Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Of Color!




I have an admission - I've never participated in a weekly challenge before (much less daily) - I'm always worried about overcommitting myself what with the day job and all, and finding myself not actually enjoying what I'm doing.  But I can't resist Kristin's Summer of Color challenge - it's laid back, no pressure, a great group of participants, and most of all run by Kristin, who I just love. Well, okay another motivator is that every week's theme is a flavor of Ice Cream - by far my BIGGEST weakness, among many.


The first weeks ice cream inspiration is Rainbow Sherbet....Yummm....



As I thought about it, the idea of a Rainbow Sherbet rainbow popped into my head, and there was no going back.  This kind of sweet, childlike piece is not something I would probably normally make (mostly because my nieces and nephews are all too old now, so I'm not as inspired as I used to be) but I think that's what's good about a challenge like this -  it leads you to go outside your usual comfort zone and do something different.  And I really enjoyed it....(In spite of the dry time!)




I'm doing a p.s. and adding to this post - I was planning to talk a little about how I made this when I made the original post, then things got crazy on me at work and I just hit "publish".  So now, since a few people have asked - my secret ingredient for the clouds was a pre-mixed little tub of drywall repair compound.  I spread it all over a 6"x12" piece of wood, then created the "rainbow" by trying to just glop it down in round lumps. It's a little tricky - you don't want to squish it, but you have to work it in enough that it all holds together. And it needed lots of drying time - I'd touch the top layer which would feel dry, then press harder and a whole chunk would shift!  Then it was just layers of paint, and a layer of wax.  The letters are stamped onto tissue paper, laid on the top layer of wax, then heated with a heat gun enough for the wax to absorb the paper.  If any of you have any other questions, please just e-mail - I love sharing techniques with people...

30 comments:

  1. Mmmmm, yummy! What is the crusty (I LOVE crusty) rainbow made out of? Love the handle plate door and the colours are gorgeous.

    I'm so glad you joined in with Summer of Color, it's 6 weeks of creative fun!

    x

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  2. Loving this fab textured piece of art for the SOC. Annette x

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  3. Soooo cool, love the idea and the texture!

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  4. I love the texture! come by for some puddin n pie...
    http://georgie-hornpuddinnpie.blogspot.com/2012/06/welcome-to-wonderland.html

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  5. that's really cool - tell us how you made it!

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  6. I love love love it!

    Yes please tell how you made it!

    The lettering...... are they rub ons or printed words?

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  7. I'm with everyone else. I want to know how you made this piece. After all, I love the door Eustachian, or whatever it's called. I see where your "rusty" blog got its name (grin).

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  8. Another here saying pleeeaaaase tell how you made it! Such gorgeous scrummy texture. I really love how you made the house, thank goodness for you being out of your comfort zone if this is what you make :D

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  9. I bet this looks even better in real life! I love 3d art you can actually look around. Great entry for week one.
    x x x

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  10. Wow - I love this piece - the textures are so wonderful, I just want to feel it (hope that doesn't sound weird!), and I love your use of things like the door handle plate - you see potential in everything and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
    I've enjoyed week 1 but am struggling with this weeks colours - I don't really do green! Hope you have a fun-filled week of creating and I look forward to meeting up again next week.

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  11. I've used that drywall compound before and I've noticed it takes forever to dry. I had no idea you also used wax on this. Thank you beyond belief for your explanation of how you made this beauty.

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  12. We will all be booking in for a workshop!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    I love how the tissue paper just blends into the background:)

    Karenx

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  13. Thanks for the update on the technique - no wonder it took so long to dry. You got great results.

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  14. Great explanation - that's one medium I've never used :D Am so looking forward to what you make for this coming week. And thank you for your lovely words over at mine :)

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  15. i'm so glad you decided to jump in... i love all the juicy texture in your piece. can't wait to see what you come up with for the next one!!

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  16. great blog header and love this piece of work... a great and unique take on the topic... sorry I am so late getting here for week 1 and can't wait to see what you get up to for week 2...xx

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  17. Love this, and wonder why I didn't see a post on the Summer of Color FB page, now I'm sure I'm missing other great pieces. I never would have thought to use plaster compound, and I have a bucket of it here too, that's just too cool.

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  18. Your artwork is gorgeous Terri... love love love all the gorgeous details, textures and layers... looking forward to your week 2 now!!
    Jan x

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  19. Gorgeous artwork, and that is wonderful that you just dived in and let your imagination allow you to dig deeper into this piece. Wishing you all the best, and hope you continue to enjoy the challenge. It's sure fun isn't it! Have a wonderful weekend x

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  20. What a super cool technique! I love all the texture it creates. Love it. Looking forward to mint chocolate chip! :)

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  21. Wonderful literal interpretation of the theme. Great texture!

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  22. This is so perfect...yes...that texture is wonderful and a sweet theme...xxx

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  23. Absolutely stunning Terri... I just LOVE this piece... and awesome to stamp the words on tissue... the rainbow is fabulous...

    Hugs
    Jenny x

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  24. how inventive. I love that. I have a tub of spackle i've never opened. just scared i guess! I know what you mean about being afraid of getting too much on your plate when you have to go to work every day. But sometimes one just has to work with compound and great ice cream colors! nice.

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