Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November rain

It was a pleasure to participate again in - exchange and challenge. The theme was lovely, November Rain. Here is my interpretation:

The light caught on one of the cards reveals that I used iridescent raindrops and some mica spray.

I built this up on  pizza box backgrounds (the ham and pineapple variety if you must know). They were lightly sanded to give texture, and very lightly gessoed. Not all the way, though, I deliberately left the yellows and oranges of the original print to show along the edges.

 Then I applied Distress paint (weathered wood), some splashes of Distress stain (Hickory smoke ). The stamp is Tree poetry by Stampendous.

 On top came some more splashes in Distress ink (Aged Mahogany) and  Dylusions Mica Spray (Vibrant Turquoise). All that didn't seem enough so I sprinkled a bit of Infusions (Violet Storm) on the still wet inks and added a few strokes with a charcoal pencil.

All this shine and glitter is there to remind that rain, after all,  can be nice too. And fun. (At least our ladies seem to think so.)

linking this to : November Rain

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A longing for...

When a challenge provides tęsknota - Polish for longing, or yearning for something -  for a cue then it has a wide range of interpretation.

I decided to go with the one that ties in with my occupation of history. On a weekly basis I get frustrated with the sources. For Medieval, even for Early Modern times there just aren't enough sources. 

Week after week I am longing for the opportunity to go back in time and see how a Medieval village really looked like or what the aspirations of Bohemian cooks in Vienna around 1880 were.

This singular stream of time really eats my heart out. I put all my frustration and yearning and longing into these cards. 
One of them speaks to me on a personal level. I always find searching the history - or going back to your own past - is like battling against an invisible wind. 

Entering this in:
ArtGrupa: ATC "Tęsknota"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What's real life?

KK vintagehaasteeseen nro 75  tehty inspiraatiokortti. Aiheena on tällä kertaa 'rusetti'.  Haaste alkaa n-y-t ja palkinto on luvassa!

The real life goes on while we are dreaming or making plans for future.
Why not embrace the here and now?
It's time to give thanks for 'today'. Have an awesome day!

Simon Says Wednesday: Thanksgiving/ Thanks
Moo-mania: Wheels
DreamInDarkness: Anything goes

Monday, October 31, 2016

Rooster wisdom

The clocks were turned back to Winter time yesterday. I could not find any clock faces in my stash, but went with these spinning game pieces instead. A friend had lent her rooster, hen and duck stamps that just begged to be used.

Tämä on vastaus P*skis-haasteeseen, jossa tehdään bingo-rivin mukaisesti. Valitsin vinorivin eläin - x - punainen ja x on minulla ympyrät.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Three musicians

These three musicians look like they like what they are doing. See the twinkle? They are clearly enjoying themselves.

This totally rocks, thinks the trumpet player,

- Oh, hello ladies, smirks the violonist, but

the trombonist is concentrating so hard  he just seems to pay no attention to his surroundings.

Made with wildly different materials like washi tapes, lace tape and napkins, then washed over with two dusky shades of blue acrylic.

Entering the set into:
Take a Word: Music
Three Muses: Shades of blue
Simon Says Wednesday: Anything goes

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Gruesome for Halloween

Halloween is mostly funny pumpkins, but as there is a challenge this week on extra-terrestial I wanted to explore other kinds of fearful things that would be scarier than an odd witch.

Like cyborgs - those are humans with machine parts.

Or aliens,

or more aliens... 'Carpe noctem' - 'Seize the night'.

entering into:
Stampotique: SDC-260 Outer Space
Country View Challenge: All things spooky
Koukussa kortteihin: Miehelle /isälle sopii tällainen rouhea avaruuskortti

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A grievance

ArtGrupa has a very interesting challenge theme: something meaningful to you, like a fleeting moment when something happened and which isn't visible to others.

This made me think of global warming and something on a very personal level. I come from an arctic country. Before the global warming we had winters. We had snow, plenty of snow and we had ice. Ships did hard, they couldn't move without ice breakers. The coldness was something fierce, and in a snow storm the small hard snow pellets ate into your skin.
Having grown up with it I find it hard to let go. I miss snow, I miss cold, I miss ice.

This set arose from the feeling of profound loss.

