13 March 2013

More Morris

So it's the second week of our "William Morris style" challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog and as the team member who picked this theme I felt just a little nervous at how/whether people would tackle it. I have to say my team mates have seriously done this theme justice, each putting their own unique style/twist on it. And then there have been some wonderful entries too. If you've not seen them yet I highly recommend that you take a look HERE. So the onus was now on to come up with something myself (no pressure then!!)


How about those colours eh? They are classic Morris colours but not classic Buttons, but hey, life's all about trying new things out in my book. The whole thing started with a fabulous Inkylicious Morris style background stamp (repeatable thankfully). I stamped it out in a strip using Archival Ink and then set to with some Distress Inks. These are wonderful for painting with and blend together well.


Actually the painting process is rather relaxing, but then what to do with the completed panel? Morris and his fellow craftsmen were inspired by and used tiles for decorative purposes, so I took that as an idea and chopped it up - a bit drastic eh?


Having tiled it onto complimentary cardstock thoughts turned to a focal point. Working on the principle 'quality not quantity' I took one of my embossed/inked gold Ferro texture paste frames and sat it on a piece of rusted tin mesh to give the impression of a cage.


Over this I added a die cut branch (see Nicola!!) made from chalky inked metal and another of my lovely birds (I know, Red Archival/Tea Dye Distress! What a combo, but it works!!) This glossy little birdy deserves to stay outside the cage.


So has this made the grade? That's for you to decide, but if it inspires you to have a go at this style yourself then it will have succeeded. There's a list of ingredients below and don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog to see what my teamies have done. You're in for a treat. Hugs to you all, Jenny x

PS. When you read through the challenge take a look at the first image of the woodpeckers in the orange tree - guess who created this tapestry and now has it hanging on her bedroom wall!

28 comments:

  1. Fabulous card Jenny. Amazing background and I love the aperture with you beautiful bird.

    Just heading off to get ready for work hence the short comment

    Have a great day

    ANnie x

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  2. Love the centre piece but the background is so beautifully coloured - love it and so typically Morris!

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  3. Definitely made the grade Jenny, this would fit perfectly into my William Morris book of designs. Love it.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  4. Oooh this is so lovely - WM style isnt really my thing either but you have really made this work - might have a play later now!

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  5. Wow! Can't believe you painted all that Jenny! It looks like decorated paper (in a good way lol) and is just amazing. Love the framed bird too.
    Stunning!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  6. Very beautiful design to chose. The bird in the frame is just right.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  7. Delicious, I love William Morris and the Arts and Crafts style, this is stunning and such beautiful muted colours, I thought it was printed paper! You have perfectly captured the style, and the little wren is the perfect finishing touch. xx

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  8. Beautiful card Jenny. I love the colours. My younger daughter has one wall of her lounge done in William Morris and its gorgeous too. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  9. I love your William Morris design, also fab centre focus on your design. xx Flora

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  10. Morning Jenny, Wow, I love the stamped and coloured background, I too thought it was patterned paper, lovely idea to use it as tiles. The gorgeous frame and the birdie are stunning. Absolutely love it.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  11. Wow Jenny this is amazing!! When I first saw it I thought, ah she has cut up some WM wrapping paper for her background and then I find out this is actually stamped! Incredible, so very, very clever and I love how you have done the bird! Hat off, this is wonderful!!!

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  12. Beautiful card you made and great mix of the colors! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  13. WOW! Buttons, Like many before I thought this background was patterned paper... Amazing work with those Distress inks...the wonderful bird & Beautiful frame is a Brilliant idea....Stunning art-work Love it!! Hugs May x x x

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  14. So nice Jenny...what a great stamp on the background...and your colouring is gorgeous!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  15. Hi Jenny, you not only made the grade but I would give you A++ for this beautiful creation. I truly thought it was printed. The colours are stunning (I am going through a colour phase at the moment) and the bird in the frame look wonderful against the tiled background. I have some of that rusty wire mesh from The FJ and was wondering how to use it......
    Hope you are feeling better by the day too. Big hugs, Anne xx

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  16. This is delightful and charming. Love the colours and the background design.Great techniques used beautifully. Cheers, Di

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  17. I would say that you tackled the Morris style perfectly! This is gorgeous, Jenny! Love how you made the bird in the frame a focal point! Love it! Have a fabulous day! Hugs!

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  18. Wow! Oh! Wow! You painted that beautiful piece then actually "cut it up" !!!! I would have been framing it!!!!
    Jenny this is stunning, I love everything about it .
    Would still have framed that piece though...........LOL

    Patricia. XXX

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  19. Hi
    A fascinating era for Art & Design and I am captivated by your stamped Morris style background as you definitely captured the essence of his work. It looks so perfect it is easily to mistake it for pattern paper. Incredible piece of work.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  20. Oh Jenny, now I can't decide which one I like best!
    Love the tile idea and gorgeous colours
    Rosie x

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  21. Hi Jenny and thanks for your visit! I can't get over the fact that you have hand coloured that STUNNING background. It is BEAUTIFUL. Love the whole piece (we have a Jenny Wren in our garden from time to time and I am always cheered up when she visits - thanks for reminding me of her!) Have a happy and creative week MMx #39

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  22. Love the colors you've used, Jenny! They really go great together and that bird is so cute! Hugs, Sandra

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  23. Really gorgeous... the coloured image is already fantastic, but tiling it lifts it into another league - wonderful inspiration!
    Alison x

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  24. What I love is is the gold embossed frame and bird. The background is so elegant with the framed bird and it is gorgeous!
    Hugs Kelly

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  25. Gorgeous card! Love the way you parted everything up and the bird is wonderful as the focal point!

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  26. This is absolutely gorgeous Jenny, the stamped and painted background is stunning, and the rusty mesh and bird are the perfect touches xx

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  27. Gorgeous! This is really inspirational. Thanks for picking such a unique subject - Really gave me a lot to think about and was so much fun to do! Love and hugs Laura xxxxxxx

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  28. Hi Jenny, I'm only doing a catch up now and everyone else has been so industrious all week! Anyway - I'm blown away by this. I have tried before to paint a detailed pattern with DIs and I simply don't know how you managed to achieve this fabulous result - a major A+ to you! The tiling is inspired and I adore your glossy little bird and textured frame (like the mesh too!). It must be obvious to all however that the most masterful element of all is that branch!!

    Hope that you are feeling better each day and doing well. Nicola x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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