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!