1 June 2014

Flaming June at Our Creative Corner

Hi everyone and welcome. Being the first of the month it's time to launch a new challenge theme over at Our Creative Corner. Julia is our host and she's giving us some pictorial inspiration for this month's challenge.


Here's what Julia has to say; 'Flaming June' by Lord Frederic Leighton 1895, is a beautiful picture which for me, evokes memories of hot summers, dozing in the shade and a riot of colour. (I should add that the story behind the painting is somewhat different, so I'm using some artistic licence here!). Using the picture as inspiration, create a project which features rich orange tones as the main colour of your work. You may use other details from the image if you wish - but YOU MUST USE MAINLY ORANGE!


Like many of the team shades of orange can be my nemesis so I was stumped for a while, but for me there was something distinctly neo-classical about Leighton's painting so I went with a marble-effect background as a starting point, courtesy of Wendy Vecchi's archival reinker technique.


I love sloshing Specialty Stamping Paper through a mix of archival reinkers (in this case Orange Blossom and Potting Soil) and surgical spirits (rubbing alcohol) as you never know exactly how it's going to turn out. What I do know is that subsequent stamping and stencilling will always be sharp and clear as it is 'locked in place' by a quick blast with a heat gun.


Keeping with the neo-classical theme the angelic face ('Isobelle' - Inkylicious) was stamped and embossed, and surrounded with a frame ('Ornately Framed' - Penny Black) coloured with Distress Markers and triple-embossed. Beneath this a couple of columns from the Tim Holtz Classics #2 were stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink, before stencilling and more stamping were added with a mix of Archival Inks and Distress Paints.


To finish some greenery was cut from Kraft Coredinations and a paper-clay garland was coloured with Distress Paints. It was all mounted on some Coredinations 'Black Magic' card (with an orange base revealed through some light sanding).


Well that's my take on this theme but the Design Team have been taken on many other journeys with the pictorial inspiration selected by Julia. Take a look at their amazing projects, then why not dive in and show us your own takes on this theme.
Our sponsors for this month, Tando Creative, have a prize awaiting the winner! See you there...

Take care of yourselves, Jenny x

19 comments:

  1. Good Morning Jenny. Fabulous creation. I love the Isabelle stamp and you have given her Great surroundings with all the lovely colours and textures. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. Another stunning card Jenny, great background and fantastic vocal image, brilliant!!

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  3. Jenny this is a beautiful make. I like how you have taken the inspiration and made it uniquely your own.
    I too love that the re-inker technique never gives the same result twice.
    Your creativity continues to flourish so beautifully. How cool it is to see you published in Craft Stamper - you've journeyed a long way!

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  4. Hi Jenny, I think you have captured the neo-classical theme beautifully...with the marbling in these colours so elegant! a stunning piece Jenny
    Dot x

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  5. Very beautiful artwork and a lovely face to frame

    Chrissie x

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  6. A great make with an awesome background Jenny!
    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  7. beautiful piece of work - lovely xx

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  8. Wow - Isobelle has never looked so good! I love the way you have framed her beautiful face, the frame looks like metal - love that! I think I may have (finally) got to grips with the alcohol background technique - don't think I will ever be as polished as you though, you have the technique down to a fine art! Anne xx

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  9. If orange was your nemesis, I do hope it is no longer the case! I love the way you've shown that orange does not have to be loud, oafish and in your face! Your background shows this to perfection. I love the typical Jenny 'layers' which give the observer a feast for the eyes and reason to stay here and have a good look!! Wonderful piece Jenny - thank you so much for this contribution to my challenge.
    Julia xx

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  10. Gorgeous marbling in the background, and I love how you've framed the face in "close-up" - and what a frame too! Beautiful!
    Alison xx

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  11. I can't imagine you ever being stumped for even a while Jenny, you always seem to come up with new ideas. This card reflects the theme beautifully. I just love your marble look background. Mo x

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  12. Definitely a very classical design here Jenny and put together magnificently with that beautifully framed face over a fabulous marbled background. The orange tones with some green and brown are a gorgeous combination. xxx

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  13. Wow I just love how this all comes together so perfectly, it looks absolutely stunning and love the muted orange colours xxx

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  14. a beautiful card with a great background!
    Groetjes Karin

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  15. I love the subtle elegance of this piece, Jenny. The colors are delightful The background is fantastic and the Classics columns are wonderful stamped in Watering Can. What a lovely take on the OCC challenge!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  16. What a wonderful interpretation of the stunning print! love the frame and face stamping!

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  17. An amazing piece of art. Love the face.

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  18. Love this piece Jenny!! You rocked this challenge. Your background is awesome and the focal stamp suits it all perfectly!! Once again, beautifully done!! ox

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  19. This is so dramatic, Jenny. Love the combination of elements and stamping, especially that background.

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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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