous. Love the image too, she's on my wish list.
Thanks so much too for coming to visit and joining my followers - I so appreciate this.
Fliss xx

inkypinkycraft said...

This is beautiful, wonderul layers textures and colours! I lovethis image too! Hugstrace x
Thanks for the wonderul commentonyou my blog x

Candy C said...

Astrid...this is out of the world gorgeous! I sooooo love the texture you've achieved on this card. So delicate and romantic. I love the touch of roses from the napkin that you incorporated into this piece. Love the illustration of the woman. Love the sentiment...perfect for your card. The colors are also exquisite! You are definitely in your comfort zone with this style and it shows! Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Rosie said...

Soooo beautiful and breathtaking, Astrid

Sarah said...

This is so beautiful, Astrid, and so you. The lightly colored texture adds a lovely softness to this piece.

Ephemera said...

Hi Astrid this is GORGEOUS, I love the rich colours and the textures as they really highlight Ophelia, have a lovely day. xx

Shelly Schmidt said...

This is just fabulous! I love every detail and could see it hanging on my wall! Love the dimension...!

Sophie said...

Oh, wie wunderschön, Astrid.
Das sieht so edel aus, so exellent gearbeitet.
Die Details...so schön.
Und dieses "satte" Blau ist einfach perfekt.

Herzlichst Sophie

Deborah said...

I always associate you with stunningly beautiful vintage pieces with lots of depth, Astrid, so this meets the brief.

Bärbel said...

Ein wunderschönes Bild, Astrid! Großartig, wie Sie die Ophelia mit der Strukturpaste und Serviette verbunden und auf den Blautönen mit etwas Gold Akzente gesetzt haben. Ich bewundere Ihr Können!
Liebe Grüße.

Gillian .... said...

Beautiful art piece Astrid and it's very "you". Love the deep mystical colours which work perfectly with that image, great texture too. x

Viv's Visuals said...

I also have never inked this stamp in a long time but you have reminded me how lovely it is showcasing it on this stunning project Astrid. Beautiful!

Alida said...

it's great work, I love it.

Marisa Job said...

This is stunning!!!! I love everything about it!!

Netty said...

oooh this is so your style Astrid, romantic, vintage and textured. Beautiful work. Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Brooke Kroeger said...

Very, very beautiful. So creative!

Thanks for sharing!
God bless....Brooke

http://creativecountrymom.blogspot.com/
My home and garden site...

http://brookekroeger.blogspot.com/
My Vintage Art and Printables site...

annemarks said...

Beautiful piece and i know what you mean about having lotsof stuff and not using itfor ages. I keep promising not to buy any more stuff but then see something irresistible lol :)

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely exquisite - rich and glorious colouring, that is what I associate with you,

Lucy x

butterfly said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! The colours are simply wonderful, Ophelia glowing pale and beautiful in the centre, and the patina you've achieved with the TG on the texture paste is just glorious... Love this so much!
Alison xx

Marlies said...

This is beautiful. Love the butterfly.

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Buttons said...

Staggeringly beautiful, utterly you. This is what you are known for in my mind and it is genius. Love it to bits. Hugs, Jenny x

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

While I love your Friday Freebies it is definitely NOT what attracted me to your site. This art work and all your other fabulous and inspiring projects does. Don't sell yourself short Astrid, you are an AMAZING artist and I thank you for all that you share!!!

Tracie Dean said...

I love it! Ophelia is one of my favorite stamps. I have seen many projects with her but have no clue where to purchase her.

Anytime you feel like cleaning out your stash, I would so LOVE to have anything you want to part with....lol

Happy Crafting
Tracie

Michelle said...

Stunning work Astrid.

Michelle xx

Sandy said...

Wow what a wonderful piece Astrid.
Amazing design and color and the Lady is a beauty.
I love it.
xoxo

Shirl said...

I am drooling Astrid this is just so beautiful.

Hugs Shirley x x

chrissies said...

This is a stunning piece of art.

Love Chrissie xx

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid,
I would say, that for me you are known for your many amazing art pieces, with stunning textures-like this one!! I never leave your blog, without being inspired, and lifted in my spirit to create...
Just NOT today,-still so "snotty" and feeling bad :-(
Hugs,Dorthe

Anita Houston said...

As well as your exceptional talent!!! Extremely gorgeous here!!! Wow! I love every textural bit..amazing! Thank you so much for playing with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!!!

Sandie Edwards said...

Another exquisite piece of art... so nice when you can use up some of your old stash, and I must use your idea and do the same Astrid.

Sandra Foster said...

Wow! What a beautiful piece - love the layers and textures.

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous, Elegant and Romantic! What a beautiful representation of what you are known for. The texture and blue are so lovely! Happy that you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week!

snazzyoriginal said...

Just beautiful with so many stunning little details xx

Janet said...

I've followed you on Pinterest for quite a while. I so love everything you do. I'm subscribing thru e-mail now. Your post warmed me right up on a cold and snowy day.

Candy C said...

Yay! It's official! You were chosen as one of the TOP THREE for Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge for this beautiful piece! I loved it and I'm so happy that you're getting special recognition for it! Congrats!<3 Candy

Norma Gomez said...

Oh Astrid, this is absolutely breath taking! I love all of the depth you created the stencils and layers of paint. Wonderful composition, TFS and congratulations on being selected for the Simon Says Challenge Top 3!!!

Maura said...

Very ethereal and lovely. Congrats on winning at SSS!

Anita Houston said...

Congrats!

Carol Gibson said...

Hi. That is a beautiful wall hanging.
Love all that texture.

butterfly said...

Yay!! Congratulations on the win at SSSaS - I'm so delighted for you and this lovely hanging!!
Alison x

2amscrapper said...

This one takes my breath away!

SaraJ said...

Beautiful...I love the way she fades down into cheesecloth...I'm guessing that's what it is, but it really doesn't matter because it looks amazing.

Izzwizz said...

Gorgeous piece, I love those deep blue hues you've used.maddy x

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