Background is a riot of mixed media on an old book page, and I selected the found texts to echo the feelings one might have during a cold and icy snow storm.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Valoa ja varjoa / Light and shadows

Koukussa kortteihin vintage-haateen aihe on tällä kertaa Valoa ja varjoa. Ajattelin sen ihan kirjaimellisesti - taivas antaa valoa ja varjoa. Tosin kuvassa näkyy vain pilviä, niitä varjon tuojia, mutta pilvet on valaistu eli jossakin paistaa aurinko.

Naiset putoavat jostakin - tämähän voi olla myös kuvitteellinen matka. Tekstit löytyivät juuri lukemastani kirppispokkarista, jonka hyvällä omallatunnolla heti leikkelin.

Inspiroiduitko? KKvintage-haaste on avoinna kuukauden ajan ja siihen voi osallistua kahdella työllä.

I have just finished the book by Cecilia Ahern: Thanks for the memories. The prologue is rather dire - it's a grippling account of someone miscarrying and loosing lots of blood and debating whether to stay alive or just go. I portrayed four women in this journey between darkness and light. The words are from this prologue.
I haven't landed yet

Stop me from falling
Light fills my eyes
Only one is still reluctant:
There, not here.
entering into:
Frilly and Funkie. Author, author.
Dream in Darkness: 31 days of Halloween

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Witch children

These little witches-in-training have clearly a mind of their own.

- Why do I need to play? I want sedatives instead.

Really, child? What about your sister?

She has the bad habit that she sleeps in the night.
Well, we can see how this can be adverse to being a witch.

- Truth is pure imagination, says this little one.

entering the trio into:
Dream in Darkness: September challenge
KK-haaste: #187 rouhea- ristiriita - ruoste(eenruskea)
Paperminutes: #453 Mit Hut / With hat

Thursday, September 15, 2016

syksyn haikeutta / it's fall

Syksyn väreissä on vaikea tehdä iloisia kortteja. Niinpä kun mietin mitä tekisi KKvintagehaasteeseen oli yksi kriteerini, että lause siinä pitää olla. Ruskea ja lehdet sopivat syksyn teemaan, ja kuin itsestään valikoitui lauseita, joissa on hieman - haikeutta? Epämääräistä kitkaa?

Tämä olisi voinut olla toisinkin päin, ja ensi alkuun olikin: Rakastan sinua - mutta se ei käy. Nyt käännettynä toisin päin on merkitys aivan toinen:

Lehdet on stanssattuja. Leimasin niiden päälle kolmella mustetyynyllä (vihreä, punaruskea ja oranssi) ja suihkin päälle sekä ruskeaa että kullanväristä mistiä.  Pohja on tehty hiekkapaperilla käsiteltyyn pahviin, jossa oli vihreää kirjoitusta. Liimasin päälle muutaman palan tekstiä ja sottasin ruskealla geelivärillä. Painelin märkään väriin leimasimella lehtiä. Lopuksi ripottelin vihreää ja turkoosia vesiväriä isoiksi tipoiksi pohjalle ja suihkin kultamistiä päälle.
Toivottavasti inspiroiduit haasteeseen - ota kolme vihjettä ruudukosta. Lisää niihin muitakin elementtejä, käytä mielikuvitusta ja  rakenna sanojen ympärille aivan oma maailmasi!

A set of small mixed media works using inks, mists, die cuts, old photos, found words,  watercolor and gel paint.

Gel paint gives a nice translucent background. I stamped into it while it was still wet creating shadow prints of leaves and branches. Then I sprinkled it with some blue and turq watercolor and gold mist.

Let's not quarrel.

I love fall coloring. Leaves are starting to turn where I live - the tips of trees are yellow, red or  orange while the rest of the tree is still green.

Life is full of disappointments.
For my leaves I stamped them with mahagony, green and orange stamp pads, then sprayed brown and gold mist over it. This made the colors run into each other and blend nicely.

Please don't be mad with me anymore, darling.
The words are very fitting for fall I think. There is a wistfulness - whereas summer words would be happy. It's funny how the right words just pop when you leaf through a book. Have you tried?

entering this into two challenges:
Three Muses: Autumn colors
Mix-it-Monthly: Leaves and Trees